We live in a challenging time. Faced with rapid change to our natural environment, increased urbanisation, and the mounting pressures of living in the heart of a modern city, in recent years, landscape professionals have been tasked more than ever before with overcoming boundaries. 

In tandem with its 90th birthday, the Landscape Institute will hold a special event on Friday 7 – Saturday 8 June 2019 at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, to celebrate the vitality, creativity and impact of landscape, while addressing the future direction of travel for the profession.  

How should our profession evolve to meet the needs of our changing world? What is the landscape professional’s obligation in addressing climate change? Must we prioritise ethics over aesthetics? In a city of fractured communities, are we designing spaces that are indeed more divisive than inclusive? How can we ensure the spaces we create are used as intended? What, in fact, is the primary role of our profession moving forward? 

Part of the London Festival of Architecture, the Landscape Institute Festival of Ideas: Transforming Landscape, Challenging Boundaries will explore the role of the landscape professional and showcase the ways in which people, place and nature interact and converge through a series of memorable and immersive activities. 

Programme

Launch Party – Friday 7 June 2019, 6.30pm-10pm

LI Members are invited to attend an exclusive launch party at the Last Drop Terrace. Join us for food, drinks and an evening of live entertainment.

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Festival of Ideas – Saturday 8th June, 9am-6pm

Bring friends and family and get involved as we host a whole day of sessions across the Olympic Park. Note: Children (12 years and under) must be accompanied by an adult.

Morning sessions

With an offering of interactive workshops and themed walking tours, the festival aims to be an exciting, engaging and educational experience for all – from the curious child and enviro-conscious, to the seasoned built-environment specialist. 

Afternoon sessions

Join a fantastic roster of expert speakers for engaging panel discussions spanning climate change, digital futurescommunity engagement and other challenges facing the landscape profession.

View the full programme

Special guests include:

  • Maria Adebowale-Schwarte, Executive Director, Future London
  • Rainer Stange, President, Norwegian Landscape Association
  • Vimla Appadoo, Northern Collective
  • Professor Pia Fricker, Aalto University, Finland
  • Will Sandy, Edible Bus Stop

Meet the speakers

Are you an LI member or student member?

Members of the Landscape Institute gain exclusive access to the Festival launch party on Friday 7 June, and can also save money on their whole festival visit by buying special 2-day passes. Access your LI member discounts here.

Student members, meanwhile, benefit from discounted access to the launch party, reduced 2-day passes, and reduced tickets for the boat and walking tours and landscape forum. Access your LI student member discounts here.

Key themes

This event provides a fantastic opportunity to engage in new thinking around the future of the profession and address its relevance to a wider political and social agenda, spanning: 

  • food, water, climate and the politics of change 
  • public health and wellbeing 
  • why and how we should champion the value of the natural environment 
  • how landscape transcends boundaries to connect communities 
  • digital technology and the future of landscape design 
  • nature as means of escape in the modern city 

Overall, the festival promises to deliver a complete picture of the profession and the important work that we do. 

Who is the festival for?

  • landscape professionals and built environment specialists, academics and researchers 
  • those with an interest in architecture who want to learn more about landscape projects 
  • those with an interest in conservation and safeguarding the natural environment 
  • current/prospective students of landscape eager to expand their knowledge and skill set 
  • children with an interest in the outdoors and/or art and design 
  • local residents keen to learn more about Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park 
  • friends and family  

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