News, events and research updates

Living Closer: The Many Faces of co-housing.

Date: 22nd November, 2018

Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Location: Royal Institute of British Architects, 66 Portland Place W1B 1AD

Studio Weave Director Je Ahn will be joined by co-author Olivia Tusinski and a panel of speakers to discuss how people are living within a variety of co-housing schemes, the potential impact on our happiness and why housing diversity matters in a context of housing shortages and the growing evidence on the pressures of living in cities.

Panellists

Je Ahn, Studio Weave (Chair): Je is a director of architectural practice Studio Weave & strategic design practice 00, designing and delivering a range of projects in the built environment for a variety of clients including schools, charities, hospitals, museums, local authorities and housing associations. He is a co-author of Living Closer: The Many Faces of co-housing.

Olivia Tusinski, 00: Olivia is a lead researcher at 00, where she has contributed policy research and qualitative evidence to a number of high-level strategies and strategic briefs for 'new' institutions in development. She also works part-time within the Greater London Authority’s Regeneration and Economic Development team, convening high-level partnerships and strengthening socio-economic, culture and skills related angles of projects receiving Mayoral investment. She is a co-author of Living Closer: The Many Faces of co-housing.

Professor Andrea Mechelli, Urban Mind: Based in the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London, Andrea is the lead of a cross-disciplinary project which brings together clinicians, neuroscientists, urban planners, designers and artists around a shared interest in urban mental health.

Jamie Perera, Composer/Artist: Jamie is a composer and artist, who is also a resident at Grand Union Housing Coop in East London. He was one of eight interviewed for the research, Living Closer: The Many Faces of co-housing.

Professor Sue Heath, School of Social Sciences, Manchester University: Sue is a Deputy Associate Dean for Postgraduate Research, and co-director of the Morgan Centre for Research into Everyday Lives. She co-authored Shared housing, shared lives: Everyday experiences across the lifecourse.

Nick Taylor, Head of Area, Housing and Land Directorate, Greater London Authority: Nick is a leader of delivering new investment proposals within the Mayor’s Housing Covenant and developing the delivery strategies for Housing Zones. He is currently developing proposals for the new Innovation Fund in the Homes for Londoners AHP 16 -21. Prior to the GLA he was ‘Head of Investment’ in London at the Housing Corporation and HCA.

Health, wellbeing and place – how landscape practitioners can deliver positive change

Date: 29th November, 2018

Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm

Location: Future Inn Cardiff Hotel, Hemingway Road, Cardiff CF10 4AU

Explore the link between place, health and wellbeing.

Neil Davidson will introduce the international cross-disciplinary research project Urban Mind. During the session Neil will explain the role that participants play as citizen scientists during the research and the techniques used to capture data.

He will explain how this data helps us understand better the factors in the environment that impact mental health and wellbeing and will explore how these results will be used to inform new approaches to clinical intervention and inform the planning and design of healthier cities.

Neil's talk will explore the following;

  1. An introduction to mental wellbeing as a design consideration for cities and rural landscapes
  2. Insights into the process of digital data analysis combining real-time data capture and geotagged spatial data
  3. Opportunities to connect research and practice across the fields of wellbeing and landscape architecture
  4. Opportunities to influence policy and project implementation

Book here.

Neil Davidson is a landscape architect and partner of J & L Gibbons and director of Landscape Learn. He trained at Edinburgh College of Art. He has lead on projects that include sub-regional strategic plans for London, public parks and higher education projects. He is particularly experienced in the assessment, design, conservation and management of a wide range of historic and statutorily protected landscapes, parks and gardens. Neil is interested in a collaborative design approach that reveals synergies between the natural, built, social and cultural environment, using thorough research to explore the use of historic narratives in a contemporary context.

He is a founder of Urban Mind a cross-disciplinary project investigating how the urban environment affects mental wellbeing. Neil maintains strong links with education. He led a diploma unit at the Architectural Association and has been a guest lecturer at the University of Cambridge, CASS and Edinburgh College of Art. Neil is a Built Environment Expert for CABE at the Design Council and a trustee of the Bethnal Green Nature Reserve Trust.

The Conscious Cities Festival 2018

Date: 23rd October, 2018

Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm

Location: Online @ www.ccities.org

The Conscious Cities Festival gathers those interested in the creation of human-centred environments. Research and practice using the conscious cities approach explores how architecture and urban design can better consider and respond to human needs through science informed design, data analysis and new technology.

This year’s festival looks at the key factors in creating a better built environment. The events over 5 days will focus on Architecture, Urban Design, City Tech, Behavioural Science, and Property.

Andrea Mechelli is Professor of Early Intervention in Mental Health at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London, and a Clinical Psychologist in the NHS.

Andrea will give a presentation on Urban Mind – using smartphone technologies to investigate the impact of the urban environment on mental wellbeing in real time.

Birmingham 2038: Social infrastructure

Date: 11th October, 2018

Time: 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Location: The Colmore Building, 20 Colmore Circus, Birmingham

Book here.

In-line with the city’s motto ‘forward', the latest series of events from Birmingham Future’s Infrastructure Committee will bring together leading experts to explore what the city might be like twenty years from now.

Neil Davidson (Urban Mind / J&L Gibbons) will discuss the current and future social infrastructure challenges and opportunities. This event explore the changing social nature of Birmingham in 2038, spanning leisure, housing, workforce and environment.

Urban Mind - Launch Event

Help us understand how city living is affecting mental health and wellbeing.

Date: 20th September, 2018

Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Location: Eastern Curve Garden, Dalston, 13 Dalston Lane, London E8 3DF

Please join us for the launch of Urban Mind, an international research project exploring how the urban environment influences mental health and wellbeing.

Over three-and-a-half billion people, more than half the world’s population, live in urban areas. This number is rising fast, and it is expected that 66% of the global population will live in cities by 2050. What are the implications of this increasing urbanisation for our mental health and wellbeing?

Urban Mind is a citizen-science project exploring the wider questions that surround urban planning, social policy, design and health, as well as historical and cultural perspectives on the city and the human mind.

The launch will see the research team and experts from the arts and sciences discuss the project from different perspectives. Guest speakers include Siobhan Davies (Artist/Choreographer), Daniel Raven-Ellison (Campaigner/Urban Geographer), Professor Gunter Schumann (Centre for Population Neuroscience & Stratified Medicine, King’s College London).

www.urbanmind.info

Urban Mind is a collaboration between arts foundation Nomad Projects, landscape architects J&L Gibbons and the Institute of Psychology, Psychiatry & Neuroscience, King’s College London.

All welcome – book here!

Arts in Mind Festival

Urban Mind – Arts in Mind Festival

Date: 5th June, 2018

Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Location: Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, Denmark Hill Campus, London.

The panellists include...

Matthew Beaumont, British novelist, author of ‘Nightwalking: A Nocturnal History of London’, Professor of English and Co-Director of the Urban Laboratory at UCL.

Johanna Gibbons, partner at J & L Gibbons, an award winning Landscape Architecture studio based in London.

Professor Andrea Mechelli, Professor of Early Intervention, King's College London.

Michael Smythe, Artist & Creative Director of Nomad Projects, a contemporary arts research and commissioning foundation.

This event is free but booking is essential.

Urban Mind published in BioScience

In January 2018 Urban Mind will be featured in BioScience, a monthly peer-reviewed scientific journal published by Oxford University Press, on behalf of the American Institute of Biological Sciences.

King’s College London, Landscape Architects J & L Gibbons and Nomad Projects have used smartphone-based technology to assess the relationship between exposure to nature and mental wellbeing.

We found that (i) being outdoors, seeing trees, hearing birdsong, seeing the sky, and feeling in contact with nature were associated with higher levels of mental wellbeing, and that (ii) the beneficial effects of nature were especially evident in those individuals with greater levels of impulsivity who are at greater risk of mental health issues.

The full article can be found here!

Urban Mind will launch a full-scale international study in March 2018. More details coming soon…

The Future Brain in the Future City

Date: 19th August, 2016

Time: 10:30am - 12:00pm

Location: The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, EH99 1SP

Today’s screen technologies create environments that could alter how we process information, take risks, empathise and view our identity. Technology can make us safer, smarter and sustainable, but the long-term impact on the human brain is unknown.

Join our panel including Professor Kevin Warwick, expert in Artificial Intelligence, cyborgs and robotics at Coventry University, Gary Walker, Future City Glasgow, Neil Davidson, landscape architect and co-investigator on Urban Mind project, Catharine Ward Thompson, Professor of Landscape Architecture and Director, OPENspace research centre, University of Edinburgh and Alessandro Vinciarelli, Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) at the School of Computing Science and Associate Academic of the Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology at the University of Glasgow to discuss how humans will adapt to a tech-laden world in 2050.

More information – here.