The dictionary defines green space as “community space consisting of land (such as parks) rather than buildings.” But, outside of textbook definitions, green space can mean many different things in many contexts and to many different people. A green space can be a place of respite in the midst of a busy string of errands; it can be a charming spot where meet cutes occur; it can be childhood memories of days spent running, playing, laughing. For those reasons and many more, green spaces are important. Let’s talk about that! Green Spaces Provide Social, Environmental, and Health Benefits Yes, green spaces offer them all! In fact, the positive impacts they bring to a community socially, environmentally, and healthfully are so numerous that we’ve got a dedicated post planned for each category. For now though, here are some insightful factoids to remember: More social activities are observed in common spaces that have trees compared to treeless spaces of the same size. Older adults who have more exposure to green common spaces report a stronger sense of unity among residents within their neighborhood. Social relationships have been shown to affect mental health, health behavior, physical health, and mortality risk. Urban vegetation […]
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Experiencing the outdoors is an essential component of our health. Those of us who spend more time in the open air enjoy lower probabilities of cardiovascular disease, asthma hospitalization, and more. It has even been connected to improved birth outcomes and cognitive development in children. Seaside or amongst the foliage of a quaint park, nature makes us better. But it’s also less predictable and controllable than our carefully structured interior environments. That’s why incorporating safety in landscape architecture is so important. By taking a few smart steps to modify our landscape architecture designs, we can help more people enjoy nature. Here are a few of our top tips to achieve it: Landscape Architects Need to Consider the Climate Do you have clearly defined seasons? Or is it pretty hot most of the year? This type of thought applies in more specific contexts, too. Is the space you’re working with tucked between two buildings and thus, more susceptible to strong wind gusts? These questions—and more so, their answers—are very important when you aim to create safe outdoor spaces for people to enjoy. The ideal placement of trees along a street could reduce temperatures on the surface below (and the people walking […]
Community green spaces have been scientifically proven to bring both physical and mental health benefits. Here we’re looking at the research and ways to get more green spaces into our communities:
Public green space can have a wide range of positive social, economic and environmental impacts. What sorts of goals might you consider?