Greenwhich, London, 6-9 September 2018

Final GA Information to delegates

Final GA Agenda London 6-9 September 2018


IFLA Europe Regional Conference is organised by the Romanian National Association ASOP and will take place on Thursday, 1 June 2017 at the National Museum of Contemporary Art (within the House of People / Parliament Building entrance Contemporary Art Museum, Palace of the Parliament wing E4,  2-4 Izvor Street, Bucharest.


The general theme tackles a recurrent problem of the contemporary landscape but also one that is political and very actual. On one hand the landscape doesn’t know any limits, borders, frontiers… It is a spatial and social reality that is fluid, overlapped and crossed. On another hand the accessibility, the spatial mobility, migration of people animals and plants are central topics of contemporary design. The theme raises the problem of the limit or the non-limit in landscape.

Conference is open for the general public, no registration needed.


The Conference will take place on Thursday, 1 June 2017 from 09:30-17:30

Treasure Hunt activity will take place on Friday, 2 June 2017 from 13.00-18.00

Pecha Kucha presentations will take place on Friday, 2 June 2017 from 18.00-20.00

General Assembly will take place on Saturday and Sunday, 3-4 June 2017

Final GA Agenda Bucharest 1-4 June 2017

Conference Venue – National Museum of Contemporary Art (within the House of People/Parliament Building)

Pecha Kucha Venue -  National Museum of Contemporary Art (within the House of People / Parliament Building, Izvor 2-4, Palatul Parlamentului, aripa E4, Bucharest (Website: www.mnac.ro)

General Assembly venue – will take place at the  Impact Hub Bucharest 5 Halelor, 2nd floor (Unirii Square), Bucharest (http://www.impacthub.ro/)


IMPORTANT!!! Please note that the entrance forNational Museum of Contemporary Art (the venue for the Pecha Kucha event) is placed on the western side of the Parliament Building – as you can see in the following map. Please be advised that the Parliament Building courtyard is enclosed by a guarded fence and the only access opened for the public is the one placed in the middle of the southern side of the fence – as shown below.


IFLA Europe General Assembly designated hotels: Europa Royale and K+K Elisabeta Hotels.

EUROPA ROYALE Bucharest is situated at Franceza St 60, 030106, Bucharest Sector 3, Romania http://europa-royale.bucharest-hotel.com/en/

How to reach hotel – by public transport

BUS Line 783 from the Airport Otopeni Henri Coanda to the city, operates every 15-30 minutes during the day and every 40 minutes at night. The bus stop is situated in front of Arrivals Entrance: from International Arrivals, take the stairs, follow the signs to get to Arrivals and then exit or follow the yellow Bus signs. There is a kiosk/ machine where you can buy tickets, please note that the driver doesn’t sell tickets.  Go to bus stop Aeroportul Henri Coanda Plecari and take a bus n° 783, direction Piata Unirii (16 stops). After approx. 50 mins you will arrive at Piata Unirli 1. Walk 600m to Strada Caldarari and you will reach the hotel.

K+K Hotel Elisabeta is situated at Strada Slanic 26, 030242 Bucharest
Phone: +40-21-3029 280
E-mail: hotel.elisabeta@kkhotels.co.ro  www.kkhotels.com/elisabeta

How to reach by public transport - from Otopeni Henri Coanda Airport use the same bus N° 783 from the airport bus stop Aeroportul Henri Coanda Plecari (15 stops). Get off at the 9. Parcare Fantana bus stop, walk for 300m and you will reach the hotel.

IFLA Europe Dinner, Saturday 3 June 2017 will take place at Hanul lui Manuc, the oldest Inn in Bucharest http://www.hanumanuc.ro/ro/hanu-lui-manuc-renovat)  It is located at 50 m from hotel Europa Royale at Strada Franceză 62-64, București 030106. To reach it from K+K hotel:

IFLA Europe Executive Secretary:      Daniela Micanovic; Tel:+32 492 319 451; Email: secretariat@iflaeurope.eu

ASOP/IFLA EU Delegate :                   Ioana Tudora, Tel: +40 766 380 580

ASOP President                                  Diana Culescu, Tel:  +40 724 08 35 09

Treasure Hunt

The treasure hunt “event” – organised Friday 2nd of June between 13.00 and 18.00 – is just an alternative funny way to make some small different walkabouts in the city following a series of themes: City history, The communist Bucharest, the bourgeois city, Urban ecosystems in central area, Calea Victoriei, Historical gardens.

The tours will be organised and guided by ASOP volunteers who are also in charge of organising city discoveries. They will ensure that you are on time for Pecha kucha and that nobody gets lost in big Bucharest.  You are kindly asked to inform ASOP/IFLA Europe Secretariat whether you are willing to participate and mark which theme/groups you would like to visit.

Bucharest is a city often described as an “in-between orient and occident”. And so it might be considered, as it is a European city with an un-usual structure for both space and building traditions. The Bucharest landscape is dominated by collage, by strange juxtapositions of striking modernity, bucolic tradition (king of rural bourgeois space), concrete totalitarian cuts, sub-urban half improvised neighbourhoods and Parisian ersatz. Its tissue is an amazing outcome of a, already traditional, “cut-and-run” urban politic. It is a hard-to-see city, hidden for the inpatient tourist’s eye and who needs tender and long strolling to reveal its soul.

Its huge patched body it’s scattered by green spots. Some of them are parks “à la française”, some of them are “communist-modern” parks, lot of derelict areas full of mystery and, most of them, cosy private gardens filtered by more or less indiscreet fences. This green structure is also a result of mixing logics. While the old core of the city full of little courts and gardens came from the historical development of a rather oriental city, the main parks are a result of 19’s Century French model both from spatial logic and design point of view. The flatness of his site is crossed by two watercourses. The first is the very central Dambovita, which became, in her long history, from a wild branched and full of vitality river, a sordid canal in concrete with dirty brown water. In the North side Colentina had a different destiny as her muddy water was transformed in the ‘30s in a lakes chain which structure a green urban flow.

Today, this rich urban landscape seems to be threatened by a blind passion for commercial architecture that slowly covers what rests for the old beautiful Bucharest. Urban politics seems to ignore (except theories and discourses) all idea of landscape, patrimony or beauty. The logic at work is one of (too) late modernism, recalling all huge western mistakes of the ‘50s or ‘60s. Narrow functionalism is still on and green space is considered as space and money-consumptive urban function and non-profitable in a city that seeks to show its “western nerve”. But people begin to regain the public space, to use and transform it. The Bucharest chance seems to be more in the vital vernacularism than in the rigid old-fashion planning, at least for the moment …



Brussels, Belgium, 14-16 October 2016

2016 IFLA Europe General Assembly will take place at the Conference room of Novotel Centre Tour Noir hotel (Rue de la Vierge Noire 3).


2016 IFLA EUROPE General Assembly will take place 14-16 October 2016 in Brussels, Belgium. Please note that due to circumstances, there will be no Conference this year. We will have visit to the gardens and parks in Brussels on Friday, 14 October in the afternoon. You are kindly requested to confirm whether you will be participating so that we can provide the necessary transport.

The General Assembly will take place at the Conference room of Novotel Centre Tour Noire hotel (designated IFLA Europe hotel). The best way to get from the airport to the hotel is by train. The airport train station is located below the terminal (basement level-1). Please visit https://www.belgianrail.be/fr/ to check the train schedule. After the 22/03 attacks additional security measures may apply so please visit http://www.brusselsairport.be/en/ .

At the airport, take a direct train direction Brussels Central station. At Brussels Central, you can take metro 1 (purple line) or 5 (orange line) every 5 mins. Get off at metro station De Brouckere. The hotel is 200m away (see map attached).

If you are arriving from the Gare du Midi, take a tram number 3 (direction Esplanade) or number 4 (direction Gare du Nord) in the underground of the Gare du midi, get off at the station De Brouckère (four stops). The hotel is at 200 m (map attached). If you are arriving by car, there is parking “Parking 58” just outside the hotel.

The official IFLA Europe General Assembly hotel is Novotel Brussels Centre Tour Noire

Rue de la Vierge Noire 32
Tel (+32)2/6200428
Email H2122@accor.com


Single room 86,50€ single occupancy (breakfast and city tax included)

Double room 101,50€ double occupancy (breakfast and city tax included)

The hotel disposes of fitness centre, jet-stream swimming pool, hammam, infrared showers and relax area free of charge from 07.00-22.00hrs. Wifi is available throughout hotel.


We planned a visit to the Museum Garden in Gaasbeek on Friday 14 October 2016 from 14.00 – 18.00 hrs.

The Gaasbeek Museum Garden covers almost 2,5 hectares now and includes 6 major divisions. It harbours a fine selection of hard and small fruit, vegetables, ornamental perennials and conservatory plants and climbing roses dating from around 1900. During your visit you will enjoy and learn more about the Flemish art of gardening from 1860 till 1940 by trying to preserve and pass on the traditional horticultural skills from the past. For more information please visit https://www.natuurenbos.be/museumtuingaasbeek/


Grande Place

Saint Catherine Church –place du Béguinage – Hospice Pacheco

Palais des beaux-arts

Palais de Bruxelles, Place Royale Parc Royal and Mont des Arts

Petit Sablon (park) and quartier du Sablon (antiquaires)

Jardin Botanique

IFLA Europe Executive Secretary: Daniela Micanovic; Tel:+32 492 319 451; Email: secretariat@iflaeurope.eu

IFLA Europe Sponsor:


Hunter Industries



Lisbon, Portugal, 16-18 October 2015


Associaçao Portuguesa
Dos Arquitectos Paisagistas

IFLA Europe Regional Meeting: Conference and General Assembly 16-18 October 2015 in Lisbon, Portugal

LANDSCAPE ARCHETYPES, Lessons for the Future

Landscapes are social and cultural interpretations of nature. The combined works of both man and the natural environment, represent the living archive of humankind’s technological and social development in its strive to adapt itself to natural circumstances.

Traditional landscapes are the result of millenary mechanisms, of intangible and physical processes, repositories of ancestral knowledge which made the best use of natural dynamics balancing them with the specific requirements of human societies.

However, throughout history, natural landscapes have been subject to changes produced by anthropogenic activity, and many of them have become clearly vulnerable once the balance between human communities and natural systems was interrupted.

This seminar will focus on landscapes constructed with great wisdom over several generations. These archetypal landscapes highlight a very special culture, revealing sound knowledge about making the best use of the natural elements and territory integration, promoting human presence, great attractiveness and aesthetic value.

These landscapes -which exist in all European countries- combine useful production for communities with water cycle regulation; soil, biodiversity and gene pool conservation and improvement; important multifunctionality; harmony and complementarity with surrounding landscapes; remarkable constructions and infrastructures (walls, fences, slopes, paths, channels, ponds, drinking troughs, stables, shelters, among others). More than reflect on the past, the challenge of this seminar is to interpret these landscapes as lessons for the future of the landscape in Europe, ensuring innovation, sustainability and quality of life.

The moment we are living requires of attitudes capable of generating sustainable answers to the changes underway. This seminar and the subsequent presentations by all the National Associations that compose IFLA EUROPE, will show us a diversity of approaches that will contribute to redefine our workmanship, expertise and professional practice. Sensitive to changes, holistic in their answers, integral as regards the complexity of their solutions, all of the conferences and presentations will establish a rich landscape mosaic of strategic answers.

Contemporary landscapes with emergent problems resulting from industrial and post-industrial development invite us to link individual experience to humankind’s future, so that projects presented will encompass articulations ranging from global evolution to interventions at the closest local level. They will bring our attention both to traditional landscapes that present an exceptional ecological performance and to the many and varied projects already under way based on ancestral knowledge. They will bring on solutions that have always been successful in their ecological and cultural context or are being currently experimented in the practice of landscape planning: learning from our landscape archetypes is also a way of planning the future to come.

Detailed programme available on APAP Conference Programme

For more information please visit


To register for the Conference please visit:


Registration form


IFLA Europe Sponsor:


Hunter Industries