This project will evaluate the health and wellbeing impacts of aesthetic changes to a large park in Malmö, Sweden.

The site is located in the west of the city in a green and blue space called Ribersborgsstranden, which borders the Øresund strait.

A series of temporary changes will be made to improve the access and visual characteristics of the location. Planning started in early 2017 with the help of students at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.

Supervised by Professor Lisa Diedrich, the building phase will begin in late 2017, with work to be complete in the spring of 2018.

The research team will be looking for changes in the use of the space, residents will be monitored before and after the intervention, and will use the BlueHealth Community Level Survey and BlueHealth Behavioural Assesment Tool to collect data throughout 2017, 2018 and 2019.

Landscape Architecture experts from the Estonian University of Life Sciences are leading this study, with local support provided by Pella Ström at the Malmö municipality.

An image of the study site in Malmo, with green on the left and shallow water on the right