Plus exciting events lined up for London Festival of Architecture

Fresh thinking in public realm design

An event entitled ‘Fresh Thinking in Public Realm Design, Powered by Pechakucha’ will take place at King’s Cross on 8 June, as part of New London Architecture’s 10th anniversary exhibition ‘Public London: Ten Years of Transforming Spaces.

Architects, engineers, and planners will be given the pechakucha challenge – to present for just 6 minutes 40 seconds each on new, innovative approaches in design for the public realm. Click here for more information.

‘Public London: Ten Years of Transforming Spaces’ divides spaces into five categories: green and water spaces; infrastructure; regeneration and area strategies; squares and gathering spaces; and, streets and high streets.

This wealth of projects – the index in the accompanying catalogue covers two pages – includes many that are familiar, but every visitor is likely to encounter some at least that they do not know. The work of many landscape architects is included including LDA Design, LUC, Townshend Landscape Architects; The Edible Bus Stop; West 8, Coe Design Landscape Architecture, Laurie Olin, Camlins, HED, Spacehub, J&L Gibbons, Gross Max, Martha Schwarz Partners, Jonathan Cook Landscape Architects, Vogt Landscape, Remapp, Outerspace and Burns + Nice.

In addition, NLA has commissioned an insight study into the use of public space in London, highlighting both the progress that has been made and the challenges for the future, and producing four recommendations:
• London needs a code of practice to ensure public space is public for all
• London needs more expertise in ‘placemaking’
• Utility companies should not be allowed to ‘wreck’ the public realm
• More innovative solutions are needed to deliver better public space in low-cost areas.

At The Building Centre, the exhibition spills out to the crescent outside, with a related installation about street furniture curated by public-space expert Sarah Gaventa, called 'Never Mind the Bollards'. This includes two mini exhibitions created within existing telephone boxes. LI journals and publications are included in the mobile library outside, and the LI has also contributed to The Bollard Observer newspaper, published alongside the installation.

The Landscape Institute is supporting both Public London and Never Mind the Bollards and is hosting a programme of its own events throughout June to to run alongside Public London and the London Festival of Architecture 2015. 

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