Juanita Dugdale addresses the current discussion about whether labyrinths can promote psychological and physical healing.
Promote Physical Health/Improve Health Outcomes
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.
The September 2003 issue of the American Journal of Public Health focuses on the influence of the built environment on health.
Research is still critical to understanding how the environment can help support those with dementia and their families. Recent studies look at several sucessful indoor design interventions and provide outdoor design guidelines.
Researchers designed a hospital waiting area that is associated with more positive assessments of the physical environment, improved mood, enhanced physiological state, and more satisfaction with the environment than the standard waiting room.
What influence does urban design have on human health at the scale of individual buildings and surroundings, neighborhoods, and towns and regions? Laura Jackson (National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory, EPA) surveyed the literature.
Recent research again indicates that aquariums have a positive influence on human experience.
School and training room environments have a significant influence on student experience. This topic has received a significant amount of attention recently, with several articles and a book exploring how different aspects of the physical environment can enhance learning.
The National Academy of Sciences, the American Institute of Architects, and the Vinyl Institute coordinated the first Neuroscience and Health Facilities Workshop in Woods Hole, MA, August 13–15, 2002
Some designers of hospital environments have fully recognized the influence of sensory stimulation on patient experience and recovery rates.