Growing Communities

June 2016

London Festival of Architecture

What does community really mean in our densely populated capital and how do we make spaces that improve the lives of those who live there?

In celebration of the London Festival of Architecture’s theme of ‘Community’ for 2016, New London Architecture and The Landscape Institute present a series of events exploring the importance of growing within London’s communities, creating a forum for discussion around creative approaches to landscaping, the design of public spaces and the inclusion of green infrastructure.
A series of lunchtime soapbox talks will explore how design influences our communities. 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)
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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)
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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)
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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 to be confirmed, chaired by Paul Lincoln, Deputy Chief Executive, The Landscape Institute

Evening event, powered by PechaKucha

What is community?
Tuesday 28 June, 18:30-20:30 
An evening of presentations, powered by PechaKucha, will invite a series of social innovators to present projects, which are engaging, or could engage, London’s communities in creating better places and spaces. What does community mean in a major metropolis?
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Associated events, by 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

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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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Note: Due to funding and tight timescales, the Grow:Store installation is no longer taking place in the crescent in June. We are constantly developing a programme of installations and temporary projects to animate Store Street South Crescent - stay tuned for more details and get in touch if you want to help!

London Architecture Diary (LAD)
The London Architecture Diary is the official listings partner for all London Festival of Architecture events. 
London Festival of Architecture runs from 1 – 30 June.

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