More details are now available of this year’s Landscape Futures lecture series, taking place at venues around the country from January to April.

Details now available of Landscape Futures lectures

Land is a vital asset in supporting the food, energy, health, welfare and economic needs of society, yet it is coming under increasing pressure.  How do we create a sustainable landscape, and is this the world we want? How can we build beautiful places, and what stops us from building beautifully?  How can we create the rural landscapes we need while protecting the countryside we love?

In its new lecture series, Landscape Futures, the Landscape Institute aims to stimulate debate about the future of the landscape and explore the major themes affecting how our land is used and managed, and how that use will affect the prosperity and quality of life of all citizens.

Launching on Tuesday 28 January in Sheffield, contributors include the environmentalist Jonathon Porrit, historian Dan Cruickshank, Chief Executive of the RSA Matthew Taylor and Chair of the Board of the Forestry Commission and co-founder of Incredible Edible Todmorden Pam Warhurst.

The lecture series is produced in association with Woodhouse.

The lectures are as follows:

Making the world we want
Tuesday, 28 Jan 2014
Lecture Theatre 6, Arts Tower, University of Sheffield

SPEAKERS
Jonathon Porritt (Forum for the Future)
Pam Warhurst (Incredible Edible Todmorden)
Chair: Matthew Taylor (RSA)

What do we need to do now if we are to create a sustainable landscape for the future? This talk will draw on the research behind Porritt’s recently published book The World we Made, which imagines what a sustainable society could look like in 2050, and existing initiatives like Incredible Edibles.

This is a  joint LI/RSA event, supported by the LI Yorkshire and Humber branch

How can we build beautiful places?
Tuesday, 11 Feb 2014
Burlington Hotel, Birmingham (Follows CPD Day)

SPEAKERS
Frazer Osment (LDA)
Mary Parsons (Places for People),
David Birkbeck (Design for Homes)
Chair: Phil Mulligan (LI)

What stops us from building beautifully? This lecture explores what is needed to enable us to create beautiful places to live – looking not only at the design of individual houses but at the spaces in-between – and how landscape architects can use the new planning system to create places that support successful communities.

 Infrastructure: what story will we tell in 50 years time?
Tuesday, 25 Feb 2014
Cambridge University (Arts School Lecture Theatre, Bene’t Street, Cambridge, CB2 3RQ)

SPEAKERS
Alister Kratt (LDA)
​Dan Cruikshank (Architectural historian and broadcaster)
Selina Mason  (Olympic Delivery Authority)
Chair: Tim Mould QC (Landmark Chambers)

Reflecting on what has changed in the last 50 years, this lecture explores cultural attitudes to infrastructure in the landscape; how we were once proud of it but now seem afraid. How can the landscape profession provide leadership so that the infrastructure developments of the next 50 years are seen to enhance rather than despoil the landscape?

How can we create functional rural landscapes fit for the future?
Tuesday, 11 March
Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol

SPEAKERS
Lyndis Cole (LUC)
Carys Swanwick (NT)
Naomi Oakley (Natural England)
Chair: Merrick Denton-Thompson (LI  Board and Chair of Policy and Communications Committee)

How can we create the rural landscapes we need while protecting the countryside we love? Rather than preserving a ‘Downton Abbey’ landscape dedicated to agriculture and leisure, we will need to enable it to adapt, just as we do in cities, to make the landscape work for us all and deal with the impacts of climate change.

How will the digital revolution affect the urban landscape?
Tuesday 25 March
Landscape Institute, London

SPEAKERS
Sophie Thompson (LDA)
Alan Thompson (Hayes Davidson)
Rick Robinson (IBM)
Chair: Paul Lincoln (LI)

What will the impact of digital development be on the way we live and work? How are cities using digital data to revolutionise urban life?  The boundary between the physical world, the mind and the digital world is becoming increasingly blurred. This talk will explore the implications for landscape architects in terms of the way we work and the places we design.

What does the future of landscape architecture look like?
Tuesday 8 April
Landscape Institute, London

SPEAKERS
Tom Armour (Arup Landscape Team)
Sue Illman (CMLI, LI President)

What are the key trends that are shaping the future of landscape architecture and how will they affect the processes, collaborations and designs that practices will need to employ? Our closing lecture will use research into the built environment and social change to look at the future role of landscape architecture in society.

Lectures will be at 6pm and will be followed by drinks. Tickets cost £8 for LI/RSA members, £10 for non-members and £5 for students

You can see details and booking information here.

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