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Young Urbanists Water Series #1 – Building-Water Resilient Cities

May 7, 2019 @ 18:00 - 20:30 BST

Join us for our first event of the Young Urbanist series exploring the relationship between water and urbanism, for an evening of discussion and workshop on building water-resilient cities. We are delighted to welcome a range of speakers sharing expertise of working sustainably with water in urban contexts around the world.

Where: Cowcross Gallery, 75 Cowcross St, Clerkenwell, London EC1M 6EL

When: 18:00 pm – 20:30 pm

Speakers and workshop facilitators:

Rhys Jones is a landscape architect based at LUC. He believes that his profession isn’t doing enough to help the world’s vulnerable, seeing a potential in its environmental-safeguarding approach to address some of the world’s major issues. He has been researching the feasibility of this and has set up a humanitarian landscape architecture working group, which will look into how the presence of landscape architecture can be increased in the humanitarian & development sectors.

Eleanor Earl is a civil engineer at ARUP, who has worked on many international projects within humanitarian contexts, with a particular interest in Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS).

Sue Illman is managing director at Illman Young and a practising Landscape Architect, with a specialism in historic landscape conservation, hard landscape construction and planting design. As an advocate of SuDS, Illman also speaks about the wider subject of sustainability, of which water is a key part. She has played a key role in shaping Arup’s Surface Water Management in Humanitarian Contexts guide, ensuring that it reflects as holistic an approach as possible from both a practical and a landscape/SuDS perspective.

Mairi Dean is a civil engineer who joined the BuroHappold Water Group in 2017. Her interest in water engineering is driven largely by the role that water has to play in the spread of poverty and disease, insecurity and social immobility; particularly for women and girls. Mairi has previously completed a research work in Santiago de Chile, where she looked into sustainable means of saving water in the Chilean mining industry.


Alice Bond is a structural engineer whose portfolio includes remote buildings in the Falkland Islands; rebuilding coastal communities  in the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda; designing alterations to existing listed structures and research projects including co-housing in China and Shelter in the Greek refugee camp context. She has hosted a Shelter Innovations workshop in collaboration with Save the Children and she sits on the Ramboll charity panel.


Drinks and nibbles will be provided.



May 7, 2019
18:00 - 20:30 BST
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