The landscape is a continuity.
Landscape, understood as a system, is based on strength, diversity and continuous regeneration of the coherence. One of the tasks of landscape architecture is to restore continuity in the landscape.
The exhibition deals with all kinds of interventions to overcome barriers and restore continuity. It concerns both rediscovering of green connections, restoration of water structures as well as of pedestrian and cycling routes. Interventions in the form of landscape architecture take on a beautiful architectural and landscape form, whose beauty grows out of functional and ecological wisdom.
The object of landscape architecture thus becomes a part of the whole, assuming a certain form and an important multifaceted role in planning and design. Its object is not only the blue and green infrastructure, but the broadly understood landscape as a whole.
All IFLA Europe National associations were invited to participate in the exhibition with three best representative projects for this kind of landscape architecture and one of them was indicated for publication in a virtual catalogue and exhibition. These projects were designed as public spaces (or open for the public) and associated with water, vegetation as well as the broadly understood landscape.
Projects needed to have been implemented in the past 5 years (2013-2017).
I am pleased to be able to write the foreword of this publication to the first IFLA Europe exhibition which is to celebrate the breadth of landscape architectural projects throughout Europe. We requested that each National Association of IFLA Europe provide three exemplar projects which demonstrate the most laudable projects within their jurisdiction. We are quite sure that not only are there more than three such fine examples in each jurisdiction but that it was also very difficult to choose from the many possible projects.
This is our first year doing this exhibition or exposition and we thought it would have been fine to receive entries from all our members (34) we received 24 numbers of entries and these are displayed in this publication. It is our hope that in future we will receive entries from all our members. For now, enjoy this first publication as I know I will and will cherish them in coming years.
I would like to especially thank the creators and those who realised these projects including all who worked on them both creatively and physically, the designers and those working in the construction, the contractors and their staff without whom we could not produce such works…
The vision of this exhibition is due to Urszula Forczek-Brataniec, our Secretary General who championed this idea and the efforts of the organising committee and the staff and students of Cracow University of Technology and The Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow without whose work this would not have been possible.
Tony Williams, IFLA Europe President
Landscape as such is of many definitions. Yet, in all of them it is an element of a greater whole. It is its continuity that forms the operational basis of the widely understood landscape. This continuity facilitates transmission, continuation and exchange which then, in turn, become the basis of its existence and the ability to regain its strength. One of the tasks for contemporary landscape architecture is eliminating barriers that have accumulated alongside the development of civilization. The IFLA Europe exhibition has managed to put together all types of interventions that overcame the barriers. It demonstrates reconstruction of water structures, restoration of green connections, and streamlining pedestrian and cycling routes. These interventions take on an attractive architectural and landscape form whose beauty stems from its functional and ecological wisdom.
The exhibition presents 61 projects from 24 countries in the form of a catalogue, a multimedia presentation and 24 exhibition panels. It is reduced to a compact form which we place in the hands of national associations whilst expressing hope for repeated celebration of the exhibition opening in particular countries. We believe it might be a pretext for encounters, discussions and talks on the issue of contemporary landscape architecture as it aims at broad promotion of this profession as well as the mission of shaping the space while bearing in mind its complexity.
My warmest thanks go to all participants, domestic associations, the working group, the organizational team and all individuals who devoted their time to the preparations. This material is the result of cooperation of a great number of individuals and teams and this exhibition would not have seen the daylight had it not been for their shared commitment.
Urszula Forczek-Brataniec, IFLA Europe Secretary General
Many national associations of IFLA Europe organize annual contests for landscape architecture projects in their respective country. IFLA Europe wants to take this rich harvest to a European level; to fill the entire map of Europe with excellent projects. The purpose of the exhibition is to provide a comprehensive overview of landscape architecture across Europe for both a professional audience and the public. We expect this will benefit the (understanding of the) work of landscape architects at both an international and at a local level.
In June 2017 we established a working group within IFLA Europe and discussed the first outlines of the exhibition. In autumn 2017 we prepared of a brief of the exhibition format, technical requirements and guidelines for graphic materials. The first call to National Associations went out in November 2017. We invited all IFLA Europe member associations to participate in the exhibition. Each country was requested to select three representative projects (of the past five years) and indicate one of them for publication in the poster exhibition. The work really gained momentum after we opened an online Dropbox to collect the materials. Many associations uploaded their projects and the quality of the material and copyrights were verified. The summer months were dedicated to the editing and the layout of the poster and the catalogue.
We are very pleased to present the result of one year of work. In total 24 countries send in their projects. One project from each country is presented in the printed poster exhibition. All these projects are included in the catalogue and online slideshow. We hope this exhibition will become a source of information and inspiration.
on behalf the IFLA Europe exhibition 2018 Working Group
Gertjan Jobse (NVTL, The Netherlands)