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Nature & Creativity – How and Why Nature Enhances Creativity

For the last 6 months I have been writing my Master Thesis in Landscape Architecture and exploring the area of nature and creativity to find out how and why nature may enhance our creativity. It has been an amazing journey – talking to so many inspiring creative people and reading interesting literature about creativity and natures influence… Read more »

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Growing Your Own Vegetables Can Help Depression

I simply have to quote from this article in the guardian.co.uk. It describes how growing some of your own food can have a restorative effect on mental health. “Being part of the natural world, sowing, watering, weeding, pruning, harvesting and eating the plants helps to re-establish one’s individual connection with our planet, its seasons and… Read more »

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Bacteria in Soil May Make Us Happier, Smarter

I have read a very interesting article at the Therapeutic Landscape Network blog. It is about new research that shows that the bacteria in soil may actually make us happier and even smarter. We know that just by being in nature there is a restorative benefit however now research have also found that the direct… Read more »

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Why Green Exercise is So Good For Us

I have just red an interesting report “The Physical and Mental Health Benefits of Green Exercise” (see authors below). According to the report nature can make positive contributions to our health, help us recover from preexisting stresses or problems, have an `immunising’ effect by protecting us from future stresses, and help us to concentrate and… Read more »

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The Rise of Urban Farming

Grow fruits and vegetables in city towers? Advocates give a green thumbs up via The Rise of Urban Farming. And more about the benefits of urban farming at www.verticalfarm.com. Image by Adactio at Flickr.

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Greenways in Copenhagen

Biking is one of the most common way of getting from A to B here in Copenhagen. We love to bike and the municipality do a lot to support good, efficient and safe bike lanes. 55 % of the Copenhageners bike to/from work and education – and 33% of these bike more than 4 kilometres… Read more »

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Redesign of Abandoned Urban Landscape

New York has got a new park (opened 2009), the High Line, built on the top of an abandoned elevated train line. The line runs from the Meatpacking District through Chelsea up to Hell’s Kitchen. Internationally known Landscape Architect James Corner from JCFO has used design, imagination, and horticultural skill to create a park of… Read more »

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Why Playing in Nature is So Good for Children

In Denmark we have what we call “Forest Kindergarten” where children spend their Kindergarten time outside in a forest all year round. Here in Copenhagen where there is no forest the children are picked up by buses and taken to the forest. I hear from my friends who have their children in such Forest Kindergartens… Read more »

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Two new Healing Gardens in Copenhagen

Using gardens as part of a healing process in quit new in Denmark. However it seems as it is about to change. Two new healing gardens are on their way in Copenhagen. A healing garden is “a garden in a healing setting designed to make people feel better” (Eckerling, 1996, link to article). The goal… Read more »

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The Ultimate Green Area

We have all experienced it – some places feel so nice and interesting that we want to stay there. We feel relaxed and happy – it is places that we want to return to. Other places just don’t have that “magic touch” and we don’t feel like staying there. What is this “magic touch” that… Read more »

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An easy to read book about Garden Therapy

This blog-post is mostly interesting for the Danish readers since the book that I will talk about is in Danish only. I have read the book “Haveterapi” by Signe Wenneberg and it is a quit interesting introduction to the field of garden therapy. The author has talked to 15 different people about what it means… Read more »