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Seeing The Bigger Picture, One day International Symposium, Birmingham

7th April 2009, central Birmingham

Speakers include: Klaus Bondam, Robert Camlin, Maguelonne Dejeant-Pons, Adriaan Geuze, Kevin Logan, Frits Palmbloom and Oliver Schulze.

Seeing The Bigger Picture is a symposium presenting recent ground- breaking approaches in European spatial planning. The day provides an exceptional opportunity for decision makers and practitioners to discuss the quality of life benefits of adopting a holistic and conceptual approach to landscape infrastructure in masterplanning and regeneration. 

Seeing the Bigger Picture is curated by Professors Kathryn Moore and Tom Jefferies and is organised jointly by Birmingham City University School of Architecture and MADE, the regional Architecture Centre in the West Midlands, within MADE’s Design Enabling Programme with financial support from Birmingham City Council via the Big City Plan.The symposium is designed for senior decision makers and practitioners from local and regional government working in the fields of planning, urban design, landscape architecture, community development, culture, regeneration and economic development.

In response to the urgent need to develop new approaches to spatial planning, the renewal of transport systems and climate adaptation, experts from the Denmark, France, The Netherlands and the UK will focus on the strategic potential of the Landscape including transport, agriculture, the public realm and topography, to shape the identity of cities and regions. They will consider the  landscape not as the bits left in between the buildings, developments, highways and town centres but as the context upon and within  which these dynamic processes take place. The landscape, in its broadest sense, is taken to be the base layer against which decisions about all future development need to be made.  Demonstrating the importance of working with and expressing ideas at a strategic, policy and detailed level in order to achieve quality in the transformation of the city fabric, speakers will connect aesthetics, tectonics and culture to the social and physical context of our lives.

Klaus Bondam - Mayor, The City of Copenhagen, Technical and Environmental Administration.
Robert Camlin - Partner, Camlin Lonsdale Landscape Architects, llangadfan, Wales and Marsden West Yorkshire
Maguelonne Dejeant-Pons - Head of the Cultural Heritage, Landscape and Spatial Planning Division, Council of Europe, Strasbourg.
Adriaan Geuze - Founder and Principal-in-Charge, West 8 Urban Design and Landscape Architecture, Rotterdam.
Kevin Logan - Associate,  Maccreanor Lavington, Rotterdam and London.
Frits Palmbloom - Director Palmboom & van den Bout Urban Design, Rotterdam.
Oliver Schulze - Architect, Director Gehl Architects, Urban Quality Consultants, Copenhagen.

Price: 120+VAT 

For more information and to book visit www.seeingthebiggerpicture.info or call 0121 633 9333