Design Process for Well-being: A positive preventive strategy through conservation of landscape resources

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Swati Sahasrabudhe , Anupama Khatavkar

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Landscape means natural and physical attributes of land, air, water and vegetation that change over time. ‘Landscape Resource’ is an integrative ecological system which is applied to a group of resources within a spatial area and which concerns humans, their values and well-being as a major part in the urban context. In the proximity of urban areas, the degradation of ecology and associated process is a commonly observed phenomenon in Indian cities. The serene natural landscapes in the city surrounds are constantly under pressure of insensitive large scale developments which happen regardless of valuing the existing landscape resources and they impose irreversible damage to these valuable natural settings rich in resources. Landscape Architects can play a crucial role in analyzing the ecological potential of the site through a holistic landscape design process and a responsible design attitude. The present paper emphasizes on the methodology derived as part of an academic design studio project at master’s level in Landscape Architecture, titled as “Landscape as a Resource”. Through the academic studio, the proposed landscape design project located on the hilly terrain on outskirts of Pune, a city in India, addresses the societal challenges of human health and wellbeing of elderly community and its relationship with landscape resources in a real- life setting. Site survey, social survey, field studies and literature review were the methods used to evolve the landscape design process. Inventorying, mapping and appraisal of landscape resources based on values such as ecological, aesthetical and functional were also done to formulate landscape design brief. The studio outcome focused on giving landscape design solutions to create a holistic well-being, based on the ‘Conservation of Landscape Resources’. The design process was evolved step by step and then employed as a positive preventive strategy, intending to contribute to the well-being of users as well as the landscape and to reduce the future ecological degradation associated with the proposed development on the given site.

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