Elvina Crasto de Silva
As an architect and urban designer, I strongly believe that the success of the public realm dictates the success of a place.
I have been predominantly involved in visioning and masterplanning projects of varying scales from a few hundred to a few thousand homes. One of the most enjoyable projects has been the transformation of redundant land of Rugeley Power Station to create a thriving community of up to 2,300 homes and opening up 25ha of riverside park along the River Trent.
My involvement in bringing forward strategic sites through the planning system has taught me how a vision for a place is of utmost importance in this long process. In my current projects, I look to include more opportunities for nature recovery and biodiversity in the masterplanning process.
Outside the world of urban design, I am mama to two children and 40+ plants.
Any beach in Goa, watching the sun set in the Arabian Sea with my feet in the warm sand (better with a delicious cocktail in my hand).
'The Secret Network of Nature' by Peter Wohlleben. It opened my eyes and mind to how nature is intrinsically co-dependent. It is fascinating how nature balances itself over the long term, even after we have meddled with it! Gives us hope for the future.
The first draft.