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Walking the City: London Ecologies

Join architecture collective Something & Son and invited guest speakers for a series of walks that explore how our every-day actions can benefit nature, rather than destroy it.

What to expect

How can our everyday actions in the city benefit nature, rather than destroy it?

Join art and architecture collective Something & Son for a series of walks around Kensington and Chelsea that explore how we can create a more sustainable relationship to nature in the city. Bringing together scientists, local historians, activists, ecologists and community groups, this series explores how the existing infrastructure of the city, from streets to communications networks, might be re-imagined creating a more equal relationship with nature in London.

Over the course of five walks covering areas ranging from Holland Park to Brompton Cemetery, participants will produce a new map that charts the histories and possible futures for a re-wilded London. Beginning with an overview of the natural history of the city, over the course of this series you will learn how it currently effects natural eco-systems of plants, bacteria, atmospheres and non-human animals. In the second part of the series, participants will visit local community initiatives and explore how we might build a better relationship with nature for the future.

Walking the City is an annual programme exploring how the act of walking can create new ways of understanding, celebrating and re-imagining the city. This year’s programme is developed in collaboration with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

Booking information

DATES:
Thursday 25 July, 19.00–20.30
Saturday 17 August, 14.00–15.30
Thursday 22 August, 19.00–20.30
Saturday 7 September, 14.00–15.30
Sunday 15 September, 14.00–15.30

TICKETS:
Adult: £7
Student/Concession: £5
Members: £5

speakers

Something & Son (Andy Merritt & Paul Smyth)

explores social and environmental issues via everyday scenarios crossing the boundaries between the visual arts, architecture and activism. Projects have been selected for the New York Times Design Honor List, London Olympics Gifts of the Games and The Observer’s New Radicals.

Tom Mansfield

Tom Mansfield has a creative practice in performance poetry and pursues broad academic interests as an autodidact. Working across multiple sectors from technology and the built environment to the arts his current focus is on ‘ecological thinking’ as it relates to design and language.

Series Partner

Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is a residential and internationally recognised destination, hosting world renowned arts and cultural facilities, events and institutions. Home to some of London’s most visited parks and outdoor spaces, it encourages more trips by walking, cycling and public transport.