There is growing recognition of the need to let nature lead. Ian Houlston and Rebecca Wrigley look at how the role of the landscape profession must change and put nature in the forefront, in order to address the climate and nature crises.
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At the beginning of the lockdown there was a sense we had all come off a fast-moving carousel and one day soon we would be leaping back on. Space & Time arose from that experience of jumping off, and our growing feeling that we shouldn’t just go back to things as they were.
Lockdown made our world shrink, with everything we might need to survive and to thrive within 30 minutes of our doorstep, on foot or by bike. It made us find out more about our neighbours and our neighbourhoods, the healing power of nature and the spaces we share. Is now our big chance to plan the world around us in a different way?
Most new housing in England is being designed without any character or sense of identity. LDA Design’s Ian Houlston and Dr Stephen Carter of Headland Archaeology argue that there is no excuse for making ‘non places’.
Global lockdown has resulted in the emptying of our streets of cars. With UK road travel at 1955 levels, pollution is dropping. Pop-up bike and jogging lanes replace traffic jams and the air is easier to breathe. When lockdown lifts, will there be a new-found energy and appetite to rethink and reclaim our streets at a pace and on a scale unimaginable before the crisis? The good news is that this process of reclamation is already well underway.