America (PRA) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to decrease the
burden of chronic disease, increase health and happiness, and foster
environmental stewardship, by virtue of prescribing Nature during the routine
delivery of healthcare. PRA works closely with managers of
publicly-accessible land and water, as well as directly with healthcare
providers and their respective organizations, to "make it easy" to
prescribe parks and other protected areas to their patients real-time in the
clinical practice setting.
health reasons to spend time in nature
Learn how Park Rx America was planned, developed, and implemented at a "doctor's office."
Review recently published data on Park Rx America.
Summarize next steps for expansion and research of Park Rx.
day, each of us makes multiple decisions and interacts with our surroundings
based on sensory input from our external environment, which for most, is
automatically processed and interpreted. Conventional education teaches there
are five sensory systems. In reality there are three more that help us
understand and interpret our environment and develop physically, cognitively,
and emotionally. These systems include the proprioceptive, vestibular, and
interoceptive senses. This session will combine the expertise of occupational
therapy and landscape architecture by exploring how appropriate sensory
planning in play environments can help children, particularly those with
sensory processing disorder, self-regulate and find an equilibrium of sensory
input. The concepts of affect attunement, sensory lifestyles, just right
stimulation, reflex response, and grasp will be discussed.
Identify the basic sensory systems and their influence on childhood development.
Identify and thoughtfully apply principles of sensory development to play environment design.
Understand the fundamentals of how sensory input impacts play behaviors.
More than just play, children with developmental disorders benefit from strategically designed sensory playgrounds and sensory gardens. This study evaluated the outcomes of outdoor play using a multiple baseline research design. The lessons are applicable to future sensory gardens and play areas within broad fields of architecture and landscape architecture.
Overview evidence-based design research working with children who have developmental disorders in the context of a sensory garden/playground.
Define sensory processing disorders showing treatment in our sensory garden/playground at STAR Center in Denver, CO.
Identify elements of landscape design based on research data that facilitate self-regulation and social participation for all children and contribute to a quality life experience.
Discuss research findings which go beyond playground design and have implications for architecture and landscape architecture in general.
Urban green space design is challenged by limited knowledge of which attributes and spatial configurations are most likely to support mental well-being. This session explains new environmental psychology research that connects specific physical characteristics (best designs) to aspects of wellness. Wellness parks built by TKF Foundation serve as case studies.
Appreciate what environmental psychology research brings to the design of urban space for wellbeing.
Understand the meaning of evidence-based design and how to employ it for best effect.
Discover which physical attributes (content & spatial configuration) of a green space design are preferred.
Explore examples of wellness parks built by TKF that exemplify design attributes related to wellbeing.
Exposure to nature during childhood is essential for healthy development, yet self-directed outdoor discovery is waning. Presenters have collaboratively designed campus environments that create learning opportunities and inspire stewardship of nature through indoor-outdoor spaces that integrate natural systems and interdisciplinary curricula, thus cultivating a campus culture of outdoor learning.
Understand the process of integrating class curriculum with campus planning and design.
Discover ways to collaborate with stakeholders to cultivate engagement with the project and site.
Examine strategies for integrating natural and built systems.
Gain insight into the potential and challenges of integrating learning opportunities within educational projects.
How can Landscape Architects make real impacts on the health of a community? This session is meant to be a primer for the various tools and information available to help you do just that, including health impact assessments, health improvement plans, and health needs assessments. These tools are invaluable for giving planners the actionable data to start addressing specific health needs of a community. In addition, this session will begin to help elevate our profession through case studies that will show how to integrate the analysis of community health, weigh the health impacts of the built environment and utilize best practices for planning and design for human health.
Become familiar with tools, such as Health Impact Assessments, Health Needs Assessments and Community Health Improvement Plans in order to explore the health effects of the built environment to make better informed design decisions.
Gain insight into where and how to find relevant health data, which can then be used to identify potential health concerns within a community.
Distinguish between Health Determinants and Health Outcomes to formulate design and planning strategies that help address potential health concerns within a community.
The built environment plays an important role in the healthy and positive development of adolescents. Designers can help to ensure that the places where young people learn, live and play are responsive to the unique needs of this age group. In many instances, property owners and clients seek to limit the use of these places by adolescents and designers are charged with creating a place that excludes, instead of facilitates, their desired activities. This presentation will provide information that will empower designers to advocate for adolescent-friendly places as well as methods for engaging young people in design decisions.
Review four primary adolescent developmental tasks -- building self-esteem, establishing satisfying social relationships, managing free time effectively, and developing a sense of social responsibility.
Understand the connection between developmental tasks and the built environment, i.e. the developmental affordance of place, and youth participation.
Learn about the types of places and activities that are most important to adolescents in western cultures.
Review design decisions that have negative or non-supportive impacts on adolescents.
Learn techniques and timing for engaging young people in design decision processes.
A Case Study of the Rosecrance Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Center's Healing Garden. This presentation examines the potential to create environments benefiting individuals’ health, both mental and physical. Over the last twenty years, studies have shown the profound impact the environment can have on one’s overall health and well being. However, little research demonstrates how specific design elements achieve therapeutic goals and enhance the healing process. The first part of this presentation is a case study that examines which landscape elements successfully contribute to the benefits of a healing garden, as it relates to the definition of a therapeutic landscape, and which elements do not. The second component includes recommendations for designing therapeutic spaces.
Attendees will learn how post occupancy evaluations can benefit their clients and enhance their performance on future projects and how case studies can be a useful tool when performing post occupancy evaluations.
Attendees will gain insight into which particular design elements most effectively achieve the desired positive results of a “therapeutic landscape” for patients, families and staff.
Attendees will become familiar with design recommendations and guidelines for use in designing a healing garden or therapeutic space.
In an economy where resources are limited, joint use agreements are becoming a platform for creating healthy collaborations. Establishing joint use agreements between schools, parks and other local organizations allow facilities to be utilized by more members of the community and provide community members with increased opportunities for physical activity. These partnerships provide mutual benefits to all parties involved and improve community livability; however these partnerships do require work in resolving differences.
Learn how utilizing joint use agreements will increase opportunities for physical activity and healthy living.
Learn how joint agreements engage community stakeholders.
Understand the need for positive relationships with community entities.
Learn how joint agreements open facilities for underserved populations.
Learn how joint agreements bridge the differences as to standards, funding, and expectations of partners.