2019 was the year when many people finally woke up to the need for urgent action to address the twin crises of climate breakdown and biodiversity loss. So in 2020, what now?
MIPIM 2020 brings 23,000 built environment designers, developers and influencers together. It’s a huge opportunity, not a moment of which should be wasted.
As landscape architects, urban designers and planners, LDA Design is in a strong position to understand today’s key drivers: ecosystems on the brink, global heating, the need for more and better homes, the call for infrastructure renewal that tackles inequality, and pressing societal issues such as mental and physical ill health, loneliness and obesity.
And we have a very clear idea as to how landscape – so often seen as the problem in these challenging times – provides the solutions.
We interpret landscape from its historic origins of home territory, or a place where people belong. Creating this sense of belonging is our lode star. Having this clarity enables us to navigate complexities and orchestrate intricate groups of stakeholders; it means we can get things moving, delivering spatial plans which we can be confident can go on to deliver a great place.
By connecting people and place through landscape we can create places people love, and which contribute to social, economic and environmental wellbeing. This approach puts the needs of people first, especially those who are economically disadvantaged or socially isolated. It has little to do with vistas or a backdrop of trees and grass.
Frazer Osment, recently appointed Chair of LDA Design, and Directors Sophie Thompson, Ben Walker and Mark Williams will be heading to MIPIM this year. If you’re passionate about making better, more resilient places, then do get in touch with them. Wasting time is not an option.
MIPIM 10-13 March.