Healthy by Design: Bringing Life to Communities and Communities to Life

In 2013, the American Society of Landscape Architects-Minnesota Chapter will focus on the contributions the practice of landscape architecture has made and can make to improving community health and well-being. Our theme is Healthy by Design: Bringing Life to Communities and Communities to Life.

Over the past decade, the health care industry, political leadership, and community organizations have begun to look more holistically at public health issues. Research into healthy living now routinely investigates not only medical causes, but also social and environmental factors that contribute to balanced, healthy and sustainable lives. A strong link between human health and landscape architecture has become apparent. Studies indicate that design with nature can positively impact deficit disorder, depression, diabetes, and obesity, as well as encourage quicker recovery time in hospitals.   Landscape architects have an important role to play in developing an environment that is healthy by design – creating and improving healing gardens, playgrounds, parks and trail systems, urban centers and more.

In 2013, ASLA-MN looks forward to showcasing the work this theme inspires, and celebrating the legacy that landscape architects forge in the area of public health.