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Green spaces: Outdoor environments for adults with autism

This publication is the third in a series that describes design research projects carried out by the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design at the Royal College of Art in partnership with The Kingwood Trust. The aim of the work is to improve housing for adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) through better understanding of their needs, aspirations and the physical environment.

This publication describes how design can create beneficial green spaces for adults with autism to enjoy being out in the garden, while at the same time anticipating and managing the inevitable challenges of the unpredictable outdoors. Underpinned by in-depth research and the parallel creation of a real-world garden embodying its findings, it looks in particular at leisure, occupation and exercise activities, offering design guidance on how to create green spaces that will enrich individual lives. It follows two earlier books in this series that explore housing design and issues of sensory perception in relation to the built environment for adults with autism.

You can read and download the book here

Author: Katie Gaudion and Chris McGinley: Helen Hamlyn Centre of Design at the Royal College of Art.

In association with - The Kingwood Trust

Date added: 24th October 2013