The Landscape Institute (LI) held a special event, Festival of Ideas, at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to celebrate the landscape industry and look to its future.

Held on Friday 7 June and Saturday 8 June, the Festival of Ideas was part of the LI’s 90th birthday celebrations.

The event was part of the London Festival of Architecture and explored the role of the landscape professional.

Topics discussed included climate change, digital technology, community engagement and other challenges.

Other key themes included public health and wellbeing, the value of the natural environment, nature as a means of escape in the modern city and how landscape connects communities.

A launch party was held at the Last Drop Terrace on Friday 7 June and the following day a mixture of seminars and activities were held at the Olympic site.

Interactive workshops and themed walking and boating tours were followed by a landscape forum with panel discussions featuring speakers from across the industry and from around the globe.

Speakers included Andrew Harland, of LDA Design, Dr Phil Askew of Peabody, and Prof Rainer Stange, president of The Norwegian Association of Landscape Architects (NLA). 

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