The Landscape Institute joins English Heritage and the National Trust as partners supporting a comprehensive programme of events running from 28 April to 2 May.
Described by the museum as ‘a week of events dedicated to exploring ideas to make cities greener and more liveable by design and innovative interventions’, GI Week builds on the legacy and partnerships of the High Line Symposium in 2012. The programme sets out to mix disciplines from architecture, to horticulture, health, fashion and food, ‘allowing the museum to become a hub for cross-disciplinary dialogue’.
Sponsored by the European Commission and CLS Holdings, and with support from the Mayor of London, it explores themes from how to find delight in our cities, to how a landscape can be healthy - ‘and what might represent best (and worst!) practice when creating public green space within private developments’.
A competition supported by the LI to find the best new ideas in GI, and a celebratory look at the history of the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens ‘and how this history can influence how we approach the dynamic potential of public parks today’, will complete the week.
Public Space, Private Money
The 28 April symposium Public Space, Private Money; New Opportunities for Urban Green will address the changing possibilities of working with commercial partners in making green public (or quasi-public) spaces. Designers including Tom Stuart-Smith and Andy Sturgeon will share their experiences (good and bad) of working with commercial property developers.
Delightful Cities (29 April), a day-long symposium curated and chaired by Tim Richardson, author of ‘Avant Gardeners: 50 Visionaries of the Contemporary Landscape and Futurescapes: Designers for Tomorrow’s Outdoor Spaces’, will explore the concepts of delight, variety and surprise in our cities and urban environments. An international roster of speakers including Martin Rein-Cano and Zuz (Netherlands), Thomas Doxiadis (Greece), and Helle Nebelong (Denmark) ‘will interrogate this idea’.
The Healthy Landscapes symposium on 30 April will explore new research into the connections between health and wellbeing and gardens/open spaces.Following this will be an evening session on the 'Creating Healthy Places' ideas competition. With content and speakers generated by the open-call competition run in partnership with the Landscape Institute, this event will give the top eight contemporary ideas for improving our urban environment a platform for expression and constructive critique. Speakers will have just five minutes, and 15 slides, to explain their idea - so expect a fast-paced, free-flow of inspiration to fire up your imagination. Free – no booking required. 17.00-19.30.
Pleasures on Parade
On 1 May Pleasure on Parade will explore how lessons learned from the historic Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens can inspire innovative use of contemporary green space.