Blog Posts

Building on the Francis effect
This autumn I become my own study in human adaptation, as I moved across the Atlantic to America to become the Professor in Design and Health at the Architecture School, University of Virginia. My relationship with the USA began in 1980s as a student in literature, exploring its unique historical, cultural and social dynamics through some of... Read more »
Posted in , 20th October, 2015
Navigating the world with sight loss
It has been suggested the human eye is the most important sensory organ in our body, with 80% of all the impressions on our senses coming from the eye.
Posted in , 17th February, 2015
Meetings – of hope – at Maggie’s
The diagnosis of a potentially life threatening illness is catastrophic news for the individual and their family and friends.
Posted in , 25th February, 2014
Hopeful green stuff
A child said, What is the grass? fetching it to me with full hands; How could I answer the child?
Posted in , 4th February, 2014
A room with a view?
The research implications, for the design of our neighbourhood communities, and the workplace, is huge.
Posted in , 21st January, 2014
The worrying taste of inner city stress
I’ve been fortunate most of my life to have access to a garden or a nearby park ... time to simply sit, contemplate and de-stress.
Posted in , 17th September, 2013
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?
Posted in , 17th July, 2013
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...
Posted in , 25th March, 2013
Urban splash
What is it about water features in our cities that seem to have such magnetic power over busy adults and boisterous children?
Posted in , 18th March, 2013
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.
Posted in , 21st January, 2013