The Landscape Institute joins English Heritage and the National Trust as partners supporting the Garden Museum’s upcoming Green Infrastructure Week, which runs from 28 April to 2 May.

LI plays a key role in Garden Museum Green Infrastructure Week

Described by the museum as ‘a week of events dedicated to exploring ideas to make cities greener and more livable by design and innovative interventions’, the event builds on the legacy and partnerships of the High Line Symposium in 2012. The programme sets out to mix disciplines from architecture, to horticulture, health, fashion and food, ‘allowing the museum to become a hub for cross-disciplinary dialogue’. 

 
Sponsored by the European Commission and CLS Holdings, and with support from the Mayor of London, the event will explore themes from how to find delight in our cities, to how a landscape can be healthy – ‘and what might represent best (and worst!) practice when creating public green space within private developments’. 
 
A competition supported by the LI to find the best new ideas in GI, and a celebratory look at the history of the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens ‘and how this history can influence how we approach the dynamic potential of public parks today’, will complete the week. 
 
The 28 April symposium Public Space, Private Money; New Opportunities for Urban Green will address the changing possibilities of working with commercial partners in making green public (or quasi-public) spaces. Designers including Tom Stuart-Smith and Andy Sturgeon will share their experiences (good and bad) of working with commercial property developers. 
 
Delightful Cities (29 April), a day-long symposium curated and chaired by Tim Richardson, author of ‘Avant Gardeners: 50 Visionaries of the Contemporary Landscape and Futurescapes: Designers for Tomorrow’s Outdoor Spaces’, will explore the concepts of delight, variety and surprise in our cities and urban environments. An international roster of speakers including Martin Rein-Cano and Zuz (Netherlands), Thomas Doxiadis (Greece), and Helle Nebelong (Denmark) ‘will interrogate this idea’. 
 
The Healthy Landscapes symposium on 30 April will explore new research into the connections between health and wellbeing and gardens/open spaces, while Pleasure on Parade (1 May) will explore how lessons learned from the historic Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens can inspire innovative use of contemporary green space.
 
And finally, New Ideas for Green Infrastructure on 2 May, is a free afternoon exploring the ‘cutting edge of innovation in Green Infrastructure’. With content and speakers generated by an open call ideas competition, run in partnership with the LI, this event ‘will give the top 10 contemporary ideas for improving our urban environment a platform for expression and constructive critique’. Speakers will have just 5 minutes, and 15 slides to explain their idea – so expect a fast-paced, free-flow of inspiration to fire up your Friday afternoon. 
 
To book any the GI days, visit the Garden Museum website or contact Jo Bradshaw.  

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