OPENspace has published two books and contributed to many more. We’ve listed them below, beginning with our own titles.

Front cover of first Open Space bookOpen Space: People Space

This four-part book is edited by Catharine Ward Thompson and Penny Travlou.

Highly visual, and running to over 200 pages, it contains contributions from OPENspace researchers and other international experts, including Jan Gehl, Ken Worpole, Judy Ling Wong, Robin Moore, Nilda Cosco, John Zeisel and Terry Hartig.

The book deals with the nature of exclusion, and issues of policy, design and research in its exploration of how spaces and places meets people’s needs and desires.

It was published by Taylor & Francis / Routledge in September 2007 and was Highly Commended in the Landscape Institute Awards 2008.

Hardback ISBN 978-0-415-41533-0
Paperback ISBN 978-0-415-41534-7
E-book ISBN 978-0-203-96182-7

> Find out more about this book on the Routledge website

Cover of Innovative Approaches to Researching Landscape and HealthInnovative Approaches to Researching Landscape and Health – Open Space: People Space 2

Edited by Catharine Ward Thompson, Peter Aspinall and Simon Bell, this second book in the Open Space : People Space series is set out in five parts over 290 pages.

Published by Routledge in April 2010, it contains contributions from OPENspace researchers and other international experts, including Harry Heft, Robin Moore, Nilda Cosco, Sjerp de Vries, Fiona Bull, Billie Giles-Corti, Patrik Grahn, Ruth Conroy Dalton and Brian Little.

The book addresses the growing interest in salutogenic environments – landscapes that support healthy lifestyles and promote wellbeing – and the need for innovative methods to research them, questioning how future research can be better targeted to inform policy and practice in health promotion.

Writing in the Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning, Caroline Bird of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Healthy Cities and Urban Policy described the book as “an interesting and thought provoking addition to the literature on health and the built environment… I feel better informed and even inspired from reading it.”

Hardback ISBN 978-0-415-54911-0
Paperback ISBN 978-1-138-78793-3
E-book ISBN 978-0-203-03041-7

> Find out more about this book on the Routledge website

Books we’ve contributed to as editors and authors

Urban Blue Spaces
Planning and Design for Water, Health and Well-Being

Edited By Simon Bell, Lora E. Fleming, James Grellier, Friedrich Kuhlmann, Mark J. Nieuwenhuijsen, Mathew P. White

This book presents an evidence-based approach to landscape planning and design for urban blue spaces that maximises the benefits to human health and well-being while minimising the risks. Based on applied research and evidence from primary and secondary data sources stemming from the EU-funded BlueHealth project, the book presents nature-based solutions to promote sustainable and resilient cities.

Numerous cities around the world are located alongside bodies of water in the form of coastlines, lakes, rivers and canals, but the relationship between city inhabitants and these water sources has often been ambivalent. In many cities, water has been polluted, engineered or ignored completely. But, due to an increasing awareness of the strong connections between city, people, nature and water and health, this paradigm is shifting.

The international editorial team, consisting of researchers and professionals across several disciplines, leads the reader through theoretical aspects, evidence, illustrated case studies, risk assessment and a series of validated tools to aid planning and design before finishing with overarching planning and design principles for a range of blue-space types.

Over 200 full-colour illustrations accompany the case-study examples from geographic locations all over the world, including Portugal, the United Kingdom, China, Canada, the US, South Korea, Singapore, Norway and Estonia. With green and blue infrastructure now at the forefront of current policies and trends to promote healthy, sustainable cities, Urban Blue Spaces is a must-have for professionals and students in landscape planning, urban design and environmental design.

The book on Urban Blue Spaces is now available online in Open Access, although the hard copies won’t be out until the 30th.

Open Access for the book was funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 666773

The Open Access version of this book, available at, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license

>Find out more about this book on the Taylor & Francis website.

Further Books we have Contributed to as editors and authors

Heiland, S.; Weidenweber, J.; Ward Thompson, C. Linking Landscape Planning and Health. In Biodiversity and Health in the Face of Climate Change; Marselle, M.R., Stadler, J., Korn, H., Irvine, K., Bonn, A., Eds.; Springer International Publishing: Geneva, Switzerland, 2019, pp. 425-448.

Braubach, M., Egorov, E., Mudu, P., Wolf, T., Ward Thompson, C. and Martuzzi, M. ‘Effects of Urban Green Space on Environmental Health, Equity and Resilience’ in Kabisch, N., Horst, K., Stadler, J. & Bonn, A. (eds) Nature-Based Solutions to Climate Change Adaptation in Urban Areas. Springer. 2017.

Ward Thompson, C. 2016. ‘Researching the links between landscape and health’, in Van den Brink, A., Bruns, D., Tobi, H. & Bell, S. (eds) Research in Landscape Architecture: Methods and Methodology. Abingdon: Routledge.

Silveirinha de Oliveira, E. and Ward Thompson, C. ‘Green infrastructure and health’ in Sinnett, D., Burgess, S. & Smith, N. (eds) Handbook on Green Infrastructure: Planning, Design and Implementation. Edward Elgar, UK. 2015.

Travlou, P. and Biggs, S. ‘Distributed Authorship and Creative Communities: Revisited’ in Rettberg, S., Tomaszek, P. & Baldwin, S. (eds) Electronic Literature Communities. Computing Literature, USA. 2015.

Bell, S. ‘Cultures in Flux‘ in Roe, M. & Taylor, K. (eds) New Cultural Landscapes. Routledge, UK. pp. 78-98. 2014.

Bell, S. and Ward Thompson, C. ‘Human engagement with forest environments: implications for physical and mental health and wellbeing‘ in Fenning, T. (ed) Challenges and Opportunities for the World’s Forests in the 21st Century. Springer, Netherlands. pp. 71-92. 2014.

Travlou, P. ‘Ethnographies of Co-Creation and Collaboration as Models of Creativity’ in Rettberg, S. & Baldwin, S. (eds) Electronic Literature as a Model of Creativity and Innovation in Practice: A Report from the HERA Joint Research Project. West Virginia University Press, USA. 2014.

Nilsson, K., Pauleit, S., Bell, S., Aalbers, C. & Sick Nielsen, T. (eds) Peri-urban futures: Scenarios and models for land use change in Europe Springer, Netherlands. 2013.

Ward Thompson, C. ‘Places to be Wild in Nature’ in Jorgensen, A. & Keenan, R. (eds) Urban Wildscapes. Routledge, UK. pp. 49-64. 2012.

Ward Thompson, C. ‘Landscape Perception and Environmental Psychology’ in Thompson, I., Howard, P. & Waterton, E. (eds) The Routledge Companion to Landscape Studies. Routledge, UK & USA. 2012.

Travlou, P. ‘Rhizomic Ethnographies: Rhizomes, lines and nomads: Doing fieldwork with creative networked communities’ in Biggs, S. (ed) Remediating the Social. University of Bergen, Norway. 2012.

Bell, S., Sarlov Herlin, I. & Stiles, R. (eds) Exploring the Boundaries of Landscape Architecture. Routledge, UK. 2011.

Travlou, P., Eubanks Owens, P., Ward Thompson, C. & Maxwell, L. ‘Place Mapping with Teenagers: Locating their territories and documenting their experience of the public realm’
in Coffey, A. & Hall, T. (eds) Researching Young People (Fundamentals of Applied Research; vol. 1-3). Sage, UK. 2011.

Coyne, R., Ekeus, H., Wright, M., Stewart, J., Travlou, P. & Williams, R. ‘Branded meeting places: Ubiquitous technologies and the design of places for meaningful human encounter’ in Inns, T. (ed) Design for the 21st Century: Interdisciplinary Methods and Findings. Ashgate, UK. 2010.

Obrador, P., Crang, M. & Travlou, P. (eds) Cultures of Mass Tourism: Doing the Mediterranean in the Age of Banal Mobilities. Ashgate, UK. 2009.