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Geography/Biology: Making Space For Nature & People In Our Cities With Andy Clayden From The University of Sheffield

15th June 2023 @ 16:15 - 17:15

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Sheffield City Council are digging up the streets to make more space for nature! 


In this interactive urban design workshop senior lecturer and Landscape Architect Andy Clayden will introduce new ways of reimagining our cities and outdoor spaces to meet the challenges of a changing climate.

In response to this challenge, the UK government has set ambitious targets to increase habitat diversity by 30% by 2030 and increase woodland planting by 90 million trees per year.  It is hoped this will partly address declining bird and insect populations, capture carbon and also increase public access to nature. Landscape architects can contribute to meeting these targets and at the same time tackle the challenge of increased urban flooding, air pollution and cities overheating.

This session will be in two parts. The first part will introduce new urban landscapes from the UK and Europe that encourage us to think differently about how our streets, urban squares and parks can be designed and managed in order to deliver much greater environmental and social benefits. It will also introduce some of the design tools that landscape architects use to develop these design solutions.

In the second part, there will be an opportunity to apply this knowledge and skills to re-designing urban spaces.  Participants will have an opportunity to work in groups and individually to share and discuss their ideas using an interactive online MIRO ‘board’.

This session should appeal to geography, biology, art and design students and all those who are interested in helping to make the transition towards more sustainable cities.


Lecturer Profile (Please Click): Andy Clayden


Our events are designed so that a group of students can take part from a classroom, or students and teachers can take part as individuals, either from school or from home. This means that sessions will continue irrespective of possible school closures.

As a live, participative event, this session will not be recorded but slides and relevant resources will be shared where available.


Suitable for: Year 11 & 12 students (and equivalent) studying geography, biology, art, design and related disciplines. Student groups as well as students and teachers joining individually are very welcome.

Preparation/Pre-Reading: Students may wish to consider the topic in advance and questions they have. Students can also think about questions about studying Landscape Architecture at university level.

The IT Setup: The event will be run on Bluejeans and participants will be able to join using laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. If you are joining as a school group, we recommend connecting with one device and projecting on to a whiteboard. You will be able to interact with the university via a microphone and/or typed comments and questions. Full details will be sent to those who have registered (see below) prior to the event.

Booking a Place: This is free for schools and colleges. If you would like to take part in this event, please register your interest using the link to the registration form below:


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15th June 2023
16:15 - 17:15
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