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Is it better to take a walk in nature or in an urban area?

Is it better to take a walk in nature than in an urban area? Two studies comparing walking in an urban setting with walking in a natural park setting. In both, the walk in nature produced benefits for mood and mental acuity while the urban walk did not. In the study the researchers investigated the impact of nature experience… Read more »

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Houseplants can detox your home

Indoor climate has a great impact on human well-being, including comfort, productivity and health. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor air quality is one of the top five risks to public health. We spend 80-90 percent of our time indoors and about 16 hours every day in our dwelling and therefor it is important… Read more »

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Apps connects you with nature

Mobile apps are a natural part of our daily life and a lot of interesting new apps helps to connect you with nature in different ways. As I have writte about in previous posts research has shown that living near and regularly experiencing greenery has a strong positive effect on city dwellers’ mental health, creativity… Read more »

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Traveling caravans let you work in the forest

What if your office was a traveling caravan that could make it possible for you to work in the middle of the forest or at another beautiful nature scenery? The Dutch company KantoorKaravaans are mobile micro-offices that let office workers do their day to day business in the middle of beautiful, national parks. As I have… Read more »

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Why Creativity is Such an Essential Skill

Imagination is the source of all human achievement. (Sir Ken Robinson) Our society is now, more than ever dependent on our ability to be creative – the process of having original ideas that have value. Creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson explains that creativity is the crucial 21st century skill that we will need to solve the challenges that… Read more »

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New Article – Nature Enhances our Creativity

My article ‘The impact of nature on creativity – A study among Danish creative professionals’ has now been published in the Journal Urban Forestry & Urban Greening. You can access the article here. There is free access to the full version of the article until May 15, 2015. Here is the abstract: This article investigates the ability of natural… Read more »

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Nature and Creativity

Two weeks ago I began on my Maters Thesis and for the next 6 months I will be investigating the connection between nature and our creativiy. I know from litterature that nature may enhance our creativity however we don’t know much about why. This will be one of the areas of focus. I will read… Read more »

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Denmark Will Soon Have its First Vertical Garden

A new vertical garden is about to be realized in Århus. The vertical garden will be 200 square meters and situated at a wall in the creative Meilgade area in Århus. According to the man behind, Jonatan Marcussen (president of the association Himmelhaven (The Sky Garden)) it is the first of its kind in Denmark…. Read more »

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Someone has Made an Extra Effort

Look at this – somebody did an extra effort and planted these beautiful flowers along the sidewalk on my way to the metro. Thanks a lot it really makes me smile.

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The Joy of a Garden

If you have been living a long life close to nature and with you own garden it might feel like something important is missing if you move to an apartment. It was what happened for an older Swedish man when he moved into an apartment after many years in a house with a garden. Fortunately… 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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Worlds Best News

Now the farmers in Vietnam get money by NOT cutting down the trees. The other morning I was on my way to work. At the metro station I was met by smiling people offering me breakfast and a newspaper with the title “Worlds Best News”. It was a campaign for the progress of the United… Read more »

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When I Go to Cornwall, UK I Would Like to Visit…

Something very interesting is happening in the Southern part of UK – here you find The Eden Project as well as Minack an outdoor theatre and magnificent garden. The Eden Project (photo by schrodingersduck) The largest conservatories in the world, cutting edge iconic architecture, awe inspiring gardens, a rainforest and much more – take a… 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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From Chicago to Copenhagen Roofs are Going Green

Imagine that you can relax or play in a garden – high above the street – with a great view over the city. In the past roof gardens was mostly for the few (and rich) however city planners have seen the many benefits of the roof gardens and new roof gardens are popping up a… Read more »

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Great Little Video; “What’s All About”

Why connecting with nature is so rewarding is explained and showed very well in the little video by Margaret Roach at her blog A way to garden.com. I found out about the blog and the video via the Therapeutic Landscapes Network. Take a look at the video here. [Photy by Muffet, 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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Urban Gardens

As I have talked about in a previous blog I am very inspired by the movement Urban Gardening and the related Urban Farming. How can we increase natural environments in our urban landscape? In the municipality (Frederiksberg close to the municipality of Copenhagen) where I live they hold the Danish Record of “Number of trees… Read more »