Speakers will include Rosa Barba winner Martí Franch

Greenwich to start academic year with subversive conference

The University of Greenwich will open the academic year with a one-day conference to include landscape architect Martí Franch (Estudi Martí Franch: Arquitectura del Paisaje) and architect Ian Ritchie (Ian Ritchie Architects). Franch won the Rosa Barba European Landscape Prize at the European Biennial of Landscape Architecture in 2012 for the Cap de Creus project in Cadaqués.

‘The Dark Side: Subverting Architecture and Landscape’ is the theme, and participants will address landscape’s use as a tool, frequently to argue for the public good and ecological benefit, but also to enhance property values and accelerate gentrification. Landscape has long been a tool of power, expressing and reinforcing ideologies through scenography. Ways in which inventive designers can subvert these systems will form part of the day’s explorations.

The conference is free and open to the public and will take place from 10.00 until 16.00 on Friday 25 September in the Tessa Blackstone Lecture Theatre in the University of Greenwich’s Stirling Prize shortlisted building at Stockwell Street, Greenwich.

Presentations will be made to present work at Greenwich, and will include Professor Neil Spiller, Nic Clear, Ed Wall, and Tim Waterman.  Award-winning Greenwich alumni will speak, including Arlene Decker, Bethany Gale, Sarah Tolley, and Ed Gant. Gant, Tolley, and Decker were winners of the Designing the Urban Commons competition, organised by Theatrum Mundi. Gale and Tolley were the winners of the Landscape Institute’s Silvertown Docks Competition.

In 2015/16 the Landscape Architecture programmes at the University of Greenwich celebrate their 50th anniversary, and events will be held throughout the year. Follow the Greenwich blog  for updates.


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