Healing Spaces / Healing Gardens
When architects and sociologists and others look at what it takes to create healing environments (what I term 'Hospital Makeovers') they end up describing a garden. Not really in those words, of course....
Actually they call it 'Healthcare without the Institution'
Photo: Blender Nation - Espoo Hospital, Finland
It is an exciting development to see architects list the physical criteria required for healing spaces and it sure sounds like a garden to me.
Jack Lenor Larsen's Long House Reserve
In a pdf of a slide show given to public health architects, (Public Health Group of the International Union of Architects, November 2009) Zdravko Trivic & Dr Ruzica Bozovic‐Stamenovic & Dr Limin Hee say hospitals should look to shopping centers for inspiration...(click below to see slide show)
but after looking at the slide show (click above) I say they should skip the shopping mall model and go directly to the Serenity Garden model. It certainly fits their stated maxim which is:
'Space is inseparable from people, and vice versa.'
Here is the physical attribute list necessary for healing spaces that they list in the show - I added my photos...
Textures and Touch
Chicago City Hall green roof
Nature and Vistas
One of my projects - Johnsen Landscapes & Pools
Quality of Lighting
Sounds and Music
Making Headway Foundation Party for Kids afflicted with brain and spinal cord tumors