Those of us who love being outside in nature probably aren’t too surprised that hiking can have benefits for the brain, but now researchers are saying that they’ve found actual positive changes made by the brain after going on hikes.
As almost everyone who attended college between the mid-1990s and the current day can tell you, there is a strong association between the number 420 and the Schedule 1 illegal substance commonly known as marijuana. (It’s also at times called pot, weed, green, herb, dope, grass, lawn, turf, and yard. Actually, I think those last three words refer more to natural ground cover than to narcotics; I’ll get back to you on that.) On any given day, at 4:20 p.m., pot smokers all across America and even abroad enjoy a fine toke of their preferred cannabis strain. (Dedicated aficionados arise at 4:20 a.m. for a puff and then return to bed for some first-rate slumber or begin their day bright and early and high.)
“One 60-minute run can add 7 hours to your life” claimed The Times last week. The story was based on a new review in Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases that concluded that runners live, on average, three years longer than non-runners and that running will do more for your longevity than any other form of exercise. But there’s more to running than its health-enhancing effects. Research published in recent years has shown that donning your trainers and pounding the hills or pavements changes your brain and mind in some intriguing ways, from increasing connectivity between key functional hubs, to helping you regulate your emotions. The precise effects sometimes vary according to whether you engage in intense sprints or long distance running. Here, to coincide with a new feature article in The Psychologist – “Minds run free” – we provide a handy digest of the ways that running changes your mind and brain.
I am eating peanut butter straight from the jar with my hands. It’s not my finest moment but my body needs fuel: I have just cycled 20km at an altitude of over 2,000 metres. It is worth it, though. Around me is a thick pine forest under clear blue skies. In the distance I can see the Himalayas, notably Kanchenjunga, the third-highest mountain in the world.
envisioned by its designers claudia moseley and edward shuster as a ‘a conceptual matryoshka doll of culture-within-nature-within-culture’, ‘the invisible city‘ is a series of treehouses arranged around the boating lake in london’s regent’s park.
geometric ‘peace pods’ suspend participants in nature
designed with jerry tate architects, the project creates individual sanctuaries that both reveal and strengthen relationships between nature, society and culture.
the treehouses are arranged around the boating lake in london’s regent’s park
the project is comprised of three giant pavilions that are capable of hosting large audiences and a diverse range of art forms. ‘the aerial arena’ is a giant timber structure found at the center point of the site. wrapped in a transparent skin, it can hold 100 seated attendees.
the project is currently seeking funding on kickstarter, with the campaign ending on march 28th, 2014
‘the hive gallery’ is completely suspended from the branches of its tree offering its occupants a new perspective on the world below.
the pavilions offer views across the water
the final typology are ‘peace pods’, geometric hubs that suspend participants in nature, creating intimate spaces for contemplation and conversation.
wrapped in a transparent skin, the ‘aerial arena’ can hold 100 seated attendees
through intervening with the existing city the scheme redefines the relationship between nature and culture and celebrates the value and importance of public external space within the urban fabric.
‘the hive gallery’ offers its occupants a new perspective on the world below
the project, which has won the support of helena bonham carter and tim burton, is currently seeking funding on kickstarter, with the campaign ending on march 28th, 2014. 100% of the funds generated will be used towards the construction and production of the scheme.
the giant timber structure found at the heart of the site
the scheme intends to facilitate a network of collaborators, allowing a range of people to become involved in the project’s realization, curating a series of cultural exchanges that reflect the network of ideas generated throughout the campaign.
the pods create intimate spaces for contemplation and conversation
PROLONGING THE WEEKEND WITH A WORK-FROM-HOME DAY IS TEMPTING, BUT WEDNESDAY IS ACTUALLY THE BEST DAY TO WORK FROM HOME.
If you decide you’d like to try working from home, you know the usual advice: schedule a meeting with your supervisor, and ask to try it one day a week.
But which day?
Where better to start our series on Bike Friendly Cities than in Copenhagen – a city with over 215 miles of bike paths that was declared the world’s best city for cycling a few years ago?
We talked with everyone who is anyone in the world of cycling, starting with urban mobility expert Mikael Colville-Andersen,