The Barbican presents: Tree Talks - Architecture on stage
From Wednesday 25th January 2023 The Barbican is hosting Tree Talks, a truly magnificent trope of activists, architects, artists, foragers, makers and historians to talk about the cultural and environmental role of the tree in the city. There will be a series of mini lectures that address topics that range from colonial ties to local making, from adventure play to productive decay and everything in between.
The concept comes from the brilliant mind of one Judith Lösing, director at East and the recipient of the first Architecture Foundation Research Fellowship. The Tree Talks event at Barbican Centre itself is set to act as the beginning point for the London Arboretum, introducing a new programme of publications, residencies and talks around the subject of trees in the capital.
London Arboretum: Area of Outstanding Unnatural Beauty
The Architecture Foundation, in association with the Barbican, presents Architecture on Stage – a programme of talks by the world's leading architects.
In the context of the capital's financial and environmental breakdown, urban landscape is often assigned the role of a silver bullet - a means of rescuing spatial and programmatic arrangements that are predetermined and often problematic. Green spaces are commonly too fragmented and contingent to provide the public foreground that London needs. Trees may be valued for the ecosystem services that they provide, but are understood less for their cultural, social and spatial benefits.
'London Arboretum will look beyond the role that trees can play in mitigating the negative effects of our urban environment and consider how they can give shape and identity to London.
The Tree Talks programme comprises three strands: Two days of talks and debates in the Barbican Centre, the first in January 2023; a series of residencies, workshops, and exhibitions in the autumn of 2023; and a publication in early spring 2024.
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