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.
10:00 Welcome from Chair
Benjamin O’Connor, Director, NLA
10:05 Green infrastructure
Dr. Katherine Drayson, Principal City Planner (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