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  • 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 few countries where 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 since 2011, 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 »
  • Healthy Landscape Workshop, NTU, Taipei, Taiwan

    Healthy Landscape Workshop, NTU, Taipei, Taiwan

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    It was a delightful and very interesting stay in Taipei, Taiwan.  We went to visit “Healthy Landscapes x Healthy People Lab” ran by Prof Chun-Yen Chan, after he invited us during the IFLA conference in Singapore (networking works wonders!).  Me and Nicolas were happy to join the 2 hour sharing session and the workshop organized Read MoreRead More »
  • Window View and the Brain – study results

    Window View and the Brain – study results

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    Most people in Asian biggest metropolitan areas live above the ground in multi-storey buildings. Here in Singapore residential blocks can reach up to 50+ floors! Developers try to fit as many housing units on small plots of lands without the consideration of what will be the view from the window. Well, maybe it is about Read MoreRead More »
  • My Favorite Garden of Chelsea Flower Show 2018  (PART_2)

    My Favorite Garden of Chelsea Flower Show 2018 (PART_2)

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    At the Chelsea Flower Show 2018 my number one garden was designed to raise awareness of the NSPCC’s work – UK’s leading children’s charity, preventing abuse and helping those affected to recover. The Morgan Stanley Garden’s design is a metaphor for the emotional transformation of the child who experiences the positive influence of the NSPCC’s work. At the same Read MoreRead More »
  • Gardens for Mental Health – Lessons from Chelsea Flower Show 2018 (PART_1)

    Gardens for Mental Health – Lessons from Chelsea Flower Show 2018 (PART_1)

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    Design Well, Live Healthy Being around trees, shrubs and other plants improves people’s mental health and give us more positive outlook onto our lives. Spending time outside every day, decreases the risk of being depressed or stressed, and thus burden on our mental health is greatly reduced. The power of plants for our physical and mental wellbeing is Read MoreRead More »
  • An exclusive interview with Professor Chang, Chun-Yen, NTU, UIUC

    An exclusive interview with Professor Chang, Chun-Yen, NTU, UIUC

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    Happy to share the newest interview from one of the world’s leading experts in the area of evidence-based landscape design, Prof. Chang, Chun-Yen from National Taiwan University. Professor Chang’s background is in landscape architecture, but his research interests have led him far beyond this discipline into examining the relationships between landscapes and human health in Read MoreRead More »
  • See what Contemplative Landscapes do to your brain!

    See what Contemplative Landscapes do to your brain!

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    Highly Contemplative Landscapes alter the brainwaves pattern of the people exposed to them! More about the mechanisms of this phenomenon and how we discovered it can be found in this peer-reviewed paper published recently by Frontiers in Psychiatry, Public Mental Health section. Full text already available for free here! https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyt.2018.00317/full  Read More »
  • Interview with Gayle Souter-Brown

    Interview with Gayle Souter-Brown

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    Our first update of IFLA 2018 is an exclusive interview with Gayle Souter-Brown. Gayle is a Principle  of Greenstone Design UK & Ecological Victoria University of Wellington, landscape architect, writer and researcher.  This interview will share her experiences in the social, economic, and environmental benefits of developing green space for health and well being, For more information Read MoreRead More »
  • NeuroLandscape @ IFLA World Congress

    NeuroLandscape @ IFLA World Congress

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    Yesterday marks the end of the 2 day IFLA World Congress 2018. Here at NeuroLandscape, we can't wait to update everyone with all the exciting events that happened over the 2 days. There will be more detailed spotlights in the weeks to come, but here is a quick glimpse of NeuroLandscape @IFLA. The IFLA Congress Read MoreRead More »
  • IFLA World Congress Singapore 2018

    IFLA World Congress Singapore 2018

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    Next week, from 18th to the 21st of July, The International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) is returning to Singapore for the 2nd time to host the prestigious IFLA World Congress. The IFLA World Congress prides itself as the key contributor in landscape architectures, developing attractive, livable, equitable, and sustainable environments of the future. Many of its project revolve Read MoreRead More »

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