Center for Active Design: Parks & Equity

Read the original post from NYC’s Center for Active Design here. http://centerforactivedesign.org/parksandequity How Parks Support More Active and Equitable Communities “The concept of biophilia suggests that humans have an innate, instinctive bond with the natural world, such as trees, wildlife, parks, and gardens. Recent studies reinforce this notion, showing that natural environments are making direct contributions…

2014 Fuller Challenge Winner: SCAPE’s ‘Living Breakwaters’

View SCAPE’s video of the project here Impact Design Hub’s Press Release: 2014 Fuller Challenge Winner Announced The Buckminster Fuller Institute has announced SCAPE‘s climate change adaptation and community development project ‘Living Breakwaters‘ as the winner of the 2014 Fuller Challenge. Living up to Fuller’s work as a ‘comprehensive anticipatory design scientist,’ the winning project aims…

NPR: Playing to Learn

Brains at Play “This week at NPR Ed, our series Playing To Learn will explore questions about why people play and how play relates to learning. Why do we humans like to play so much? Play sports, play tag, play the stock market, play duck, duck, goose? We love it all. And we’re not the…

NPR: A Collection of Clues to America’s Educational Past

“If you walk past Daniel Radcliffe’s Harry Potter robe, ride the elevator up four floors, above the ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz and a family of four visiting from Cincinnati, Ohio, you’ll find yourself in a long hallway that vaguely resembles a hospital walkway. The fourth floor of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of…

Huffpost: Are We Raising a Generation of Helpless Kids?

Warning signs When a college freshman received a C- on her first test, she literally had a meltdown in class. Sobbing, she texted her mother who called back, demanding to talk to the professor immediately (he, of course, declined). Another mother accompanied her child on a job interview, then wondered why he didn’t get the…

ASLA: Nature Is But Another Word for Health

“We are trying to figure out precisely what types of nature provide the most health benefits,” said William Sullivan, ASLA, a landscape architecture professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, at the Environmental Design Research Assocation (EDRA) conference in New Orleans. The eventual goal is to be able to prescribe doses of nature, or specific…

NPR: Key Brain Connection Slow To Develop In Kids With ADHD

Scientists analyzing data from a map of connections inside the human brain have gained new insights into the development of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Past images of brain structures showed that the brains of people with ADHD mature later than those of people without the condition. Now researchers making use of data collected as part…

KQED: Why kids need to tinker to learn

“The Maker Movement has inspired progressive educators to bring more hands-on learning and tinkering into classrooms, and educator Gary Stager would like to see formal schooling be influenced by the Maker Movement, which has inspired young learners to tinker, to learn by doing, and take agency for their learning. One way teachers can incorporate the…

NPR: How to turn your school into a maker haven

“One of the best ways for frustrated parents, students and teachers to convince school leaders that it’s time for a reboot is with amazing student work. An unconventional learning community of “makers” — people who like to figure out and fix problems with their hands — stands ready to demonstrate a hands-on learning style in which…

Above all, do not lose your desire to walk…

  Above all, do not lose your desire to walk; every day I walk myself into a state of well-being and walk away from every illness; I have walked myself into my best thoughts, and I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it… but by sitting still, and the…

The Nature of Cities

                  The Nature of Cities is a virtual magazine and discussion site on cities as ecosystems. It is a global collective of contributors, an essay and discussion site devoted to cities as social-ecological spaces, ecosystems of people, buildings, open spaces, and nature. City design with nature at…

The United Nations’ CHILD FRIENDLY CITIES Initiative

The UN’s Child Friendly Cities Initiative It is a city, or more generally a system of local governance, committed to fulfilling children’s rights, including their right to: Influence decisions about their city Express their opinion on the city they want Participate in family, community and social life Receive basic services such as health care and…

“5 easy ways to get your kids stoked on nature”

“5 easy ways to get your kids stoked on nature” A good reminder – everybody needs nature play! “Now that I’m older, I routinely forget that every once in a while I need to get back out, away from the sharp unnatural angles of the city, my apartment, and the corners of the bills that…