In this episode I sit down with Kaye Tong, a research psychologist and landscape architect, to have a conversation about the cognitive and physiological benefits of positive landscapes. Kaye explains why it is important for us to understand why nature heals us in these both ways so that we can increase demand for more restorative landscapes. This is an entertaining, useful and thoroughly perceptive episode as she shares her understanding through the latest research available. Kaye is indeed a bridge between worlds of researchers and practitioners. There were many insightful questions throughout the episode, with a few being: what sort of elements in nature benefit us; how can we introduce these elements into design; can the design be amplified to create more of these benefits? We start to unpick these questions as we view landscape through Kaye’s eyes (or senses!).
Music by the talented guitarist and composer, Vlad Cuiujuclu. The track name is "The Good Life Elsewhere".
9. Research stating that in humans up to 80% of the information received from the outside world is processed by the visual pathway:
Haupt, C., & Huber, A. B. (2008). How axons see their way–axonal guidance in the visual system. Front Biosci, 13, 3136-3149.
10. Urban Design and Mental Health in Tokyo
What is THITPIN?
Thitpin podcast is a fun and exploratory mission to uncover the layers of landscape, our relationship towards it and beyond what we define as our landscape to unearth and connect with people and places, ideas and history thereby connecting ultimately with landscape itself.
Each month brings a range of guests such as, from a monk to an environmental journalist, designers and artists, whose expertise, passion and knowledge will give us all the perspective of what it is like to experience the landscape from their standpoint.
A combination of factual research with intimate, personal and passionate conversations, this podcast is a must listen for curious minds that want to go in depth on a journey of uncovering and exploring the landscape around us.