Dr Steve Millington to present research at the Landscape Institute Conference 2017



Dr Steve Millington, Director of the Institute of Place Management and MetroPolis Associate, is to present his research at the Landscape Institute Conference 2017. 

The session, titled ‘Landscape as social infrastructure: transforming urban spaces‘, will deal with social infrastructure; the places where we meet, eat, shop, relax, protest; the places where our communities form and thrive. It examines the changing face of our city centres and the part landscape practitioners can play in transforming our cities for the better, and looks at the role landscape can play in welcoming refugees and nurturing children.

Steve will be presenting ‘Restoring vitality and vibrancy to town centres: the role of landscape infrastructure‘:

“Busy and thriving centres are vital components of our communities.  More than places to go shopping, our centres perform vital functions, as meeting places, as social and recreational spaces, and as locations to access important public services including transport.  There is a growing perception, however, that UK centres are experiencing a crisis as people shop online or prefer to drive out-of-town.  This paper, therefore, reports on findings from the ESRC funded High UK 2020 Project, new research from Manchester Metropolitan University and the Institute of Place Management, which analysed factors affecting the vitality and vibrancy of UK town centres and high streets.  Whereas policy and research on the high street tends to focus on the structural changes to retailing, HSUK2020 suggests retail is just one many place based attributes, which affects the quality, liveability and sustainability of town centres.  Through working with 10 local centres in the UK and through analysis of footfall data provided by Springboard, the project identified 25 priority interventions, factors that localities should be able control, which have most impact on maintaining and restoring footfall in our centres.  The research demonstrates how the quality of the landscape is of central importance.  Factors, such as appearance, experience, walkability, attractiveness, place assurance, and the quality of recreational and open space are all essential to vitality and vibrancy.  This research provides therefore, should landscape designers with robust evidence as to impact of their practice.”

Steve will be joined by Maisie Rowe, freelance landscape architect, writer and illustrator and Dr Clare Rishbeth, Lecturer at the Department of Landscape, University of Sheffield, on the session panel.


See here for more details on the Conference, including the conference agenda and registration:

‘Landscape is the primary infrastructure.’

Farrell Review of Architecture and the Built Environment

  • Lessons from China on breathing new life into brownfield land and forgotten spaces
  • Making space for childhood with the infrastructure of play
  • Using parks to meet the needs of refugees
  • Restoring vitality and vibrancy to town centres
  • How natural capital accounting will impact on the built environment professions
  • The role of landscape in combatting carbon creation, habitat destruction and deteriorating public health
  • The benefits of integrated infrastructure for traditional engineering

Landscape as infrastructure is a vital theme for built environment professionals, and the Landscape Institute will explore it in detail at its annual conference, Landscape as Infrastructure, on 22-23 June.

Landscape is not just about creating spaces, but transforming them: about harmonising disparate elements in a way that creates value and addresses societal needs. A population that is both ageing and growing, human environmental impact, increased pressure on public services and deteriorating public health are among many areas in which society can benefit from landscape-led intervention. Our annual conference will be a lens through which we can scrutinise, promote and debate the issues central to the needs of the wider public, and share learning about how the landscape and built environment sectors can respond to these needs.

On day one, delegates will hear about the places where people and nature meet, the interface between ecology and infrastructure, the importance of the emerging natural capital initiative, and the urban spaces where human intervention has reached its apex, before enjoying a drinks reception at the Quays on Salford’s waterfront, in the impressive MediaCityUK. On day two, delegates will attend guided walks and jogs to some of the most innovative and exciting infrastructure projects in Manchester and Salford.

You can view the agenda here: LI Conference 2017 timetable.

For more information about key themes, plenary sessions, speakers and other activities, visit www.landscapeinstitute.org. Book by Friday 16 June via Eventbrite.

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