This month's articles include a study on the benefits of contact with nature on different socio-economic groups in Bogota, Columbia; and the different attributes of park paths that determine use by seniors in Beijing, China.
Scopelliti, M.A D., Carrus, G.B., Adinolfi, C.c., Suarez, G.E., Colangelo, G.C., Lafortezza, R.C., Panno, A.B., & Sanesi, G.C. (2016). Staying in touch with nature and well-being in different income groups: The experience of urban parks in Bogotá. Landscape and Urban Planning, 148, pp. 139-148.
Studies on the positive effects of contact with nature have been mainly conducted in European countries, North America, and Australia, whereas the experience of nature for people living in other countries is still to be adequately investigated. Investigation of the beneficial effects of nature is particularly important in dense urban areas characterized by heavy environmental stress-related problems, like crowding and noise, and for people suffering from income-related well-being inequalities. To contribute to filling this gap, the present study investigated the effects of contact with urban parks on well-being among residents in Bogotá, Colombia.