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The character of nature in a community, and greening activities, help form social bonds and connections. Social support is an important secondary benefit of green-based socialization and community formation. Social connections may be of particular importance to the elderly. Gardens and nature can also provide economic benefits to a community as users and tourists make local purchases.


The list below highlights recent ALPHA faculty publications. Each citation has an English abstract link (pdf).

Participation in Social Activities Involving Plants in a Mature Society. Hayashi, M. In: Matsuo, E., Relf, D., & Burchett, M. (eds), Proceedings of the VIIIth International People-Plant Symposium: Exploring Therapeutic Powers of Flowers, Greenery and Nature, (2008): 157.  pdf

A Study on the Relationship Between Community Development Activities and Greenery Activities. Tsutsumi, K., & Hirata, F. Papers on Environmental Information Science, (2006) 20: 235.  pdf

Urban Environmental Planning Aimed at Bringing People and Nature Closer – Landscape Planning of Nakamozu Housing Development. Taga, S., Shen, Y., Saito, Y., & Fujihara, M. Landscape Planning and Horticulture, (2005) 6: 45.  pdf

Research on the Characteristics of Potted Plant Greening and Community Development through Greening Activities. Yoshida, Y., Saito, Y., & Shen, Y. Journal of Landscape Architecture in Asia, (2005) 1: 258.  pdf.

The Study About the Estimation of Economic Effect to the Local Area by the Activity to Open the Private Gardens to the Public in Japan. Hirata, F., Tachibana, T., & Mochizuki, A. Landscape Research Japan, (2003) 66 (5): 779.  pdf

The Study on Planting Activities of the Aged People that Lead to Community Formation in Temporary Housing Areas. Ito, S., Saito, Y., & Akazawa, H. Papers on Environmental Information Science, (2002) 16: 223.  pdf

Study on the Outdoor Space for Active Socialization Among Residents in the Fishing Communities. Yamamoto, Y., & Saito, Y. Journal of Rural Planning Association, (2001) 3: 151.  pdf

A Study Concerning the Environmental Educational Validity of Simultaneous Temperature Research Conducted by Elementary School Teachers in Awaji Island. Ara, M., Shen, Y., Hirata, F., Iwasaki, Y., Yokoyama, K., & Saito, Y. Journal of the Japanese Institute of Landscape Architecture, (2001) 64 (5): 896.  pdf

Place Attachment and Social Support at Continuing Care Retirement Communities. Sugihara, S., & Evans, G. Environment and Behavior, (2000) 32 (3): 400.  pdf

A Study on the Relationship between the Formation of Community and the Environment of the Detached Dwellings Residential Area. Miki, T., & Hirata, F. Papers on Environmental Information Science, (2000) 14: 79.  pdf

  last revised August 2, 2008
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