BRILLIANT CLOSURE OF THE EULAND21 PROJECT MERGING SUMMERSHOOL HAND-ON ACTIVITIES AND OPEN CONFERENCE REFLECTIONS

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BRILLIANT CLOSURE OF THE EULAND21 PROJECT MERGING SUMMERSHOOL HAND-ON ACTIVITIES AND OPEN CONFERENCE REFLECTIONS

A hectic week in Vilnius Gediminas Technical University Faculty of Architecture to reflect on the future confluence of professionals, students, politicians and stakeholders in Landscape Architecture.

The last week of August in summerly Lithuania was the meeting point for a series of events to facilitate learning, transference of knowledge from professional to academic and closure to the EULAND 21 project.

For a week international student from Poland, Hungary, Estonia and Lithuania, gathered to join efforts and generate ideas on five previously selected sites around Vilnius city. The “Landscape Architects International Summer School”, from August 27th to 31st, 2018 has finalized with the transference of the main ideas developed within each group to a large audience including politicians and stakeholder, in an experimental hand on methodology drafted in the project EU-Land21: “Trans-European Education for Landscape Architects” (Nr. 2016-1-LT01-KA203-0232019) funded under the Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership program.

The closure of the summer school and the announcement of the winner team of students participating in it was framed under a larger event on Friday evening. The open conference “LANDSCAPE CHALLENGES: BETWEEN THE GLOBAL AND THE LOCAL” meant to showcase a series of lectures steering the future of the professional practice of LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE in the country while opening perspectives to the international students in the summer school.

Therefore, after the official reception and Institutional welcome by the project leader and the local authorities, a presentation of the fine work done so far by the students in teams was the kick off the of the day, followed by the awards for the best proposals.

Immediately after a series of short interventions addressed different neighboring subjects. Landscape Architecture studies for the future of our landscapes was the title of the keynote by Gintaras Stauskis VGTU Architektūros fakultetas, followed by an inspirational overview of innovative training opportunities in Landscape Architecture signed by Jeroen de Vries from DSL in the Netherlands.

During the conference, it was also highlighted the importance of the main professional and academic associations in Europe dealing with Landscape Architecture. More specifically, Simon Bell, ECLAS President offered insights on International cooperation in Landscape Architecture studies while Fritz Auweck IFLA EU Past President approached a possible Common Training Framework for Landscape Architecture Practice.

These European wide visions contrasted with three interventions, specifically on topic regarding three suggestive titles: Landscape and Food by Ad Koolen, Trends of Cultural Landscape Protection in Poland from professor Jozef Hernik and the Blend of Landscape Architecture Practice by Teaching and Research Dalia Bardauskienė from Vilnius City Municipality.

The excellent conference was also the final meeting occasion for the The consortium partners of EULAND 21 gathering universities from Hungary, Poland, the Netherlands, Estonia and Lithuania, together with International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA-Europe).  This confluence helped to both disseminate and review the program itself with a final debate and interaction arisen by the reporting back of partners.

We thank all the visitors and locals assisting to the LANDSCAPE CHALLENGES conference, and most specially the consortium aims to thank the students involved in the Summer school for their contributions. We are grateful to partners, tutors and staff who have devoted time and efforts while involved in this final event for a successful ending and an example of learning and mobility in landscape architecture.

For more information on the project “Trans-European Education for Landscape Architects” (Nr. 2016-1-LT01-KA203-0232019) please contact the project coordinator in Lithuania @ Gintaras.staukis@vgtu.lt