‘Rethinking the Urban Landscape’ aims to exemplify how landscape architecture can offer sustainable solutions to the big challenges facing contemporary urban society including flooding and public health, and opens at The Building Centre on 8 January.
Some of the most spectacular and famous contemporary landscape projects by UK-based landscape architects including King’s Cross, Gardens By the Bay and the Olympic Park, will be shown, alongside small, community-led schemes including pocket parks and community allotments.
Landscape Institute president Noel Farrer, said: "Proper land use is now becoming a matter of urgency, with concerns such as the housing crisis, flooding, public health and even food shortages coming to the fore. Lives are being threatened and billions of pounds are being wasted for want of earlier stage investment in the landscape.
‘This exhibition is about highlighting the urgent need for a landscape-led approach to our towns and cities. Landscape architects are able to find solutions from within the natural landscape, avoiding highly engineered responses and ultimately creating schemes that are more sustainable, better-designed and nicer to live in.’
Chief executive of The Building Centre Colin Tweedy said: "While this show features fantastic projects, it’s a major concern that most of our city planning does not meet these standards. We’re delighted to work with the Landscape Institute on this major celebration of the value of good landscape architecture."
The show’s co-curators, Lewis Blackwell, executive director of strategy at The Building Centre, and Paul Lincoln, LI deputy chief executive have also called for for earlier input by landscape architects into major projects in order to create healthier, safer and happier places in which people can live, work and play; and to counter blights on modern life such as flooding and poor air quality.
They argue for more long-term and joined-up thinking from government and developers, to ensure that landscape know-how is embedded into planning, transport and environmental policies.
‘Re-thinking the Urban Landscape’ will run until 10 February in Store Street, London.