Category Archives: Catharine Ward Thompson

OPENspace at EUROCITIES 2015

We’re at the EUROCITIES 2015 conference in Copenhagen / Malmo, where Catharine Ward Thompson is bringing a focus on the pedestrian environment to a roundtable on urban mobility.

It’s a pleasure to be in such esteemed company. Sitting to Catharine’s right (in the blue scarf) is Hella Dunger-Loeper, Permanent secretary and State of Berlin Delegate to the Federation and former Permanent Secretary for Building and Housing at Berlin’s Senate Department for Urban Development…Catharine Ward Thompson speaking at the Eurocities conference

… and in this photograph, taken after the roundtable, she is pictured with panellist Klaus Bondam, Director of the Danish Cyclists’ Federation and former Chair of the EUROCITIES Mobility Forum…

Photo of Catharine Ward Thompson at Eurocities

Máire Cox also attends the conference to promote OPENspace research to policymakers within 130 of Europe’s largest cities.

And finally… we’re delighted to share the news that the City of Edinburgh won a EUROCITIES award at the conference for community participation in making the city more attractive and sustainable.

Logo for EUROCITIES 2015

More about EUROCITIES 2015, the focus of which was ‘sustainable growth and quality of life’

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