Tree Urbanistas: the urban forest at the heart of 22ndC living
Led by Jane Hull
A roundtable discussion exploring radical design for urban spaces
An invitation to debate the proposition that, by 2118, it is only through trees that urban areas function and support city populations.
Climate change has kicked in with a vengeance, causing significant migrations from non-productive rural land to urban areas. Cities, previously consuming goods and services from a large hinterland, have had to become internally productive. Trees are the centre of that: contributing to the city energy balance through cooling and woodfuel, regulating and cleaning our air and water flows, ensuring that our previously neglected urban soils function healthily. Trees have become the symbol of hope and life, as gathering spaces for community health and wellbeing, and cultural discussion. This has re-invigorated interest in who governs trees in urban areas, with a creative forums at all scales, citywide to local streets and neighbourhoods. These mirror in our cultural and productive life the distributive patterns set out by individual tree branches and the interconnected networks of roots and fungal hyphae.
Thursday June 20, 12.15 – 13.15 Studio 6