Nature is another name for health, and architects need to learn how to incorporate it. @landarchi…

Nature is another name for health, and architects need to learn how to incorporate it. @landarchi…

ASLA 2012 General Design Honor Award. Arizona State University Polytechnic Campus — New Academic Complex by Ten Eyck Landscape Architects / Bill Timmeman “We are trying to figure out precisely what types of nature provide the most health benefits,” said William Sullivan , ASLA, a landscape architecture professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, at the Environmental Design Research Assocation (EDRA) conference in New Orleans. The eventual goal is to be able to prescribe doses of nature, or specific activities in nature, to help with a range of illnesses. But we have a long ways to go before we can get to this point. “We are just at the beginning of the research. We are moving in the direction of more specificity.” Sometime in the future, designers of all kinds will have guidelines that explain the best ways to reap the positive effects of nature. “But toda...

Full article: http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/dirt/253731/nature...

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