This is Part 2 of the two part episodes of my conversation with Tobiloba Akibo. We delved deep into the whys - why is there an inferiority/ identity crisis present in the Landscape Architecture profession? Why do we do the work that we do and does that matter? Are we going through the motions or making the difference that we want to make?
Tobiloba Akibo is a Landscape Architect in Nigeria. For her, this work gives access to resolving some of the injustice she has seen and experienced. Advocating for, and working towards, environmental justice has become a purposeful direction in her life. In this episode, we talk about the diverse landscapes in Nigeria, the current opportunities and crisis that exist, and a passionate discussion on why advocacy matters.
Fran Zuch is a Bath Girl who is Geeky for all things tech and science. She is also a natural community builder and in this episode, during the times of social-distancing, I have a conversation with her about her travels and how that has shaped her experiences with the landscape to building communities. Music by Bensound - Tomorrow
This is a storytelling episode. It is called "The Smallest Hummingbird"; it is a story about courage and bravery, teamwork and unity; it is a story of the landscape above us, the sky. Music from Bensound - Instinct.
Of Many Worlds in This World by John Dryden (1631-1700) Just like as in a nest of boxes round, Degrees of sizes of each box are found: So, in this world, many many others be Thinner and less, and less still by degree: Although they are not subject to our sense, A world may be no bigger than two-pence. Nature is curious, and such works may shape, Which our dull senses easily escape: For creatures, small as atoms, may be there, If every one a creature's figure bear. If atoms four, a world can make, then see What several worlds might in an ear-ring be: For, millions of these atoms may be in The head of one small, little, single pin. And if thus small, then ladies may well wear A world of worlds, as pendents in each ear.
Dimitrij Burakevic is an Architect and founder of Think Imagine Question Initiative. Using scientific research and artistic expression, his work with TIQ is trying to push the physical and mental boundaries of design thinking in order to prepare for extreme climatic shifts. From the Amazon rainforest wildfires to hurricanes, we have started to witness critical experiences on Earth where the solutions to resolve it will also exist in the questions that are being explored in developing space technology. What makes you TiQ? Explore Dimitrij's work on the following platforms: Blog - https://thinkimaginequestion.wordpress.com/ Documentary Style Series - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7rC__5YTIzimGV7EXIcAAQ Response to Government's Call for Ideas post Climate Emergency - https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/trees-mushrooms-bees-rainwater-solar-energy-dmitrij-burakevic/
Haiku Poem by Win Phyo Spring's Cherry Blossoms Carry Small Fleeting Wonders Such is Your Long Life Spring's Cherry Blossoms Deliver Fleeting Wonders On a Windy Day Everything Changes Rain will Greet the Bright Sunlight Sunlight to the Moon
From Devon to Dorset, the Jurrasic Coast stretches 95 miles. I ventured on a night hike with Barry Cullimore, an experienced and highly knowledgeable Airbnb host (alongside his wife Julia) and experience provider. During the hike, Barry told tales of smugglers and of the constellations, weaving in the art of verbal storytelling and sense of adventure, as we hiked our way through deep set valleys, cliff tops, village lanes and hauntingly beautiful disused quarries. We ended the journey in a local pub, named Square and Compass, in Worth Matravers, where we recorded our conversation... Check out the show notes for the full description. More information about Barry and Julia's hosting and experiences: https://www.airbnb.co.uk/users/show/120589343 Specifically about the Night Hike: https://www.airbnb.co.uk/experiences/340288 Geofieldwork Ltd: https://www.geofieldworkltd.com/
Social Masks by Allie Michelle There was once a fish who wandered the desert for miles It tried so very hard to keep up with the camels Each day it passed on through an ocean of dry sand Wondering why everything felt so wrong Until they reached the desert's edge And in front of them stretched the sea The fish dove beneath the water Breathing for the first time Feeling it was finally home
Song of the Rain by Khalil Gibran I am dotted silver threads dropped from heaven By the gods. Nature then takes me, to adorn Her fields and valleys. I am beautiful pearls, plucked from the Crown of Ishtar by the daughter of Dawn To embellish the gardens. When I cry the hills laugh; When I humble myself the flowers rejoice; When I bow, all things are elated. The field and the cloud are lovers And between them I am a messenger of mercy. I quench the thirst of one; I cure the ailment of the other. The voice of thunder declares my arrival; The rainbow announces my departure. I am like earthly life, which begins at The feet of the mad elements and ends Under the upraised wings of death. I emerge from the heard of the sea Soar with the breeze. When I see a field in Need, I descend and embrace the flowers and The trees in a million little ways. I touch gently at the windows with my Soft fingers, and my announcement is a Welcome song. All can hear, but only The sensitive can understand. The heat in the air gives birth to me, But in turn I kill it, As woman overcomes man with The strength she takes from him. I am the sigh of the sea; The laughter of the field; The tears of heaven. So with love— Sighs from the deep sea of affection; Laughter from the colorful field of the spirit; Tears from the endless heaven of memories.
A Walk by Rainer Maria Rilke My eyes already touch the sunny hill. going far beyond the road I have begun, So we are grasped by what we cannot grasp; it has an inner light, even from a distance- and changes us, even if we do not reach it, into something else, which, hardly sensing it, we already are; a gesture waves us on answering our own wave… but what we feel is the wind in our faces.
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".