Implementation of therapeutic landscapes through urban farm approach in high-density urban context: Hong Kong as an example
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AbstractOver the last decades, efforts made by government agencies and building professionals to address the environmental sustainability are mainly concentrated on urban ambient air temperature cooling, building energy efficiency, and resource balanced planning and design. In the green building design approach, eco-landscape, green roof and vertical green which so-called green features have been considered to reduce energy consumption and to improve thermal comfort, also, extra credits have been given to buildings with these features in green building (GB) assessment exercise. Although green infrastructure and green features of GB have been widely adopted by building industry to enhance the environmental sustainability in HK, yet little is known about mechanisms underlying other benefits of plants or green features of GB to address social sustainability owing to rapid aging. Some studies have employed notions of therapeutic landscapes to describe how places become implicated in the process of healing or health enhancement. There are growing evidence to show that the healing power of place is associated with people’s health promoting, as well as exposure to plants and green space, and particularly to gardening, is beneficial to general mental health and psychological well-being. In doing so, we endeavor to lay down a foundation to extend our conceptualization of the therapeutic landscapes, through a focus on implement a pilot urbanized farming study and the relational dimensions of its benefits as a healing place in HK green building guidelines. Overall, we conclude that major factors which affect the potential benefits of urbanized farming in HK high-density context include location and accessibility, configuration and layout, skill set requirements, frequency, the management mechanism, and financial constraints. A multi-disciplinary research roadmap will be formulated future to promote urbanized farming with therapeutic landscapes concepts as one of the green features of Hong Kong post-GB research.
All Author(s) ListMing Chun CHAO Sarah, Katerina TSOU, Jin Yeu TSOU
Name of ConferenceThe 8th International Conference of Tropical and Subtropical Green Building Council Alliance & 9th Cross-Strait Green Building Technology Development Forum
Start Date of Conference16/11/2018
End Date of Conference18/11/2018
Place of ConferenceHong Kong
Country/Region of ConferenceHong Kong
Proceedings TitleThe 8th International Conference of Tropical and Subtropical Green Building Council Alliance & 9th Cross-Strait Green Building Technology Development Forum Proceedings: Transition and Transformation of Green Building for Sustainable Human Habitats in Tropical and Subtropical Regions
Year2018
Month11
Place of PublicationHong Kong
Pages158 - 164
ISBN9789887943006
LanguagesEnglish-United States
KeywordsTherapeutic Landscapes, Urbanized farming activity, Post green building, Psychological well-being, Aging

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