New London Architecture

Post-pandemic placemaking: towards a green recovery


Tuesday 16 March 2021
10:00 - 11:00

Lockdowns have stressed the importance of green spaces and nature to support our mental & physical health - How has public realm changed during this time?
The COVID-19 pandemic in the context of the wider climate crisis has stressed the importance of access to green public spaces and nature in supporting the mental health and physical well-being of communities across London. 
How has public realm changed in the past year? What is the role of green public spaces in the pandemic response and recovery? How can built environment professionals support urban biodiversity and inclusive public spaces? 
Members will hear from key experts about how placemaking can promote a resilient and green recovery. 

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10:00   Welcome from Chair 
             Benjamin O’Connor, Director, NLA
10:05   Green infrastructure 
             Dr. Katherine Drayson, Strategy & Planning Manager (Environment), TfL
10:15   Flexible public spaces
             Cannon Ivers, Director, LDA Design
10:25   Parks and green spaces 
             Sam Parry, Parks Development Manager, LB Hackney
10:35   Lessons from Paris  
             Mary Bowman, Partner, Gustafson Porter + Bowman
10:45   Panel discussion
             Speakers above, plus:
             Howard Gray, PR & Specification Consultant, GreenBlue Urban
11:00   End 

Speaker biographies

Benjamin O'Connor

Director, NLA

Dr. Katherine Drayson

Strategy & Planning Manager (Environment), Transport for London

Sam Parry

Parks Development Manager, London Borough of Hackney

Mary Bowman

Partner, Gustafson Porter + Bowman

Cannon Ivers

Director, LDA Design

Howard Gray

PR & Specification Consultant, Greenblue Urban




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