Research: Promote Ecosystem Visibility
Increasing inclusion of surrounding ecosystems in an urban area. Help insure the urban doesn’t exclude ecosystems. Educational and the awareness of strategies for the actual workspace.
- examples of sheltered structures, built or planted
- social and physical context
- plant descriptions/labels/plaques
- separate/connected walkways
- vertical walls and box planting
- wood paneling
- organic or geometric shapes
- private and relaxing/stress free
- texture and colour schemes
- public website
- statement about the purpose of the space (poster form)
Education and Strategies
“Healthy campus by open space design: Approaches and guidelines” examines the architectural and landscape design strategies and intentions for green, open spaces facilities targeting stress alleviation for learning environments such as those of university campuses in a compact urban setting. The physical design of green buildings that incorporate open space are a catalyst for integrated ecosystem. “For a compact campus, high-dense surroundings may limit the size of an open space and may handicap circulation and accessibility; on the other side, a small open space may provide its users more intimate contact with natural restorative elements and also a more controllable microclimate for physical comfort.”
- Stress from the imbalance of environment demands and human capabilities can be linked to deteriorated mental health.
- Outdoor environment and away from formal classes
- Design that supplies substance and comfort for users
- landscape design, spatial design and green design
- Idea of ‘healing gardens’ ie. viewing vegetation/water/natural elements can relieve stress
- Moderate or appropriate stimulation to promote positive response; layout, circulation, control, flexibility, responsiveness, privacy, spatial syntax, defensible space and certain symbolic elements are key architectural factors.
- Green buildings have micro ecosystems, natural support system
- Design strategies that are synergistic include a selection of native, adapted, and noninvasive species; for biodiversity, the landscape architect should also research the bird species that are likely to use the space
- Retreat, fascination, and exposure to nature
- People perceive their surroundings using the sense of sight, touch, sound and smell.
- A densely planted area provides much more visual interest and is a source of beauty shade and colour
- Create a sense of order and direction
- Private and minimum distractions
We also have to be mindful of what VCD aspect we put in the space (poster, little free library, Plant plaques) that it is made from a material that is used of suitable for the space. It also has to withstand the weather conditions, have a clear message of the spaces purpose, and make sure that it is something students will respect.
“Healthy campus by open space design: Approaches and guidelines.” Web. March 20, 2017. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2095263514000430
“UrbanEdge / Gustafson Guhrie Nichol.” Furuto, Alison. 9 June, 2012. Web. March 20, 2017. http://www.archdaily.com/241066/urbanedge-gustafson-guhrie-nichol
Zen Garden : https://www.houzz.co.nz/photos/query/zen-garden/p/88