Event will be multi-disciplinary and international

Experts on meanwhile uses to speak at conference in Sheffield
Experts on meanwhile uses to speak at conference in Sheffield

Pioneers of the temporary-use movement from all over the world will gather in Sheffield at the SEEDS 2015 Conference, on April 15.

The event will bring together urbanists of all disciplines, including planners, practitioners and policy makers, to learn from the experiences of the world’s leading experts in the field, and to hear first-hand the social, environmental and economic benefits these projects can generate.

Dr Ryan Reynolds, guru of creative-led urban development and co-founder of Gap Filler — an urban regeneration initiative that temporarily activates vacant sites in Christchurch, New Zealand — will deliver a keynote speech and take part in an interactive workshop.

A keynote address will also be given by Berlin’s Ines-Ulrike Rudolph, the co-founder and CEO of tx – office for temporary architecture [Berlin], known in planning and regeneration circles for guiding Berlin’s radical Templehof Airport project. Finally, founder and director of Meanwhile Space CIC, Emily Berwyn, will give a speech on the future of temporary use. She will also outline the tools and processes developed by Meanwhile Space to facilitate temporary use.

A series of TED style Talks will also be on the menu with presentations promised from Toby Hyam, Sheffield-based founder of Creative Space Management — the company responsible for developing the acclaimed meanwhile use project at Hull Fruit Market; Maarten Van Tuijl, Dutch author of ‘The flexible city, solutions for vacancy and demographic decline’; Mimi Larsson, project manager for Byens Hegn — an initiative that facilitates, temporary interventions along the construction of Copenhagen’s new metro development; and Tom Lekke-Lopatta, co-founder of ‘ZwischenZeitZentrale’, a partner of the European URBACT-project ‘TUTUR – Temporary use as a tool for urban regeneration’.

There will also be interactive workshops led by expert international practitioners that address key issues acting as a barrier to harnessing the full potential of temporary use.

To find out more about the conference or to book a place, visit the website.

Are you a Landscape Institute member who has worked on a temporary/ meanwhile use project? Our newly launched ‘Design for a Temporary Landscape’ award ward is now open.

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