A new exhibition, Rethinking the Urban Landscape, has opened at the Building Centre in London, showing how quality of life for city-dwellers can be improved by taking a landscape-first approach to development.
From large scale schemes like London’s King’s Cross and the Olympic Park, to community-led projects such as pocket parks and community allotments, to landscape-led strategies for flood alleviation, the show demonstrates how landscape architecture offers sustainable solutions to some of the big challenges facing contemporary urban society.
The exhibition makes the case for landscape architects to be introduced into project teams right at the start of the process, so that designs can take advantage of the natural benefits of the land, enhancing quality of life for all. “A landscape-first approach really can change lives”, says Landscape Institute president Noel Farrer, whether it’s safe play areas for city children, improved air quality, community public spaces that enable positive social contact, cleaner rivers, or tree-lined walkways that encourage healthy living.
‘Rethinking the Urban Landscape’ is open until February 10, 2015, at the Building Centre, Store Street, WC1E 7BT