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Trend Watch April 2020
Is Play a Cure for Loneliness?
Communities that connect through play are well-placed to support each other in times of crisis writes Alison Stenning, Professor of Geography at Newcastle University and play streets activist, for The Developer.
Stenning has published a report looking at the benefits of organised neighbourhood play sessions in the UK grassroots movement Playing Out, where streets are temporarily closed for games and chalk drawing.
“Playing out’ is not just about play and not just for children,” she writes, as neighbours of all ages are encouraged to participate and form new relationships with others who live on their street.
“These new connections enable and are reinforced by a proliferation of contact between neighbours outside of street play sessions. Neighbours lend and borrow equipment, ingredients, and occasionally money. They look out for each other and each other’s homes, pets and, sometimes, children. They play and spend time together between sessions, on the street and in each other’s homes,” says Stenning.
“These new relationships connect neighbours in vulnerable situations, whether with ill-health, or elderly, or recently separated. Through the connections made in playing out sessions, neighbours learn each other’s names and much more about their everyday lives, including their struggles.”
The necessity for social distancing during the current coronavirus pandemic has curtailed the way people are able to play and spend time together. However, communities need each other now more than ever, with reports of isolation magnifying the risk of loneliness in the general population, particularly for older people.
Some communities are trying to overcome this with social-distance dance parties on the street, local heroes dressing up in costumes to entertain the neighbours, teachers visiting students in car convoys, and parents organising virtual playdates.
How to Look Professional on Work Video Conference Calls:
There’s a learning curve for most of us new to telecommuting. The New York Post and Harvard Business Review share tips on how to run productive virtual meetings, with polished presentation.
First, some thoughts from the New York Post on how to look presentable during work video conferences – including framing, lighting, sound, outfits, backgrounds and pet etiquette.
Now that you’ve covered your on-screen presence, Harvard Business Review writes that it’s all the more important to run focused, efficient meetings when your colleagues are not in the same room.
Follow best practice for meetings and set clear objectives, and send a pre-read if appropriate. During the session, use an agenda, set ground rules, take breaks, and clearly outline next steps (including timing and accountabilities) after each section and at the end of the meeting.
Other gems include making video-first the norm, testing technology ahead of time, minimise presentation length, use ice breakers and encourage all of the team to participate.
Read the full article on What It Takes to Run a Great Virtual Meeting.
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ASLA San Diego, AILA NSW and Street Furniture Australia proudly present this online event connecting landscape architects from the US and Australia. US participants (Pacific Time): Thursday February 25th, 2021 at 5pm Australian participants (AEDT): Friday February 26th, 2021 at 12pm Registrations essential via Zoom. Topic: Homifying Sydney Olympic Park Public space owners, managers and designers in the US and Australia are dealing with the impacts of Covid-19. This webinar presents an Australian case study: Homifying Sydney Olympic Park, for discussion. This Olympic precinct turned business-and-events hub has pivoted towards its growing residential population during Covid. Human-centred design methodologies have been applied to understand how to ‘Homify’ the park’s everyday spaces. The aim is to recreate the comfortable ambience of home, to support the community and local businesses. The presentation …
Eerily Empty Public Spaces During Coronavirus: The Atlantic has published a gallery of eerie images from around the world, showing what happens when quarantine measures and self-isolation keeps everyone at home. Here are just some of the images, taken between February 21 and March 9, 2020: Top photo: Friday prayers with very slim attendance at the Kaaba in Mecca’s Grand Mosque, March 6 2020. Go to The Atlantic’s full gallery. Paris Mayor Calls for 15-Minute City: In her re-election campaign Mayor Anne Hidalgo proposes plans to ensure that every Paris resident can meet their essential needs within a short walk or bike ride, writes Feargus O’Sullivan forCity Lab. Mixing many uses within the same space challenges much of the planning status quo of the past century, O’Sullivan writes. It once …
Could city parklands be used to house endangered fauna? UNSW students have proposed to create research and veterinary labs for native bats, birds and eels. Restored patches of habitat in Sydney’s Centennial Parklands could become sanctuaries for threatened species, they say. The proposal come from a two-week Sydney Urban Lab studio in January, overseen by US-based landscape architect Professor Richard Weller and Hassell. “In the case of Sydney, we decided to get a list of the species endangered both in the city and its region and the broader hotspot, which is really the eastern portion of Australia, and ask the question: could we take a piece of land in Sydney and use that as an incubator for these species, and from there the species could be relocated over time back …
Greta Thunberg Named Time Person of the Year 2019: The 16-year-old Swedish schoolgirl who inspired a global movement to fight climate change is the youngest person to be chosen by the magazine, in a tradition that began in 1927. “Thunberg began a global movement by skipping school: starting in August 2018, she spent her days camped out in front of the Swedish Parliament, holding a sign painted in black letters on a white background that read Skolstrejk för klimatet: ‘School Strike for Climate’,” Charlotte Alter, Suyin Haynes and Justin Worland write for Time. “In the 16 months since, she has addressed heads of state at the U.N., met with the Pope, sparred with the President of the United States and inspired 4 million people to join the global climate strike …