Nature’s soothing power has been a foundational tenet of design for centuries — one confirmed by various researchers in the last 100 years. But the functions of causation have rarely been precisely defined. Even the simplest natural pockets are packed with overlapping triggers. So how do you determine which features of a city park, in isolation or in concert, are giving visitors a feeling of respite?
That question is one that the TKF Foundation, an organization that supports the construction of urban parks for their spiritual benefits, is now trying to answer. The foundation hopes to build a body of peer-reviewed science that will not only validate its mantra — that nature, even in small doses, can be a powerful restorative tonic — but also provide lessons in how that effect can be achieved.
“There’s been tons of research on this subject, a massive body of research, but a lot of it is not applied research,” says Mary Wyatt, the foundation’s executive director. “We wanted to do something that could get out into the public arena.” –by Henry Grabar on Next City.
January 15, 2016 NewTerrain