As part of the London Festival of Architecture, the Landscape Festival of Ideas: Transforming Landscape, Challenging Boundaries, is being staged by the Landscape Institute (LI). It will explore the role of the landscape professional and showcase the ways in which people, place and nature interact and converge through a series of memorable and immersive activities.
As part of a range of events to celebrate the LI’s 90th anniversary, the Landscape Festival Of Ideas is open to both the general public and people working within the industry. It will include a diverse programme of events including interactive workshops, themed walking tours and engaging panel discussions.
Adam White, President of the Landscape Institute said:
‘We are living in challenging times. People are faced with rapid change to the natural environment, such as increased urbanisation and mounting pressures of living in the heart of a modern city.
“More than ever landscape architects and landscape professionals are being tasked with overcoming many of these challenges. So, as we mark the milestone of our 90th year we are holding this special event at the Olympic Park to celebrate the vitality, creativity and impact of landscape, while addressing the future direction of travel for the profession.
“We will be exploring some of the big issues of the day, many of which are leading the news agenda, from climate change to inclusive shared play spaces in housing developments – exploring the role of all landscape professionals in tackling them and the primary role of our profession moving forward.”

Event highlights Friday 7th June:

  • LI members celebratory launch event. Speakers including Rainer Stange, President of the Norweigan Landscape Association and Maria Adewolabe-Schwarte, Executive Director, Future London.

Event highlights Saturday 8th June:

  • A walking tour of Olympic Park to learn about the construction of the park, its hidden history, and uncover plans for the future as the site welcomes the V&A, BBC Studios, the Smithsonian and Sadler’s Wells.
  • Johanna Gibbons, J&L Gibbons will discuss Canal Park for which she did the initial designs following a range of workshops with young people. Tim Waterman, UCL will talk also about the landscape of the park.
  • Design workshops aimed at young people (ages 9-12), led by leading landscape architects, will teach attendees key design skills and explore the different way design affects our lives.
  • Guided boat trips of the park with expert-led tours focussing on the way in which water management has been at the heart of the development of the Park and how changes in the landscape caused 5000 homes to be removed from the flood plain.
  • Professor Pia Fricker, Aalto University, Finland will be exploring how new technologies are fusing traditional boundaries making it essential that computational methods are integrated into traditional practice.
  • Will Sandy, founder of Edible Bus Stop and Landscape Designer will discuss the work that he did in Venezuela, where he explored ways of positively transforming neighbourhoods through public space interventions. He will demonstrate an international dimension on the way forward for the profession.
  • Vimla Appadoo, Northern Collective: Women in Public Spaces, FuturGov, young Digital Leader of the Year 2018. Northern Power Women Future list 2016. TedX Speaker. Vimla will bring her experience of digital community engagement and empowerment to address the needs of landscape practitioners and in particular, highlight her recent work in Manchester.
Further information and the full programme is available here.