Accidentally found this on the footpath yesterday.
If someone wants to make people smile, he/she achieves.
Me, at least 🙂
Accidentally found this on the footpath yesterday.
If someone wants to make people smile, he/she achieves.
Me, at least 🙂
Today I had a great chance to have a tutorial with David after I
updated him the feedback yesterday and I found that it was extremely helpful.
After the tutorial with David, I feel so excited and motivated. This quite challenges me and my abilities. I would like to see what I can do and how far I can go. Next step I could do is research, research, research!! and also think about what I could do and what organization I should contact. Let’s do it!!
Yesterday I had a tutorial with Richard which quite helps me to board my ideas and not confusing myself.
This two months I frequently visit a number of parks in London. Regent’s Park is the popular parks that people like to visit. The reason for this is it combines large open spaces with tree-lined pathways, formal gardens, and children’s playgrounds. Regent’s Park is pretty well stocked, already boasting boating lake, open air theatre and this month it provides free outdoor exhibition call “Frieze Sculpture”.
These sculptures can attract a lot of people both Londoner and tourists. I have talked to some people visiting the park, most of them told me that they come to see the sculptures. These sculptures were created by 25 international artists and provide great experiences to the visitors. This made me not surprised why so many people came to visit this park.
Sculptures in Regent’s Park
I saw people of all ages came to this park. Most people came here as a group and couple, only a few people came alone. I think the parks gather the small communities in the city. The popular reasons for visiting the park are for chilling with friends and spending time with families or couples in the peaceful environment. I should consider more about people relationship to investigate the way to promote urban open spaces.
An immersive sculptural garden installation by Glasgow based artists Laura Aldridge and James Rigler. From 12th July – 23rd September, NOW Gallery populated with a series of playful sculptures, transforming a space into a rural retreat, a space for contemplation away from the hustle and bustle of the capital.
Aldridge and Rigler hope to introduce a sense of wellbeing and discovery by creating both a metaphorical and physical garden that appeals to the senses – the sound of water, the smell of the earth and the rustle of vibrant fabric in the light breeze. The sense of refuge and recovery that embody memorial gardens, romantic landscapes and even the humble allotment will be plentiful within the sculptural language of Indirect Sunlight.
Today I visited this mini-exhibition or an indoor urban garden. This sculptural garden installation quite tempting because of the usage of color and materials that are unlike the ordinary garden.
Unfortunately, I didn’t go there in its workshop time. So I can only walk around and observe this small garden. I like this installation but I didn’t connect to the sensation that much. Anyway, I suppose that this is an interesting platform that can apply to the bigger garden which could touch people feeling more effective.
Yesterday I missed the tutorial with David because I had already booked the essential oils workshops 🙁 Personally, I’m interested in the scent. I also look for a possibility to use a knowledge about the odor that I gain to develop my project.
The first workshop (paid) was in the afternoon. There were around 12 people join that workshop. Emma, the speaker introduced herself and let us introduced ourselves. Then she talked about how to extract essential oil from plants and flowers and how we can use them in our daily life. I got information about the healing power of each scent and how essential oils affect our wellness in everyday life. I had a chance to smell a different kind of essential oils that I’ve never know before. I also have a chance to DIY my own essential oils. But it’s the easy one, just combined the scents that I like together to make my own scent. Emma also taught us how to use essential oils to make natural skin care and cleaning products. From my observation, essential oils are often used in the house. I asked Emma could we use essential oils for outdoor activities. She gave me some example such as bug spray and hand sanitizer. I’m looking for how to use the healing power of essential oils to enhance people’s mood in public space. But there are a lot of factors that I have to concern such as allergy and how to control the odor. I have to do more research and see if I could blend scents in my project.
The second workshop (free) was in the evening. The workshop was at Planet Organic. There were few people attend this workshop.
Carol, the speakers brought her own set of essential oils. She talked about the brand and why this brand was different from others. She let us smell each essential oil and told us about its properties and didn’t forget to tell how great was that brand 🙁 At the end of the workshop she asked if someone wanted to buy some product from her. I felt disappointed in this workshop. Actually, it’s not a workshop, it’s like a direct selling. Anyway, I thought at least I gained a little bit knowledge and some strange experience here in London.
Bye bye, free workshop. LOL.
” How can community open spaces be promoted
to engage city dwellers in order to increase their mental health awareness and well-being? “
I just came back from Scotland today. I had a fantastic experience there, especially with the fantastic landscapes.
I have been in Edinburgh for 2 days. It’s a very lovely city, full
of nature and green space. I explored some natural areas in
Edinburgh such as Holyrood Park, Arthur’s Seat, and Prince Street Gardens and asked people I met there these questions :
How often do you come to green spaces?
Why do you come to green spaces?
What do you feel? Can green spaces reduce your stress?
Most people I interviewed were Scottish. They come to parks quite often in the summer because the weather is nice and it quite easy to access due to there are so many parks in the city. Regarding natural attraction, they come on average once a month. The reasons for coming to the green space are fresh air, enhance their mood, enjoy the views and clear their mind form busy work. They feel relaxed, fresh, recharge and calm. Everybody told me that the park and green space can effectively relieve their stress.
I thought how lucky people here that they had a fantastic nature among constructions in the city. People can go to take a rest after work, don’t need to spend a long journey to take part in nature.
Various kind of green spaces themselves, not just only park, provoke people to spend time there. I wish I could stay here longer. But the big journey still waiting for me on the next day.
“Please tell me “It’s not a dream”
I rented a car driving to explore Highland. I fell in love and enjoyed the spectacular views there. The mountains and fields seem infinite. Gigantic loches and spacious clouds blew my mind. I haven’t know why I was so happy and cheerful. I felt like I’m in the painting, not a real world. People I met there were really nice and open. I saw
smiles on everyone’s face 🙂
I had conversations with travelers who I accidentally met there.
Although many people love living in the city because of the
convenience, they still want the power of nature to restore their spirit and boots their emotions. A lot of people choose to spend money to escape from the city and explore the nature. Why is that? This question provokes me to explore how to improve urban green spaces to attract urban residents and finding the potential to stimulate city dwellers to make the full use of the green spaces in their city in order to enhance their mental well-being and benefit them in another way.
My research told me that people didn’t observe their stress when the went to the parks. The key thing is they feel more relaxed ( which can help relieve their stress (for a while)). This makes me consider more about “emotion”. The power of nature has a positive impact on human’s emotion. It has the power of healing even sad, furious, or, nervous. I also focus on parks which are the public green spaces in the urban areas that people can easy to access. My keys element still remains as nature, city dweller, and mental well-being but my question change to :
” How can parks create connection between
city dwellers and their sensory
in order to enhance their emotion? “
I found that it quite hard for me to invent something here due to I didn’t have any connections and I haven’t contact any expert to advise or support my intervention. I also lack confidence to contact people 🙁 but I will try more and do my best.
I decided to do a mini-intervention. I went to Regent Park observing people. Then I asked around 30 people to take a photo of where in the park that makes them fell the most relaxing or feel good and a short reason why then sent to the email that I created for this project “email@example.com”. I told a little bit about my project. Some people denied to do but most people looked interested and said that they will take the photo and sent it to me.
At the end of the day, I only got 2 emails.
In the beginning, I felt so disappointed because everybody seemed so interested and would like to do this. But after I read the emails I felt good as at least I can make some people connected to their emotion, observed the environment around them, and felt more relaxed. Personally, I thought my intervention can be a half survey and a half intervention. If they did it, I would get more information about what makes people relax and They also have more time to introspect themselves and more connect to nature as what I would like to be.
I should find the way that can get people to engage more and create something tangible or concept that can touch people enough to encourage them to participate in my intervention. Moreover, I should practice and develop my communication skills to communicate effectively with my target audiences in order to make them clear about my project and my objective. Another important thing, I should clarify my question and what I would like to achieve to make it easier to develop this project further.
Half of the world’s people now live in urban areas.
By 2050, this proportion is expected to grow to 66 percent.
– The United Nations –
Providing adequate green space within our urban areas is therefore paramount. We need to preserve, enhance and promote existing green spaces and create new spaces.
From the research, I absolutely agree that green spaces have a huge positive impact on the city dwellers. As I’m here in London, I found that Londoners enjoy going to the park and there are a number of parks here. Comparing with Bankok which is my hometown, people don’t enjoy going to the park that much. This is because of a low number of green spaces in Bangkok. People find that it hard to go to the park during the day because of transportation and the weather is too hot.
So now, I’m thinking about what can I do :
promoting existing green space
create new green space
Then I have to ask myself questions :
How can I encourage people to enjoy green space in their city?
What will it be? product? event? …?
I found an interesting study, Shinrin-yoku, a term that means “taking in the forest atmosphere” or “forest bathing.” It was developed in Japan during the 1980s and has become a cornerstone of preventive health care and healing in Japanese medicine.
The idea is simple: if a person simply visits a natural area and walks in a relaxed way there are calming, rejuvenating and restorative benefits to be achieved.
Currently, Shinrin-yoku has come to the UK. There are many sessions in London that invite people to experience the
connection with nature in order to enhance both mental and physical well-being. I’ve never had a chance to try but I think this is a great case study of engaging people with nature – including multisensory experiences.