Healing Places: Somewhere to Dream

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Healing Places:  Somewhere to Dream was prepared for the Faculty of Landscape Architecture, The University of British Columbia, in March of 1996.


A critically important goal of designers must be to promote wellness by creating physical surroundings that are "psychologically supportive".  Supportive environments facilitate people coping with the major stress accompanying illness.  One of the soft interventions which has been found to be complementary to the healing effects of prescribed medications and other medical technology is horticultural therapy wherein indoor/outdoor settings are made available.  The study is an extension of the work reported by Carolyn Francis and Clare Cooper Marcus.  The focus is on clients who reside in a rehabilitation facility in Vancouver, B.C. and the paper statistically supports and examines the healing qualities of place as perceived by 11 respondents.  Preliminary patterns emerged based on respondents' length of stay and place of upbringing. 


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