Toward understanding the restorative environment as a health resource

Hartig, T., 2004, Toward understanding the restorative environment as a health resource, in: OPENspace, ‘Open space, people space’, OPENspace, Edinburgh

  • Author : Hartig, T.
  • Year : 2004
  • Published in Book : Open space, people space
  • Abstract in English : The ‘restorative environment’ concept sees considerable use in the environment-behaviour-design field these days. Much of the concept’s appeal has to do with how it helps us to relate health to experiences in natural environments. With this paper I offer some support for efforts to develop and apply knowledge about restorative environments as health resources. I will also share some thoughts on where we stand with research on restorative environments and where research in the area can go next. More specifically, I will discuss how we define restoration, a general framework for theories about restorative environments, some requirements of empirical tests of those theories, and the public health vs. therapeutic values of restorative environments.
  • Comments/Notes : KEYWORDS: natural environments, restoration, restorative environments, stress.