References & Research

Are you interested in learning more about evidence-based design, fractals and/or stress? We hope you will find these references helpful. We recommend two excellent documentaries: Hunting the Hidden Dimension (about fractals) from NOVA, and Stress: Portrait of a Killer from National Geographic, both are free to watch online and are linked below. Your recommendations regarding useful links are welcome.

In nature we never see anything isolated, but everything in connection with something else which is before it, beside it, under it and over it.—Goethe

American Institute of Stress (AIS).

Briggs, John & Peat, David F. (1999). Seven life lessons of chaos: Spiritual wisdom from the science of changeNew York: HarperCollins Publ.

Center for Health Design (CHD).

Center for Studying Health System Change

Domke, Henry. (2009).  Picture of health: Handbook for healthcare art. New Bloomfield, MO: Henry Domke Fine Art Publisher.  Pdf available at

Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA).

Eisen, S. L., Nanda, U., & Zanah, R. (2010). Effect of art on patient anxiety in a  psychiatric holding unit and implications for the business case. The Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, Leeds, England.

Frampton, Gilpin, & Charmel, Editors.  (2003).  Putting patients first: Designing and practicing patient-centered care.  San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass

Louv, Richard. (2011). The nature principle: Human restoration and the end of nature-deficit disorder. Chapel Hill, NC, Algonquin Books Publishers

Malkin, Jain. (2008).  A visual reference for eveidence-based design. The Center for Healthcare Design, Concord, CA.

Nanda, U., Eisen, S. L., & Baladandayuthapani, V. (2008). Undertaking an art survey to compare patients vs. design student art preferences, Environment & Behavior, New York.

Nanda, Upali (2010). Visual art in healthcare: Is the jury still out? Research Design Connections, Dec. 2010, Issue #4

NOVA. Hunting the Hidden Dimension: How mysteriously beautiful fractals are shaking up the world of mathematics and deepening our under  standing of nature. Watch free video on YouTube.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).

Selye, Hans. The nature of stress. International Institute of Stress. Retrieved August 06, 2012 from

Schiller, Jakob (2011).  Really? $4.3 Million for that photo?  Wired Magazine.  Retrieved November 12, 2011, from

Sternberg, Esther M. (2009). Healing spaces: The science of place and well-being. First Harvard University Press.

Sternberg, Esther, M. (2000). The balance within: The science of connecting health and emotions.  W.H. Freeman and Company New York.

Stress: Portrait of a Killer. National Geographic documentary featuring neuroscientist Robert Sapolsky. Retrieved Mar 10, 2012 from

Society for the Arts in Healthcare.  The Society for the Arts in Healthcare is about to become the Global Alliance for Arts & Health.

Therapeutic Landscapes Network.

Ulrich, R.S., Zimring, C.A., Zhu, X., Dubose, J., Seo, H, Choi, Y., Joseph, A. (2008). A review of the research literature on Evidence-based Design. Health Environments Research & Design Journal, 1(3), 61-125

Williams, Roy. (2002). Exponential little bits: The magic of the ELBS. Retrieved Sept., 21, 2011,

Wilson, E.O. (1984). Biophilia. by the President and Fellows of Harvard College.  ISBN 0-674-0744-2.

Everyone must believe in something. I believe I will go canoeing.—Henry David Thoreau