The ground we stand on is taken for granted. But if we are to make progress in tackling the climate emergency, we need to think about where we make it, how we transport it, and how we can properly fund it
The ground we stand on is taken for granted. Streets, squares and parks are frequently poorly funded and badly maintained. And the soil beneath our feet rarely commands attention.
However, if we are to make progress in tackling the climate emergency, we need to think about soils and materials; about where they are made, how they are transported and how we find the funding to properly maintain our landscapes, parks and places.
The new edition of Landscape starts with soil. Johanna Gibbons focuses on the depiction of the soil beneath our feet, making a plea for a proper understanding of its value and beauty (page 6). Kim Wilkie looks at how we manage the land and asks what happens when we push the environment to extremes (page 9). Vron Ware looks at the true cost of making fertiliser (page 15) while Nikolett Puskas, currently working in Beirut, looks at compost, waste and recycling in an environment where water is in short supply (page 18). James Hitchmough and Michael Livingstone reveal their most recent research on improving soil (page 22) and Ruth Holmes looks at the contribution to soil remediation made by the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Project, as it enters a new phase of redevelopment (page 27).
In each edition we feature the latest of landscape education. It is fitting that we look at Writtle, one of our accredited courses, where students have their own plot of land (page 32). We also focus on the cobble. Taken for granted (and often covered in tarmac), their history and the craft that goes into making and laying them is scrutinised by Will Jennings (page 41). Our international showcase focuses on two projects from registered practice Hassell in Australia (page 49), and in a second article on research, we seek readers’ assistance in tackling overheating in public spaces (page 52).
This issue features an expanded LI Life section which covers our CEO’s vision for the new year; a report on the LI Awards 2019 with Sir David Attenborough and an important update on our work on ethics.
Throughout the journal we offer glimpses of what people think about when their feet hit the ground. Cycling through Deptford; walking through Regent’s Park; wandering along country lanes; navigating concrete; running around Lake Geneva and trekking in Indonesia bring poetry to the very ground that we stand on.
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