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Special hospital wards for teenagers

Special hospital wards for teenagers

More teenagers than children are admitted to hospital, but how many hospitals do you know that offer dedicated teenager wards?

Growing social diversity in the botanics

Growing social diversity in the botanics

Arriving in a new city or town for the first time, I always map and locate its Botanic Gardens…

Urban splash

Urban splash

What is it about water features in our cities that seem to have such magnetic power over busy adults and boisterous children?

Feeding a mega city

Feeding a mega city

Over the last twenty years urban populations have been increasing by over three million people per week. That’s equivalent to creating a new Boston, every working day somewhere in the world.

Enabling places

Enabling places

Have you ever experienced that terrifying, totally paralysing, sense of being trapped in a place that you could see absolutely no escape from?

Hopeful architecture

Hopeful architecture

Universally we reward brand new glossy buildings and landscape – forgetting that these shiny new stars of the built environment don’t always hold up to their promise.

Thought paths

Thought paths

I have my own thinking route, the Meadows – a large green space in Edinburgh – which I jog around early morning or late evening and the birthplace of many an idea for my next seminar or research project.

Dis-ease

Dis-ease

The idea that our planet’s health and our emotional health are interconnected is an interesting proposition that can and should be tested, shouldn’t it?

Inscape – a poetic articulation of our experience of landscape

Inscape – a poetic articulation of our experience of landscape

When I’m in the landscape there’s a constant dialogue going on between the outer and the inner landscape…

Desire lines

Desire lines

Desire lines represent people’s singular navigational decisions; the very verb ‘desire’ denotes a strong wish to go your own way – make your own personal path.

City colour planning

City colour planning

Cities resonate – mostly accidentally – with flashes of emblematic colour …. the red double decker in London, the yellow cabs of New York. Some cities are even defined by their dominant architectural colour.

Arrivals

Arrivals

As an eight year old arriving at Waverley Station in Edinburgh – en route to visit my Grandmother – I can still clearly recall walking in wonder up the ramp-way from its dark underbelly and out into the bright daylight to confront this eccentric city.