Kathryn Moore, IFLA president was the Keynote Speaker of the recent Conference “Green Infrastructure: Nature Based Solutions for Sustainable and Resilient Cities” held in Orvieto between the 4th and 7th of April 2017.
A strategic conference for the NBS priority area in the European Commission H2020 framework program it attracted different communities besides the GreenInUrbs one. Several international organizations were present including UNESCO, ICLEI, UN-HABITAT, FAO and also the DG Environment and the DG Research of the European Commission.
In her speech Professor Moore outlined her vision for a fresh expansive, interdisciplinary approach for the delivery of infrastructure, arguing that there is a clear need for a fresh look at landscape use, a new philosophy with identity at its core, an innovative approach to the understanding of design as a critical, artistic practice and a holistic view of the landscape as the context for the processes of development – whether this informs the design of policy, regional transformation, city master-planning or the management of forests, parks and squares. She considered the implications of this approach through examples of a number of projects in the UK including HS2, the £52billion high-speed rail link between London and Birmingham, Thurrock, North Warwickshire and Church Street, London.
You can find out more about the conference here.