Frictions ESALA Public Lecture Series: Ed Wall

  • 17:30 GMT

  • Edinburgh College of Art Main Building
    74 Lauriston Place
    EH3 9DF

Please note this event is hybrid - if you wish to view online, please select an "online viewing" ticket and you will receive zoom link before the event.


Following the course of a river from the hills to the sea, the drawings of Patrick Geddes' Valley Section reveal relations between land, settlement types, occupations associated with these places, and tools employed in their work. Although representing historic relations with the land - and narrow categories of work that deny some of the complexities of regional landscapes - the Valley Section has been appropriated by designers and urban planners as a device to consider future architectural forms and potential processes of urbanization. Critically unpacking the Valley Section and reconstituting it through contemporary concerns can provide a method of working with the relational constructedness of landscapes, from material forms to territorial dynamics. Exploring Geddes' model within the context of prevailing land-use and urbanization, future work practices, and advanced technologies can also reveal other potential landscape relations, relations between people and environments that can be employed to address urgent concerns for climate justice, land rights, and urban equity.


Ed Wall's research and design experimentation explores practices of public space and processes of landscapes through concerns for spatial justice. As Professor of Cities and Landscapes at the University of Greenwich, he is head of Landscape Architecture and Urbanism and co-directs the Advanced Urban research group. He is a Visiting Professor at Politecnico di Milano, and in 2017, was City of Vienna Visiting Professor: Urban culture, public space and the future–urban equity and the global agenda (SKuOR/TU Wien). In 2007 he founded Project Studio as a platform for collaboration between professional practice and academic research. Interdisciplinary projects range from regional plans to curated exhibitions, working with organisations including the Landscape Institute, Architecture Foundation, Arts Council, and Landscape Urbanism Biennale. Projects such as Lubricity, Park Works, Roaming Forest, and the Valley Project have been published in The Guardian, Architects’ Journal, Architectural Design (AD), Building Design, Abitare, and Arch Daily. They have also been exhibited at the Van Alen Institute, Royal Academy, Building Centre, Garden Museum, Des Moines Art Center, Landscape Urbanism Biennial, and the Stephen Lawrence Gallery. Ed is a Design Council Specialist Expert and a member of the European Prize for Public Space’s (CCCB) Board of Experts.