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Landscape Institute partners with Green Sky Thinking

The Landscape Institute is delighted to support the collaborative platform of Green Sky Thinking which will run from 28 April to 2 May in 2014. Green Sky Thinking, created by Open-City, is a week-long programme for built environment and property professionals that showcases practical and exemplar sustainable development in the capital.

The week will include more than 50 sustainability-focused events, including informal on-site and live project talks, seminars and roundtable discussions. Each event will be expert-led, hosted by companies, practices and public sector organisations foremost in the delivery of sustainable design.

Confirmed involvement so far includes  LB Camden, LB Islington, GLA, LB Brent, British Land, Land Securities, Hawkins/Brown, Farrer Huxley Associates, Ramboll, Cullinan Studio, David Morley Architects, BDP, MACE, Elliott Wood, Biotecture, Mott MacDonald, Arup, David Kohn Architects and Bennetts Associates.

The organiser, Open-City, is keen to see more involvement from landscape professionals. If your organisation has a project, initiative or strategy that examines topics of built environment sustainability Open-City would love you to take part.

With the theme ‘Mapping Sustainable London’, 2014 will continue to identify the development of a sustainable built environment for London. This is not a matter of simply mapping where sustainable development is happening, but of identifying how and by whom the initiatives are being conceived and delivered.

This year, the initiative’s fourth, the programme will focus on the future viability of London to adapt, to perform and to ensure that we have a liveable and resilient city. Following the Landscape Institute and Open-City partnered Open Debate in September 2013 ‘Is London Building a Sterile City?’  the issues of liveability, value, performance and adaptation were apparent. Green Sky Thinking 2014 will draw out these topics as programme themes.

Green Sky Thinking is attended by those who influence how a sustainable built environment is financed, created, designed, managed and used – including:
• Local authority councillors and officers
• Government agencies
• Developers, consultants and property professionals
• Facilities and asset managers
• Neighbourhood and community groups and forums
• Housing associations and RSLs
• Technology and energy sectors
• Built environment professionals across all disciplines
More than 1,460 leading industry professional, client and local authority officers attended the event in 2013.

Showcase your expertise and leadership in sustainability

The programme succeeds as a cross-sector multi-disciplinary platform. Involving stakeholders across industry in a conversation about how we deliver a sustainable London. Green Sky Thinking is an excellent opportunity for landscape professionals to:
• profile a commitment to and leadership in sustainable design, build and placemaking
• showcase the achievements of your London projects and teams
• extend your business networks
• highlight your brand and services
• directly access a network of decision-makers and professionals across the public and private sectors.

If you are interested in participating, click here.

Victoria Thornton, founding director of Open-City, comments: ‘Green Sky Thinking responds directly to the demand among built-environment professionals and their clients to get an inside view from top experts and industry leaders on what skills, solutions and networks are needed to make the most of new business opportunities in the fast-expanding area of “green growth”. Green Sky Thinking profiles companies and organisations that are leading the way in low-carbon building, offers outstanding networking and generates new business relationships in an informal yet inspirational atmosphere.’

Victoria Thornton is also part of the judging panel for the Landscape Institute’s competition ‘The Royal Docks’ in partnership with the GLA and Ecobuild.

For more information on how to submit an event, and for details of submission fees and enhanced marketing options, please contact Katie Darling, Special Programmes Manager, Open-City on 020 7380 0412 or email kdarling@open-city.org.uk by Friday 14 February.

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