Juanita Dugdale addresses the current discussion about whether labyrinths can promote psychological and physical healing.
Environmental designers have only recently focused on the therapeutic effects of the outdoor environment upon those with Alzheimer’s disease. A recent study provides new insights for those who are trying to meet the challenges of improving the quality of life for those affected by this devastating disease.
Having access to a nearby park or open space is "priceless," but can an actual monetary value be placed on living near a green space? Several studies attempt to answer that question.
What are the most important benefits sought by zoo visitors? What can surveys and a post-occupancy evalutation reveal about zoo design?
Anyone who has sought out a choice spot under a tree on a hot day knows that a single tree can create its own microclimate. In small, tree-rich urban parks, the effect can be significant.
Although much is known about park-user demographics, this research investigates visitors by determining their underlying motivations.
Neuroscientists trying to explain the popularity of the 500-year-old Ryoanji Temple Rock Garden in Kyoto, a UNESCO world heritage cultural property, have determined that the spaces between the rocks and moss in the garden create a fractal tree shape that is subconsciously pleasing to observers.
Humans routinely modify the land around them, often leading to ecological and social consequences—consequences that can affect the landscape’s character. This is the second of a two-part article that examines some current research on how landscape preferences can support actions to preserve an area’s ecology and character.
A well-designed space can please many people—sometimes even those for whom the design was not originally created. This is the case for the 4-H children’s garden at Michigan State University.