Transitional Cultured-nature: Restorative Environments in Urban Settings

By Alia Fadel.

Published by Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies

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Inhabitants of urban settings experience many stress-related stimuli, which is a critical problem affecting humans’ physical, psychological, and emotional health. As stress is associated with financial, social, and personal factors, it is not possible for many of these stressful stimuli to come to an end; they are rooted within the civilized mechanism humans are living up to in modern society. Accordingly, restorative environments are desperately needed not only to mitigate humans’ stress, but also to recover and maintain their physical, psychological, and emotional well-being. Urban settings, by their natural, physical, and spatial qualities, may either provide such restorative opportunities or exacerbate humans’ stress. Therefore, the goal of this paper is to discuss the potentials of transitional cultured-nature to function as a restorative environment by considering its ability to evoke positive responses due to humans’ biophilic association with nature. Transitional cultured-nature is the intermediate outdoor space that simulates certain physical and spatial qualities of nature in built environments. It is not a destiny by itself; it emerges from both the fabric of the built environment and the inhabitants’ lives. This unique evolution drives the author’s ongoing research to investigate its embodied restorative potentials in urban settings.

Keywords: Transitional Cultured-nature, Restorative Environments, Biophilia

Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies, Volume 7, Issue 2, June 2016, pp.33-44. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: April 4, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.046MB)).

Alia Fadel

Ph.D. Candidate, College of Architecture, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois, USA