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Post-occupancy evaluation of healing gardens in a pediatric cancer center
SHERMAN Sandra A. ; VARNI James W. ; ULRICH Roger S. ; ...
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Texas A&M University College of Architecture College Station, TX USA (Organisateur de congrès)
This study evaluates three healing gardens surrounding a pediatric cancer center. All gardens contained seating, flowers and plants, but varied in size, features, and in user groups' access to them. A post-occupancy evaluation (POE) yielded a dataset of 1400 garden-users for whom demographic information, activities, and length-of-stay were recorded. Results indicate differential usage patterns across gardens, user category (patient, visitor, or staff), and age (adults and children). The largest garden with most direct patient access was the most used. Staff mostly used the gardens to walk-through or to sit and eat, rarely interacting with features intended for active engagement. Despite patient and child-friendly designs, the overwhelming majority of visitors were adults who mostly engaged in sedentary activities. Children who did use the gardens interacted with garden features significantly more than adults. Although patient rooms are situated at ground-level around the gardens to promote window views of the gardens, the findings suggest an inverse relationship between patient window use and the number of people in the gardens. Finally, preliminary data suggest that emotional distress and pain are lower for all groups when in the gardens than when inside the hospital. Provisional design implications of these findings are discussed.
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Conférence : Annual faculty research symposium "Research on the Built and Virtual Environments: Global Symposia Presentations 2003", 5, College Station, TX, USA, 2003-10-27
ISSN : 0169-2046 CODEN : LUPLEZ
Landscape and urban planning A. 2005, vol. 73, n° 2-3, pp. 167-183 [17 pages] [bibl. : 32 ref.]
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