Christmas is only just around the corner, and as we ease ourselves in to the present buying and mince pie eating, we might also be looking forward to what 2015 will bring.
The landscaping industry is off to a good start next year with exhibitions being held as early as January. One event in particular, curated by the Building Centre and the Landscape Institute hopes to demonstrate how landscape architecture can address the challenges facing contemporary urban society.
‘Rethinking the Urban Landscape’ which will be held on 8th January at the Building Centre, will showcase some of the most powerful contemporary landscape projects from the UK. These projects will include King’s Cross and the Olympic Park, along with smaller, community led schemes.
Why are good urban landscapes important?
Landscape and Amenity online reported that people who work in buildings with a view of green space take almost a quarter less time off than people who cannot. The article includes a long list of benefits associated with quality landscapes, including facts like ‘Healthy places are restorative: 90% of those taking part in a study by Mind said that taking exercise outdoors had a big impact on how they felt (Mind 2007).’
What does the ‘Rethinking the Urban Landscape’ exhibition seek to achieve?
The purpose of the event is to show the importance of investing in green infrastructure to make our cities nicer and healthier places to live in. In the words of the Landscape Institute President, Noel Farrer, ‘Proper land use is now becoming a matter of urgency, with concerns such as the housing crisis, flooding, public health and even food shortages coming to the fore. Lives are being threatened and billions of pounds are being wasted for want of earlier stage investment in the landscape.’
The creators of the event feel strongly that city planning should meet the standards of the projects they are going to feature in the exhibition. It is also felt that the government and developers should consider more long-term solutions for making sure that landscape knowledge is embedded into planning, environmental and transport policies.
This exhibition is not just a pledge for better cities. It is also celebrating the value of good landscape architecture, particularly in urban areas. Many of the themes of the exhibition will be reflected in the seminar programme and over 40 leading contemporary projects will be featured.
Will you be attending?
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Working outside is definitely better than working in an office. I'd never go back personally. We should be looking after our public spaces and changing the way we view traditional landscapes.