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  • Urban Land Institute/Health Leaders Network

    Urban Land Institute/Health Leaders Network

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    In early 2021 our Board Member and Lead researcher Dr Diana Benjumea was selected to join a prestigious  Health Leaders Network initiated by the Urban Land Institute (ULI). Health Leaders Network is a platform aimed at sharing knowledge and ideas with health leaders across continents. It gathers professionals across the globe with the skills and Read MoreRead More »
  • How can VR improve mental health

    How can VR improve mental health

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    Eascape, a new VR relaxation app created by neuroscientists and landscape architects, makes it possible to benefit from the healing power of nature without leaving home. The test version of the app has just been launched, as the whole world deals with the consequences of coronavirus waves and lockdowns. It is not a coincidence. In Read MoreRead More »
  • Simply Green is Simply not Enough – a Prelude to Mentally Healthy Cities

    Simply Green is Simply not Enough – a Prelude to Mentally Healthy Cities

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    The fast-paced urbanization and disconnection of people from nature and the current series of lockdowns, contribute to an increasing burden of mental health disease in cities. Researchers have estimated that it is 39% more likely to develop depression when living in urbanized areas as compared to rural regions [source]. Other mental illnesses and neurodegenerative disorders Read MoreRead More »
  • Networks of Nature: Integrating Urban Farming in the city Fabric

    Networks of Nature: Integrating Urban Farming in the city Fabric

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    Our programme Planting Seeds of Empowerment Mental Health and Well-being of the Communities starts this year with a new project created in collaboration with international organisations to emphasise the importance of nature in the mental health and well-being of people residing in heavily urbanised cities. The project entitled: Networks of Nature Integrating Urban Farming in Read MoreRead More »
  • EASCAPE VR – our first Virtual Healthy Environment

    EASCAPE VR – our first Virtual Healthy Environment

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    Thanks to Virtual Reality technology, our mission of providing science-based mental health tools through bringing people closer to nature, and specifically Contemplative Landscapes, has taken life in the form of EASCAPE. It’s our free VR app that enables you to enjoy Contemplative Landscapes from the comfort of your home. Why EASCAPE? Because it lets you Read MoreRead More »
  • Policy Briefs – Urban Health and Wellbeing Programme by Springer

    Policy Briefs – Urban Health and Wellbeing Programme by Springer

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    In our most recent contribution to the Volume Two of the book series Urban Health and Wellbeing Systems Approaches, published by Springer and Zhejian University, we discuss the preliminary findings of our research project currently conducted in low-income communities in Medellin Colombia for our program Planting Seeds of Empowerment: Mental Health and Wellbeing of the Read MoreRead More »
  • NeuroLandscape featured in BBC “My Perfect City”

    NeuroLandscape featured in BBC “My Perfect City”

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    NeuroLandscape featured in BBC "My Perfect City" Series episode which was released on: 30 Dec 2020 New episode of the BBC World Service "My perfect city" features Dr Agnieszka Olszewska-Guizzo among other experts.  They discuss Singapore as a city which attempts to improve residents' mental wellbeing through urban design. Generally, people in cities are likely Read MoreRead More »
  • Annual Scientific Board Meeting 2020

    Annual Scientific Board Meeting 2020

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    4th NeuroLandscape Scientific Board Meeting took place online on Friday 13th November, 2020.   Meeting agenda: 1)  Round table of  updates from each member 2)  A game! -  2 truths and 1 lie 3)  "Summary of NGO activity of 2020 , opportunities for 2021 ( Agnieszka O-G & Agnieszka Ch. -10 min ppt + Q&A) Read MoreRead More »
  • Healthy Cities – Cities for Humans, Conscious Warsaw 2020 (VIDEO)

    Healthy Cities – Cities for Humans, Conscious Warsaw 2020 (VIDEO)

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    A speech presented during the "Conscious Warsaw - Sensing our City" webinar organized by the Center for Conscious Design, which took place on October 22, 2020, in Polish (English subtitles available in this video!). Dr. Agnieszka Olszewska-Guizzo presented a new concept of designing mentally healthy cities based on contact with salutogenic natural landscapes (Contemplative Landscapes) Read MoreRead More »
  • Affordable Technologies for Evidence Based Studies and Mind Monitoring

    Affordable Technologies for Evidence Based Studies and Mind Monitoring

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    The built environment and mental health of the residents within the city are extremely interconnected. Daily exposures are known to influence psychological processes, having both known and unknown consequences. The study of Gary W. Evans from 2003 points out that personal control, social support and restoration from stress and fatigue in the physical environment directly Read MoreRead More »
  • The New Urban Normal_Dr Diana’s speech at TecNM (Mexico)_VIDEO

    The New Urban Normal_Dr Diana’s speech at TecNM (Mexico)_VIDEO

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    24th September 2020. Tecnológico Nacional de México, campus Costa Grande, hosted an online event addressing the World New Normal in the interdisciplinary lens. Dr Diana Benjumea gave a speech regarding architecture and urban planning, where she sets a new paradigm of bottom-up, evidence-based urban design. Moreover,  she introduces NeuroLandscape projects and explains the global implications Read MoreRead More »
  • Virtual Healthy Environments: Feasibility Study in Societies Affected by COVID-19 Summary of Results

    Virtual Healthy Environments: Feasibility Study in Societies Affected by COVID-19 Summary of Results

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    Between 19 April and 12 May 2020, we ran an online survey titled "VHE for Well-Being".  Our goal was to better understand people's psychological needs, especially the relationship between Covid-19 confinement and mental health. We also aimed to test feasibility and demand for Virtual Healthy Environments (VHE) - our solution for health and well-being. To do Read MoreRead More »
  • Conscious Cities Festival 2020: Sensing our City | Conscious Warsaw Webinar

    Conscious Cities Festival 2020: Sensing our City | Conscious Warsaw Webinar

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    22 October, 2020; 3:00 PM CET Online free event, registration Webinar will be held in Polish language, but the recording from it will be translated to English and avaiable after the event The imagination of urban and landscape designers and architects has been captured by the idea that we read spaces as we read books. Read MoreRead More »
  • Landscape & Brain – neuroscience data collection outdoors (VIDEO)

    Landscape & Brain – neuroscience data collection outdoors (VIDEO)

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    Rigorous neuroscience research would question collecting the neuroscience data outdoors, due to too many confounding factors occurring and researchers not being able to control them all. In the sensory exposure research, each participant has to be exposed to the same set of stimuli, which is very difficult if not impossible in an outdoor setting.  For Read MoreRead More »
  • 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 »

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