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{Past Event} - Green Building Series – Healing Gardens and Places of Respite

December 1, 2006 - 3:00 pm - December 1, 2006 - 3:00 pm -- Eastern Standard Time


'Healing Gardens and Places of Respite' will provide an overview of research that has established a correlation between a connection to the natural world and human health, particularly in the health care environment. The presentation will also review design strategies and industry guidelines that frame the topic in current practice. A case study of the Howard Ulfelder Healing Garden at Massachusetts General Hospital's Yawkey Cancer Center in Boston, MA, will focus on the design and construction of a healing garden in the dense urban setting of downtown Boston.

Takehome Value

  • Identify the characteristics of a place of respite, both inside the facility and outside.
  • Understand the current research that establishes a correlation between connection to nature and human health.
  • Review the most recent guidelines that address healing gardens and places of respite in the health care setting.
  • Identify a menu of design strategies commonly used for healing gardens and places of respite.
  • Review the design and construction concerns associated with building a healing garden as a green roof.


Jerry Smith, HOK Planning Group
Jerry Smith is a Senior Associate with The HOK Planning Group in Chicago and serves on the Steering Committee of the Green Guide for Health Care. Jerry is also the landscape architect representative on the Environmental Standards Council of The Center for Health Design, is on the faculty of the Healthcare Garden Design Certificate Program at the School of the Chicago Botanic Garden and a lecturer at the Knowlton School of Architecture at The Ohio State University.

Bill Ravanesi, Health Care Without Harm
Bill Ravanesi is in his ninth year as Boston Regional Director for Health Care Without Harm and has been an adjunct instructor for the Environmental Health Department at the Boston University School of Public Health in Boston between 1993-2003. He has background in both public health and photojournalism, holding a Master’s degree in each field. His HCWH work centers on pollution prevention and green building in the health care sector.

Robert Adams, Halvorson Design Partnership
Robert Adams is a Senior Associate and a project landscape architect at Halvorson Design Partnership. His professional experience ranges from urban parks, plazas and streetscapes, campus design, large greenway systems and detailed garden design. Mr. Adams has been involved in many master planning and design projects at Halvorson Design Partnership serving as project manager and project landscape architect.

Webinar speakers have no financial or other interest in the sponsoring company and the sponsor has had no input into the content of the presentation.

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