Seveal recent articles investigate the relationship between the design of the external environment and human well-being.
Children living in areas with more trees are less likely to have asthma than children living in areas with fewer trees.
People are happier when looking at trees than inanimate objects, and are happiest when viewing spreading trees.
Nature in and around residential homes can be valued in many ways. Two studies emphasize the value of nature on ameliorating proximity to retail land uses and increasing neighborhood satisfaction.
In today’s urban environments, sound reduction often can make outdoor spaces more comfortable for people. One method is to block sound through dense vegetation to reduce sound spillover.