21 May 2019 | Reading and Walking

47. Doreen Massey, For Space

I’ve meant to read Doreen Massey’s 2005 book For Space for quite some time now. My friend Rachelle Viader Knowles, who teaches at Coventry University, has told me that For Space was very influential on her PhD work. Also, while I’m very interested in the distinction Yi-Fu Tuan makes between space and place, I’m also aware that […]

21 May 2019 | Elspeth Penfold

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A Wander with Thread and Word.   Contemporary Art and Ritual St Pancras GalleryThis exhibition ends todayThis Wander took place last Saturday at St Pancras Crypt . I was delighted to be given the opportunity to create a wander which took...

20 May 2019 | walkinglandscapes.com

First Finger-Walk in Osnabrück

A vital part of the research project “Produktiv. Nachhaltig. Lebendig. Grüne Finger für eine klimaresiliente Stadt” are walks with different groups of people through Osnabrücks so called “Green Fingers”. On May 18 members of the “Bürgerbeirat” walked the green finger Sandbachtal and discussed perceptions, identified relevant questions and found ideas for the future of one […]

20 May 2019 | walkinglandscapes.com

Walking – ways to intervene and creatively disturb

In my talk “Interventionen. Produktive Störung und Kommunikationsanlass” at RWTH Aachen (May 13)  I presented my thoughts on walking as means to creatively disturb everyday practices. RWTH is working together with the City of Aachen on a walkability-project and focussing on urban interventions to tackle the associated transformation of public space. Referring to my own […]

20 May 2019 | exercises in being here

When we had wings

Sometimes the name of things, people, animals, are exactly what you see. I was reminded of that yesterday, when being asked: What is that black bird roaming around under that tree?" by somebody who grew up in a city. I sang the first line of a Beatle...

20 May 2019 | exercises in being here

When I had wings

Sometimes the name of things, people, animals, are exactly what you see. I was reminded of that yesterday, when being asked: what is that black bird roaming around under that tree? I sang the first line of a Beatles song. And today, remembering it, and...

17 May 2019 | News

A letter from a member on e-scooters

Dear fellow pedestrians,Life as we have known it has changed forever. We have long shared our footpaths with the odd cyclist or skateboarder, but the appearance and proliferation of e-scooter machines is a whole new thing.This new era requires that we ...

17 May 2019 | Reading and Walking

46. Ian S. McIntosh, E. Moore Quinn, and Vivienne Keely, eds., Pilgrimage in Practice: Narration, Reclamation and Healing

I think I’ve written here about the advice I’ve received from my supervisors about this project. They tell me I should be “skinning” the books I read: reading the introduction and the conclusion and skimming the chapters in between, looking for anything relevant to my project. I’m usually reluctant to do that, because you never […]

16 May 2019 | LucyFurLeaps

Dead Trees #1

It is the Urban Tree Festival this weekend – celebrating London’s amazing Urban Forest. While we celebrate our wonderful leafy friends this weekend, I am also commemorating the significant number of trees that are being destroyed at an unprecedented rate at the moment in the Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames. This is not something … Continue reading Dead Trees #1 →

16 May 2019 | Walk Coach Learn

The Mouse & The Bramble

Once upon a time there was a mouse and a bramble.* . The mouse made a nest under the bramble where its thorns, nature’s barbed wire, offered protection. The mouse family ate the bramble’s berries. The mice excreted the eaten berries. This dispersed the seeds of the bramble and gave them a good chance of … The Mouse & The BrambleRead More »

16 May 2019 | pedestrian - Pedestrian Blog

Fifty Walks: 39

Lund, SwedenI left the conference at the university to go for a walk around town. Wandered through the Botanical Gardens, with its blooms and interesting trees and people soaking up the sun; then along the famous cobblestone streets lined with very tidy, very old small houses, until I found downtown. Dipped into the thousand-year-old Lund Cathedral for a few minutes, and continued on around the town. I've been here such a short time, but there are some things I really like about Sweden:  th [...]