These are busy times, with a major exhibition in the offing, and an important publication out recently.
Profitable Places – why developers invest in landscape
A new publication for house builders
In October the Landscape Institute launched Profitable Places, a new publication showing why housebuilders need to invest in landscape.
The booklet highlights five ways in which landscape professionals can add value. These five principles are illustrated through five housing case studies where landscape has informed the location, layout and design of new developments to great effect.
Housing is high on the political agenda, and population projections show that we need 230,000 new homes each year. However, in 2011/12 only 128,160 new homes were built, while affordable housing saw a 68% fall compared with the previous year. With the government putting pressure on housebuilders to build more homes than at any time since the post-war building boom, and with confidence growing in the property market, the scene is set to create the sustainable communities we need in the future.
Profitable Places shows how the best housebuilders and developers are using a landscape-led approach to seize this opportunity. The publication is available for download from the LI website.
5–30 January 2015, Building Centre, Store Street, London
The Building Centre and the Landscape Institute present a new exhibition: Rethinking the Urban Landscape – creating the liveable city. The exhibition will explore new ideas in green infrastructure, water sensitive urban design and the creation of liveable, healthy places.
The exhibition will demonstrate how we can better tackle social and environmental issues through integrating landscape as a fundamental element of urban planning and design. It will show how landscape architecture can meet the challenges of climate change and urban living as well
as the need for new infrastructure.
Rethinking the Urban Landscape is a timely initiative that capitalises on a heightened awareness of landscape within the built environment. The Farrell Review referred to landscape as ‘the primary infrastructure’ arguing we ‘need to reprioritise the importance of its role and perception
in place making’.