New London Architecture

Greening the city: Hardworking Horticulture


Monday 30 October 2023
18:30 - 20:30

Join this talk exploring how built environment professionals are employing urban greening to improve air quality, water performance and overall quality of life for Londoners.
Greening the city delivers a practical role in the public realm. While contributing to air quality, reducing pollution, and improving water performance, urban greening creates relaxing pockets of space, increasing the quality of life for its users. How do we strategically deliver this infrastructure across the city, thinking beyond boundaries to improve cross-borough and cross-sector collaboration? 
The 2021 London Plan introduced the Urban Green Factor (UGF) as a means of evaluating the quantity and quality of urban greening provided by a development proposal. But are these measures adequate to deliver hardworking horticulture and truly biodiverse spaces across London? 
Urban greening creates cities that are healthier and more sustainable and can also shape the identity of place. To ensure the impact of green infrastructure is lasting, maintenance is key. How can the industry communicate the value of greenery in the public realm for local communities, and share responsibility for its upkeep?
This talk will bring together voices from across the industry to showcase exemplar projects and explore how the approach be more joined up in order to realise ambitions for making our city greener and healthier.

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Speaker biographies

Stephen O’Malley

Founding Director, Civic Engineers

Isabella Bhoan

Landcape Architect, WW+P

Sophie Thompson

Director, LDA Design

Giulia Pustorino

Associate, Architect, Engineer, Weston Williamson + Partners

Alex Shipp

Head of Design, Meristem Design

Chloe Skry

High Street Regeneration Lead, Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames

Federico Ortiz

Head of Content, NLA




The London Centre 
3 Aldermanbury 

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Location: the London Centre, 3 Aldermanbury, London, EC2V 7HH
Access:  There are 4 steps to the main entrance, with a level access entrance via the Guildhall West Wing 30 seconds away. There are toilets and accessible toilets via stairs or a lift to the lower ground floor. If you would like more information, or have any access requirements, please let us know what these are and how we can best accommodate these by emailing


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