Evaluating therapeutic landscape design elements of urban plazas in the southwestern United States

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Title:
Evaluating therapeutic landscape design elements of urban plazas in the southwestern United States
Author:
Kirk, Patricia Ann
Issue Date:
2002
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
Previous research on the therapeutic effectiveness of well-designed outdoor spaces in healthcare settings (OSHS) indicates psychological and physiological benefits for patients, staff, and visitors. Beyond the medical environment, well-designed urban open space is thought to possibly provide a healing effect for the urban dweller or office worker. This study evaluated therapeutic effectiveness of existing urban plazas compared to OSHS (used as control sites) in the southwestern U.S. Methods involved summarizing recommendations based on literature and noted designs in the field, and developing evaluation criteria termed Therapeutic Landscape Design Elements (TLDE). Presence of 27 TLDE and calculation of site coverage was determined at 13 urban plazas and six outdoor spaces in healthcare settings. Ranked correlation and t-test analyses were used to determine significant differences between the two types of sites. Urban plazas had significantly greater percent hardscape than OSHS, whereas OSHS had greater presence of moveable furniture and designated smoking areas.
Type:
text; Thesis-Reproduction (electronic)
Keywords:
Landscape Architecture.; Health Sciences, Public Health.
Degree Name:
M.L.A.
Degree Level:
masters
Degree Program:
Graduate College; Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Livingston, Margaret

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dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.titleEvaluating therapeutic landscape design elements of urban plazas in the southwestern United Statesen_US
dc.creatorKirk, Patricia Annen_US
dc.contributor.authorKirk, Patricia Annen_US
dc.date.issued2002en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractPrevious research on the therapeutic effectiveness of well-designed outdoor spaces in healthcare settings (OSHS) indicates psychological and physiological benefits for patients, staff, and visitors. Beyond the medical environment, well-designed urban open space is thought to possibly provide a healing effect for the urban dweller or office worker. This study evaluated therapeutic effectiveness of existing urban plazas compared to OSHS (used as control sites) in the southwestern U.S. Methods involved summarizing recommendations based on literature and noted designs in the field, and developing evaluation criteria termed Therapeutic Landscape Design Elements (TLDE). Presence of 27 TLDE and calculation of site coverage was determined at 13 urban plazas and six outdoor spaces in healthcare settings. Ranked correlation and t-test analyses were used to determine significant differences between the two types of sites. Urban plazas had significantly greater percent hardscape than OSHS, whereas OSHS had greater presence of moveable furniture and designated smoking areas.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeThesis-Reproduction (electronic)en_US
dc.subjectLandscape Architecture.en_US
dc.subjectHealth Sciences, Public Health.en_US
thesis.degree.nameM.L.A.en_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineArchitecture, Planning, and Landscape Architectureen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorLivingston, Margareten_US
dc.identifier.proquest1409151en_US
dc.identifier.bibrecord.b42727996en_US
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