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Bärg, Anna, 2019. Green spaces in urban environments as a human restoration resource. Second cycle, A2E. Alnarp: SLU, Dept. of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management (from 130101)



Densification in cities around the world is a trend and the amount of people who is suffering from stress is increasing. It is well known that green environments are good for our health and that they can help to reduce stress. Can smaller green environments, such as pocket parks, have a positive restorative effect on people? In this thesis, different theories are selected and described and then compared and common themes between the theories are identified. Existing research concerning restorative effects of green environments and particularly pocket parks are reviewed and evaluated. The knowledge that is gathered is resulting in recommendations of what to consider and include of the following elements: focal point, deflected vistas, depth, water (visually and sound), patterns and colours, wildness, wildlife (visually and sound), edges/borders, roof, view from a window, wind, paths, people, enclosure, different rooms, seating arrangements, the experience of size and crowding. Finally, the importance of green spaces in urban environments, how the environments we are in effect us and what a designer/planner should think about when designing pocket parks in urban environments is discussed. It is important that we protect smaller green spaces in urban environments as they are an invaluable asset for any city and they should withstand the ”exploitation pressure” that is happening due to densification. Everybody needs a close access to some kind of green areas, small or big, so it is important that green areas are seen as a part of the bigger picture of densification.

Main title:Green spaces in urban environments as a human restoration resource
Authors:Bärg, Anna
Supervisor:Hägerhäll, Caroline
Examiner:Gyllin, Mats and Bengtsson, Anna
Volume/Sequential designation:UNSPECIFIED
Year of Publication:2019
Level and depth descriptor:Second cycle, A2E
Student's programme affiliation:LM006 Landscape Architecture 120 HEC
Supervising department:(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management (from 130101)
Keywords:restorative environments, pocket parks, green environments, urban environments, Attention Restoration Theory, Stress Recovery Theory, Prospect and Refuge, Arousal theory, territoriality, personal space
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Subject. Use of subject categories until 2023-04-30.:Landscape architecture
Deposited On:31 May 2019 11:25
Metadata Last Modified:02 Jun 2020 13:57

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