The Research Connection
More studies that shed light on what works in gardens, parks, and other landscapes.
By Jean Marie Cackowski and Sally Augustin
Illustrations By William Brown
Today, growing bodies of knowledge in fields as diverse as conservation biology,
crime prevention, and behavioral psychology are available to inform all aspects
of design. But even as researchers conduct significant studies about how environments
enhance human health, safety, and productivity, that information rarely finds
its way to landscape architects from the journals and conferences of other
Landscape Architecture, in partnership with the web-based and print
newsletter “Research Design Connections,” will continue to publish this column
(the previous example appeared in the May 2004 Landscape Architecture)
to report current research of interest to landscape architects from a wide
array of other fields.
We welcome your comments, suggestions about future topics, and studies you
have encountered or research you have performed in your own practice.
Recreational Impacts on Trails and Wildlife
Two current studies have explored whether hikers and bikers fully understand
the impact they have on natural areas and whether their beliefs about those
impacts are realistic. One of these studies quantifies how wildlife reacts
to the presence of hikers and bikers.
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