Academic greenspace and well-being – Can campus landscape be therapeutic? Evidence from a German university

Julia Foellmer*, Thomas Kistemann, C. Anthonj

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Abstract

This paper aims to provide a deeper understanding of green spaces as health-promoting campus environments. Our study of a campus green space at the University of Bonn, Germany, is one of the first attempts to quantify health-promoting effects of Academic Greenspace among students, adding to our understanding of how green spaces can serve as everyday therapeutic landscapes. We take a closer look at the interlinkages between students’ perceptions of their health and physical, social and mental well-being in place and academic space. We focus on identity-creating elements, personal experiences, emotional bonding, subjective symbolic meanings, and social interaction. Based on our study results, a Healthy Academic Greenspace Framework (HAGF) was developed to reveal the processes by which Academic Greenspace becomes an important health resource on campus for many students. As a facilitator for recreation and attention restoration, as a place of identity as well as a place of social encounter and exchange, Academic Greenspace is meaningful as a place for experiencing everyday life with the potential to support healthy campus planning.
Original languageEnglish
Article number100003
JournalWellbeing, Space and Society
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2 Nov 2020

Keywords

  • Greenspace
  • Health perception
  • Health promotion
  • Healthy Academic Greenspace Framework
  • Place identity
  • Social interaction
  • ITC-CV

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