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London parks, open space, landscape and green infrastructure planning 1943-2017

The term ‘green infrastructure’ was introduced to London landscape planning in the 21st century (in the 2008 revision of the 2004 GLA London Plan). The 2017 Draft Environment Strategy, which will become part of the 2018 London Plan, uses Green

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London National Park City? or Green Grid? or Landscape Strategy?

Reading about the idea of making London a National Park City, I assumed the idea was to establish a National Park Authority for London. As Peter Massini explained at the presentation of the 2017 Draft London Environment Strategy, it is

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Green infrastructure planning for London’s urban landscape

London has a proud tradition of planning green space in conjunction with urban development. As outlined in the above video, it includes (1) the choice of a riverside site by the Romans, (2) the fabulous network of parks planned by

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London opens its largest new park for 470 years: Walthamstow Wetlands

Formerly known as Walthamstow Reservoirs, the Wetlands were opened to free access by members of the public on 17th October 2017.  Its area is 211 hectares and the only 2 larger parks in London were formed by Henry VIII, who

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2017 London Draft Environment Strategy for Green Infrastructure – Peter Massini

Peter Massini (head of green infrastructure at the GLA) explained the 2017 Draft Environment Strategy to a joint meeting of landscape architects and ecologists on  Thursday, 23 November 2017 held in AECOM’s London offices. He said its main characteristic is

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Landscape architecture comments on GLA Environment Strategy

The points I made at Peter Massini’s presentation of the Draft London Environment Strategy were: I’d like to give answers to your two of the CONSULTATION QUESTIONS at the end of the Green Infrastructure section of the 2017 Draft Environment Strategy:

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Farming, wildlife, Michael Gove and landscape architecture

Great to hear a  UK Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs declare that (EU) farming policy has been environmentally damaging and socially unjust. Gove says: ‘The number of farmland birds has reduced by more than half, pollinators such

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ESRI origins of Geodesign

Professor David Maguire, as Vice-Chancellor of the University Greenwich gave a short talk on Geodesign at the opening of the 2017 ECLAS conference. He worked in Geographical Information Systems for 25 years before coming to Greenwich and much of the

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Landscape planning for post-Brexit agriculture

George Monbiot (like most Guardian journalists) is bitterly opposed to Brexit. But he also understands how bad the Common Agricultural Policy has been for Britain’s much-loved rural landscape. He therefore makes a similar point to LI President Merrick Denton-Thompson that one of

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Architecture, Planning, the Collective Landscape and Environmental Impact Design

Architects provide buildings; farmers provide food; foresters provide timber. What do landscape architects provide? Good outdoor space as a public good – for functional, aesthetic and sustainability objectives, in Geoffrey Jellicoe’s phrase, a Collective Landscape. The above video uses public domain

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