DCFW Landmarks conference to discuss design response to human pressures

Conference considers Welsh landscape

The Design Commission for Wales (DCFW) will be exploring the relationship between the natural resources of the Welsh landscape and human intervention at its two-day 'Landmarks' conference this October.

Sectors such as infrastructure, energy, economy, tourism, engineering, housing, climate change and landscape designation will be examined for their impact on the Welsh landscape and how they can inform and inspire design in the landscape.

Among the multidisciplinary international lineup of speakers are: Alister Kratt, board director, LDA Design; Christophe Girot, professor of landscape architecture, ETH, Switzerland; Mary O’Connor, associate director, WYG; Professor Wayne Forster, deputy head, Welsh School of Architecture; Gisle Løkken, architect, 70°N, Norway. It will be chaired by Sarah Dickins of BBC Wales.

The two-day event includes a film night and dinner, horse-drawn canal-boat trip and workshops, and a presentation of images by American architect/photographer Alex MacLean from his specially commissioned aerial survey of Wales. There will also be an exhibition of the work of several young Welsh designers at Ruthin Craft Centre.

Landmarks will be held at Llangollen Pavilion, Llangollen, Denbighshire. The cost for the two days is £275, with reductions for DCFW Commissioner, panellist or Hatch members [young designers] (£190) and students in full-time education (£150).

Opportunities are also available for exhibition stands and sponsorship.

Landmarks will take place from 8–9 October. Register here


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