Getting Creative when your PHD changes direction

Camilla Allen

How might you react to the news that the subject of your research, which in my case is Africa’s Great Green Wall, changes direction?

At the start of the second year of a Landscape History PhD – at this middle point – it seemed appropriate to reflect on my experiences so far: the hopes and realities of the remaining time I will be working on this project, and why being part of the Creative Spatial Practices cluster offers an important perspective on my work so far.

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“If you see a thousand faces then it is good for you”

Clare Rishbeth

This four-minute film shows the brightness of lungi fabric against long cold granite benches in a square in East London. A group of older women chat and laugh as they spend time here, amongst a busy mix of commuters and school kids, pigeons and dogs.

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Watch clip of Alone Together: the Social Life of Benches

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Lessons from Kazakhstan, lessons from the inside…

 

Eckart Lange

Should we all rethink and investigate what we could teach and learn out there in the real word rather than in lecture theatres, studios, seminar rooms, laboratories etc.?

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Lessons from the terraces – travels in the Philippine Cordilleras

MA Landscape Architecture student Charles Lamb is one of the two winners of the 2016 Landscape Institute Student Travel Award. Charles travelled to the Philippines to research indigenous forms of water management in the Cordilleras, the chain of mountain ranges in the northern region of the island of Luzon.

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Ross Cameron hosts this years’ “RHS John MacLeod Annual Lecture”

Held every autumn, this influential RHS lecture invites prominent speakers to explore important horticultural issues. Hosted by the RHS at the Lindley Hall in London, the John MacLeod Annual Lecture was created to highlight important and inspiring topics on horticultural science. Read more…

(video) Children’s Outdoor Play Opportunities in Chinese cities

 

Helen Woolley hosted an inspiring 15 minute talk in which she explored Children’s Outdoor Play Opportunities in Chinese cities during the “Young People and the ‘New Urban Agenda’: addressing key themes of Habitat lll” conference in Birmingham on 14-15 September 2016. Helen draws on her experiences in China and offers a window into the differences of play opportunities provided to children between China and other parts of the world.

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(video) Facilitating Children’s Outdoor Play in Post-Disaster contexts

Helen Woolley hosted an inspiring 15 minute talk on Facilitating Children’s Outdoor Play in Post-disaster contexts during the “Young People and the ‘New Urban Agenda’: addressing key themes of Habitat lll” conference in Birmingham on 14-15 September 2016. Helen takes the audience through the effects of the triple disaster in Japan and illustrates the vital importance of play for children in these post-disaster situations.

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Landscape Research Helps City Project Scoop Top Awards

The awards cabinet is growing for Sheffield’s new Grey to Green regeneration programme – after it scooped two coveted Yorkshire In Bloom awards.

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What’s in a Name?

Ross Cameron – Repost of his guest blog for CABIblog

Dr Ross Cameron of the University of Sheffield outlines his latest book (Environmental Horticulture – Science and Management of Green Landscapes), co-authored with Prof. James Hitchmough and how writing the book can sometimes be easier than settling on a name that everyone approves of. Read more…

(video) Transforming Park Square Roundabout: behind the scenes

Motorists arriving in Sheffield this summer, may have noticed the transformation of Park Square Roundabout, as a profusion of perennial meadow flowers burst into bloom at the city’s entry.

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