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Lectures on contemporary architecture: Andreas Kipar

Open spaces create urban spaces

Tuesday 5 November, 6pm

AVA Atrium Theatre, Docklands campus

The world is getting more crowded. And our cities are getting really crowded. According to the latest estimates, around 6.5 billion people will call cities home in 2050. These are people looking for work, housing and social interaction, all with a desire for the highest possible quality of life. Meanwhile, the surrounding countryside became an ‘intermediate city’ and growing cities were confronted with becoming their own peripheries. For a long time, problems of this kind have been left to spatial planners, urban planners and traffic planners. Today, landscape architects are also called upon. The natural landscape has long ceased to be a passive resource. It permeates our cities, where people want to be reconnected with nature and city dwellers act as advocates for their environment. Disused industrial or infrastructure facilities create open space. And last but not least, climate protection requires a radical rethink. Open space creates urban space. LAND (Landscape, Architecture, Nature, Development) has been working with material and immaterial contexts in urban spaces for many years. Green networks that mediate between the basic needs of living and doing business, moving and relaxing. Green infrastructures are seen as a social responsibility and are now partly supported by the public sector through investment. Among the challenges we face are climate change, new forms of coexistence and, ultimately, improving the performance of our urban systems. The European Union calls this “nature-based solutions”. The city is not dead – by integrating green networks, the city can rediscover itself, starting from open spaces, and revive.’ Andreas Kipar

Tuesday, 5 November 2019 18:00

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