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  • I in-person NeuroLandscape Workshop | Korthi-Greece | 7-9 May 2022

    I in-person NeuroLandscape Workshop | Korthi-Greece | 7-9 May 2022

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    The first, in-person scientific meeting of NeuroLandscape Team, titled "Natural and Cultural Heritage for Healthier and More Sustainable Urban Realms" took place among beautiful landscapes of the Greek island of Andros, hosted at the local Korthi Town Hall.  The program of a 3-day event included: SATURDAY (7.05.2022) Time Presentation title - Speaker (Affiliation) Language 11:15 Read MoreRead More »
  • ICT Solutions for Healthcare | Webinar | 21 October 2021

    ICT Solutions for Healthcare | Webinar | 21 October 2021

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    XIII International Congress of the Spanish Association of Bioethics and Medical Ethics (AEBI) The Organizing Committee and the Spanish Association of Bioethics and Medical Ethics (AEBI) organized the thirteenth edition of the AEBI International Congress that hosted several focused events, including the webinar on ICT solutions for Healthcare. In it our NeuroLandscape VR tool called Read MoreRead More »
  • Innovate 4 Cities 2021 | UN Habitat Conference

    Innovate 4 Cities 2021 | UN Habitat Conference

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    Tuesday 12 October at 15:45 CEST. Dr. Agnieszka Olszewska-Guizzo has presented her insights at the session 5H: Green spaces for healthier cities, which was fully recorded and available online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=df16SGuCO1w The Conference, co-hosted by #UNHabitat and #Mayors4Climate, brings together innovative research and science to help cities tackle #ClimateChange challenges. The global five-day virtual #I4C Conference covering #Science and #Innovation partnerships driving inclusive, resilient, and climate-neutral #cities, runned Read MoreRead More »
  • Circular Green Cities at the Floriade Expo 2021

    Circular Green Cities at the Floriade Expo 2021

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    Experts talks were a part of the Sustainability day at the FoodForum and gave a lot of fruit for thought on how we can work towards more #circular cities (Vojtech Vosecky), nature inclusive urban developments such as #pampus #Almere (Paola Huijding & Ingrid Zeegers) and on a street-level scale by #RewildingSteppingStones (Gideon Spanjar) and the value for human well-being by Dr Agnieszka Olszewska-Guizzo. The event was Read MoreRead More »
  • ASEAN Workshop on Biodiversity and its Linkages to Human Health

    ASEAN Workshop on Biodiversity and its Linkages to Human Health

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    27 September 2021  at 2:30 PM Singapore The connections between biodiversity, mental health and physical inactivity are particularly relevant in the context of shifting global burden of diseases in which non-communicable diseases are among the most rapidly rising challenge to global public health. Contact with nature may provide positive mental health benefits, as well as Read MoreRead More »
  • World Sustainability Forum Speech on Community-led Greenspace |13-15 September 2021

    World Sustainability Forum Speech on Community-led Greenspace |13-15 September 2021

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    On Monday 13th September at 11:00 CEST Dr Diana Benjumea Meija presented her research on "The Spatial and Social Components of Community-led Green Spaces and its Contribution to the Health and Wellbeing of Low-income Communities" at the 9th World Sustainability Forum In the last decade, there has been a surge in projects initiated by urban Read MoreRead More »
  • EKLIPSE project outcomes: Systematic Review, Podcast, WHO Booklet

    EKLIPSE project outcomes: Systematic Review, Podcast, WHO Booklet

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    For several years, papers have been published about the positive impact of greenness on health, including some synthesis and systematic reviews. Yet, none of them has so far addressed the question of the type of habitats and components of such habitats that have a significant (and preferably positive) effect on mental health and psychological well-being. Read MoreRead More »
  • Mental Health in Slums – the Case of Bangladesh Among Other Developing Countries

    Mental Health in Slums – the Case of Bangladesh Among Other Developing Countries

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    The share of the world’s population living in urban areas has been predicted to increase from 55% in 2018 to 60% in 2030 (UN, 2018). Every year people move to the urban areas from villages for various reasons. If we try to see this urban-rural migration under the push-pull model, push factors from rural end Read MoreRead More »
  • Neuro-architecture to promote well-being | MAB 2020 Symposium

    Neuro-architecture to promote well-being | MAB 2020 Symposium

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    JULY 1, 2021 16:30 – 18:00 (CEST) Neuro-architecture transmits knowledge and technologies from the field of neuroscience into the professions of spatial design, aimed to get better-informed design solutions to promote human and non-human well-being in our public spaces. We kick off with the key findings of our 2-year research project Sensing Streetscapes, followed by Read MoreRead More »
  • 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 »
  • EDRA52 Conference Presentation | Just Environments

    EDRA52 Conference Presentation | Just Environments

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      Speech presented at the 25th Environmental Design Research Association 25th Conference in the panel "Green Resilience and Behaviour" by Nazwa Tahsin. Part of the Research Program "Nature Connection and Mental Health of Communities". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwGBP0sscNo&t=24s https://cdn.ymaws.com/www.edra.org/resource/resmgr/edra52/subpages/edra52_-_program_book.pdfRead 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 »

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