Category Archives: Catharine Ward Thompson

Can landscape design actually improve health?

Catharine Ward Thompson, Director of the OPENspace research centre, has taken part in a free webinar on the potential of landscape design to improve health.

The event was hosted by Routledge, publishers of the Open Space : People Space books.

Screengrab from a landscape and health webinar

Selecting this image will take you to a recording of the webinar on YouTube

Joining Catharine online were Christopher Coutts (Florida State University) and Gayle Souter-Brown (Greenstone Design UK Ltd).

Together, they discussed the prime importance of landscape design on health and the ways that you can change this dynamic through effective design and specific interventions.

> Watch a recording of the webinar on YouTube

> Find out more about the Open Space : People Space books

Catharine gives guest lecture in Prague

Catharine has visited Prague to give a Proměny Foundation lecture on children, greenspace, play and the urban environment.

The Proměny Foundation is a Czech non-profit organisation founded in 2006 by Karel Komárek. Its ‘Playful Garden’ grant scheme holds the International Play Association’s Right to Play Award 2014 for helping to transform Czech school gardens into inspiring environments.

The Foundation facilitates co-design between children, teachers and parents; Catharine’s talk, Child’s play and the outdoors: the importance of access to green and natural environments, is part of a series of events taking place in school gardens and playgrounds, libraries and even a railway station.

You can watch an interview with Catharine on the Proměny Foundation YouTube channel (in English, with Czech subtitles). Her visit has also been covered by The Week, Respekt and Týden.

Link to an interview with Catharine

Watch an interview with Catharine on YouTube


Find out more about the Proměny Foundation