A new paper suggests that while greenspaces may be able to help improve well-being as previously established, its use may not always be beneficial.
The research was published in the Journal of Architectural Education.
“This paper documents the United States military’s use of landscape as an active warfighting tool during Operation Enduring Freedom,” the study reads.
“A selection of declassified projects that outline plans for tree plantings, which range in scale and design intensity from individual tree replacement to urban park improvements and large-scale reforestation efforts, demonstrate a consistent weaponization of the physical and mental health benefits that result from exposure to green space.”
What the research determined: “Together, the examples show how landscape design tactics can subdue counterinsurgency by promoting stability through social control and improving the mental health of local civilians.”