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Designing diagnostic and rehabilitation landscapes for the disabled

32 months
Approved budget:
Dr Bruno Marques
Health issue:
Physical activity/exercise
Proposal type:
Explorer Grant
Lay summary
The research will develop a New Zealand appropriate set of design parameters for a series of walking paths that both measure and track the physical progress and/or regress of the aged as well as those who are or have been physically or mentally disabled. This research acknowledges that a garden designed for well-being is a highly desirable outcome but seeks to extend the design intent to allow calibration for independent use, early detection, assisted diagnosis and measured rehabilitation. This research will identify critical design elements that could be adopted into local parks with the intention that users would be able to negotiate a series of exercises independently and without cost. The future need is of greater development and use of universal and accessible design in all aspects of the built environment.