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The Architecture Centre
Narrow Quay

Thu 23 May 2019
15:30 - 18:00

£30/£25/£60 for all 3 workshops

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

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

Event Format: 

  • 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

This event forms part of the Architecture Centre’s Green Horizons programme, in partnership with the Landscape Institute, as part the national celebration of #LI90.

Other events in this series* are:
27th June: Streets Ahead: Co-Design Techniques in Practice
25th July: Digital Technology for Participatory Place Design

*A 3-workshop pass is available at the discounted rate of £60, making it £20 per session. Please click through the ‘tickets’ button on this event to purchase the pass.

**A concessionary rate of £25 per session is available to LI Members and students.