All the news from the LI Awards 2011

All the news from the LI Awards 2011

Attendees at the Landscape Institute Awards 2011 on 17 November were treated to the latest in a line of illustrious speakers as Tim Smit KBE, chief executive and co-founder of the Eden Project, took to the stage as host for the afternoon.

Reflecting on the early conversations he had when planning the Eden Project, Smit said he had wanted to create a landscape that would make people dream. “Landscape makes people well,” he said.

He said he had “massive respect for the profession” and applauded it for not simply producing designs on paper but daring to imagine what they would look like in 30 years time.

After musing on whether the language of ‘masterplanning’, of ‘cutting-edge design’ and ‘curves of excellence’ was robbing the profession of its potential ‘sexiness’, he urged the attendees to use the same poetry of the landscape that inspires their work when talking about it.

One project that has won accolades both for its substance and the style in which it has been presented and communicated, was this year’s President’s Award winner – Making Space in Dalston by J&L Gibbons / muf architects.

LI President Jo Watkins, said: “Making Space in Dalston offers inspiration to the profession, to fellow practitioners and, above all, to the communities across the UK who are working to transform their local landscapes.”

And the winners are…

To see a full list of the winners, plus photographs and case studies of each project, go to: www.landscapeinstitute.org/events/awards2011.php

To download a copy of the Landscape Institute Awards 2011 brochure Towards Sustainability, click here

To see photographs of each of the winners collecting their awards, click on the photo above.

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