Event will look at beauty, function and sustainability in the age of austerity

LI to hold conference with University of Sheffield

The Landscape Institute is bringing back its annual conference and combining it with its popular CPD days in a partnership with the University of Sheffield. The two-day event, which will be held on Thursday 3 and Friday 4 March, offers members from across the UK an opportunity to debate, network, train and socialise.

The LI's partnership with the University provides an opportunity to build the relationship between practice and academia and to look at some of the key issues facing the profession. 

At the end of last year, Jellicoe lecturer James Corner tackled beauty and function in showcasing his work from the High Line in New York to the masterplan for a new district in China. In November the Awards host Fiona Reynolds issued a passionate call for beauty as a driving force in the creation of new landscapes and this year, the LI is launching  the Capability Brown Festival celebrating the work of a landscape architect who combined massive infrastructure change with the creation of beautiful places.

All these concerns contribute to the theme of the conference which has as its subject 'Beauty, function and sustainability in the age of austerity'.

As we focus on the demands of a flooded landscape, day one will ask:
• Is the pursuit of beauty relevant or does it trivialise the work of the profession?
• Can we plan, design, manage or even talk about beauty in the landscape?
• Does the focus on function lead to an interest only in the bottom line?
• Do we all have a right to beauty?
• What is the  future for Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty?
• Will the outcome of the Paris climate change conference provide a new direction for the profession?

Day 2 will focus on CPD events and site visits which make the most of the conference venue in Sheffield, a city that has invested massively in new urban landscapes, conservation of historic sites and experiments in climate change adaptation.

A conference dinner will be held on the evening of Thursday 3 March for all delegates and closing drinks held on the evening of Friday 4 March, hosted by the Department of Landscape at the University of Sheffield.

If you would like to offer a presentation at the conference, please contact the organiser Sabina Mohideen.

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