Research and Experimentation
Healing gardens: design processes and realizations of beneficial environments
- EBD Evidence Based Design,
- POE Post Occupancy Evaluation,
- Californian case study,
- Italian healing gardens
How to Cite
Cooper Marcus, C., & Valente, R. (2015). Healing gardens: design processes and realizations of beneficial environments. TECHNE - Journal of Technology for Architecture and Environment, (9), 180–190. https://doi.org/10.13128/Techne-16120
AbstractHaving defined the topic and its related management effects in the healthcare environment, this paper reports considerations of specific design processes, including evidence-based design, Integrated Healthcare Strategies, participatory practices and post occupancy evaluation. Landscape of Italian examples follows before a case study of three Californian healing gardens dedicated to cancer patients, linked to a survey of this category of users’ needs in such spaces. Conclusions report the reflection of practical implications deriving from studying North American examples, underlining the opportunity for audit and certification of therapeutic gardens, as well as the chance to export them outside health infrastructures for social needs.
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