Growing Communities: Soapbox Talks

Every Friday in June 13:15-13:45 (Registration from 13:00)

Taking place in the NLA galleries each Friday of June, this series of free lunchtime soapbox talks will explore why growing matters, how well designed public realm benefits communities, and lots more…

Hearing from a range of industry experts, we will investigate how the design of our public spaces can enhance and promote community growth.

Why Growing Communities Matter
Friday 03 June, 13:15 – 13:45
What interventions and strategies help foster a greater sense of community through the use of planting and growing?
Speakers include:
Tim Richardson, Festival Director, Chelsea Fringe
Mak Gilchrist, Founding Director, The Edible Bus Stop
Peter Murray, Chairman, NLA (Chair)

Understanding sustainable urban drainage  
Friday 10 June, 13:15 – 13:45
SUDS are becoming an increasingly crucial element to consider in all development. How can SUDS result in creative and dynamic open spaces for local communities?

Speakers include:
Mark Bentley, Landscape Architect, Groundwork London
Luke Greysmith, Director, Greysmith Associates Landscape Architects
Paul Lincoln, Deputy Chief Executive, The Landscape Institute (Chair)

Crowdfunding community spirit
Friday 17 June, 13:15 – 13:45
How can crowdfunding be used to raise capital to complete community projects whilst enriching community spirit and create greater sense of pride-in-place?

Speakers include:
Nick Woodford, Co-founder, Peckham Coal Line
James Parkinson, Senior Project Office, Regeneration, GLA
Peter Murray, Chairman, NLA (Chair)

Designing public space 101
Friday 24 June, 13:15 – 13:45
What are the basic tools to consider when creating a successful outdoor public space?

Speakers include:
Andrew Harland, Senior Board Director, LDA Design 
Megan Smedy, Architectural Assistant & Illustrator, Fletcher Priest Architects
Paul Lincoln, Deputy Chief Executive, The Landscape Institute


Associated events, by The Landscape Institute:

Accessing the crescent – an inclusive design challenge
Tuesday 21 June, 13:15 – 14:00
The Design Council identifies inclusive environments as a crucial factor in building stronger communities. As this year’s London Festival of Architecture explores the theme of ‘community’, Helen Allen will lead you on a tour of the crescent, interrogating its success as a public space that is accessible to all. Learn about design that is truly inclusive, and the barriers to access as well, transforming the way you experience and understand, and maybe even design, public space forever.

Speakers include:
Helen Allen, Inclusive Design Consultant


Natural play in urban spaces
Thursday 30 June, 13:15 – 14:00
Davies White will share their experience of how they have engaged communities in the design and creation of natural playful landscapes in urban areas. They will use case study projects to illustrate how their schemes have helped foster local ownership and reconnect families with nature through play.

Speakers include:
Adam White FLI, Director, Davies White Ltd
Andrée Davies, Director, Davies White Ltd


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