The Landscape Institute supports the Garden Museum’s annual Green Infrastructure Week for the third year running

Green Infrastructure week
Your GI ideas wanted - get on stage during GI week

This will run from 28 April to 2 May and a new competition invites entrants to share their best ideas on how to connect green infrastructure with public health.

In this, the Creating Healthy Places Ideas Competition, LI is looking for fresh ideas that are ‘built, unbuilt, even unbuildable – but demonstrating your most creative thinking on this important topic’ to enter the competition. Green walls, cycle lanes and play streets were all new ideas once, says a spokesperson, adding ‘we want to know what a new generation of green visionaries will give to cities’.

Winners will presentIf you have a great idea but just need a platform on which to share it with colleagues then this could be your opportunity. Eight winners will be chosen to present their ideas for five minutes each at the Garden Museum on 2 May, as part of Green Infrastructure Week.

Winners will also receive a ticket to a session of their choice and their ideas will be featured in the Landscape Institute’s News and Reviews.
As cities develop and attain greater density, new and exciting ideas for how to make daily life more liveable are in demand. The LI is focusing on ‘liveable cities’ as one of its main campaign platforms and has published five principles for the creation of healthy places as part of its work on public health.The principles are:
• healthy places improve air, water and soil quality, incorporating measures that help us adapt to, and where possible mitigate, climate change;
• healthy places help overcome health inequalities and can promote healthy lifestyles;
• healthy places make people feel comfortable and at ease, increasing social interaction and reducing anti-social behaviour, isolation and stress;
• healthy places optimise opportunities for working, learning and development; and healthy places are restorative, uplifting and healing for both physical and mental health conditions.

More on the five principles and the Public Health and Landscape position statement can be found here.

How to enter
Entries can be based in a particular city around the world or propose methods, systems or elements that can be replicated in any dense city. Entrants should assume that there are no constraints such as land ownership, land prices, budgets or health and safety concerns. Entries can range from a series of interventions to bold landmark statements, but they must provide the public with a great outdoor experience.
Click here for more information. The deadline for submissions is 11 April.The winners of the competition will be showcased in an event at the Garden Museum on the afternoon of 2 May, called New Ideas for Green Infrastructure .

A week of green infrastructure

Described by the Garden Museum as ‘a week of events dedicated to exploring ideas to make cities greener and more livable by design and innovative interventions’, the Green Infrastructure Week 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 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’, and a competition supported by the LI to find the best new ideas in GI, will complete the week.
Working with developersThe 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.
To book any of the GI days, visit the Garden Museum website  or contact Jo Bradshaw.



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