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3. Landscape-led infrastructure


This session includes two perspectives on landscape-led infrastructure:

  • Kate Ahearn –  Landscape led infrastructure: character, complexity and citizen participation with reference to HS2
  • Jo Phillips – Reaching for simplicity: Citizen Participation, Complexity Theory and the Transport Mega-project

Kate Ahearn, Jo Phillips

Kate Ahearn

Kate Ahern CMLI has 25 years’ experience in landscape planning and management, with specific reference to large scale infrastructure projects. Kate leads a contract providing case work advice to Natural England on the landscape effects of infrastructure projects (grid connections, energy infrastructure, roads and rail) within designated landscapes. She was responsible for overseeing the work on “A landscape-led approach to HS2 in Buckinghamshire and the Colne Valley” which is now being implemented. She has recently directed a research project to provide guidance on Green Bridges for linear infrastructure, which has been published as a Technical Report by the Landscape Institute and now she is on a Highways England Technical Working on Green Bridges.

Jo Phillips

Jo Phillips graduated from MMU’s Bachelor of Landscape programme in 2010, since when she has been teaching part time on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes at Manchester School of Architecture. A keen horticulturalist with a research interest in cycling infrastructure, she is due to complete her PhD about public engagement with HS2 in spring 2018.

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