LONDON NATIONAL PARK CITY WEEK 21 – 29th JULY 2018.

national park city1The National Park City Foundation has successfully campaigned to make London a National Park City and it will launch during a National Park City season in May 2019.  The season will culminate in a summer summit to encourage cities from around the world to follow London’s ambition to be green cities, vibrant with nature and people enjoying the great outdoors.

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The London National Park City will be delivered by volunteers and a partnership of groups and organisations with the support of the National Park City Foundation, the charity that has been established to help make the London National Park City a success.

The London National Park City Partnership will inspire, catalyse, support, join-up and spread best practice through knowledge sharing. The initiative will draw in sports clubs, community groups, schools, and other organisations as well as individuals to develop, extend and maintain activities and green spaces in localities, connecting with each other across London. For example, there will be a ‘Bank of Ideas’ to share inspirations and best practice across organisations and activities.

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The National Park City Foundation will also support local action by helping to raise and direct funds and investment which local projects often lack, and by helping Londoners to scale-up their activities and to fill in gaps where there is a lack of community action or support.

The first London National Park City Week runs from 21-29 July, 2018. The event will feature 270 events and activities celebrating London’s unique green spaces, trees, waterways and natural environment. The week is a collaboration between the Mayor of London, the National Park City Foundation and partners across London and gives Londoners the opportunity to explore the city with walks, talks, explorations, family activities and more. A full list of events is available on the London National Park City Week event page with more than 130 organisations hosting events, including community groups, arts organisations, local and national charities, boroughs and businesses.

Events include:

  • walks and explorations to discover some of London’s lesser known green spaces, footpaths and waterways
  • family activities in parks across the city
  • encounters with urban wildlife
  • opportunities to help look after local green spaces
  • boat trips, bike rides, tree trails

Judy Ling Wong CBE, National Park City Trustee and Honorary President, UK Director of the Black Environment Network (BEN) said:

“We are excited to count down to London becoming a National Park City in 2019 by working with the Mayor and others to stage the first National Park City Week in July. It is the perfect excuse to get outside and visit, try, enjoy or learn something new about what London has to offer. There will be inspiring events and activities throughout our wonderful parks, gardens, squares, streets, waterways and nature reserves for people to enjoy, but anyone can make their own National Park City Week events too, from holding a flower pot festival outside your house to putting on a performance somewhere special outdoors. This first National Park City Week is an open invitation to London’s 9 million residents to celebrate our rich urban cultural life, anchored in the nature of our great city.”

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Curating/ Community/ Public Space Roundtable, Kingston School of Art

 

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For further details contact Christoph Lueder, c.lueder@kingston.ac.uk

Report: Walking in urban parks and green spaces

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The recently published report ‘Walking in urban parks and green spaces’, written and researched by the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) and funded by the Ramblers, looks at Britain’s attitudes to walking in open spaces. The report, ‘Urban Parks and Green Spaces’ has been developed to support the encouragement and protection of the benefits that come from being outdoors on foot. 1000 respondents from across England, Scotland and Wales were asked how often they use their parks and green spaces and what would encourage them to walk in these areas more frequently.

The research reveals that different groups of people are put off walking through parks for different reasons, therefore to encourage everyone to use parks we need to focus investment carefully. The report includes research into how people are using their local parks and green spaces and how – at a time when many councils have had to cut their parks’ budgets – money and resources can be found from a wide range of sources to improve parks, green spaces and green routes through urban areas.

People instinctively appreciate that time spent in parks and green spaces is beneficial; with 98% of respondents saying that walking through green spaces helps improve mental health, with a similar percentage reporting that walking in parks improves physical health. The report refers to the research paper published in The Lancet, by Mitchell and Popham, ‘Effect of exposure to natural environment on health inequalities: an observational population study’, that indicates that parks and green spaces have an important part to play in reducing health inequalities. The research suggests that people with the poorest health tend to benefit most from access to good green spaces. Parks and green spaces need to be designed and managed with this in mind to ensure that they are accessible and welcoming for everyone.

The report concludes that despite the current difficulties of generating funding for green spaces, throughout Britain there are examples of projects that have successfully  improved green spaces, encouraged much greater use of them by all sections of the community, and so contributed to local health and wellbeing. The report includes a number of case studies illustrating what can be achieved and a number of recommendations:

  • When planning improvements to green paths or spaces, think about the needs of a wide range of potential users. Enough benches, level paths, good signposting, clear sightlines and good maintenance will all help to encourage more use by a wide range of different people.
  • It is often not enough just to create good paths to and through green spaces: you also need to encourage people to use them. Holding an opening ceremony or party, or organising guided walks, can be good ways of helping people to discover a transformed green space or new route.
  • Successful projects to improve walking through green spaces usually require a wide range of people and organisations to collaborate and many different sources of funding. Making this happen can take many years – but the results can transform an area for the better.
  • Communication is a vital part of successful projects. The many people and partners involved in a project need to be kept up to date with progress; local communities need opportunities to contribute their ideas and to be made aware of plans and progress.
  • People are far more likely to walk in green spaces if they are well maintained; but funding this is difficult. When planning improvements to green spaces, think about how much it will cost to maintain them in the future and, if at all possible, secure a long-term income stream to pay for future upkeep.

Flow: Interior, Landscape and Architecture in the Era of Liquid Modernity

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Flow: Interior, Landscape and Architecture in the Era of Liquid Modernity. 

Editors: Penny Sparke, Patricia Brown, Patricia Lara-Betancourt, Gini Lee, Mark Taylor

Publisher: Bloomsbury  ISBN 9781472568038

This new publication is linked to two earlier conferences – FLOW 1 and FLOW 2 – that addressed issues of the relationships between interiors and landscape. The first was hosted by the Modern Interiors Research Centre (MIRC) in collaboration with the Landscape Interface Studio, Kingston University here in London whilst FLOW 2 took place at the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia.

Pat Brown, director of Landscape and Landscape Interface Studio, Kingston School of Art edits the third section of this book; entitled ‘Continuity’, with contributions from amongst others – Jeff Malpas, Professor of Philosophy, University of Tasmania, and RMIT University, Gladys Arana, Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán and Catherine R. Ettinger, Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo, México,  Vicky Falconer, University of the Arts London, UK and Sarah Breen Lovett, Artist and Research Fellow at The University of Sydney, Australia.

Flow combines cutting-edge scholarship with practitioner perspectives to address the concept of ‘flow’ and how it connects interiors, landscapes and buildings, expanding on traditional notions of architectural prominence. Contributors explore the transitional and intermediary relationships between inside/outside. Through a range of case studies, authors extend the notion of flow beyond the western industrialised world and embrace a wider geography while engaging with the specificity of climate and place. Accompanied by stunning colour illustration and photography, Flow brings together historical, theoretical and practice-based approaches to consider themes of nature, mobility, continuity and frames.

 

Reviews

“This volume of extensive essays provides a fascinating insight into the spatial continuums between interior and landscape. I read it in a variety of spaces: airports, train-stations and at home. It offered beguiling new insights into those fluid environments.” –  Graeme Brooker, Head of the Interior Design programme at the Royal College of Art, UK

“Not to be confused with the simply amorphous or just ‘going with the flow’, the wide-ranging and interdisciplinary case studies and essays collected here examine how artists and designers strive to interweave interior and exterior spaces. By articulating the interstitial zone between self and world, subject and object, building and landscape, this book focuses our attention on important questions of how design can open our world to greater synthesis and less subdivision. And that – from the way we see, to how we build our cities – is more important than ever.” –  Richard J. Weller, Chair of Landscape Architecture at PennDesign, USA

“Rather effectively, the editors of and authors in this volume compel us to think differently about the interface between interiors, architecture and landscape. As a four-letter word, FLOW proves a powerful way to renew and redress disciplinary, conceptual and physical boundaries that have for too long limited knowledge of the material world.” –  John Potvin, Associate Professor of Art History at Concordia University, Canada

London Festival of Architecture features Kingston Landscape alumni

Reanimate Battersea

June 3, 2018 09:30 – 17:30 Admission: FREE

More Info/Booking: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/reanimate-battersea-tickets-45047793162

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Image: Dimitris Grozopoulos

In this open workshop,  young enthusiasts of drawing are invited to become ‘architects for a day’ and re-imagine the neighbourhoods around the iconic Battersea Power Station. During the workshop, you will explore what are the main architectural elements that shape the areas identity and propose alternative and imaginative approaches towards a vibrant and dynamic new neighbourhood! Participants will work together with the workshop tutor to design their ideal home, neighbourhood and playground and learn the basics of architectural design.

Suitable for students and children aged 13 and over. It is suitable for all abilities – beginners welcome. This workshop will involve drawing outdoors. All materials included. Online booking essential.

Venue: Nine Elms Pavilion, Bourne Valley Wharf, New Thames river path London SW8

Organiser: Dimitris Grozopoulos  07490389745

Website: www.archstudies.gr  Twitter: @/DimitrisGroz

Instagram:@https://www.instagram.com/archstudies/

 

Building Site

June 7, 2018 – June 30, 2018. 11:00 – 19:00. Admission: FREE

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Image: Sigita Simona Paplauskaite

The art installation BUILDING SITE questions the changing ownership of public space in London and invites the public to reflect on the consequences that urbanisation causes to local communities and natural ecosystems. The artwork occupies a significant piece of public land to create a new ‘building site’ – a signature mark for London in transition.

The installation is inspired by London’s identity and has a strong poetic narrative deriving from Lithuanian culture that tightly links human existence to the one of nature. Fenced off with construction site hoarding, the BUILDING SITE changes the way people normally move and perceive the Carter Lane Gardens. Meanwhile, it offers a mysterious infinite forest-like experience for those who claim their right to open the doors and enter.

During the London Festival of Architecture, the BUILDING SITE will function as an intimate event space for hosting poetry readings and music performances. During these events, the visitors will have the chance to explore the diversity and uniqueness of cultures that flourish in the capital. Moreover, it will join the celebration of the centenary of Restored Lithuania by inviting Lithuanian expat artists.

Venue: Carter Lane Gardens, St. Paul’s Churchyard, London EC4M 8BX. The site opposite the City Information Centre, in front of St Paul’s Cathedral, where the Peter’s Hill pedestrian street starts.

Organiser: Sigita Simona Paplauskaite

Website: www.sigitasimona.com  Instagram: @Sigita_Simona

Architecture + Landscape Summer Show – Practice Evening

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Join us to celebrate the work of the Department of Architecture & Landscape. We share a belief in architecture and landscape as a continuum of cultural thinking and our studios marry exceptional students to leaders working in practice and in the academy, encompassing a diverse range of positions as befits the contemporary context of pluralistic practice.

We also celebrate a number of significant achievements by our teaching staff:

— Professor Andrew Clancy’s practice Clancy Moore has won Young Architect of  the Year 2018 and is participating in the Venice Biennale 2018;

— MLA Landscape Architecture tutor Fenella Griffith’s practice Untitled Practice won the AJ Landscape of the Year Award 2017

— Our MArch external examiner Elizabeth Hatz is participating in the Venice Biennale 2018 at the invitation of the Curators Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara;

— MArch tutor Simon Henley’s practice Henley Halebrown have won two RIBA London 2018 awards and published a De Aedibus monograph including an essay by MArch tutor Hugh Strange;

— BA Architecture tutor Will Burges’s practice 31/44 has won an RIBA London award 2018;

— MArch tutors Matheson Whiteley have won the AJ Small Projects 2018 award;

— Year 3 leader and BA and MArch tutor Alex Gore’s practice Pricegore has been shortlisted in a design contest for a Summer Pavilion at Dulwich Picture Gallery;

— Our BA Architecture external examiner Miriam Delaney is co-curating the Irish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2018;

— MArch tutor Tom Coward’s practice AOC has won an RIBA competition to design a community centre in Berkshire, a lot on the GLA’s Architecture + Urbanism panel, and a project to redevelop the National Archives in Kew;

— BA Architecture external examiner Roz Barr’s practice has won an RIBA London 2018 award;

— BA Architecture tutor Thomas Bates has been shortlisted for an Architecture Foundation competition;

— MArch external examiner Tom Holbrook’s practice 5th Studio has won places on a record 5 lots on the GLA’s Architecture + Urbanism panel;

— BA Architecture tutor Bruno Silvestre’s Padre Cruz social housing project in Lisbon has been listed for the RIBA International Award 2018.

Additionally our Register podcasts, recorded conversations with visitors to our
Department, have reached 26,000 listeners since their launch a year ago.

The work in our show demonstrates that a school does not need to get lost in
esoterica or avoid the real practical issues at the heart of our discipline to produce
beautiful and poetic work.

Alumnus Sigita Simona Paplauskaite’s plans for London Festival of Architecture 2018

The Landscape Interface Studio team love to hear how alumni are progressing since leaving Kingston University. Sigita Simona Paplauskaite completed a Landscape Architecture PgDip (LI Accredited) in 2017 – below Simona describes her experiences studying on the course plus work and projects she has gone on to do since graduating last summer….including an event in the upcoming London Festival of Architecture – Building Site.

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“I chose Kingston University to study the PGDip Landscape Architecture (Landscape Institute accredited) which offered me the freedom to follow an independent and academically driven path of study. It proved to be an intellectually challenging course – more akin to a pre-PhD course in that it tested my ability for independent research. The expectation of making big decisions on your own, rather than having them presented by tutors is really inspiring… and frustrating at times! Nevertheless, as I had already been working in the industry for more than 4 years before applying to Kingston University, living a more intense, creative routine was no surprise!

I enjoyed the variety of tutors from different disciplines, understandings, characters and tastes; all equally intelligent people who were there to support us in a very collaborative and collegiate way. They engaged us by broadening the study experience beyond the university.  This combined with the great resource study space of the Art School library that eventually became my shelter for expanding my horizons throughout the year. We were invited to discover and address wider regional topics and issues by studying the complexities of the local landscape of the Thames Estuary which remains a field of interest and appreciation for me.

Studying at Kingston University has significantly broadened my outlook towards the profession and academic research in the field. It has equally strengthened my professional passion and motivation, as well as allowing me a pause to listen to others meanwhile filtering out my personal voice in my practice work. After I successfully graduated in the summer of 2017, Assoc. Professor Pat Brown encouraged me to apply for the annual Landscape Institute Student Awards where my graduation project portfolio received a Highly Commended award from the jury.

Since then, I have continued to work on a residential scheme in Brussels as well as leading a successful competition entry for the design of a post-industrial public space. Other projects have followed, including some experience in a London based practice working on the development of private terrace amenities in Ilford and a residential development scheme in Battersea. I am currently working on an art installation, called Building Site, that will be included in the highlight and core events of London Festival of Architecture this June.

Having developed a certain confidence and an understanding of the additional skills I need to acquire in the future, I aim to collaborate with landscape professionals, who, besides their experience in the profession, have not forgotten about the evocative poetry of the built and natural spaces and the relationships that bind them together.” 

Text and images: Sigita Simona Paplauskaite

Website: www.sigitasimona.com

Instagram: @sigita_simona

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