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4. Opening & Keynote Speech


‘Seeing the world through the lens of food’ – and tackling the urban paradox, the relationship of city and country – how it evolved, how industrialisation
severed it, and how it might be put it back together again.

Jane Findlay PLI & Paul Lincoln & Carolyn Steel

Jane Findlay PLI, President of the Landscape Institute

Jane Findlay is a landscape architect, the founding director of Fira and President of the Landscape Institute. An experienced master planner and designer of large and complex projects, Jane has particular expertise in the design of healing landscapes for healthcare and has delivered some of the
largest and most complex healthcare projects in the UK. Jane is a pioneering exponent of ‘place-making’ and the importance of health and wellbeing in the way that people experience buildings and the spaces we create within, around, and connecting places.


Paul Lincoln, Landscape Institute

Paul Lincoln is responsible for programming this event. He is Executive Director, Creative Projects and Publishing at the Landscape Institute and Commissioning Editor for Landscape, the LI’s quarterly journal. Paul managed the LI’s 90th Birthday Festival in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and at Chelsea Flower Show. He has curated three exhibitions with the Building Centre, including Beyond the Green Belt and Rethinking the Urban Landscape. He also led the Capability Brown 300th Anniversary Festival project on behalf of the LI.


Carolyn Steel, Architect and Writer

Carolyn Steel is a leading thinker on food and cities. Carolyn’s 2008 book Hungry City: How Food Shapes Our Lives is an international best-seller and her concept of ‘sitopia’ (foodplace) has gained broad recognition across academia, industry and the arts. A director of Kilburn Nightingale Architects in London, Carolyn studied at Cambridge University and has been a visiting lecturer at Cambridge, London Metropolitan and Wageningen Universities and at the London School of Economics. Carolyn’s second book Sitopia: How Food Can Save the World, was published in March 2020.


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