Human Health & Well-Being Resources

Growing up around green space has positive effect on early childhood development, UBC study suggests

Findings raise concerns about how wealth affects access to green space

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Time & Reality: A Garden for Adults with Autism

Watch the first webinar in the CSLA-AALA 2020 Congress Webinar Series hosted by Virignia Burt, co-presenting with Emily Thorpe.  

Towards Healthy Cities - PAYSAGES (AAPQ)

This new edition of PAYSAGES magazine is an opportunity to demonstrate the critical role that landscape architects play in achieving and maintaining public health. The contributors to this issue were asked to examine and highlight the ways in which the practice of landscape architecture contributes to physical health, protects mental health, and builds strong, egalitarian social connections, three pillars of public health.

In order to optimize the impact of their words, this year we have invited cardiologist François Reeves to bring a complementary perspective to the texts of the journal. In addition to signing the opening text, Dr. Reeves comments and annotates each article. The result is a dynamic 2021 edition that our professionals can rely on and that fully demonstrates the relevance of their actions.

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L|P Issue on Healing, vol 16 no 2 (summer 2014)

CLICK HERE to view the digital issue including exclusive online material and translations of articles in LP+

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The Science Behind How Nature Affects Your Health

Have you ever wondered how experiencing nature can improve your health and your life?

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The Global Forest: 40 Ways Trees Can Save Us

A pioneering scientist writes of the benefits of forest bathing and the fascinating ecological and pharmaceutical properties of trees.

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What is a healthy landscape?

We believe those involved in creating healthy places should champion the role landscape plays in improving health outcomes. We want public health professionals, planners and landscape architects to promote and act upon the idea that high quality landscape increase wellbeing.

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How do Landscape Architects Influence the Health of our Cities and People?

In every neighbourhood, landscape architects are often found working on projects which are community driven and contribute directly to local health and wellbeing.

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Sour mood getting you down? Get back to nature

Research suggests that mood disorders can be lifted by spending more time outdoors.

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Ground Magazine: Landscapes for Longterm Care Article

"The one thing all the people I provided care for had in common was that their condition, or current physical or cognitive state, caused them to experience their external environment differently from the average, able-bodied person. I realized how important accessibility is to outdoor spaces, but I also began to see another important truth: outdoor spaces need to do more than just meet the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) or Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility standards."

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Healthy and Livable Communities - ASLA

"Working with landscape architects, communities can promote human health and well-being by encouraging the development of environments that offer rich social, economic, and environmental benefits. Healthy, livable communities improve the welfare and well-being of people by expanding the range of affordable transportation, employment, and housing choices."

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An Interview with Virginia Burt, FCSLA, FASLA

"Virginia Burt, FCSLA, FASLA, creates landscapes and gardens of meaning for residential clients, healthcare facilities, and academic and governmental organizations. For more than 30 years, Virginia’s design philosophy has reflected these roots, enabling her to create gardens and landscapes that reveal their natural context and sensitively reflect and support those who use them."

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Landscape Institute: Public Health and Landscape

"Much of the history of landscape architecture can be traced back to the need to create places that were beneficial for people’s health and wellbeing."

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5 Top Health Benefits of Landscape Architecture

"Have you ever wondered about the health benefits of landscape architecture? And not just in a general sense but in specific ways, that can truly enhance the lives of individuals.  People enjoy being in nature for multiple reasons: to work out, to escape from the stress of everyday life, or to simply breathe fresh air. Others head to the mountains or the woods to find a cure for what ails them and to reap the health benefits of spending time in the great outdoors. Whatever your goal, it is evident that spending time in nature is beneficial to both your mental and physical health." 

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