The multiple benefits of green infrastructure in cities are starting to be appreciated from many perspectives: health, economic as well as political. But the pressure, particularly in city centres, of development density and 'hard' infrastructure mean that progress can only be made through multi-agency initiatives – where the value is agreed and shared by different stakeholders in the city environment. This may require new approaches to building design, for example, and the attendant structure, services and maintenance. How do different types of green infrastructure perform? Should building integrated green infrastructure be encouraged through planning or subsidy or left to the whim of the individual developer/building owner? In this Conversation experts from planning, research, landscape and building design will explore the new frontiers of green infrastructure in the modern city.
Trevor Curson, Buro Happold Engineering (chairing)
Peter Massini, Principal Policy & Programme Officer – Green Infrastructure, Greater London Authority
Professor John Dover, Professor of Ecology, Staffordshire University
Jimmy Hung, Project Leader - Moganshan, Heatherwick Studio
James King, Principal Landscape Architect, Planit-IE
Reception at 6.00pm, Conversation begins at 6.30pm.