Landscape Institute President says Farrell Review “is a missed opportunity”

Sue Illman, President of the Landscape Institute, has criticised the Terry Farrell Review of Architecture and the Built Environment as backward-looking and too inwardly focused.  Speaking in response to the call for evidence Illman said: “In a world confronted by rapidly expanding urban populations, scarce resources, environmental and economic challenges it is disappointing to learn that the first such review since 2000 asks no questions about the role of government in creating sustainable environments or of transport, infrastructure, SMART cities, green infrastructure, water-sensitive design, place-making or many other established features of progressive urban design. The cities in which we live are not composed just of buildings. We have a relationship with the natural and ecological forces that influence the structure and working of our cities.”
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Landscape Institute President | “…water should be a priority…”

London Wetlands Park | Image Flickr User amandabhslater

Sue Illman, President of the Landscape Institute, wants the UK’s water supply chain to become more sustainable with priority given to all elements of the water cycle when designing and developing new places. Illman will speak this week at Ecobuild about water sensitive design – a fully integrated solution to flooding, droughts and water quality, the  multi-faceted benefits of sustainable drainage and a green infrastructure approach to development.

“It’s time we started to see water as a potential resource – rather than something to be hidden away underground.  Elsewhere in the world a mixed green, grey and blue infrastructure is being adopted.  In February the White House committed the US to taking a GI approach after some years monitoring its effectiveness, and in Melbourne, Australia the City is introducing legislation to ensure it owns all of the rain falling on the City as part of their Water Sensitive approach, as it sees it as a valuable resource.” – Sue Illman, President of the Landscape Institute

IMAGE CREDIT | Flickr User amandabhslater – Amanda Slater

Peachtree Street | Atlanta USA | Perkins+Will

Peachtree Street | Atlanta USA | Perkins+Will

Civic Plaza | Image Credit: Michelle Litvin

Perkins+Will’s new Atlanta office presented the opportunity to transform an existing building in the heart of Midtown by both reusing the building’s worthy assets and correcting its signature faults. Recently certified LEED Platinum, with the highest score ever recorded in the Northern Hemisphere, the success of the project suggests that reuse and renovation is central to the concept of sustainability. While earning accolades for excellence in building design, one of the project’s most profound features is its renewed connection to the street. Like the building, the site design represents the humanistic values and sustainable aspirations of the firm through open, welcoming spaces and material and detail choices.
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