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Therapeutic Landscapes: An Evidence-Based Approach to Designing Healing Gardens and Restorative Outdoor Spaces

ISBN: 978-1-118-23191-3
336 pages
October 2013
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This comprehensive and authoritative guide offers an evidence-based overview of healing gardens and therapeutic landscapes from planning to post-occupancy evaluation. It provides general guidelines for designers and other stakeholders in a variety of projects, as well as patient-specific guidelines covering twelve categories ranging from burn patients, psychiatric patients, to hospice and Alzheimer's patients, among others. Sections on participatory design and funding offer valuable guidance to the entire team, not just designers, while a planting and maintenance chapter gives critical information to ensure that safety, longevity, and budgetary concerns are addressed.

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Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Acknowledgments ix

ONE Introduction 1

TWO History of Hospital Outdoor Space 6

THREE Theory, Research, and Design Implications 14

FOUR Types and Locations of Therapeutic Landscapes in Healthcare 36

FIVE The Participatory Design Process 47
Teresia Hazen

SIX General Design Guidelines for Healthcare Facilities 56

SEVEN Children’s Hospital Gardens 91

EIGHT Gardens for Cancer Patients 115

NINE Gardens for the Frail Elderly 129

TEN Gardens for People with Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias 148

ELEVEN Hospice Gardens 165

TWELVE Gardens for Mental and Behavioral Health Facilities 179

THIRTEEN Gardens for Veterans and Active Service Personnel 206

FOURTEEN Rehabilitation Gardens 222

FIFTEEN Restorative Gardens in Public Spaces 235

SIXTEEN Horticultural Therapy and Healthcare Garden Design 250
Teresia Hazen

SEVENTEEN Planting and Maintaining Therapeutic Gardens 261
Marni Barnes

EIGHTEEN Therapeutic Landscapes and Sustainability 288

NINETEEN The Business Case and Funding for Therapeutic Gardens 298

TWENTY Evaluation of Therapeutic Gardens 308

INDEX 317

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Author Information

Clare Cooper Marcus is Professor Emerita in the Departments of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley. She is recognized internationally for her pioneering research on the psychological and sociological implications of the design of housing, public open space, and restorative landscapes.

Naomi A. Sachs is founder and Director of the Therapeutic Landscapes Network. She is currently pursuing a PhD in architecture at Texas A&M University. Naomi writes and lectures frequently about the restorative benefits of nature.

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Reviews

"This is an exceptionally well-written, well-researched and well-illustrated book on designing and creating therapeutic landscapes. Rarely before has this topic been so thoroughly documented in one easy-to-read book that provides essential information to landscape architects, garden designers, healthcare workers, therapists and patients." (Linda A. Irvine, Landscapes/Paysages Magazine, OALA, FCSLA, ASLA; Manager, Parks and Open Space Development, City of Markham, Ontario, Canada)

"Taking time to get in tune with your surroundings and learn to love nature has proven a therapeutic process for many, including Naomi Sachs. Sachs is Founding Director of the Therapeutic Landscapes Network, and has been able to translate a personal passion for nature into a new book, co-written by Clare Cooper Marcus, which just came out this week called Therapeutic Landscapes: An Evidence-Based Approach to Designing Healing Gardens and Restorative Outdoor Spaces. The new publication has been long-anticipated and referenced as the "single most comprehensive and authoritative guide to designing healing gardens and restorative outdoor spaces." (naturesacred.org, October 2013)

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Press Release

November 15, 2013
Therapeutic Landscapes is a New Book Release Focusing on Designing Healing Gardens and Restorative Outdoor Spaces

As hospital and assisted living facility interiors continue to evolve from white, clinical settings of decades ago to more colorful, patient-centered  environments, there has been a similar revolution in the outdoor spaces that these facilities provide.  A significant body of research confirms what many people have known intuitively: that connection with nature is beneficial, even vital, for health.  Restorative and healing gardens are specifically designed outdoor spaces that meet the physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs of patients and residents using the garden as well as their caregivers, family members and friends. John Wiley & Sons, a leader in architecture and landscape design publishing, is releasing Therapeutic Landscapes: An Evidence-Based Approach to Designing Healing Gardens and Restorative Outdoor Spaces (Wiley; $85; November 2013) to serve landscape architecture professionals and the architecture community as the single most comprehensive and authoritative guide to designing healing gardens and restorative outdoor spaces.

            While the evidence for the importance of access to nature is there, the actual provision of appropriate outdoor space in healthcare facilities is often less than adequate.  Highly illustrated throughout, Therapeutic Landscapes focuses on the importance of evidence based design, highlights case studies, and presents research-based guidelines to inform the clients and designers of restorative outdoor spaces.  Written for both the clients and funders of healing spaces, and the designers (principally landscape architects) who will translate client needs into an actual environment, the book covers:

  • An evidence-based overview of healing gardens and therapeutic landscapes from planning to post occupancy evaluation
  • Participatory design and the importance of a team-based approach
  • General guidelines that can be used by designers and other stakeholders in a variety of projects
  • Patient-specific guidelines ranging from burn patients, psychiatric patients, to hospice and Alzheimer's patients, among others
  • Planting and maintenance, offering critical information to ensure that safety, longevity and budgetary concerns are addressed at every stage

            Therapeutic Landscapes unique focus on two audiences closes the gap between the clients and funders of healing spaces. If clients and funders understand more about the requirements and goals of a healing garden, they can more easily communicate with the designer. If designers understand more about the research on which to base their decisions, they are more likely to meet the goals of their clients—those who provide the funding and the users who will eventually benefit from the garden.

            Therapeutic Landscapes is now available for purchase online and at retailers nationwide in both print and all e-book formats. For a list of retailers, visit www.wiley.com.

 

About the Authors

Clare Cooper Marcus is Professor Emerita in the Departments of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley. She is recognized internationally for her pioneering research on the psychological and sociological implications of the design of housing, public open space, and restorative landscapes. She is the author/co-author of six previous books including Healing Gardens and Iona Dreaming: The Healing Power of Place.

 

Naomi A. Sachs is the Founding Director of the Therapeutic Landscapes Network. She is currently pursuing a PhD in architecture at Texas A&M University within the Center for Health Systems and Design. Naomi writes and lectures frequently about the restorative benefits of nature.

 

 

Therapeutic Landscapes

An Evidence-Based Approach to Designing Healing Gardens and Restorative Outdoor Spaces

ISBN13: 978-1-118-23191-3

ISBN10: 1-118-23191-0

Publication Date: November 18, 2013

Price: $ 85.00

 

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