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  • Designing & Using School Grounds to Support Mental Health (Video Available!)

    Designing & Using School Grounds to Support Mental Health (Video Available!)

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    The video from the webinar is already available on! The webinar organized by the International School Grounds Alliance and the Children &Nature Network on how school grounds can be designed and used to support took place on June 23rd 2020, and featured research and design insights on how to design mentally healthy outdoor spaces for Read MoreRead More »
  • Designing School Grounds to Support Children’s Mental Health: Examples from Around the World

    Designing School Grounds to Support Children’s Mental Health: Examples from Around the World

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    24th June 2020 9:00 AM Singapore Standard Time. Daily contact with nature is vital for supporting the mental health and well-being of children and young people. Join the International School Grounds Alliance and the Children & Nature Network for this webinar that will focus on how school grounds can be designed and used to support Read MoreRead More »
  • Our Brain On Perspectives by IMAGINE CITIES | 23rd June 2020

    Our Brain On Perspectives by IMAGINE CITIES | 23rd June 2020

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    23 June,  6PM MST In Yuval Harari’s book Home Deus, he states that the greatest leaps in human progress were not simply the result of individual acts. Instead, the greatest leaps have been the result of our ability as a species to cooperate in large numbers. Join us for an insightful conversation about how breakthroughs in Read MoreRead More »
  • Better Future for Healthy Aging Conference (BFHA 2020) _FREE ONLINE REGISTRATION!

    Better Future for Healthy Aging Conference (BFHA 2020) _FREE ONLINE REGISTRATION!

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    The mission of the Conference is to stimulate research, implementation and scaling up innovations to manage health and wellbeing of the ageing population. BFHA 2020 is a scientific conference that will enable discussion on the transformation of health and care services into more digitilized, long-term, integrated and personalized care models while promoting innovative ecosystems in Read MoreRead More »
  • Take part in our survey and support research and development in the times of pandemic

    Take part in our survey and support research and development in the times of pandemic

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    The current global outbreak of #COVID19 makes the problem of our living space and mental health more relevant than ever. Read more in our recent blog post.  This is why we need new solutions and new approaches. Please complete this 5-min, anonymous survey. If possible, share it with your family and friends, with special attention to Read MoreRead More »
  • Mental Health is also important – something about the connection with nature in the times of confinement

    Mental Health is also important – something about the connection with nature in the times of confinement

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    Landscape architects and urban ecology researchers have always been trying to bring people more to the outdoors, make the most of urban parks and gardens, calling the public attention to issues such as nature deficit disorder, mental health consequences from spending our time mostly indoors, looking at phones or monitors… Today, the situation is calling Read MoreRead More »
  • Unraveling links among climate change, poverty and health in slums of Dhaka

    Unraveling links among climate change, poverty and health in slums of Dhaka

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    It is well known to the environmentalists that Bangladesh is currently considered the 7th most vulnerable country to the adverse effects of ongoing climate change. What we do not know, however, is the adverse effects that are already in place and how much it is tangled with rural-urban migration, rehabilitation, gender, human rights, and health Read MoreRead More »
  • Connecting Social and Urban Studies with Health and Well-being of Communities – Speech at the National University of Colombia in Manizales

    Connecting Social and Urban Studies with Health and Well-being of Communities – Speech at the National University of Colombia in Manizales

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    On January 29th 2020 NeuroLandscape’s Board Member Dr. Diana Benjumea was invited to give a talk in the Universidad Nacional de Colombia to the staff and students of the Department of Architecture and Built Environment in the city of Manizales. The talk aimed to share the multidisciplinary work that is conducted in NeuroLandscape with special Read MoreRead More »
  • Blue space and mental health report out for review!

    Blue space and mental health report out for review!

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    As a contributor to Expert Working Group Biodiversity & Health of the 3rd French Plan on Health and Environment (PNSE3) – Ministry in charge of the Environment (MTES) France, since 2017 we have been working to answer the following question: Which types and components of urban and peri-urban blue/green spaces have a significant impact on human mental Read MoreRead More »
  • Pre-Conference Workshop, Urban Health, Xiamen, China

    Pre-Conference Workshop, Urban Health, Xiamen, China

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    Date& Time: 5.11.2019, 9am Location: School of Architecture and Civil Engineering (SACE 5), Xiamen University, #182 Da Xue Road,  Xiamen, China With the growing interest among researchers, practitioners, and urban decision makers in the influence of the quality of the built environment on peoples’ health, there is increasing emphasis on using scientific knowledge to inform urban design, Read MoreRead More »
  • Elizabeth & Nona Evans Restorative Garden, a Garden for Contemplation

    Elizabeth & Nona Evans Restorative Garden, a Garden for Contemplation

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    I have recently found a great piece of literature about designing urban gardens for well-being. “Restorative commons: Creating health and well-being through urban landscapes” by Campbell, Lindsay; Wiesen, Anne published in 2009 under USDA – Forest Service. Here is the link to the online resource – available free pdf version! What specifically caught my attention there Read MoreRead More »
  • Where Government Listens to Scientists: Urban Sustainability R&D Congress, Singapore

    Where Government Listens to Scientists: Urban Sustainability R&D Congress, Singapore

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    Singapore is one of the most prominent examples of Urban Sustainability through new technologies, research and development. It is also one of the few countries where the government is actively supporting science and innovation in order to inform the practice of urban design and solve urban living issues. The Urban Sustainability R&D Congress is organized Read MoreRead More »
  • Heidi’s Syndrome or Nature-Deficit Disorder

    Heidi’s Syndrome or Nature-Deficit Disorder

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    Heidi’s Syndrome is known also as ‘nature-deficit disorder’; a term coined by an American author and activist Richard Louv to describe “the psychological, physical and cognitive costs of human alienation from nature, particularly for children in their vulnerable developing years.”  While it is not a formal diagnosis, it reflects a medical jargon that is weaving Read MoreRead More »
  • Neuromyths in education

    Neuromyths in education

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    If you’ve ever played the Chinese whispers game, you know it that the original message gets distorted by the time it reaches the final player with often hilarious effects. However, when it comes to research and neuroscience, the result of passing on information through various persons may not be as funny and innocent as an Read MoreRead More »
  • Book review of “Shinrin-yoku” by Qing Li

    Book review of “Shinrin-yoku” by Qing Li

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    It’s time to review a book that you might gladly keep on the bookshelf as a reminder of the important lesson it teaches about the magic of trees - the hardback edition of "Shinrin-yoku. The Art and Science of Forest-Bathing" written by the very man who could be considered the founding father of the movement, Read MoreRead More »
  • Maintenance of green in the city and health

    Maintenance of green in the city and health

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    Different initiatives undertaken by the urban authorities can contribute to the improvement of urban dweller’s contact with nature and the nature exposure These include: Leaving unmowed areas in the urban green spaces, for developing a small ecosystems for flora & fauna, (urban meadows) Promoting the spontaneous habitat creation Leaving the fallen leaves on the ground Read MoreRead More »
  • April – the World Landscape Architecture Month by ASLA

    April – the World Landscape Architecture Month by ASLA

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    When I went to my first scientific conference, as a PhD candidate, I was surprised that the main topic of the post-conference discussion was about “what is the landscape architecture?”. For more than 1 hour landscape architects (teachers, academics, and proffessionals) were discussing vividly about what it is that what they do. I found it Read MoreRead More »
  • WHO to fund a systematic review about blue spaces and health

    WHO to fund a systematic review about blue spaces and health

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    In our ongoing collaboration with the EKLIPSE mechanism, together with Expert Working Group from different European countries and representing various disciplines, we are trying to answer the question: Which types and components of urban and peri-urban blue / green spaces have a significant impact on human mental health and mental well-being? EKLIPSE is project funded Read MoreRead More »
  • Follow the awakening in urban green spaces for health!

    Follow the awakening in urban green spaces for health!

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    Our newest publication  XSection Journal features the process of evolution in perception of urban green spaces in terms of the health benefits they can deliver, through a popular “expanding brain meme. Check out this short article and how to interpret the image here: https://www.xsectionjournal.com/edition-8/2018/11/22/generations-of-urban-green-for-health-dr-agnieszka-olszewska-guizzoRead More »
  • RIVER. A powerful landscape component restoring the human nervous system.

    RIVER. A powerful landscape component restoring the human nervous system.

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    The more we know about the interactions between the landscape and human nervous system the better we can plan and design our living environments to serve our health. With water being the essential component of any form of life, it is not surprising that it also influence our psychophysiological response, even if we are just Read MoreRead More »
  • A landscape architect’s experience of Chelsea Flower Show 2018 (PART_4)

    A landscape architect’s experience of Chelsea Flower Show 2018 (PART_4)

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    These three very special gardens of the Chelseas Flower Show 2018, were featured this year on the NeuroLandscape blog: Feel good garden Morgan Stanley garden Lemon Tree Garden They are a great source of information and inspiration on how to create healthy space through the landscape design, right selection of plants, materials, textures and shapes. Read MoreRead More »
  • Scenic vs urban landscapes

    Scenic vs urban landscapes

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    A lot of studies have been performed comparing the reaction to  urban vs scenic, or natural landscapes in the lab.  This is one of them and we decided to feature it because it is performed with the most advanced method of brain scanning that we know thus far , fMRI. From the figure we can Read MoreRead More »
  • NeuroURBANISM, NeuroARCHITECTURE, NeuroLANDSCAPE!

    NeuroURBANISM, NeuroARCHITECTURE, NeuroLANDSCAPE!

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    Many aspects of our lives are far more interlinked than we normally imagine. Breakthroughs in neuroscience have made these links even more sensible than ever. Read more at the practical design and construction site Houzz, how nouroarchitecture can look like in practice. Photo credits: #HouzzRead More »
  • Mental health at the refugees camp @ Chelsea Flower Show 2018 (PART_3)

    Mental health at the refugees camp @ Chelsea Flower Show 2018 (PART_3)

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    One of many Chelsea Flower Show Gardens that deserves special attention is The Lemon Tree Garden, which directly referred to the issue of mental health. Inspired by the resilience, originality and determination of refugees living in Domiz camp in Northern Iraq was designed with their involvement and highlights the unexpected beauty and power hidden in the Read MoreRead More »
  • Neuro-urbanism & Neuro-landscape

    Neuro-urbanism & Neuro-landscape

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    A new term has officially been introduced in the scientific world – NEUROURBANISM.  It happened together with the  publication in Lancet in Psychiatry in March 2017 [link here].  City life has a lot to do with the psychiatric conditions , and this is the path we have been following in NeuroLandscape as well. Our cities Read MoreRead More »

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