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Landscape Futures

A new lecture series from the Landscape Institute
Landscape Institute members and registered practices have been invited to take part in a new lecture series designed to stimulate debate on the development of our landscape.

In 2010 the Government Office for Science published the Foresight Land Use Futures Project. This claimed that: ‘the next fifty years will see even greater pressure on land use: continuing expected growth in population and incomes, the impact of climate change, new technologies and changing public attitudes and values will all have profound effects.’ Since the report was published we have seen significant changes in government policy on wind farms; changing attitudes to nuclear power; growing concerns about food security; the ending of detailed planning guidance; and a severe economic downturn. The landscape profession needs to be prepared for the massive changes which are taking place. Much of the work of the Institute is focused on preparing members for these changes: BIM, green infrastructure, public health and landscape; designing with water; GLVIA all represent the Institute’s commitment to equipping members for these changes. Landscape Futures is an opportunity to take this work to a new stage.

The first two events will take place in London to be followed by a number of events outside of the capital.

Details will be announced shortly.

Landscape Futures

A conversation about the future of the profession
Join the conversation on the future of the landscape profession.

To complement the debate about the future of landscape, the Landscape Institute’s policy committee wants to find out what members, students and affiliates think about the current state of the landscape profession and its future direction, and try to develop ideas that allow the Landscape Institute to look to the future needs of the profession. Sue Illman, Landscape Institute president, has recently written to members and branches inviting them to join ‘the conversation’ and describe how they anticipate the career path of landscape professionals might change in the coming ten, 15 or 20 years.

You can join in the conversation in a number of ways.

You can participate in an event being hosted by your local Landscape Institute branch; organise a discussion amongst colleagues at your place of work; or send your own personal response by writing directly to [email protected] before the end of June. We welcome ambitious and radical ideas for the long-term future of the profession. We have suggested a few questions for you to consider as a starting point, but feel free to send views on any theme you choose.

• How do you think the landscape profession could or should change in the future, perhaps to meet the challenges of a low-carbon economy, a changing climate, demographic change, new technologies, or changes in the global economy?
• What work topics or projects are you or your employer engaged in, or interested in, that lie beyond the traditional scope of the landscape professional?
• Where do you see new opportunities emerging for landscape professionals in the public or private sectors in future? This is a member-led conversation that will be reported back to the Landscape Institute’s Policy Committee later in the year.

The deadline for feedback will be the end of June, when the contributions will be collated. We will send reminders via the LI News and Events email update nearer the time. Members of the policy committee will then review all the submissions and invite a number of contributors to author short articles for the website and for a future edition of Landscape.

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