Tim Waterman takes a walk through the landscape of consumption in the second of the LI’s autumn lectures
On Wednesday 19 October, a senior lecturer at Writtle School of Design, Tim Waterman, will look at how understanding our relationship with food can help us to reshape our relationship with the urban landscape.
The Garden City movement’s appetite for community, and the means for everyone to grow their own food, provides the springboard from which Waterman discusses how taste guides our actions in the landscape.
“Landscape and food both contain the idea of sharing and coming together, and one of the reasons we’re not living sustainably is because we’ve begun to live separately,” he said. “We’re often told that a sustainable future will have to mean sacrifice, but if our tastes change, then moving towards less destructive things doesn’t have to feel like sacrifice.”
Taste and appetite are more than just metaphors, said Waterman; they reflect our ideas of what it means to dwell in a place. After all, what makes a particular city liveable and loveable is often an acquired taste.
The Garden Museum’s current exhibition From Garden City to Green City, which the lectures accompany, has been covered in the national press, with articles in the Daily Mail London Evening Standard, Time Out and, most recently, the FT Weekend.
To read director of the Garden Museum Christopher Woodward’s article in the FT Weekend in full, click here.
The LI’s lecture series, Urban Landscapes in the Twentieth Century, is run in collaboration with the Twentieth Century Society and supported by English Heritage and Landscape Forms. There are five lectures in the series and all will be held at the Garden Museum on Lambeth Palace Road, London.