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The perceived restorativeness of gardens

assessing the restorativeness of a mixed built and natural scene type

Tenngart Ivarsson, Carina and Hagerhall, Caroline M. (2008). The perceived restorativeness of gardens. Urban forestry & urban greening. 7:2, 107-118
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ufug.2008.01.001

Abstract

Natural environments have been found more restorative than built environments but studies have also highlighted mixed built and natural environments. The aims were to examine the perceived restorativeness of gardens, and evaluate the performance of the Perceived Restorativeness Scale, PRS, when applied to two examples from the same mixed built natural scene type rather than to a contrast between built and natural. The results show that the gardens are perceived restorative and the PRS also proved itself capable of discriminating between the two gardens. This points to the PRS being a useful tool and emphasizes the shortcomings of broad scene type definitions. The results show that one scene type can include environments that are significantly different in perceived restorativeness. This underlines the need to collect data on a greater number of both different scene types and examples within every type, as well as to have more controlled definitions of content and scene types to understand the relationship between the physical expression of a place and its potential of being restorative. The results show that the PRS is sensitive to place characteristics at subscale level, showing a high Being away score for both gardens and a Scope score that differed substantially. The results show a high correlation between restorativeness and preference.

Authors/Creators:Tenngart Ivarsson, Carina and Hagerhall, Caroline M.
Title:The perceived restorativeness of gardens
Subtitle:assessing the restorativeness of a mixed built and natural scene type
Series/Journal:Urban forestry & urban greening (1618-8667)
Year of publishing :2008
Volume:7
Number:2
Page range:107-118
Publisher:Elsevier GmbH
ISSN:1618-8667
Language:English
Publication Type:Journal article
Refereed:Yes
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:Obsolete subject words > FORESTRY, AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES and LANDSCAPE PLANNING
Keywords:Design, Preference, PRS, Restorative environments
ID Code:3363
Department:(LTJ, LTV) > Department of Work Science, Business Economics, and Environmental Psychology
(LTJ, LTV) > Landscape Architecture (until 121231)
Deposited By: Carina Tenngart Ivarsson
Deposited On:05 Dec 2008 00:00
Metadata Last Modified:02 Dec 2014 10:21

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