Following a successful day of seminars at Ecobuild, the LI’s ‘Why Invest in Landscape?’ campaign gathers pace with a debate on 21 March and further seminars at Street Design

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Chaired by Tom Lonsdale CMLI, Placecraft, ‘Why Invest in Landscape? The Debate’ will see four speakers explore key questions facing an economic case for investment in landscape and, indeed, whether, in a commodity driven world, we should seek to put a monetary value on it at all.

Paul Mathers, Programme Manager, Landscape and Regeneration, WRAP, will get proceedings started with a look at ‘the economics of investment’, while Christine Whitehead, Professor in Housing at London School of Economics, will tackle the question ‘is it futile to put an economic value on landscape?’

Richard Watts CMLI, Principal Landscape Architect, Sheffield City Council, will then discuss one of the campaign’s featured case studies in ‘The Gold Route: Sheffield’s investment in landscape’; and Luke Engleback CMLI, Director, Studio Engleback, will bring things to a close with his thoughts on future investment.

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Why Invest…at Street Design
At Street Design in Birmingham on 30 March, Alastair McCapra, Chief executive, Landscape Institute, will outline the LI’s campaign and Dafydd Warburton and Paul Connolly, landscape architects, LDA Design, will present two important case studies from Why Invest in Landscape? – Diglis Water and Pontypool Regeneration Strategy.

Jill White, formerly at Devon County Council, will outline the thinking behind The Square, Barnstaple; and Tot Brill, executive director, Transport, Environment and Leisure Services, The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, will present their work on Exhibition Road, which is linking South Kensington’s Museum District with an outstanding shared space.

The afternoon seminar looks at the The Landscape of Shopping. Oxford Circus is at the centre of London’s West End, Cheapside was the market street for the City of London. Peter Heath, technical director, Atkins, presents the major improvements carried out at Oxford Circus, which include a diagonal crossing; Victor Callister, assistant director Environmental Enhancements, City of London Corporation, outlines the changes to Cheapside which are turning this once more into the City’s major shopping street and Paul Osborne, environmental improvements officer, Exeter City Council, on the importance of a high-quality public realm to commercial retail development in Exeter.

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