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Wellness Outdoors:
Space Planning
for Healthier Places

Health and wellness concerns are currently at an elevated state, and the concepts of distancing and slowing the spread of disease weigh heavily on our minds as we partake in public outings. However, as we move forward, it is important to devise space planning methods that allow us to collaborate, maintain interpersonal relations, and connect with nature—elements of human life necessary for our well-being. Landscape architects and other designers of public spaces play an integral role in creating new environments that enable people to conduct these important aspects of everyday life while also maintaining appropriate physical distance.
Space Planning Social Distance
Outdoor courtyard
So how do we achieve these goals while also maintaining the distancing guidelines necessary to curb the spread of disease? According to the CDC, social distancing is defined as “remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible.” In this guide, Landscape Forms identifies various new planning paradigms that allow designers to create outdoor spaces that reinforce healthy communities, allowing people to responsibly connect with each other and their natural environments in light of COVID-19 concerns.
Space Planning Tips
From pocket parks to public plazas, there are myriad variables to consider when determining arrangements of site furnishings.
To assist you in the process, we've gathered some basic spacing suggestions based upon our many years of experience activating outdoor spaces.
Click a product category below to see our recommendations.
Bike Racks