Creating Healing Environments Through Virtual Augmented Reality: How Technology Can Help Nature Deficit Disorder in Children
Project in lieu of thesis
School of Landscape Architecture and Planning, College of Design, Construction and Planning, University of Florida
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Many children growing up in urban environments today have never formed a relationship with nature. To
them, it is inaccessible. Even though sustainability and the “green” movement are at the forefront of popular
trends, will this really last if the youngest of us does not have any deep rooted values? The strongest beliefs
are fostered with a personal experience. On the other hand, we have had a rapid boom in smart technology.
People everywhere are “connected.” It has dramatically changed many aspects of our culture. However,
the segment of the population that has been the most receptive to these rapid changes are children.
They have more access to computers, iphones, and tablets than parks. These devices have replaced parks,
playgrounds, and backyards as traditional places for recreation and leisure. Although, technology does not
have to be at odds with nature. It can be used as a stepping stone to reconnect children to the environment.
This thesis aims to create a small oasis in an urban environment, aided by computer gaming technology,
it uses the principles of Attention Restoration Therapy to create an accessible and welcoming environment
where kids can experience a piece of nature and start building appreciation for nature and ecology.
Landscape Architecture terminal project
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