Green Horizons | Professional Development Workshops

Green Horizons Workshops

Do you have the skills for co-design?

Participatory design gives communities and clients agency in the design of thier neighbourhoods and workspaces. This skill is in high demand, but not commonly or formally taught in the landscape, urban design and planning courses, and rarely found at a high quality in commercial businesses and public sector.

The ‘State of Landscape’ report revealed that the top skills required from the landscape architecture profession were; community and stakeholder engagement (50% profession requires this), communication and presentation (65% requirement), collaborative partnerships (53% profession requires this), and problem solving (65% of landscape architects require these skills). This series of events seeks to upskills landscape and urban design professionals in this critical skills gap.

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People at the Heart of Place: Immersive Engagement Practices (Workshop 1/3)*
23 May

The recent ‘State of Landscape’ report revealed that one of the top skills required from the landscape architecture profession is community and stakeholder engagement (50% of the profession requires this). This series of CPD events seeks to upskill landscape and urban design professionals in this critical skills gap.

In the first of a trio of workshops, the Landscape Institute South West invites you to explore the value of community engagement and the myriad of benefits it can bring to projects. Respected urban designer Noha Nasser will share her experiences of immersive engagement practices diverse communities, followed by a roundtable conversation with local experts: Katie Lea (Place Studio), Sarah Jones-Morris (Landscape Institute South West), Karen Jelenje (Bristol City Council) and Amy Harrison (Architecture Centre). This will be followed by a workshop to co-develop an effective ‘elevator pitch’, highlighting the value and impact of community engagement to potential clients and developers.

About the main speaker:
Noha Nasser, MELA, is a passionate architect, urban designer, academic and consultant who believes that community-based solutions to urban design can build a strong identity of place and bring people together. She is the Founding Director of MELA, and editor of the recent book Connections: 12 approaches to relationship-based placemaking. MELA works alongside people to creatively co-design public spaces that are safe, fun and convivial. They are thought leaders in social innovation for social cohesion, researching the role of ‘place’ in meeting the social and cultural needs of diverse communities and their identities’.

Panel-discussion experts:
Katie Lea, Place Studio

Karen Jelenje, Bristol City Council

  • From 3.30pm – Arrival, refreshments, opportunity for informal networking
  • Welcome and introductions 
  • Presentation by Noha Nasser
  • Panel conversation 
  • Workshop activity 
  • Q&A panel discussion – with Noha Nasser, Sarah-Jones-Morris, Amy Harrison, Katie Lea and Karen Jelenje

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Streets Ahead: Co-Design Techniques in Practice (Workshop 2/3)*
27 June

In the second of a trio of workshops, the Landscape Institute South West invites you to explore participatory design at the street level with Fin McNab. Learn practical and technical community engagement skills for urban areas and explore techniques used in recent Totnes and University of Bristol (Temple Quarter Campus) projects. This will be followed by a workshop to co-develop community engagement approaches for a range of project contexts, concluding with an panel Q&A conversation with: Elaine Cresswell (reshaped), Ying Li (University of Gloucestershire) and Sarah Jones-Morris (Landscape Institute South West).

About the main speaker:

Fin McNab (Streets Reimagined, www.streets-reimagined.com) brings close to 20 years of wide-ranging experience in the field of urbanism, community engagement and regeneration spanning the public, private and third sector. A qualified and recognised practitioner of Urban Design, he has a wealth of technical knowledge and practical experience around the process of achieving more liveable environments. He founded his practice Streets Reimagined Ltd in 2015, with a focus on offering a creative and human-centred approach to the design of the urban realm. Current projects include the development of a community led master plan for the Southmead area of Bristol and a green infrastructure strategy for Totnes. Finlay is also a visiting lecturer at Bath Spa University and a Built Environment Expert for The Design Council CABE.

Panel-discussion experts:

Dr Ying Li, Senior Lecturer in Landscape Architecture & Design, University of Gloucester
www.gloscape.com

Elaine Cresswell, Landscape Architect and Director of Liverpool based reshaped.

 

Event Format: 

  • From 3.30pm – Arrival, refreshments, opportunity for informal networking
  • Welcome and introductions
  • Presentation by Fin McNab
  • Workshop activity – co-developing community engagement approaches for a range of contexts
  • Q&A panel discussion – with Fin McNab, Elaine Cresswell, Ying Li, Sarah-Jones-Morris and chaired by Amy Harrison (Architecture Centre).

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Digital Technology for Participatory Place Design (Workshop 3/3)*
25 July

In the third of a trio of workshops, learn how to use digital tools for engagement on co-design projects with Jo Morrison. She explains how to work with communities from a private client/developer, master-planning community perspective, and how to exploit the power of digital media and technology to involve people that were traditionally excluded or unmotivated.

About the speaker:

Dr. Jo Morrison works at the intersection of research, design and business. Focusing on digital innovation and multidisciplinary collaboration, she creates and delivers successful strategies and projects to maximise impact, accelerate growth and create rich customer experiences across a range of sectors – including the built environment, creative and cultural industries and education. Discovering the opportunities and value that bespoke digital placemaking affords clients involved in urban development and regeneration is a core area of Jo’s work – with the aim of creating more pleasurable, sustainable and citizen-centred future cities.

Jo Morrison, Digital Innovation Director, Calvium
https://calvium.com

Panel-discussion expert: 
TBC

Event Format:

  • Arrival, refreshments, opportunity for informal networking
  • Welcome and introductions (Sarah Jones-Morris, Chair of Landscape Institute South West, Amy Harrison, Heading of Learning at Architecture Centre)
  • Presentation by Jo Morrison (Digital Innovation Director, Calvium)
  • Workshop activity
  • Q&A Panel discussion (with Sarah-Jones-Morris, Amy Harrison and Jo Morrison)

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In 2019 the Landscape Institute celebrates it 90th anniversary. A series of celebratory events will be taking place in London and across the UK. As part of this, The Architecture Centre and planning a series of 3 events entitled ‘Green Horizons’.
**A concessionary rate of £25 per session is available to LI Members and students. **A concessionary rate of £25 per session is available to LI Members and students.