Join a stellar line-up of architects, artists, foragers, makers, historians, and activists to discuss the cultural and environmental role of the tree in the city.
Presenting a series of mini lectures addressing topics ranging from colonial ties to local making, from adventure play to productive decay.
Tree Talks has been conceived by Judith Lösing, director at East and the recipient of the first Architecture Foundation Research Fellowship. The event will act as the starting point for the London Arboretum, a new programme of residencies, talks and publications around trees in the capital.
The Architecture Foundation, in association with the Barbican, presents Architecture on Stage – a programme of talks by the world's leading architects.
Image: Abel Rodríguez. Courtesy of Instituto de Visión.
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The Architecture Foundation is developing a new programme of residencies, exhibitions, talks, debates, and publications around the spatial and cultural role of trees in London. Titled 'London Arboretum, the programme has been conceived by the acclaimed architect and director at East Judith Lösing, the recipient of the first Architecture Foundation research fellowship.
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 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.
The Barbican Hall is located within the main Barbican building. Head to Level G and follow the signs to find your seating level.
Silk Street, London
The Barbican is widely accessible by bus, tube, train and by foot or bicycle. Plan your journey and find more route information in ‘Your Visit’ or book your car parking space in advance.
Spaces for wheelchair users in row U at the rear of the stalls (up to sixteen, depth of row 180cm) and the back row of the circle (four), both with fold-down companion seats. Some seats in row S of the stalls for people with very limited mobility.
Assistance dogs may be taken into the concert hall where there are a limited number of suitable seats in row G of the stalls. If you prefer, you may leave your dog with a member of the cloakroom staff during the performance.
There is an induction loop in the concert hall. You can use this by adjusting your hearing aid to the ‘T’ setting.