Soil – Designing with waste Material: making it work aesthetically as well as for wildlife, Thursday 9th November



A new approach ​to ​brownfield sites that considers the potential of what lies beneath the surface.


John Little from Grass Roof Company and Green Roof Shelters, will share his vision and design approach to deal with ​brownfield soils in a creative and sustainable way.


“Unfortunately to government brownfield means ‘build on’ – Its the places we feel relaxed about destroying, yet they are potentially the most exciting habitats for wildlife we have. Natural England recently described one such site near us in Essex as the ‘rainforest of the UK’ its our waste and disturbance that makes these places unique and precious. We can and must recreate open mosaic habitats (aka brownfield) in a way that people want to see. We need to get creative with our construction waste and design it back into public space” – John Little


This talk by the C​o-author of Small Green Roofs: Low tech options for Greener Living, will explore the​ idea of ephemeral uses and non-disturbance of the existing conditions ​as a potential to enhance a site, perhaps there is more added value that we can perceive at a first glance.


Date: Thursday 9th November

Time: 6:30 for 7:00pm start (event ends 8:45pm)

Venue: Marshalls Design Space, 40 Compton Street, Unit 4 Compton Courtyard, London EC1V 0BD (Look for the large wooden door on Compton Street).


Light refreshments will be provided on arrival courtesy of Marshall’s.


Tickets Prices:


Student/Licentiate/Unwaged – £8

Non LI member – £12


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