Urban rivers: pleasure or danger; making space for water

Laurence Pattacini

Urban rivers are an integral part of cities. During the urbanisation process, the sinuous and unpredictable flow of the river has been controlled, dammed and straightened. The traditional, engineered flood defence in most cases keeps the water at bay, but Read more…

Has Jan Woudstra discovered the key to Capability Brown’s nickname?

In preparation for a paper on Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, Dr Jan Woudstra from the Department of Landscape, has discovered when and where the 18th-century Landscape Architect got his nickname.

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Nature knows best – Could embracing wildflowers improve garden resilience?

Emma Lewis

wildflowers represent nature’s optimum; natural selection occurring over many generations has promoted the traits that give the best chance of survival

Wildflowers appear to be very much in fashion this season, with many of the designers at RHS Chelsea Read more…

Art? Design? Aesthetics?

Catherine Dee

Thank you to all who responded to my BAD ART piece..

..I hope we can sustain a vigourous debate around the ‘what?’ and the ‘why?’ of art, design, and aesthetics of landscape in contemporary practice.

For me, the purpose of such debate is to clarify quality (of landscape architecture) and to ask the philosophical and practical question: “What are landscapes for”?

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Can ‘Friends’ save our parks?

by Melanie Burton

There are issues relating to responsibilities and insurances when community groups take over green space management (who is to blame if something goes wrong, who puts it right?).”

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Reviving Green Spaces Between Houses

Helen Woolley

A high percentage of urban green spaces in our UK cities is that within which social housing is set. Although the original intention was that these green space should be everybody’s in reality many of them have become nobody’s. Read more…

Greening the Grey – Vegetating front gardens for improved well-being

Lauriane Suyin Chalmin-Pui

Today, one in three front gardens in the UK have no plants growing in them. This is three times less than 10 years ago. “So what?” you may think. Read more…

Reflecting on the Urban River in India

Nicola Dempsey

In the fast-paced urbanization of India’s cities, it can be hard to find public open spaces to take refuge from the day-to-day hustle and bustle. Read more…

Designing for Diversity

Clare Rishbeth


From Brick Lane to Liverpool, we know that urban places have been shaped by migration for many decades. But with the EU membership referendum and increased resettlement of refugees across Europe, it seems timely to examine what this means for professional remits within the built environment. Read more…


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