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‘Landscape is the primary infrastructure.’ – Farrell Review of Architecture and the Built Environment

How to find the conference

Manchester Metropolitan University Business School
Oxford Road
M15 6BH

The conference venue is approximately 15 minutes’ walk from Piccadilly station. View a map.

Please visit venues.mmu.ac.uk for full travel information, including details of nearby car parks for those who will be driving into Manchester.

Day one

On day one (22 June), delegates will begin by explore an evolving theme through a mix of plenaries and breakout sessions. The discussion will begin at the point where people and nature meet. Then we will move on to explore the interface between ecology and infrastructure, and the importance of the emerging natural capital initiative. Finally, we end where human intervention has reached its apex: in our urban spaces.

View the full timetable (PDF, 542 KB)

TEP Pathway to Chartership candidate sessions

In addition to the plenaries and seminars, we’re delighted to announce that registered practice and conference sponsor The Environment Partnership (TEP) will be hosting two special sessions aimed at Pathway candidates. Pathway to Chartership: an Examiner’s perspective will take place at 10.15am and 1.45pm in the TEP ‘pod’ in the main conference breakout area.

BIM/GIS surgery

Mike Shilton, Darren Hickmott and Martyn Horne, three members of the LI’s BIM Group and contributors to BIM for Landscape, will be running a BIM/GIS ‘surgery’ from 10.30am am onwards (excepting 1.45–2.45pm, when they will be giving their BIM/GIS seminar. Feel free to drop in and ask any questions you may have about BIM and GIS.

Evening reception

A drinks and dinner reception will take place after day one at the Quays on Salford’s waterfront, in Gillespies’ impressive MediaCityUK. Supported by corporate partner Vestre, the reception will feature a keynote speech from Lin Skaufel.

A Danish architect and urban planner, Lin was for many years a partner at Gehl, a world leader in people-oriented urban design. Alongside founding director Jan Gehl, whose forty-year research career revolutionised the form and use of public spaces, Lin has worked on several radical city projects across the globe. Now the owner of her own studio, Everyday, Lin will speak on the topic of ‘the generous city’, drawing upon examples from Copenhagen to illustrate her planning ethos.

Directions to the reception venue

Open Centre
Media City
M50 2EQ

Trams to Media City from Manchester City Centre / Piccadilly Station run regularly. You can take either:

  • the dedicated Media City service located in front of the Open Centre or Harbour City, which is 4-5 minute walk from the Open Centre; or
  • the Eccles service (stopping at Broadway and Harbour City)

Combined, these services operate every six minutes from Manchester city centre. The last tram back into Manchester from Media City is at 23.17pm.

For more information, visit the Metrolink website or download this PDF pocket guide.

Day two

The optional day two (23 June) will take the form of a series of morning site visits. Delegates will have the opportunity to choose from a number of guided walks (and one guided jog!) through some of the most exciting and innovative infrastructure projects in Manchester and Salford.

Find out more about the site visits.

Each delegate can attend only one visit. As spaces are limited, we recommend you make your choices early. Please email your first, second and third preferences to Events and Competitions Manager Sabina Mohideen at by 5pm on Tuesday 20 June. (If you miss this deadline, you will still be able to make your choices in person at the conference, but some visits may already be oversubscribed.)