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Day 3. 5 Planning for Resilience: South Essex Estuary Park


We are faced with unprecedented challenges, including climate change and flooding, biodiversity loss, threats to health and well-being, and lack of access to open space. Creative use of green and blue infrastructure is one of the most promising actions for adaptation to rapidly changing circumstances. This needs to be recognised in the planning process at a strategic level. This presentation looks at how South Essex local authorities have come together, understanding a cross-boundary approach is required to address these significant challenges. It outlines ‘key moves’ developed within the GBI Study and presents a new model for integrated planning and development.

Alexandra Steed, Alexandra Steed URBAN; Chair: Dr Anastasia Nikologianni, IFLA

Alexandra Steed, Alexandra Steed URBAN

In 2013, Alexandra founded URBAN, a practice with a vision to bring joy to people’s everyday experience. She is passionate about art, landscape and sustainability, and has spent her career transforming external spaces that elevate our experience of the natural world. Alexandra is a chartered landscape architect in the UK but began her career in Canada. Her projects can be found around the globe, and are of all scales, from regional strategies to roof gardens.

Dr Anastasia Nikologianni, IFLA

Dr. Anastasia Nikologianni is qualified as a Landscape Architect MA and Agriculturist/Horticulturist MSc., and holds an EIT Climate-KIC labelled PhD in Landscape Architecture from Birmingham City University with regards to the role of low carbon, spatial quality and the contribution design can make to the development of regional landscape-based spatial strategies. Anastasia is a research fellow and consultant in Birmingham City University and joins the CATiD BCU team, an international, multidisciplinary research, design and consultancy hub.

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