Like many professions, medicine being an example, landscape architecture is beginning to subdivide into specializations informed by empirical evidence.
The design and management of children’s outdoor environments is one such area of practice, with evidence drawn from many disciplines, including landscape architecture itself. A burgeoning mountain of evidence supports the importance of kids spending time outdoors – and the negative consequences of not doing so. For the most recent, compelling research-based statement, read Dr. Frances Ming Kuo’s 2010 monograph sponsored by the National Recreation and Park Association. (click to download Kuo's monograph).
All kids need a daily dose of Vitamin G (for “green”), she urges.