In its new lecture series, Landscape Futures, the Landscape Institute aims to stimulate debate about the future of the landscape and explore the themes affecting how land is used and managed, and how that use will affect the prosperity and quality of life of all citizens.
Launching on 28 January in Sheffield, contributors include the environmentalist Jonathon Porritt (28 January), historian Dan Cruickshank, chief executive of the RSA Matthew Taylor and founder of Incredible Edible Pam Warhurst. All lectures will run from 6-8pm, which includes time for questions from the floor. Ticket prices are £8 LI or RSA members, £10 non-members, and £5 students.
On 11 February How can we build beautiful places will be discussed at Macdonald Burlington hotel in Birmingham by Frazer Osment (LDA Design), Mary Parsons (Places for People)
and David Birkbeck (Design for Homes).
On 25 February, infrastructure for the future is the theme at Cambridge University, Arts School Lecture Theatre for Alister Kratt (LDA Design), Cruickshank, Selina Mason (Olympic Delivery Authority) and Tim Mould QC (Landmark Chambers).
On 11 March at Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol Lyndis Cole (LUC), Carys Swanwick (National Trust, Naomi Oakley (Natural England) and Merrick Denton-Thompson (LI Board and Chair of Policy and Communications Committee) will discuss rural landscapes for the future.
On 25 March digital revolution's effect on the urban landscape is the topic at Charles Darwin House, London for Sophie Thompson (LDA Design), Alan Thompson (Hayes Davidson) and Rick Robinson (IBM).
At the same venue on 8 April, the future of landscape architecture is the theme for Tom Armour (Arup Landscape Team) and Sue Illman (President, Landscape Institute).
The Landscape Futures lecture series is sponsored by Woodhouse, the lighting, signage and street furniture specialist.