LI: Landscape as Infrastructure conference

2 days Manchester Metropolitan University

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Farrell Review of Architecture and the Built Environment

Landscape as infrastructure is a vital theme for landscape practitioners, and the LI will explore it in detail at this year’s conference.

Landscape is not just about creating spaces, but transforming them: about harmonising disparate elements in a way that creates value and addresses societal needs. A population that is both ageing and growing, human environmental impact, increased pressure on public services and deteriorating public health are among many areas in which society can benefit from landscape-led intervention.

The LI annual conference will be a lens through which we can scrutinise, promote and debate the issues central to the needs of our members, their clients and the wider public.

Just as good infrastructure forms part of a cohesive whole, so too should the individuals and organisations that create it. Landscape as Infrastructure is about the work of LI members, but also about how our members can build and nurture ties: with government, natural and built environment professions, the public sector and health sectors, and wider society. As a ‘highly multifunctional and synergistic’ profession [1], landscape is well situated to instigate and lead the collaboration needed to create a sustainable future.

  • Hardscape is a Landscape Institute corporate partner 2017-18 and conference sponsor.
  • Vestre is a conference sponsor and is supporting the evening reception on day one of the conference.
  • TEP is a registered practice of the Landscape Institute and is providing twenty free places for students and candidates on the Pathway to Chartership. Booking is open now and will be made available on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Conference timetable

The conference will take place in two segments. Day one (22 June) will consist of a mix of hour-long plenary sessions and breakouts, followed by a drinks reception for delegates. The following morning, delegates will attend site visits to some of the most exciting and innovative infrastructure projects in Manchester and Salford. Attendees may choose to book either for the first day or for both days.

Plenary one

From the Humber to the heart of China, the first session will examine where people and nature meet: large-scale regeneration, densification and urban parks, the building of flood defences, and the destruction of landscape character by urbanisation.

Speakers include:

  • Kate Collins, Director at environmental consultant Sheils Flynn
  • Professor Binyi Liu, from the Department of Landscape Studies at the College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Tongji University, Shanghai
  • Laura Rhodes, Flood Risk Advisor at the Environment Agency
  • Professor Xiangrong Wang, Leading Professor and Vice Dean of the School of Landscape Architecture at Beijing Forestry University

First breakout (four sessions): Kate Ahern, LUC; Chris Bolton, Natural England; Richard Hellier, Forestry Commission England; Sue Illman, Illman Young; Lynn Kinnear, Kinnear Landscape Architects (KLA); Alex Patience, landscape architect; Jo Phillips, Manchester Metropolitan University; and Simon Ward, Atkins.

Plenary two

The second session explores how turning infrastructures into ecological networks can lead to massive ecological restoration initiatives. The ever-changing definition of landscape and its role as infrastructure allows practitioners to address challenges of carbon creation, habitat destruction and deteriorating public health.

Speakers include:

  • Ed Fox, Programme Leader for Landscape Architecture and Leader of the LiFE Research Group at the Manchester School of Architecture
  • Professor Yufan Zhu, Executive Head of the Department of Landscape Architecture at the School of Architecture, Tsinghua University, Beijing

Second breakout (four sessions): Jonathan Buckley, Buckley Associates; Darren Hickmott, Arup; Martyn Horne, Exertis; David McKenna, IBI Group; Mike Shilton, Keysoft Solutions; Peter Neal, Peter Neal Consulting and Alan Tate, University of Manitoba; . There will also be a chance to attend further presentations from and detailed Q&A sessions with Professors Binyi Liu, Xiangrong Wang and Yufan Zhu.

Plenary three

The economic value of landscape is well known, but rarely understood. Natural capital accounting will be of immense importance to the profession in coming years, as by demonstrating the value of green infrastructure, we will be able to fully unlock its benefits. The third session discusses in detail the applications, and implications, of the natural capital initiative.

Speakers include:

  • Speaker for the Manchester Natural Capital Pilot (TBC)
  • Martyn Coombes, Departmental Lecturer in Physical Geography at the School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford
  • Hugh Kippen, Research Assistant at the School of Geographical and Earth Sciences, University of Glasgow
  • Larissa Naylor, Lecturer in Physical Sciences at the School of Geographical and Earth Sciences, University of Glasgow
  • Peter Neal, Landscape Consultant at Peter Neal Consulting
  • Jonathan Nichols, Ecosystem Services and Natural Capital Specialist at Mott MacDonald
  • Colette Patterson, Landscape and Urban Design Practice Lead at Mott MacDonald
  • Jon Sheaff, Director of Jon Sheaff & Associates

Third breakout (four sessions): Alan Carter, the Land Trust; Marcus Chase, Manchester City Council; Ian Lanchbury, Atkins; Andrew Linfoot, CH2M UK; Neil Manthorpe, Atkins; Sophie Thompson, LDA Design; and Graham Woodward, Atkins. There will also be a Q&A session with a number of speakers from the third plenary session, as well as Merrick Denton-Thompson, President of the Landscape Institute.

Plenary four

The final session deals with social infrastructure; the places where we meet, eat, shop, relax, protest; the places where our communities form and thrive. It examines the changing face of our city centres and the part landscape practitioners can play in transforming our cities for the better, and looks at the role landscape can play in welcoming refugees and nurturing children.

Speakers include:

  • Steve Millington, Director of the Institute of Place Management at Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Clare Rishbeth, Lecturer at the Department of Landscape, University of Sheffield
  • Maisie Rowe, freelance landscape architect, writer and illustrator

Eveningreception for delegates

Book your place

Booking for the LI conference 2017 is now open. Prices are as follows:

  • Public admission: £295 plus VAT
  • LI members: £195 plus VAT
  • LI members on the Pathway to Chartership: £165 plus VAT
  • Concessionary and student members: £75 plus VAT, or £60 plus VAT for day one only

For the first time ever, we’re able to offer a limited number of free places to LI students and Pathway-registered candidates, made possible through the kind support of the registered practice TEP. There are ten places available for student members of the Landscape Institute and ten places available for Pathway-registered members of the Institute.

Reduced rates are also available to LI members who wish to only attend the first day:

  • LI members: £165 plus VAT
  • LI members on the Pathway to Chartership: £145 plus VAT
  • Concessionary and student members: £60 plus VAT

Book your place here