Talking on Water - Hampstead Heath: preventing flooding in London
Thursday, 5 June 2014 from 18:00 to 20:00 (BST)
An unprecedented opportunity to find out about the history, management and future of the Heath. This walk will explore the history of the site as well as the role of the ponds in providing water for London and the way in which they were created. It will look at the current plan for flood risk avoidance and the choices to be made in making the Heath safe for the next fifty years. The walk will be led by Peter Wilder, Director of Wilder Associates. A representative from the City of London will be present to answer questions on the management of the Heath.
The meeting point for this walk is the Parliament Hill Staff Yard.
This event is part of a series, Talking on Water, organised by the Landscape Institute in association with The Building Centre, on the theme of water. The series will examine the use of Water Sensitive Urban Design in London as a solution to flooding, including walks around historical and new landscapes to learn about the management of water in the city.
Other events in this series are ‘Water sensitive Urban Design: why London needs to change the way it designs with water’, ‘A walk in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park - function and beauty in landscape' and ‘Water, Meat, Drink, and the Lie of the Land – a walk from Liverpool Street to Islington'.
Peter Wilder studied Landscape Architecture at the University of Greenwich before moving to Berlin to work on schemes such as Pottsdamer Platz, Wasserstadt Spandau, Spreebogen, Marzahn and Hellersdorf districts.
He worked for a number of London practices before setting up practice with Glen Macfarlane in 2003 where he specialised in sustainably led design and went on to establish Wilder Associates in 2012.
Peter is a visiting lecturer at the University of Greenwich and speaks and writes regularly on the subject of land and water. He is a BRE Associate, a member of the UK Green Building Council Rapid Response Committee and a panellist on the Landscape Institute Water Group.
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Landscape Institute in association with The Building Centre
The Landscape Institute is the Royal Chartered institute for landscape architects.
As a professional body and educational charity, we work to protect, conserve and enhance the natural and built environment for the public benefit.
We champion landscape and the landscape profession, through advocacy and support to our members, in order to inspire great places where people want to live, work and visit.
We work with government to improve the planning, design and management of urban and rural landscape.
The Building Centre, in Central London, was established in 1931. It has, since then, developed to become an independent forum dedicated to providing information and inspiration to all sectors of the built environment. The Centre is open to all involved in architecture and construction; it is a place where you can learn and develop knowledge and join the ongoing debate about the built environment.
The Building Centre operates as the commercial arm of The Building Centre Trust which is an educational charity, focusing on the built environment.