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‘Therapeutic landscapes’ and the importance of nostalgia, solastalgia, salvage and abandonment for psychiatric hospital design.

Wood, V.J. and Gesley, W. and Curtis, S.E. and Spencer, I.H. and Close, H.J. and Mason, J. and Reilly, J.G. (2015) '‘Therapeutic landscapes’ and the importance of nostalgia, solastalgia, salvage and abandonment for psychiatric hospital design.', Health & place., 33 . pp. 83-89.


We examine emotional reactions to changes to medical spaces of care, linked with past experiences. In this paper we draw on findings from a qualitative study of the transfer of psychiatric inpatient care from an old to a newly built facility. We show how the meanings attributed to ‘therapeutic landscapes’ from one׳s past can evoke emotions and memories, manifesting in ideas about nostalgia, solastalgia, salvage and abandonment, which can impinge on one׳s present therapeutic experience. We reflect on how consideration of these ideas might contribute to better future design of psychiatric inpatient facilities and the wellbeing of those using them.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Therapeutic landscapes, Health geography, Nostalgia, Solastalgia, Psychiatric hospital design.
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Publisher statement:NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Health & place. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Health & place, 33, 2015, 10.1016/j.healthplace.2015.02.010
Date accepted:20 February 2015
Date deposited:27 March 2015
Date of first online publication:May 2015
Date first made open access:19 September 2016

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