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Why green spaces are good for grey matter Snap! @DanRavenEllison Not just beneficial for over 65's.□ @LondonNPC. I'm going on a 500km #BigWalkAroundLondon to help make #London a #NationalParkCity. Help draw where I should go. BBC Radio 4 explores virtual reality in drama for the first time in Quake - Media Centre. The Japanese practice of 'forest bathing' is scientificially proven to be good for you. The tonic of the wilderness was Henry David Thoreau’s classic prescription for civilization and its discontents, offered in the 1854 essay Walden: Or, Life in the Woods.

The Japanese practice of 'forest bathing' is scientificially proven to be good for you

Now there’s scientific evidence supporting eco-therapy. The Japanese practice of forest bathing is proven to lower heart rate and blood pressure, reduce stress hormone production, boost the immune system, and improve overall feelings of wellbeing. Forest bathing—basically just being in the presence of trees—became part of a national public health program in Japan in 1982 when the forestry ministry coined the phrase shinrin-yoku and promoted topiary as therapy. Today will be remembered as the day Wales came to the mountain. #GetCreative □ #cerigreu. *****Word of the day: "wolf-light" - twilight, dusk. French 'Entre chien et loup', 'Between dog & wolf' - the time when the familiar becomes wild.

Moscow edgelands. 0The BFI have just uploaded this amazing short Alan Garner (Weirdstone of Brisingamen) doc from 1968. How Children Lost the Right to Roam in Just 4 Generations.


How Big Is Your City, Really? When our sense of a place distorts its actual size.

How Big Is Your City, Really?

Indoor vs outdoor activities during summer break: Over the last 30 years 18-21 year olds halved their outside time. A website by Edward (Ted) Relph exploring the concept of place, sense of place, spirit of place, placemaking, placelessness and non-place, and almost everything to do with place and places. Mapping emotions in Victorian London. Mapping Emotions in Victorian London is a crowdsourcing project designed to expand possibilities for research in the humanities.

Mapping emotions in Victorian London

The project has invited anonymous participants to annotate whether passages drawn from novels, published mainly in the Victorian era, represented London places in a fearful, happy, or unemotional manner. This data from the crowd allowed us to generate the maps you find here, revealing a previously unseen emotional geography of Victorian London. We now invite you to explore them, and the underlying fictional passages, to discover the ways in which London was constructed, navigated, and represented emotionally in its fiction.

Woodberry Wetlands: London’s new wildlife oasis. Sir David Attenborough has opened a new nature reserve in London, a functioning reservoir, which has been hidden from the public for nearly 200 years As of 1 May, local residents of Woodberry Down – and, indeed, the entire general public – are able to freely visit and explore Woodberry Wetlands, London’s newest nature reserve.

Woodberry Wetlands: London’s new wildlife oasis

Cool to see three of my green city maps feature on @BBCBreakfast yesterday! Check out the clip below. Thanks to @DavidSillitoBBC! #Esri. .@DanRavenEllison: How my moods changed when walking the length of 69 cities and 15 national parks across the UK @NatGeo @NatGeoMag. Brain scanner maps emotions on cities tour. Mood swings: The man mapping Britain's emotions. Image copyright Daniel Raven-Ellison National Geographic explorer Daniel Raven-Ellison has just completed a 2.5 million step walk across Britain's cities and parks and electronically measured his changing mood with each step.

Mood swings: The man mapping Britain's emotions

Wearing an EEG monitor strapped to his head he collected millions of snapshots of the activity in his brain as he crossed 69 cities over seven months in the UK from June last year. The monitor measures the electrical activity of the brain from sensors located across key areas of the scalp. Here's a 90 second tour of the UK from my recent #wildcities journey Best played with sound. #travel #OMGB. I'd forgotten how good this was. 'A Map of Every City' on a post-it note by @chazhutton. Welcome to the Town of Sweet Pickles (1977) "depictions of urbanism in children's literature" Project aims to grow a 'city of trees' Image copyright City of Trees A project aims to plant three million trees - one for every man, woman and child - in Greater Manchester over the next 25 years.

Project aims to grow a 'city of trees'

Those behind City of Trees hopes the effort will not only green the region but improve our understanding of the benefits trees provide to society. These include reducing stress, improve air quality and the amount of time shoppers spend in retail areas. The project is also testing how trees can reduce flooding in built-up areas. City of Trees director Tony Hothersall explained that the scheme had three main objectives. "One is to plant three million trees, ie. a tree for every man woman and child, over the next 25 years," he said. National Geographic - There’s Never Been A Better Time To Make Our Cities Wild #neverbetter #wildcities.

BBC Radio 4 - Open Country, London: A National Park City? So, I recommend picking up a copy of the new @wildlifemag and reading my piece on making #London a #NationalParkCity! p30-33. @LondonNPC. How green is your city? UK's top 10 mapped and ranked. Treepedia: Mapping Urban Trees in U.S. Cities. Understanding and promoting urban tree cover has never been more important Increasing a city’s tree canopy contributes to lowering urban temperatures by blocking shortwave radiation and increasing water evaporation.

Treepedia: Mapping Urban Trees in U.S. Cities

Creating more comfortable microclimates, trees also mitigate air pollution caused by everyday urban activities. Their absorptive root systems also help avoid floods during severe rains and storm surges. So overall, trees are pretty awesome. Cities around the world are recognizing this and many are developing strategies to increase green canopy cover. As cities around the world race to implement green canopy strategies, we’ve developed a metric—the Green View Index—by which to evaluate and compare canopy cover. Green View Index The Green View Index (GVI) was calculated using Google Street View (GSV) panoramas. Via senseable. Landscape: John Berger quote from A Fortunate Man is the epigraph. Jude Rogers on the ghost sounds of psychogeographic rock. In quiet corners of the British Isles, a strange kind of nostalgic music is prospering.

Jude Rogers on the ghost sounds of psychogeographic rock

Some of it summons up disused railway tracks and endless childhood summers through guitar drones, samples and field recordings. Other examples evoke public-information films, abandoned airfields and other creepier elements of our collective history. Together, an array of musicians are making their own musical contributions to British psychogeography. Psychogeography is the study of the spooky effects of the geographical environment on individuals. There are few better musical case studies than Antony Harding's July Skies, whose fifth album, The Weather Clock, is released this week. Chapter & Verse Article. Two days ago I almost threw a friend of mine out of the house.

Chapter & Verse Article

He had come round to confirm that he could drive me, at very short notice, to a rather important meeting, thereby saving me an almost impossible journey on public transport, followed by lots of tramping through fields. When he first entered my house not only did he say that he could help me out in a dire situation, but he also told me that a close family member had passed away the night before. You may well ask what it was that prompted me to want to grab him by the scruff of the neck and turf him out on to the street after such a selfless offer. The answer is simple and two-fold; he made various negative remarks about Morrissey and his music, and claimed that he liked the new single by D12. Long SheffieldMusicTourism FINAL. Is this the first published use of the term ‘psychogeography’? “The science of anthropogeography, or more properly speaking, psychogeography, deals with the influence of geographical environment on the human mind.”

Is this the first published use of the term ‘psychogeography’?

J. Lest you wake the old ones... A shopping trolley graveyard in #Ealing. 1686km, 15 #NationalParks, 69 #Cities later and I'm done! What an adventure. Thank you UK. #neverbetter #wildcities. Daniel Raven Ellison psychogeog of London: Make Your Cities Wild #neverbetter #wildcities. Oxford University academic who scaled Shard is spared jail sentence. An Oxford University academic who penetrated London's secret underground tunnels and scaled its tallest skyscrapers for a geography PhD has been spared a possible jail sentence, in a qualified victory for academic freedom. Getting set up for my #Chelmsford #wildcities walk starts with setting up a baseline with my @emotiv headset.. in the dark. Inspired by Utopia by Thomas More, Stephen Walter Presents New Works in Exhibition at Shapero Modern. ‘Utopia’ by Thomas More, a work of fiction and a political philosophy written in 1516, is an everlasting inspiration for both political theory and art. This book, a narrative depicting a fictional island society and its religious, social and political customs, is about persisting human desire to create order and unity in the world, and the imagination of a perfect human society where justice exists for all.

The word ‘utopia’ is derived from Latin terms for a ‘good place’ and a ‘non-place’. To mark the 500th anniversary of this important book, Shapero Modern will present Nova Utopia, a celebrated work by a British artist Stephen Walter. Nova Utopia is an extraordinary hand-drawn map that revisits Thomas More’s famous island Utopia, a century after a capitalist revolution in 1900 has transformed it completely. Nocookies. Scroll to 108: Psychogeography.

Stats, Maps n Pix: Crowdsourced City Boundaries - Alasdair Rae (Mental maps) One Friday afternoon a couple of weeks ago, while putting off something more important, I felt the sudden need to see if I could successfully crowdsource some city boundaries. I'd been doing this kind of thing with housing market boundaries for a few years but I thought it would be interesting to see how many shapes I could get people to draw, so here are the results - for fun more than anything else but I think they are also pretty interesting.

If you want to download the raw data, you can go back to the original page and click the Download Data button in the bottom right. I've kept it very simple. First of all, the maps are overlaid on a black and white map and the brighter shading shows where more shapes overlap. Intrepid Explorers: Urban Form and Microclimate Microadventure (public event) Tickets, Sat, 15 Oct 2016 at 11:00. National Geographic - There’s Never Been A Better Time To Make Our Cities Wild #neverbetter #wildcities. Stepping off the main road reduces my stress levels straight away. #London #wildcities #neverbetter. The Haunted City. Daniel Raven-Ellison: Heading into nature to explore smart #wildcities. Daniel Raven-Ellison #Canterbury walk. Wondering how the rain will effect my brain! #wildcities #wetcities #kent.

National Geographic - There’s Never Been A Better Time To Make Our Cities Wild #neverbetter #wildcities. Thinkwhere – A Geo blog from Tim Waters @tim_waters.