The Building Centre and the Landscape Institute host an event Monday 12 December 2016, to discuss the last 10 years’ President’s Awards and the work of the landscape profession.
From aesthetics to health, to sustainability, the work of landscape professionals has a significant public impact. The evening event will begin with presentations from recent recipients of the LI President’s Award on their award-winning projects. Projects and speakers include:
Making Space in Dalston east London. Johanna Gibbons from J & L Gibbons will discuss their project about an alternative approach to regeneration and how more public space could be created without losing the existing qualities of the neighbourhood.
Neil Mattinson from LDA Design will talk about their work for The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park post games transformation, which saw the creation of 50% more green space to deliver a 102 hectare permanent public park.
Burns + Nice’s Marie Burns will discuss the redesign of Leicester Square and its nine connector streets in the heart of London’s West End. The re-design re-established the intrinsic English landscape qualities of this London square with its archetypical lawns, mature London Plane trees and its central Shakespeare Fountain.
Alister Kratt from LDA Design will discuss the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon project, the first purpose built tidal range power station in the world. It represents a new generation of renewable carbon free energy production for the UK.
Lynn Kinnear from KLA will discuss Brentford High Street ‘Making the Connection’ and will outline the project that recreated eroded or forgotten connections that had made Brentford an enjoyable place to live as a market town with a connection to the Thames.
Finally, Jo Wall from TACP will discuss 2016’s award winning Green Infrastructure Action Plan for Pollinators that will inspire landscape projects on public land to redress the decline in biodiversity and provide environments favouring pollinators in south-east Wales.
The event will finish with the current Landscape Institute President Merrick Denton-Thompson, along with former presidents Noel Farrer and Sue Illman, discussing what the Awards tells us about the profession, how it is changing, and where it may go in the future. They will also ask what impact the profession has had on society and the built and natural environment.