New programme of walks and talks throughout June

LI hosts first London Festival of Architecture events

For the first time, the Landscape Institute will be playing a major role in the London Festival of Architecture, which runs from 1-30 June.

Planned events include the following:

Walk: ‘Hampstead Heath – yesterday, today and tomorrow’ to take place on Thursday 5 June. The walk will be led by Peter Wilder, director of Wilder Associates with a representative from the City of London present to answer questions. The walk, organised with the Building Centre, will provide an unprecedented opportunity to find out about the history, management and future of of the heath.

Water Sensitive Urban Design: why London needs to change the way it designs with water at 6pm on Thursday 12 June at the Building Centre. Michael Henderson, associate director of sustainability at AECOM and Sue Illman, LI president and director of Illman Young Landscape Design, will talk about WSUD projects around the world and explain why sustainable drainage is essential for housing and streets.

The winners of the Royal Docks Ideas Competition will showcase their ideas for making the area greener, and the 20 shortlisted schemes will be on display at the Building Centre.

Water, Meat, Drink, and the Lie of the Land‘, a walk with Tim Waterman, honorary editor of Landscape and lecturer in landscape architecture at Writtle College of Design. Taking place on Friday 13 June, starting at 6pm at the Richard Serra sculpture in Broadgate, this walk from Liverpool Street to Islington will explore the way in which water has influenced the design of this part of London.

This event is organised in association with the Building Centre.

‘A walk in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – function and beauty in landscape’ with Phil Askew, project sponsor for parklands and public realm at LLDC. This event will take place on Wednesday 18 June, starting at the Timber Lodge in the North Park at 6pm. It will offer an opportunity to tour the new park, looking at the way in which the site has been influenced by the River Lea, the River Lea Navigation and the other canals.

How liveable is London?: an event tackling the issue of liveability in housing and landscape. Speakers include Rosalie Callway (CPRE London), Noel Farrer (Farrer Huxley Associates), Rebecca Sudworthy (Peabody), Darren Johnson (London Assembly), Lucy Musgrove (Publica) and Bruce McVean (Movement for Liveable London).

The event will take place at 6pm on Thursday 19 June at Charles Darwin House. It is organised in association with CPRE London.

What has nature ever done for us?’ One of Britain’s leading environmental campaigners, Tony Juniper, will discuss the services nature performs for us, from the provision of water and food to the atmosphere and environment that sustain and protect us.

The event will take place at 7pm on Friday 27 June at Siobhan Davies Studios and will be chaired by Sue Illman, president of the Landscape Institute.

This event is organised in association with Siobhan Davies Studios.

Plants, People, Place and Landscape, a guided walk from City Hall to Elephant & Castle, led by Paul Lincoln of the Landscape Institute and Johanna Gibbons of J&L Gibbons Landscape Architecture and Urban Design.

The walk will start at City Hall at 11.30am on Saturday 28 June and will go along the south bank of the Thames, exploring the integration of plant life in the capital.

This walk is in association with Siobhan Davies Studios.

Details of events will appear soon on the London Festival of Architecture website.

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