Introduction

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The award winning landscape at the Gates Foundation in Seattle, Washington.
During the first five weeks of this course, we’ll engage readings, discussions and exercises to help us gain an understanding of how built settings might impact our health and wellbeing. Below, you’ll see a date for each class period. Please read the material identified below that date before coming to class.

Aug 25


There are no readings for today. What’s the problem here?

Aug 27


THE HEALTHY LANDSCAPE HEALTHY PEOPLE FRAMEWORK

Sullivan, W.C., Frumkin, H., Jackson, R.J., & Chang, C.Y. (2014).
Gaia meets Ascelpius: Creating Healthy Places. Landscape & Urban Planning, 127, p. 182-184.

James, P., Banay, R. F., Hart, J. E., & Laden, F. (2015).
A Review of the Health Benefits of Greenness. Current Epidemiology Reports, 2(2), 131–142. doi:10.1007/s40471-015-0043-7

Sept 1


RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN HUMAN AND NATURAL LANDSCAPE ELEMENTS

Velarde, M.D., Fry, G.; Tveit, M. (2007).
Health effects of viewing landscapes – Landscape types in environmental psychology. Urban Forestry and Urban Greening, 6, 199-212.

Grinde, B., and G.G. Patil. (2009).
Biophilia: Does Visual Contact with Nature Impact on Health and Well-Being? International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 6, 9: 2332-343.

Optional: Kellert, S. R., Heerwagen, J., & Mador, M. (2011). Biophilic Design Chapter 1. John Wiley & Sons. p. 3-19.

Sept 3


HOW TO MEASURE OUR ENVIRONMENT BASED ON METHODS FROM LANDSCAPE ECOLOGY

Sandifer, P. A., Sutton-Grier, A. E., & Ward, B. P. (2015).
Exploring connections among nature, biodiversity, ecosystem services, and human health and well-being: Opportunities to enhance health and biodiversity conservation. Ecosystem Services, 12(C), 1–15. doi:10.1016/j.ecoser.2014.12.007

Dramstad, W. E., M. S. Tveit, W. J. Fjellstad, and G. L. A. Fry. 2006. Relationships between visual landscape preferences and map-based indicators of landscape structure. Landscape and Urban Planning 78:465–474.

Optional: Leitao, A. B., Miller, J., Ahern, J., & McGarigal, K. (2012). Measuring Landscapes: Chapter 1. Island Press. p. 1-26.

Optional: Hostetler, M., & Holling, C. S. (2000). Detecting the scales at which birds respond to structure in urban landscapes. Urban Ecosystems, 4(1), 25–54. doi:10.1023/A:1009587719462

Diagram: You can download Professor Chang’s diagram
Healthy Landscapes Healthy People here.

Sept 8


PSYCHOLOGICAL BENEFITS OF NATURAL ENVIRONMENTS I: LANDSCAPE PREFERENCE

Kil, N., Stein, T. V., & Holland, S. M. (2014).
Influences of wildland–urban interface and wildland hiking areas on experiential recreation outcomes and environmental setting preferences. Landscape and Urban Planning, 127, 1–12. doi:10.1016/j.landurbplan.2014.04.004

Jiang, B., Larsen, L., Deal, B., & Sullivan (2015).
A dose-response curve describing the relationship between tree cover density and landscape preference. Landscape & Urban Planning, 139, p.16-25.

Optional: Lin, Y.H., Tsai, C.C., Sullivan, W.C., Chang, C.Y., & Chang, P.J. (2014). Does awareness effect the restorative function and perception of street trees. Frontiers in Psychology, 5, p. 1-9.

Sept 10


PSYCHOLOGICAL BENEFITS OF NATURAL ENVIRONMENTS II

Rita B. (2009).
Exposure to restorative environments helps restore attentional capacity. Journal of Environmental Psychology 25 (2005) 249–259

Barton J and Pretty J. 2010. What is the best dose of nature and green exercise for mental health? A meta-study analysis. Environmental Science & Technology 44, 3947-3955

Optional: Roe, J., & Aspinall, P. (2011). The Emotional Affordances of Forest Settings: An Investigation in Boys with Extreme Behavioural Problems. Landscape Research, 36(5), 535–552. doi:10.1080/01426397.2010.543670

Sept 15


PHYSIOLOGICAL MEASUREMENT F THEBENEFITS OF NATURAL ENVIRONMENTS: BIOFEEDBACK KMEASUREMENTS

Ulrich, R. S. (1984)
View through a window may influence recovery from surgery. Science, 224, 420–421.

Chang,C.Y., Chen,P.K.
Human responses to window views and indoor plants in the workplace. HortScience 2005, 40, 1354-1359.

Assignment (individual or groups), choose a research problem and draw a research concept diagram. Prepare a presentation for next Tuesday, Sept 22.

Sept 17


PPHYSIOLOGICAL MEASUREMENT OF BENEFITS OF NATURAL ENVIRONMENTS II
Sheather, J. (2009).
Landscape and health. The Lancet, 373(9657), 22–23. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(08)61943-1

Triguero-Mas, M., Dadvand, P., Cirach, M., Martínez, D., Medina, A., Mompart, A., et al. (2013). Natural outdoor environments and mental and physical health: Relationships and mechanisms. Environment International, 77(C), 35–41. doi:10.1016/j.envint.2015.01.012

Sept 22

Presentations of your research diagrams.

Sept 29


See readings in the Lit Review & Proposal page