Powerfully good: art, Character and placemaking in Health Care landscape design.

This joint poster presentation between a landscape architect and the artist gifts both theory and practice in designing areas in which people of all ages can connect to nature, relax and re-focus. It emphasises designing landscapes and interventions in healthcare environments across the entire lifecycle. Building on the work of Ulrich, Cooper Marcus and Sachs (2008)we present a series of case studies across a range of healthcare environments, such as dementia care, general hospitals, children’s hospitals, and senior care houses.

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With illustrations, the poster investigates the design process and principles for delivering a landscape that offers the much needed assurance, privacy, control, motion and reverie to promote recovery. It is essential to engage with staff and patients in the design procedure. Healthcare centers frequently have little space or space for outdoor space, but even tiny courtyards can offer the chance to create a healthy microclimate; the urban heat island effect, along with air and noise pollution can all be reduced as well as their effects lessened through smart landscape design. There’s no explanation for a badly doing outdoor area; we could work with nature to harness its power to cure. Successful landscape design can help reduce staff stress and increase performance, accelerate patient rehabilitation, and reduce the need for pain medication, thereby reducing costs while enhancing health and health.
The job illustrations sit in the liminal zone where art and placemaking overlap, exploring the connection between the cyclical repetitions found in nature’s rhythms and linear human action. This is particularly evident in the walk-through installations utilising light projection, based on the hypothesis that there’s a correlation between the way we move and how we feel.
Collaboration with clinical divisions in the Alberta Children’s Hospital (Calgary) because 2012 has resulted in qualitative and quantitative research, identifying physiological biomarkers signaling a favorable’labyrinth impact’. Measurements of heart rate variability and saliva enzymes during a brief walkable labyrinthine pattern show calming of the autonomous nervous system, and a rise in mental alertness.
A triptych labyrinth setup for the biggest San Francisco general hospital, Laguna Honda, is supplied by clinicians as part of physiotherapy movement, mindfulness practice, family and community outreach, and staff training. This easy addition offers highly stressed patients the opportunity to move continuously, boosting regular breathing and release negative tension.
We will explore new possibilities for healing landscapes and art, and hope to provoke dialogue with this demonstration.