Writer Ken Worpole looks at Ben Rivers' work and his curated exhibition Edgelands as a starting place to consider experiments in living, life and new kinds of hope on the margins.
In collaboration with photographer Jason Orton, Worpole has published two books on the aesthetics of the contemporary post-industrial landscape: 350 Miles (2005) and The New English Landscape (2014). In this talk, Worpole addresses the ways in which writers and photographers can work together in
providing a more reflective, counter-intuitive approach to problematic topographies and social histories.
Ken Worpole is the author of many books on architecture, landscape and public policy.
His principal interests concern the planning and design of new landscapes and public institutions, whether parks, playgrounds, libraries, townscape or urban green networks.
Ken is Emeritus Professor, Cities Institute London Metropolitan University, and has served on the Uk government’s Urban Green Spaces Task Force, on the Expert Panel of the Heritage Lottery Fund, and as an adviser to the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment.