By Sus Sola Corazon, Assistant Professor at the University of Copenhagen, Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management.
At present, studies on health-promoting environments are dominated by research focusing on the difference between the urban and the natural environment and less is known about which qualities of the natural environment promote mental health.
Aim of the research
Therefore the research group Nature, Health & Design at the University of Copenhagen, initiated a qualitative research project in the Danish Health Forest Garden Octovia. The aim of the project was to gain knowledge of which qualities and features of the environment were perceived as restorative.
The design of the Health Forest Octovia, where the research took place, is based on Grahn & Stigsdotter's research on perceived sensory dimensions (PSD). The Health Forest is located within an existing Arboretum and consists of eight different spatial settings. 26 female students participated in the study. They were individually interviewed about their restorative experience while participating in a guided walk through the health forest.
Key findings that are relevant for planners and designers
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Citation: Ulrika Karlsson Stigsdotter, Sus Sola Corazon, Ulrik Sidenius, Anne Dahl Refshauge, Patrik Grahn. Forest design for mental health promotion—Using perceived sensory dimensions to elicit restorative responses, Landscape and Urban Planning, Volume 160, April 2017, Pages 1-15
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