LARCH 498B/598K Therapeutic Garden Design – UW Department of Landscape Architecture – College of Built Environments – Autumn 2015 Class held Tuesdays, 3:30-6:20 pm, Gould 435, (3) credits, SLN#: 22579 (LARCH 498B), SLN#: 22736 (LARCH 598K)
Therapeutic Garden Design/Research: Renewal, Rehabilitation, Respite
Daniel Winterbottom, FASLA, RLA
office hours: WED 10-11am firstname.lastname@example.org
In this seminar, we will be exploring what constitutes a therapeutic environment, what ensures its success, how they are designed, what research validates their outcomes and why they are important to a diverse range of community health. What is a therapeutic garden and how do they influence and improve human health? While the typology is ancient and is used for many intended goals, serving a variety of populations, it is only recently that it has been adopted as an important aspect of landscape architecture practice and as a subset of the “design for health” movement. Research, while still in its infant stage, is growing and spans across many disciplines and informs evidence-based design.
This class will focus on an in-depth exploration and investigation of design for improved well-being and physical and psychological health. These environments have multiple layers and meanings, influenced by an array of forces and challenges. They are a mixture of myriad social, cultural, political, economic, and ecological systems in physical space. Designing for those coping with compromised situations, therefore, requires sensitivity to these many layers and influences. The class will take a global perspective looking at research and examples from around the world that address post disaster situations, youth, incarceration, medical crisis, aging and a range of other conditions.
Characteristics of Class Meetings:
This class will include various types of activities: lectures, visiting speakers, discussions, research, observation, field trips, student presentations, and guest speakers. For the majority of class time, the atmosphere will be like a kitchen table discussion with selected students leading the discussions around the readings and individual projects. Students are expected to collaborate with one another in assigned, or self-selected teams, as well as direct discussions and contribute to the discussion.
Professor Daniel Winterbottom, RLA, FASLA Department of Landscape Architecture University of Washington
302 Gould, Box 355734, Seattle, WA 98195-5734 Office 206 616 1876 Cell 206 612 1146 Fax 206 685 4486