The regeneration of Mile End Park started in 1995. http://www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/lgsl/451500/461_parks/mile_end_park/history_and_background.aspx. Part of the brief was that it should be built in consultation with the local community and that it should be sustainable. Mike Rowan, Head of Parks in Tower Hamlets until earlier this year, talked us through the process. Today, the park caters for the needs of a very diverse group of visitors and in an inspirational way. It left many of us pondering the lack of similar opportunities for young people in rural areas.
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Olympic Park landscape architects Andrew Harland and David Thompson talked us through the next stage of the project: transforming it into the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The vast areas of concrete that were needed to cope with the many thousands of Olympic visitors can now be reduced and replaced with something more inviting. http://www.willerby-landscapes.co.uk/were-back...at-south-park.html
In Canary Wharf, building up towards the sky and putting car parks and shopping malls underground leaves plenty of space for green squares at ground level. It was a curious sensation to stand in the peaceful, undulating landscape of Jubilee Park, designed by Jacques and Peter Wirtz, and watch the madness of retail therapy taking place in the shopping mall below.
What else are we celebrating? The launch of the Capability Brown website. Have a look and see which organisations are partnering us in the preparations for the Brown Tercentenary. 2016 will be such a great opportunity to get people engaged with designed landscapes. It's a chance to open people's eyes, not only to Brownian landscapes, but also to the diverse range of designed landscapes that exist on their doorsteps. http://www.capabilitybrown.org