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.
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. This is important in order to provide recommendations to designers and managers of green and blue spaces in and around cities.
The aim of this request was to provide recommendations regarding the design, management, and creation of natural spaces in urban or suburban areas in order to promote the mental health of urban inhabitants.
- Document of Work: DoW-Mental Health-Blue&Green spaces
Methods protocol: Protocol-Mental Health-Blue&Green spaces
- Final Report Green spaces and Mental Health: Report-Mental Health-Green spaces
Final Report Blue spaces and Mental Health: Report-Mental Health-Blue spaces
- Appendix Report Green spaces and Mental Health: Appendix-Mental Health-Green spaces
Appendix Report Blue spaces and Mental Health: Appendix-Mental Health-Blue spaces
- World Health Organization (WHO) booklet
Research has proven that time alone in outdoor nature is beneficial for our mental and physical health. One of the Contemplative Landscape characteristics is the “sense of solitude” that one can experience when immersed in the landscape.
Yet, the urban high stress pace of life “enjoyed” by many across the globe makes finding such a spot difficult. While it is common for cities to increase their foliage, it is often hard to measure how effective their efforts are.
However, here at NeuroLandscape, our research allows up to strive further in incorporate nature into our own everyday surroundings. Creating a seamless experience that can be enjoyed by all who inhabit the same space.
You can also assess the link from here: https://www.universal-sci.com/headlines/2018/6/9/-spending-time-alone-in-nature-is-good-for-your-mental-and-emotional-health
Urban landscape surrounding most of us nowadays, offers more than just the face value that we see. Urban ecosystem services are presenting terrific potentials for the growing communities. Landscape design for health and well-being goes hand in hand with the design for fresh produce and urban farming opportunities.
There is plenty evidence to show this dynamics. In this TED talk, we show an example from Detroit, Devita Davison from FOODLAB Detroit brings viewers on a 12 min tour on how the city's weakness can become its future. We are so into discovering such transformative opportunities!