Author(s): Gayle Souter-Brown
In this book Gayle Souter-Brown explores the social, economic and environmental benefits of developing greenspace for health and well-being. She examines the evidence behind the positive effects of designed landscapes, and explains effective methods and approaches which can be put into practice by those seeking to reduce costs and add value through outdoor spaces. Using principles from sensory, therapeutic and healing gardens, Souter-Brown focuses on landscape's ability to affect health, education and economic outcomes. Already valued within healthcare environments, these design guidelines for public and private spaces extend the benefits throughout our towns and cities. Covering design for school grounds to public parks, public housing to gardens for stressed executives, this richly illustrated text builds the case to justify inclusion of a designed outdoor area in project budgets. With case studies from the US, UK, Africa, Asia, Australasia and Europe, it is an international, inspirational and valuable tool for those interested in landscapes that provide real benefits to their users.
"Presenting greenspace as a human lifeline, this is an excellent and accessible read for the practitioner and students alike. Concepts of architecture, design, sustainability and well being are blended with whole of life costing approaches to make the case for a supportive urban environment in which individuals, families, communities and business can thrive." - Teena Hale Pennington, CEO New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA)
Gayle Souter-Brown is Founder and Director of Greenstone Design UK Ltd, salutogenic landscape and urban design consultants. Her research interests in design for health and well-being follow years working with disabled adults and children. With 25 years of international experience she lectures, writes and designs from UK and New Zealand.
Introduction Part 1: The Origins And Evolution Of Healing Gardens 1. The History: What Were Gardens For? 2. Why Do We Need Gardens For Health And Well-Being Today?' 3. Urban Space Degradation 4. Sustainable Communities Are Healthy Communities Part 2: Who Will Benefit From Healing Gardens? 5. Healing Gardens For Children 6. Healing Gardens For Adults 7. Healing Gardens And Cityscapes For Disabled Children And Adults 8. Healing Gardens For Stressed Executives 9. Cost Benefits Of Greening The Urban Environment Through Healing Gardens Part 3: Designing Healing Gardens Using An Inclusive, Salutogenic Approach 10. The Salutogenic Design Process 11. Salutogenic Design Guidelines - Simple Is Best 12. Inclusive Design - Key Design Elements Part 4: Additional Resources 13. Funding Sources For Public Sensory, Therapeutic And Healing Gardens 14. How And Where To Develop Community Green Space