Healing Spaces?
If we are to celebrate good spaces, we have to also consider what is the opposite. I recently visited a NHS hospital to visit an inpatient and before I’d entered the building I found myself in a ‘Healing’ space that
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Published in:The Psychologist, May 2015 Waiting with the herd of parents at the school gates, I overheard a discussion about painful and expensive tattoo removal. The conversation spread like a contagious therapy session, more wounded men and women came forward;
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‘We seek aesthetic pleasure for our senses and to breathe in the majesty and wonder of the given world, its soul. This we feel nourishes our soul.’ James Hillman In the absence of sufficient nature, what happens if we come
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‘North Americans don’t understand… that our country is not just Cuba; our country is also humanity.’  Fidel Castro Cuba’s history and political situation have created a space unlike any other. Of course it has its well documented problems, but it is not
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‘The house is one of the greatest powers of integration for the thoughts, memories and dreams of mankind.’ (Bachelard, 1994) Despite this glorious, French philosophic perspective, homes are now viewed as investments as much as dwellings. Resale value is all
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In any psychology experiment involving people, context is at the top of the scientist’s list of confounding variables. As well as whatever our senses are feeling, the experiences or associations we have with a space have a strong influence on
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The riots have spread across London. Looting, vandalism and violent acts – the behaviour on view for people watchers or psychologists brave enough to venture out. Some of the images on TV are certainly shocking, yet this isn’t a giant leap from what
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I recently visited a wonderful place just outside Edinburgh. Jupiter Artland is like nothing I’ve ever seen before and each setting spoiled my senses. It was like a dream, a surreal walk through art and nature.
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‘Part of a deep sadness we carry with us as a species is the barely conscious loss of a loving relationship with the world around us.’ Clare Cooper Marcus, Professor Emeritus, Departments of Architecture and Landscape Architecture,University of California, Berkeley
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Where are our children better off, where do they learn the most and where are the happier, cramped inside a classroom breathing stale air or outside, learning in nature? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-13885417  
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Many authors have created their own utopias, but they rarely lead to happy endings. Eden Olympia is a gated housing development in J.G. Ballard’s Super-Cannes. Eden-Olympia; is Europe’s ultra-sophisticated answer to Silicon Valley, in the hills above the French Riviera.
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‘There is as much lying and crime in the world as there is a lack of art.’ Rudolph Steiner George Kelling and Catherine Coles’ book, Fixing Broken Windows, (Kelling and Coles 1997) following on from groundbreaking work by Wilson and
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Ever wondered how geography influences your psyche? The spaces we live in are ever changing. Even the earth beneath our feet is in a state of flux and this can have its own influence. The depth psychologist, James Hillman proposes
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When asked to predict the most important environmental influence on behaviour in the twenty-first century, researchers almost invariably give the same answer: urbanization, or making places ‘citylike’ but more and more this occurs without necessarily making cities. Vital components are