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Urban Psychology (01-19-18)

Ellard directs the Urban Realities Laboratory at the University of Waterloo.  He reports that some of his Laboratory’s research findings include:  “Street-level facades that are low in visual complexity not only cause participants to self-report lower levels of interest and pleasure, but their levels of autonomic arousal become low.  The biometric signature of a low-complexity street looks very much like the signature shown by participants in laboratory studies who are experiencing states of boredom.”  Also, “Immersion in greenspace in cities, even when it is modest (a community garden in t

Park Use – Benchmark Info (01-03-18)

Cohen and team collected benchmark information on park use.  They learned via “a representative sample of 174 neighborhood parks in 25 major cities (population >100,000) across the U.S. [that when] Park use, park-based physical activity, and park conditions were observed during a typical week . . . during spring/summer of 2014. [Researchers determined that] Nationwide, the average neighborhood park of 8.8 acres averaged 20 users/hour or an estimated 1,533 person hours of weekly use. Walking loops and gymnasia each generated 221 hours/week of moderate to vigorous physical activity.

Garden Use by the Elderly (01-02-18)

Shi, Tong, and Tao investigated the use of gardens by elderly people.  They report that “Gardens for the elderly . . . have been revealed to be beneficial to the elderly’s well-being and quality of life. . . . one garden at a care facility for the elderly was studied through total site factor measurement, resident and staff interviews, along with observations. . . . level changes are found to be more influential [on use] than distance and shade.”


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