- Gebundene Ausgabe: 336 Seiten
- Verlag: John Wiley & Sons; Auflage: 1 (20. Dezember 2013)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1118231910
- ISBN-13: 978-1118231913
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 19,8 x 2 x 24 cm
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- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 79.280 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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Therapeutic Landscapes: An Evidence-Based Approach to Designing Healing Gardens and Restorative Outdoor Spaces (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 20. Dezember 2013
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"This is an exceptionally well-written, well-researched and well-illustrated book on designing and creating therapeutic landscapes. Rarely before has this topic been so thoroughly documented in one easy-to-read book that provides essential information to landscape architects, garden designers, healthcare workers, therapists and patients." (Linda A. Irvine, Landscapes/Paysages Magazine, OALA, FCSLA, ASLA; Manager, Parks and Open Space Development, City of Markham, Ontario, Canada)
"Taking time to get in tune with your surroundings and learn to love nature has proven a therapeutic process for many, including Naomi Sachs. Sachs is Founding Director of the Therapeutic Landscapes Network, and has been able to translate a personal passion for nature into a new book, co-written by Clare Cooper Marcus, which just came out this week called Therapeutic Landscapes: An Evidence-Based Approach to Designing Healing Gardens and Restorative Outdoor Spaces. The new publication has been long-anticipated and referenced as the "single most comprehensive and authoritative guide to designing healing gardens and restorative outdoor spaces." (naturesacred.org, October 2013)
The single most comprehensive and authoritative guide to designing healing gardens and restorative outdoor spaces
Therapeutic Landscapes focuses critical attention on the design and creation of landscapes that promote health and well-being, emphasizing the importance of evidence-based design to meet the needs of specific patient populations, as well as those of visitors and staff. It presents an overview of healing gardens and therapeutic landscapes from planning to post-occupancy evaluation and offers guidelines on which landscape architects, healthcare administrators, and funders to base their decisions.
Whether the outdoor space is a courtyard, a campus, or a roof garden; whether it is part of an acute care or a residential facility; or whether it serves children, cancer patients, veterans, or the elderly, this comprehensive guide delivers proven approaches to the design of beautiful spaces that reduce stress, encourage emotional equilibrium, support recovery from illness or injury, and help patients regain lost or impaired abilities.
Important features of this wide-ranging and closely detailed resource, include:
* Evidence-based guidelines for designers and other stakeholders in a variety of projects
* Patient-specific strategies covering twelve categories ranging from burn patients and psychiatric patients to hospice and Alzheimer's patients
* Case studies of exemplary gardens that demonstrate best practices and provide inspiration
* Information on participatory design and funding strategies
* Chapters on research, planting and maintenance, horticultural therapy, and sustainability
Therapeutic Landscapes is an indispensable resource for landscape architects, other designers, students taking related courses, and healthcare administrators.
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There is one significant detail missing from the book description above (i.e. the material lifted from the back cover) - I was very surprised to find about 300 beautiful photographs and illustrated designs (all with the exception of one or two are in full color) perfectly nestled and numerically captioned to accompany the written text. The photographs are of such high quality, and each is appropriate to the educational components being described in each chapter. There is an average of about 1 beautiful image per page, and in a book about the therapeutic value of nature and design with nature in mind, this visual is so important - the book comes alive and the material is more relevant.
The written content itself is a precise match with its description - highly researched! It was obvious before even finishing the introduction that this project involved gathering and synthesizing a tremendous amount of cutting-edge studies (as well as historical documents) from a wide variety of medico-scientific and design publications. There are many texts that have attempted the same; however Therapeutic Landscapes excels because of the way in which the information is presented -
1. Just the right amount of historical background to provide a frame of reference
2. Makes the scientific case for evidence-based design with just the right amount of depth without being too technical
3. Explores the general and specific considerations and guidelines for design
4. Each chapter is referenced - how valuable!
5. International settings are discussed in detail
6. Beyond the photographs, case studies bring the text to "real world" application
7. Chapter contributions by noted experts (e.g. Teresia Hazen on patients and personnel as stakeholders in design) and Marni Barnes on how to actually plant and care for a therapeutic garden)
The back cover states that "Therapeutic Landscapes is an indispensable resource for landscape architects, other designers, students taking related courses, and healthcare administrators". It fulfills this promise, but is actually much more than that - it is an invaluable resource with very broad appeal, an instrument which can be displayed as exhibit A in changing the way we think about the environment!
Indeed, there are several theories about the way to create places that promote positive feelings, particularly for people in various challenging circumstances. The authors explain these theories and present a great deal of research, some done by them, more of it done by others in a variety of settings worldwide. They offer numerous actual examples and the experiences that have arisen from them.
The book is more academic than casual but is easy enough to read. At this price point, it is probably best suited for the
landscape professional or a classroom setting. I recommend it highly to anyone who is going to design therapeutic spaces,
would like to understand the power of landscapes to affect feelings or behavior, or who is interested in the principles of place-making in general.
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