Landscape Institute president Noel Farrer to represent sector on new government housing design panel

Landscape is to be represented on the newly announced government Design Advisory Panel by Landscape Institute president Noel Farrer who is to become a panel member.

Farrer who is the founder of Farrer Huxley Associates and a columnist for Horticulture Week, said:

"Landscape architecture has a critical role to play in ensuring that future housing development is of high quality and creates desirable places.

"The creation of landscape-led attractive places to live ensures new housing's economic viability. I am delighted that this is understood by Government and look forward to representing the landscape architecture profession at the next Design Advisory Panel meeting."

The government announced the formation of the panel which will include Sir Terry Farrell and Sir Quinlan Terry on 15 December as part of a series of initiatives on housing.

The panel will act as a sounding board, providing an opportunity for dialogue between government and the housing and design industry on emerging housing and planning policy to ensure that good design is considered and embedded from the outset, delivery of housing and planning policy to ensure that good design is achieved through programmes, and emerging industry issues and barriers to good design in housing delivery.

The panel will meet quarterly with ministers, with the first meeting taking place on 21 January.

Also on the panel are: The Design Council, RIBA, RTPI, RICS, Home Builders Federation and Prince's Foundation for Building Community.

* A new exhibition curated by The Building Centre and the Landscape Institute showcasing the importance of landscape and highlighting the importance of investing in green infrastructure has opened at The Building Centre on Store Street in central London.

‘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. 

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, are on show, alongside small, community-led schemes including pocket parks and community allotments.
The show’s co-curators, Lewis Blackwell, executive director of strategy at The Building Centre, and Paul Lincoln, LI deputy chief executive have 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’ runs until 26 February in Store Street, London.

An additional event, How do you Pay for Green Infrastructure in an Age of Austerity? will be held at 6.30pm on Monday 9 February.

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