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2021 IFLA Europe General Assembly and I International Landscape Congress in Spain “Landscape Here and Now”, 20-24 October 2021!

    THE LANDSCAPE IS NOW

    We live uncertain times. 2020 will make history as the year where we experience and suffer, all around the world, the costs of climate change and biodiversity lost, and the relationships between urban planning and humans health. During some months, we put our lives in the center and we join strengths to get ahead. We also finally understand the urgency to change the way we interact with the environment. We verified, on the ground, that science was not wrong.

    We can see the consequences of the alteration of the air quality, the water cycle and the environments. Everything is connected: the health and the extinct animal species, the hunger in the world and the soil depletion, the migrations and the water war. Meanwhile a part of the world wastes resources, the other part doesn’t have the minimum to live..

    The climate emergency forces developed countries to act: for social justice, for environmental ethics, for survival… We must proceed now and do it two directions. On one side, drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions, on the other to regenerate forest, soils, seas and biodiversity. Taking care of other species is also taking care of ours there is no trace of doubt, and no time to lose.

    Urban, agrarian and rural, coastal and natural landscapes require, today more than ever, adequate protection, planning and management, as stated in the European Landscape Convention in 2000. More recently, the Paris Agreement and the United Nations 2030 Agenda outlined a clear roadmap to curb climate change. Mitigation and adaptation specify measures to reduce greenhouse gases, on the one hand, and to adapt our environment to new climate scenarios, on the other. The next decade will be decisive. The landscape is in the center of all eyes and landscape architects have a lot to contribute.

    THE LANDSCAPE IS HERE

    According to UN data, cities are home to more than 55% of the world’s population, 70% of carbon emissions are produced and this is where 828 million people live in slums. In 2050 the world population will reach 9.7 billion. All of this poses significant environmental and social challenges, especially in urban settings. In addition, they are closely linked to the abandonment of the rural area, which translates into an enormous loss of natural and cultural heritage. Improving the quality of life of citizens requires creating healthy spaces designed by and for people. Green infrastructure, urban forests, streets and small parks, squares and gardens can meet many of these needs when nature-based solutions are applied. At the same time, the recovery of the rural world is announced as part of the solution to overcome the current eco-social crisis. Working in multidisciplinary teams in the analysis of the geographical, social and identity conditioning factors of a place is the only way to apply the most accurate project measures and decisions for each case.

    Landscape architecture, an academic and project discipline with more than 120 years of history, knows well the principles that govern natural, social and cultural processes. Making natural and human dynamics compatible is inherent to the landscape architect´s work. We play with an advantage. Holistically analyze the characteristics and needs of the place, generate spaces of high environmental quality and improve the quality of life of individuals and communities, preserving the local character, are the principles that govern the best landscape architecture projects.

    IFLA Europe General Assembly and AEP 1st International Congress of Landscape Architecture

    Relevant information and dates

    - Congress Landscape Here and Now 20-22 October 2021 (programme attached)

    - Web: www.AEPaisajistascongreso.es

    Registration schedule

    - until Jun 30th – early bird registration
    - From July 1st to October 15th – Regular registration

    Call for papers:
    - April 15th 2021: Abstracts submission deadline
    - May 15th, 2021: Communication of acceptance / rejection of abstracts
    - July 30th, 2021: Papers and poster submission deadline
    - December 20th 2021; Revised papers for publication deadline

    IFLA EU General Assembly 22-24 October 2021

    We cannot say at this time what format will IFLA Europe General Assembly have as we will review Covid-19 sanitary situation on a regular basis.

    - Healthy Landscapes
    COVID 19 has highlighted the need to have nearby spaces adapted to human needs, among which are environmental comfort, healthy food, and contact with nature that results in improved health.

    In this sense, spaces should be designed where good air and water quality is guaranteed, the production of local food products and the presence of vegetation adapted to the cultural bias of the users and the physical conditions of the environment.

    In an urban world with a constantly growing population, cities must be redesigned using nature-based solutions. In this sense, the possibilities offered by green infrastructure in any of its elements open a path of project possibilities to offer solutions adapted to local details.

    Apart from this, urban solutions must be accompanied by favoring rural development, facing the challenge of depopulation and offering alternatives where technological equity, quality spaces and social, cultural and economic resources are guaranteed.

    - Everyday landscapes
    Quality of life is not just living, but living well, and all developed and developing societies should aim for this. The mistakes made by the modern societies, and which are so difficult to solve, should serve as an example. The public space is the meeting place between people and collectives. Designing it by and for the people means breaking with old mobility paradigms, working for equity, diversity, and social interaction. Increasingly, the projects of parks, squares and streets are born on the site and return the urban space to the inhabitants, while improving the environment and favoring biodiversity.

    We must take a step forward in the development of projects in which criteria beyond aesthetics and pragmatism converge, more creative and intelligent solutions. The European Landscape Convention makes explicit reference to this type of landscapes, day-to-day landscapes where alternatives that include different social uses, technological innovations, adapted to the reality of the site and that allows mixed uses to offer universal access, such as 11 of the SDGs points out.

    - Enduring landscapes
    Landscape management is increasingly at the center of the debate. As we learned from our teachers, a project’s success is due in one third to design, another third to implementation, and the last third to maintenance. Frederick Law Olmsted already included maintenance weight as a criterion for his designs. However, great projects have been done, with a great aesthetic load, but difficult or impossible to maintain, either because of the associated cost or simply because the maintenance was not aligned with the proposal. The aesthetic-practical functionality dichotomy opens up.

    The new look at projects from an eco-social perspective aims to promote the generation of ecosystems. This must be done through a strong commitment to sustainability and a practically independent ecological dynamic.

    It is important to note that most landscapes do not have a management plan, and are the result of the evolution of society and its inhabitants. According to the scale, the management and maintenance plans have different dealings, but beyond the coordination of these strategies we must bet on care among all. Consciously involving administrations, companies and civil society. We need enduring landscapes and the collaboration of all agents is necessary, but first outreach and education is essential, starting with the approach to nature from school education centers to the last element in the administration chain, seeking involvement
    and commitment of all.



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    Youth competition 2020




    2020 IFLA Europe Students and Young Professionals Competition “Footprints in Landscape’

    We are facing the effects that climate change and catastrophic warming of the Earth have on our environment. How can landscape architects respond? What solutions do we have? And must we improve the knowledge of landscape architects?

    Macro Footprints in Landscape

    It is important to look at the large scale projects. Macro Footprint in Landscape that we are dealing with: large interventions in landscape and nature, such as development and expansion of cities and increasing the number of urban dwellers, diversified energy generation, new energy sources, changed climates and blue-green infrastructure solutions. How are we dealing with these big projects and what solutions do we have as landscape architects to solve these projects? Which professional groups do we need to work with in order to achieve better results? What needs to be changed in order to better handle the big projects of the future?

    Micro Footprints in Landscape

    We are also dealing with projects on a smaller scale and making changes to the infrastructure of the urban areas. How do we get more people to walk, ride bikes or use eco-friendly transportation to reduce car traffic and pollution? How do we improve public health and make people feel better? What design and implementation solutions do we have? How can we achieve better results and convince our clients to invest in a quality and beautiful environment that is open to the sky? The latest project in the urban community in Iceland is the focus on the city line and its surroundings. How do we reduce car traffic and increase walking and cycling? What solutions do we have in the small footprint and the small steps to take towards more sustainable communities?

    The winners of 2020 Youth competition are:

    Category A: Conceptual projects/Ideas

    I place: David de Boer with project Solar Grids

    II place: Rapa Surajaras with project Breathe - redefining a zone of informal settlement

    III place: shared between 2 projects:

    - Project Mono to Multi Use by University of Ljubljana (Team: Dorotea Volk, Hema Kunšič, Meta Zgonec, Tamara Tratar, Ana Benedik)

    - Project Esbjerg havn - reclaiming the urban fabric of Denmark’s energy metropolis by MagnusHehlke

    David de Boer 'Solar Grids'
    David de Boer ‘Solar Grids’

    Category B: Realised projects

    I place: Leku Studio ‘Superblock of Sant Antoni”

    II place: Landscape Architecture Lab Ilawa Forest

    III place: Ludivine Gragy “Regeneration”

    Studio Leku 'Super Blok of Sant Antoni'
    Studio Leku ‘Super Blok of Sant Antoni’

    Category C: People’s choice
    Akanksha_Khatri with project “Lancaster Is Growing!”

    Aakanksha_Khatri_Lancaster Is Growing!
    Aakanksha_Khatri_Lancaster Is Growing!



    The prize for the winners of categories A and B will be invitation to the IFLA Europe General Assembly in Granada, Spain in 2021 to present their works.

    All participants will receive a Certificate of Participation.



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    About Landscape Architect profession

    IFLA Definition of Landscape Architect

    IFLA (International Federation of Landscape Architects) definition (based on the existing definition by ISCO/08) about the profession of LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT

    Landscape Architects plan, design and manage natural and built environments, applying aesthetic and scientific principles to address ecological sustainability, quality and health of landscapes, collective memory, heritage and culture, and territorial justice. By leading and coordinating other disciplines, landscape architects deal with the interactions between natural and cultural ecosystems, such as adaptation and mitigation related to climate change and the stability of ecosystems, socio-economic improvements, and community health and welfare to create places that anticipate social and economic well-being.

    The tasks of Landscape Architects include:

    (a) Developing and managing the landscape by carrying out actions and preparing and implementing projects for heritage protection,
    preservation of natural and cultural landscapes, rehabilitation of
    degraded landscapes, and new development through a process of design,
    planning, management and maintenance.

    (b) Conducting research and analysis to develop sustainable landscape design, planning and management practices, theories, methods and development strategies to promote green

    infrastructure, the sustainable management of natural, agricultural,
    rural and urban landscapes and the sustainable use and management of
    global environmental resources.

    (c) Carrying out feasibility studies and impact assessments to gauge the effect of development on the ecology, environmental character, cultural values and community health and welfare of landscapes.

    (d) Collecting and documenting data through site analysis, including an appreciation of indigenous practices, land-form, soils, vegetation, hydrology, visual characteristics and human-made and managed features.

    (e) Preparing landscape documentation, including drawings, specifications, schedules and contract documents, and calling tenders on behalf of clients.

    (f) Managing digital technologies and representation of spatial systems, and client and/or community presentations related to the environment and landscape.

    (g) Engaging local communities, authorities and stakeholders by public participation in decision-making relating to projects that impact landscape.

    (h) Providing expert advice and advocacy on landscape matters in conflict resolution, judicial courts and commissions, competitions, media and public relations.



    Examples of the occupations classified here:

    · Landscape Architect


    The profession of Landscape Architect may be adopted under different titles by non-English speaking countries.

    Some related occupations classified elsewhere in ISCO 08:

    · Building Architect – Number 2161

    · Urban Planner – Number 2164



    Voted by IFLA World Council September 2020 and IFLA Europe General Assembly in October 2020

    Worked out by IFLA Working group comprising:

    Fritz AUWECK – Chair | Carlos JANKILEVICH (IFLA Americas) | James HAYTER (IFLA Asia-Pacific - IFLA President) Carlo BRUSCHI (IFLA Europe – IFLA Europe Statutory Advisor)| Jala MAKHZOUMI (IFLA Middle East) Carey DUNCAN (IFLA Africa President) | Karin HELMS (IFLA Europe President) | Marina CERVERA (IFLA PPP Committee Chair)



    About Landscape Architecture

    Landscape architecture combines environment and design, art and science. It is about everything outside the front door, both urban and rural, at the interface between people and natural systems. The range of
    ways in which landscape architects work is staggering. From master-planning Olympic sites to planning and managing landscapes like national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty to designing the public squares and parks that we all use, landscape architecture nurtures communities and makes their environment human and livable.

    Landscape architecture is not just the profession of the future — but the profession for a better future.

    Landscape architects are broad thinkers who thrive on the big picture. They are playing an increasingly important role in addressing the great issues of our day: climate change, sustainable communities, water, housing and the prevention of hunger. Landscape architects are often natural leaders, able to communicate with many professions and leading multidisciplinary projects. Landscape architecture is not just the profession of the future — but the profession for a better future.

    In addition, landscape architects are also active in other fields related to the design of open spaces and landscapes: for example, in village redevelopment as well as in urban planning and inner-city regeneration projects. Here landscape architects have to co-operate with architects, town planners, civil engineers, biologists and social planners.

    Landscape architects work for planning consultancies, for companies in the gardening and landscape industry, for government agencies and for local governments in public works and parks departments, water
    authorities or nature conservation bodies. The following overview indicates how diverse their work can be:

    • Environmental precaution and protection in physical and regional planning
    • Regional landscape programmes and landscape structure plans
    • Regional development concepts, communal and inter-communal infrastructure studies
    • Environmental planning
    • Planning and programmes for leisure parks and large-scale landscape remediation
    • Concepts for landscape conversion and decontamination
    • Studies into the regeneration of disused industrial and settlement sites
    • Overall concepts for rivers, streams and lakes and their re-naturalisation
    • Research projects concerning conservation and environmental issues
    • Nature protection management

    Landscape tasks in urban land use; planning and sectoral planning

    • Green and open space planning as part of urban land use planning
    • Landscape envelope plans
    • Environmental impact assessment in the context of site location and suitability
    • Studies regarding the environmental impact of planning and development programmes
    • Habitat planning and development
    • Mapping of landscapes and natural areas
    • Planning for national parks, biosphere and nature reserves, as well as landscape protection areas
    • Services regarding the legal and administrative procedures for protecting areas
    • Landscape maintenance plans in infrastructural development and project planning
    • Environmental impact assessment according to impact mitigation regulations
    • Planning for mineral extraction and reclamation
    • Setting up and maintaining documentation of impact mitigation measures
    • Maintenance and development plans; follow-up planning
    • Monitoring

    Infrastructure studies, development planning and landscape programmes
    and cross-country skiing

    • Concepts concerning retention potential and rain-water management
    • Agricultural planning and expert reports concerning land consolidation
    • Forest planning
    • Concepts with regard to agricultural and forestry extensification
    • Land use planning
    • Development of green finger corridors and stepping stone concepts
    • Development plans for sport and recreation areas
    • Horizontal and vertical alignment of cycle lanes, footpaths and nature study trails
    • Planning of routes, loop trails, ski runs, sport complexes and

      arenas for winter sports, motor sports, water sports, riding, cycling

    Urban planning and village redevelopment planning

    Urban planning and village redevelopment planning

    • Planning schemes and project designs for urban development and regeneration

    • Land use and structure plans
    • Concepts for green spaces in residential, commercial and industrial areas
    • Planning for allotments and garden areas
    • Contributions towards urban development and infrastructural projects
    • Structure plans for urban regeneration and village renewal
    • Townscape design and village design statements
    • Ecological housing and settlement planning; expert opinions on the sustainability of planning

    Landscape architects are often natural leaders, able to communicate with many professions and leading multidisciplinary projects.

    Project planning and design

    • Public and private parks and green spaces
    • Squares and plazas, public places, and city monuments
    • Pedestrian areas and traffic restricted zones, promenades
    • Sport complexes such as stadiums, arenas, grounds and pitches
    • Playgrounds and recreation spaces for children, young people and adults
    • Special installations like climbing walls, cycling and skating courses, and golf courses
    • Outdoor swimming pools, bathing areas and beaches
    • Camping and caravan sites
    • Spa parks and recreation spaces
    • Horticultural exhibitions and concepts for other outdoor fairs
    • Botanical and zoological gardens
    • Graveyards and memorials
    • Open spaces around public and private buildings; car parks
    • Planting of industrial and commercial sites
    • Design and integration of roadside and motorway service areas and rest areas
    • Private gardens and courtyards
    • Roof gardens and patios
    • Planting of conservatories and indoor spaces

    Maintenance of parks and historic gardens

    • Documenting the history and keeping records of historic parks and gardens
    • Setting up inventories of historic gardens; producing park maintenance manuals
    • Concepts for the restoration of historic gardens and green spaces
    • Planning of plant layouts according to historical models and regeneration of historic planting designs
    • Proposals for the restoration of historic water features like fountains, cascades and ponds
    • Plans for the restoration of architectural features of historic parks such as statues, sculptures or other monuments

    Project control, monitoring and implementation

    • Project management and control
    • Work planning procedures, construction site logistics, materials procurement
    • Specification of construction standards and materials
    • Concepts for minimizing the environmental impact of construction
    • Adhering to regulations regarding environmental impact minimization by using environmentally-friendly technologies
    • Project supervision, accounting of executed works and implementation control
    • Green space management, planning and organizing the development and maintenance of green spaces
    • Conflict management (in case of general problems and insolvencies)

    Expert consultancy services, presentations and mediation

    • Organization and evaluation of design and architectural competitions
    • Supervision and execution of public planning procedures
    • Preparation of expert opinions
    • Conflict management and mediation
    • Organizing public participation and enquiries, project presentation
    • Visualizations, film and photographic documentation
    • Organizing exhibitions and presentations
    • Public relations

    (source: BDLA, Germany)

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    Agricultural Landscapes

    Working Group members:

    - Francesca Neonato, AIAPP Italy member - Professor in Environmental and Applied Botany, Politecnico of Milano, Expert in Regenerative Agriculture

    - Lena Athanassiadou, IFLA Europe Delegate from PHALA Greece - School of Agriculture, Faculty of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Environment, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, PHALA Vice President Communications

    - Steffi Schüppel, AIAPP Italy member - Chair of the BDLA Saxony, the German Landscape Architecture Association

    - Nicoletta Piersantelli, AIAPP Italy member, Secretary of AIAPP Ligurian Section, member of Genoa Architect Foundation Board, Expert in participatory processes and stakeholder engagement

    - Manuel Sanchez Hernandez, IFLA Europe Delegate AEP Spain - Expert in Restoration of Historical Gardens and CulturalLandscapes, Director of the “Cine en el Jardín” and of the Extremadura Landscape Festival

    - Albert Fekete, IFLA Europe Delegate HALA Hungary - Hungarian University of Agriculture and Life Science, Institute of Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning and GardenArt Budapest

    Objectives:

    make European inventory of agricultural heritage systems according to GIAHS guidelines; Investigate and promote the submission of potential GIAHS sites all over in Europe

    Create an information leafleton on Agricultural Landscapes and GIAHS importance, first to increase awareness of landscape architects and eventually of a larger public;

    Share knowledge about EU policies concerning Agricultural Landscapes and GIAHS, with a specific focus on the EU Conservation Agriculture (EIP-AGRI), the EU Biodiversity Strategy and the Farm to Fork strategy as core topic of the European Green Deal, in order to raise the awareness about the value of rural landscapes as material and immaterial heritage and improving their planning and designing;

    Promote the profession of landscape architects at EU level, especially in the European Commission, raise the overall awareness of competences of landscape architects related to Agricultural Landscapes and GIAHS, while fulfilling the strategic aims of the EU;

    Represent landscape architecture as a profession at relevant scientific, professional and awareness raising events dedicated to Agricultural Landscapes and GIAHS, both nationally and internationally.

    Agricultural Landscape, when is sustainably cultivated, is an expression of human biodiversity linked to a wider concept of biodiversity, the result of a co-evolution process between man and nature.

    GIAHS is a FAO (UN Food and Agriculture Organization) Global Partnership Initiative on conservation and adaptive management. The programme is based on the search for economic viability of the system, the identification of environmentally sustainable strategies in the face of growing climate change, and the empowerment of small holder/traditional family farming and indigenous communities.

    The resilience of many GIAHS sites has been developed and adapted to cope with climatic variability and change, i.e. natural hazards, new technologies and changing social
    and political situations, so as to ensure food and livelihood security and alleviate risk. Dynamic conservation strategies and processes allow maintaining biodiversity and essential ecosystem services thanks to continuous innovation, transfer between generations and exchange with other communities and ecosystems. The wealth and breadth of accumulated knowledge and experience in the management and use of resources is a globally significant treasure that needs to be promoted and conserved and, at the same time, allowed to evolve.



    GIAHS in Europe
    GIAHS in Europe



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    INNOLAND Project

    ​Landscape architecture is about creating great cities, streets, parks and public spaces – spaces that inspire healthy living and well being while protecting natural environments and pleasing people. Landscape Architecture is about creating safe, sustainable and resilient landscapes that evolve but endure over time. Landscape Architecture is perfectly positioned to respond to urgent issues of our time, e.g. mitigating climate change and contributing to the sustainability of both individual sites and cities as a whole.

    Higher education institutions play a major role in educating Landscape Architects who will take decisions about our future environment. Although European regulation (e.g. concerning environment, competition in internal EU market or professional qualifications) has impact on the professional work of landscape architects across Europe, there are still no standards regarding the content of the European higher education of Landscape Architects, inducing barriers for lifelong learning, recognition, and mobility.

    Common Training Framework (CTF) is knowledge, skills and competences necessary for the pursuit of a specific profession, defining what a person is able to know, to understand and to do. By harmonising the education and training requirements of landscape architecture professionals through the CTF, the EU will ensure free movement of professionals across the EU. The Directive 2013/55/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council on the recognition of professional qualifications and Regulation (PQD) emphasises, that Professional qualifications obtained under CTFs should automatically be recognised by the Member States.

    Such actions are highly supported by the EU. The renewed EU agenda for HE, adopted by the Commission in May 2017, identifies enhanced mobility and cooperation in higher education among its key goals. The Paris Communiqué (2018), highlighting priority activities in this area for the coming years, calls for securing a sustainable future through higher educations. These ambitions are in line with the goal of the EU to create European Education Area by 2025, to promote mobility and academic recognition of qualifications for all EU citizens, leading to free movement of workers - one of the four fundamental freedoms of the Union.

    Herewith, InnoLAND aims to facilitate transparency and recognition of skills and qualifications of landscape architecture professionals in the EU by developing the Common Training Framework for the Profession along with relevant tools to support its implementation.

    The specific objectives include:

    i) implementing PQD requirements to foster automatic recognition of LA profession in Europe;
    ii) establishing pan-European quality standards for LA study programmes and homogenizing landscape architecture education in Europe; and
    iii) developing an exemplar master study programme framework in line with the European CTF.

    To harmonise the higher education of the landscape architecture professionals, InnoLAND targets higher educations institutions and landscape architecture schools in the EU. Additionally, practicing landscape architects, European and national Landscape Architecture associations and regulatory bodies will be involved to achieve the aims and objectives of the project.

    The key strength of InnoLAND project is the high pan-European ambition and the strong consortium endowed with means to achieve it. The consortium consists of 5 Higher Educations institutions, covering geographical Europe from the North to the South - Finland, Lithuania, Hungary, Austria, Portugal – contributing with knowledge and experience on varying landscapes, study programmes, regulation of the profession, and European mobility experience. Additionally, two landscape architects’ associations join the project to ensure access to the most prominent landscape architecture knowledge and education (LE:NOTRE, the Netherlands), the target group of landscape architecture professionals, and access to the responsible bodies in the European Commission (IFLA Europe, Belgium).

    The project envisages expert workshops, analysis and stakeholder involvement to develop CTF for the profession of landscape architects in Europe. To secure the implementation of CTF, the consortium will provide national regulatory bodies with recommendations, and higher education institutions will be offered an efficient up-to date self-assessment tool and a module-based advanced master study programme.

    CTF will finally fulfill the requirement imposed by Art. 49a of the PQD and serve as the most important instrument for quality and competitiveness of higher educations with regard to the profession of landscape architects in the EU. InnoLAND will also result in a developed basis for recognition of landscape architecture study programmes by IFLA Europe and ECLAS, leading to increased advanced learning and study opportunities for landscape architects. The fulfillment of an important precondition for automatic recognition of landscape architecture professional qualification based on Art. 49a of the PQD will contribute to increased mobility of high-level LA professionals across the EU; it will improve the quality and global competitiveness of the European HE. It will also affect reaching Sustainable Development Goals and SDG Agenda 2030 as adopted by the UN (2015), the Paris Agreement on Climate Change (2016) and the European Green Deal (2019).

    Specific objectives of the INNO-land project:

  • implementing Professional Qualifications Directive requirements to foster automatic recognition of LA profession in Europe;
  • establishing pan-European quality standards for LA study programmes and homogenizing landscape architecture education in Europe;
  • developing an exemplary master study programme framework in line with the European Common Training Framework.
  • Collaborative process by ECLAS and IFLA Europe for the Common Training Framework
    The existing frameworks for landscape architecture education that are established by ECLAS and IFLA Europe form important parts of the Common Training Framework for Landscape Architecture. At the same time, there is a need to update these to meet current and future challenges. For this, the InnoLAND project will engage a collaborative process with representatives of ECLAS and IFLA Europe to make sure that there is a solid base that is co-created by the relevant stakeholders.


    For an overview of the history of education guidance in Europe, including the tuning process and other projects, you may read this article.

    How to get involved?

    If you have a specific question about the project, please contact us via office@ln-institute.org.

    If you want to receive regular information and updates, please subscribe to the project mailing list.

    Documentation of the first INNO-Land Online Workshop

    Here you find the recordings of the kick-off of the collaborative process on the Common Training Framework (CTF) for Landscape
    Architecture held on Friday 15th of January 2021.

    For more information about project please visit: https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/projects/eplus-project-details/#project/2020-1-LT01-KA203-078086



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    Reference documents

    - European Landscape Convention

    - Report on Professional Recognition of Landscape Architects prepared by Michael Oldham and presented at the Council of Europe Conference of the European Landscape Convention in May 2019 and adopted by the Council of Europe Council of Ministers on 16 October 2019.

    - LandscapeArchitects and their role in Heritage Conservation_EN

    - Landscape Architects and their role in Heritage Conservation_FR

    prepared by IFLA Europe Council of Europe Working Group. The “European Cultural Heritage Strategy for the 21st century” is the most farfetched and ambitious programme in Europe as regards the joint action in the field of culture and cultural heritage of all European nations. It is a great success that landscape architects are listed as one of the specialised professions in heritage conservation, and this fact-sheet will be a good tool for practitioners, as the CoE recommends the governments of the member States to “embrace and implement the strategy appended to this recommendation, at the appropriate governance levels, in compliance with their applicable national legal provisions and practice”

    - IFLA Europe Statutes

    - IFLA Europe Code of Ethics

    - IFLA Europe Regulations

    - CELA - Charter of European Landscape Architect

    - IFLA Golden Books



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    Professional Movement

    The principle concerning the free movement of professional landscape architects within Europe has been accepted for several years and is incorporated both in European Community Law and the Statutes of IFLA Europe. Nevertheless, from time to time difficulties arise which are frustrating.

    Legal framework

    The legal framework concerning professional movement between associations is defined by two main documents: Directive 2005/36/EC and IFLA Europe Regulations. Directive 2005/36/EC on the recognition of professional qualifications came into force in 2007. The Directive is a cornerstone of the EC Internal Market Strategy for Services laid out in Lisbon in March 2000 and encapsulates the right to pursue a profession, in a self-employed or employed capacity, in a Member State other than the one in which they have obtained their professional qualifications.

    Article 8.11 of the current draft IFLA Europe Regulations state that:

    8.11 - National or multi-national professional associations who wish to become Effective members of IFLA Europe shall accept applications for membership from graduates of all specifically recognised landscape architecture programmes in member countries of IFLA Europe, subject to whatever additional professional practice requirements may be suggested or recommended by the specific association.

    There is therefore already a desire as well as a legal obligation for member associations to facilitate the ability of professional landscape architects to migrate between associations

    Following the decision adopted at IFLA Europe’s General Assembly in Oslo in 2014 to foster a more cohesive Federation that would strongly support the mobility of professionals in Europe, IFLAEurope launched Professional Movement between Associations project that will help us be aware of obstacles of mobility existing within our countries.

    IFLA Europe transnational membership Form to assist migration of professionally qualified landscape architects betweenIFLA Europe members which will assist the migration of professionally qualified landscape architects.

    This form has been produced by IFLA EUROPE to assist the process of migration of professionally qualified landscape architects from one professional association to another - between member countries of IFLA EUROPE. Once completed (this must include the ATTESTATION from the professional association that the applicant is currently a member of) a copy of the form should be sent to the secretariat@iflaeurope.eu that will date and register the application.




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    History of IFLA Europe

    IFLA Europe, European Region of International Federation of Landscape Architects - was established on 4 April 1989 as European Foundation for Landscape Architecture in order to specifically address European landscape architectural educational and professional issues.It was formed by representatives of 12 National Associations – Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom, plus Ireland and Greece whose representatives were not present at the meeting.

    Today IFLA Europe has 34 members and represents more than 20.000 landscape architects across Europe!

    1900 – 1939

    This period represents the initial development of professional bodies representing the emerging profession of Landscape Architects in many European countries and non-European countries. Many of these bodies introduced structures and controls for the education and practice of the profession. A close relationship was subsequently built up between the professional bodies and education establishments which at that time were mostly associated with universities.

    1948 The International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA)

    In 1948 the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) was founded in Cambridge, England with Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe as its first President. It represented 15 states from Europe and North America. Later, in 1978, the IFLA’s headquarters were established in Versailles, France. The present headquarters of IFLA are in France. IFLA currently represents 76 member professional associations from Africa, the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific.

    1965 – 2012 Recognition of the profession by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation

    In 1965, IFLA was first admitted to “Category C” of the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).[1] In 1970 IFLA advanced to “Category B”. Finally, in 1987, after many years of discussion with UNESCO and after intensive collaboration, especially with the Division of Cultural Heritage, IFLA was admitted to “Category A”, thus achieving an important landmark for the profession. In July 2012 the IFLA/UNESCO Charter was agreed for landscape architecture education. It expressed the wish to:

    improve the quality of life for communities and all the inhabitants and users;

    recognise and nurture cultural diversity and biodiversity;

    add social and cultural value to sites and outdoor public spaces;

    promote an approach to landscape planning and design interventions which enhances social sustainability, cultural and aesthetic needs, and the physical requirements of people;

    employ an ecological approach to land use planning, design and landscape generation that ensures sustainable development of the built environment through the appropriate integration of biological, land, water and atmospheric systems;

    recognise the role of public realm landscape as a place for social and cultural expression interchange and make these accessible to all individuals and communities;

    promote equity through work with disadvantaged groups or communities and the development of solutions that are affordable and accessible to the broad population.

    This charter has helped establish the professional scope of landscape architects and the objectives of their training. These include the interdisciplinary nature of landscape architecture, which encompasses the humanities, natural and social sciences, technology and the creative arts, without forgetting the context of public, social and environmental policies, which help to establish an ethical framework for professional decision making.

    1968 Recognition of the profession by the International Labour Organisation (ILO)

    In some states, the profession is still very closely associated with the study of architecture. Paradoxically though, as is the case in France, Italy and Spain, architects still dispute the use of the title of landscape architect. However, 50 years ago, in 1968, the profession of landscape architect, having by then already existed in Europe for 50 or so years and a hundred years elsewhere, was officially recognised by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in Geneva in a chapter entitled “Architects and Town Planners”. In the most recent edition of ISCO 08, the International Standard Classification of Occupations published by the ILO (2012), landscape architects are classed in group 2162, next to Building Architects in group 2161. On 29 August 1987, the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) was admitted by UNESCO as a non-governmental organisation (NGO) with an official working relationship with UNESCO.

    1989 The European Foundation for Landscape Architecture (EFLA) and the European Region of the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA Europe)

    In the same year, 1987, the European Commission decided that sectoral directives in distinct professions were no longer viable; the process of achieving them had been too lengthy and hugely inefficient. This resulted in Directive 89/48/EEC being issued on a general system for the recognition of higher-education diplomas awarded on completion of professional education and training of at least three years’ duration. The national professional associations representing the 12 member states of the European Economic Community at that time recognised the immediate need to come together more formally, to harmonise both professional training and practice in the field of landscape architecture. The result was the establishment of the European Foundation for Landscape Architecture (EFLA) in 1989.

    Other organisations rapidly formed around EFLA, including affiliated professional bodies representing landscape architects from European states that are not members of the European Union, as well as other organisations, bringing together both students and schools. The European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools (ECLAS) was convened by the Berlin Technical University in 1989. In the same year, the European Landscape Architecture Students’ Association (ELASA) was formed, the principal objective of which was “to increase the possibilities for collaboration and exchange between students of landscape architecture throughout Europe, by means of improving the circulation of information and ideas”.

    One of the principal objectives of EFLA was to establish a common base for the mainstream professional training of landscape architects and to support this with a network of recognised schools throughout Europe. This was assisted by a Schools Recognition Panel which was established to both help with the development of schools of landscape architecture and to regulate their performance and adherence to the standards set by EFLA.

    Finally, at the beginning of the 2000s, the world international body, the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA), underwent several important structural changes and EFLA became the European Region of the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA Europe). This succeeding organisation effectively inherited the statutes,
    regulations and legal status of EFLA as a non-profit making organisation registered under Belgian law. IFLA Europe comprises 34 national representative organisations. As a non-governmental organisation, it not only aims to defend the landscape architecture profession, recognising excellence in professional training courses and promoting the best practice operations in all member states, but also strives to influence and enhance the quality of the landscape.

    This is now the body which represents the profession across Europe. The membership of this body, which includes member states of the European Union, now more closely reflects the current membership of the Council of Europe. IFLA Europe is included as an observer to the Council of Europe’s Steering Committee for Culture, Heritage and Landscape (CDCPP) and the Council of Europe Conferences on the European Landscape Convention. IFLA Europe has a commitment to close collaboration with the Council of Europe, in pursuit of the aims and objectives of the European Landscape Convention.

    In recent years, IFLA Europe has contributed to this process by providing documents on several topics: Landscape Democracy (Oslo Resolution 2014); Cultural Landscapes (Lisbon Resolution 2015); Urban Landscapes (Brussels Resolution 2016); Migration (Bucharest Resolution 2017), Climate Challenges (London Resolution 2018) and Landscapes as Shared Memories (Antalya Resolution 2019). The objective is to encourage a dialogue not only at European level but also between professionals and citizens alike, to promote actions in favour of landscape.

    Professional associations with membership of IFLA Europe exist in the following 34 states; Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.

    2018 Charter - International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA Europe)

    A charter was agreed and adopted by IFLA Europe’s General Assembly at its meeting in London on 9 September 2018. This Charter not only brings together in a single document the details of the organisation and the governance of the body, but also the core requirements for professional training, including reference to the School Recognition Panel, public and private practice, the responsibilities of liberal professionals, intellectual property, professional independence and probity, and also states the organisation’s close reference to the objectives of the European Landscape Convention.

    Importantly, it defines a landscape architect as “a professionally qualified person recognised by an IFLA registered professional association (or otherwise, as regulated by national law) operating in the field of landscape architecture”.

    Landscape architecture is defined as “the profession that applies aesthetic and scientific principles to the analysis, planning and management of both natural and built environments” (as it is also defined by the European Landscape Convention).

    We believe that formally recognising this professionally qualified person would be a joint responsibility of national governments, the Council of Europe and the European Commission, working in conjunction with the national associations of landscape architects.

    However, in this last respect, as the Charter states, there is also a responsibility for national professional associations to play their part in this process by becoming, if necessary, self-regulatory bodies, involved in professional training and practice, controlling, monitoring and sanctioning, where necessary, the activities of their members, in order to ensure probity, quality of service and consumer protection for the benefit of the public and the clients they serve.

    [1] UNESCO Categories: Category A: consultative and associate relationship (major effective contribution to UNESCO’s work, expanding activities in common, promoting international co-ordination); Category B: information and consultative relationship; Category C: mutual information relationship.



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    IFLA Europe 2016 Student and Young Professional’s Competition winners

    Category A - Hristo Chilov
    1. Geometric Nature

    Category B
    1. Cubious

    Category C
    1. How to live on an Island



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    Youth competition 2017

    On the topic of this year’s competition theme ‘Futurescapes – re-thinking the urban landscape’ we were impressed and inspired by a range of varied approaches and ideas. Some projects were inspired by water treatment, urban living, reclamation of derelict land, green infrastructure or flood protection. Others reflected on the effects of global warming, geometry, heritage, renewable energy and bird rehabilitation, to name a few. It was clear that the idea of ‘Futurescapes’ holds many different meanings for individuals and there were varied interpretations of what this topic personally means to them. The urban theme gave a more directed focus to not just natural landscapes but urban infrastructure. We noticed therefore that a lot of entries were about the redevelopment of our cities. Our changing urban environment and development is a crucial current topic to address. As the population swells, urban areas are growing rapidly which leads to more concentrated issues. It is crucial that we, as landscape architects, address this as good design and problem solving can dramatically improve living quality.

    2017 Students and Young Professionals’ Competition winners:

    Category A: Conceptual ideas and projects

    Winner: Marco Nelli with project CLIMATE CHANGE AND URBAN RESILIENCE / A new park along the final part of the Aniene River in Rome

    About the project: The park project, which is the subject of Marco’s master thesis, investigates the environmental risks mitigation and climate changes adaptation. In particular, it refers to danger situations both in urban and extra urban areas, due to the problems connected to flood risk and extreme weather events.

    “The area I have considered is the Natural Reserve of Aniene Valley and the stretch of the river that crosses the city of Rome, between the GRA and its confluence with the Tiber River. This is a notoriously area prone to repeated and increasingly frequent flooding.

    The project purpose is to develop a capable system to provide the whole area a better place to live in, in order to make possible the use of the resource water, without neglecting safety in case of extreme natural events. That’s why the recovery of ecological quality and the upgrading of urban, extra-urban and rural areas near the river, represent useful planning opportunities to create new spaces, capable to provide both renewed recreational and regenerated ecosystem functions.

    Looking at the area in its entirety, almost 650ha of park, a specific project action has been associated with each problem encountered in each single homogeneous area. Each of these ones refers to a general action field such as water, vegetation, paths, anthropic. The application of these design actions guarantees the possibility of implementing an integrated and functional project that readily responds to the struggle goals to climate changes.

    The solution found, to achieve sustainability and resilience objectives,is to plan and implement a Blue-Green Infrastructure. This strategy can make the connection with the river and the city through the park, interacting with communities, ecology and hydrology. Moreover, this solution can bring significant benefits to the entire environmental system: reducing maintenance costs, creating new habitats, catching and cleaning rainwater, improving soil conditions, improving air quality, promoting new lifestyles.

    Retarding and retention basins, carefully studied and calibrated, have been inserted inside the park to generate controlled flooding in order to reduce hydraulic risk in the most susceptible areas. At the same time, the morphologies and ground movements created to implement these strategies, are design elements to accommodate diversified functions
    such as recreational or ecological stepping stones.

    Three path typologies innervate the whole park by linking every function, whether recreational or ecological, encouraging the guest into new and diversified feelings. The Main Paths guarantee the fruition of the park in any condition, both standard and flooded. Dissemination and Connection Paths relate the main park attractions, but they are unreliable during extreme weather events. Finally, the Discovery Paths, which cross the most sensitive flood controlled areas, are designed to connect people to the natural environment. Along with the journey and the area fruition, panoramic points, pedestrian crossings and floodplain platforms have been included.

    At macrosystem level, vegetation plays an important role in the ecosystemic equilibrium of BGI and in the stability of the natural flora and fauna sub-systems. The necessary measures to achieve this balance are the conservation and maintenance of the existing ecological heritage, the improvement of the river corridor, and the improvement of the river and environmental ecological network. The key criterion in choosing this was the hydraulic risk. That has resulted in the selection of suitable species for both erosion and runoff of riverbanks control as well as flow rate control. This allows proper water management not only in case of the river flooding, but also the flows in the most critical areas and sensible to the problem. Another element taken into account in choice of species is the one of the urban forestry works. In this sense, the measures taken are aimed at carbon sequestration, pollution mitigation and biodiversity conservation.

    Particular criticalities have been identified in the great meander that the river forms near Nomentano Bridge. Moreover, due to its proximity to a strongly urbanized residential environment, this area is a project priority. The pursued aims are the defence from hydraulic risk, the reconnection between city and river, the restoration of the river ecosystems and the predisposition of a widespread use system.

    Attentive design choices have led to a well-articulated structure, but as a whole it is synergistic and functional; offering a wide range of potential points of interest, taking full advantage of the site potentialities and its ecological environment characteristics. The anthropic element becomes part of the park, no more as an undesirable component, but as an integral part of it, while the river, is no longer a danger, but a functional element of interest and discovery.

    The design proposal aims to put into effects the teachings for an innovative and sustainable park design that turns out to be resilient to climate changes. The particular design solutions introduced are also intended to reconcile the relationship between river and city, where the winning idea has been to consider natural events no more problematic but as an opportunity for new experience sources.

    Category B: Realised Projects

    Winner: Urska Skerl with project People?

    About the project: Project is addressing the problem of empty buildings while there is a high demand on living spaces. While buildings and spaces are unkempt, the nature creeps in and forms new living habitats. Where are people? In asylums, “bestial” nature in pockets of succession. “We” are not allowed to enter, “they” are not allowed to exit. Space is a political issue, speaking of borders, private lots, fences. Nature doesn’t care about administrative space, landscape is a continuum. I have made installations of “people” in three different types of empty spaces – first is in a former rice factory surrounded by a beautiful garden that was used by workers to socialize; second is at least a decade old construction pit, that gets filled with rainwater and together with sedges create a city-swamp on a below-ground-level; third is a high-standard residential and retail complex that is empty due to lack of financial investors.I take these monuments as mirrors of society, where we are and why aren’t we there yet. Each country, city, has similar, fenced-off spaces and forgotten pockets. Did somebody ask Buddleia davidii?



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    Youth competition 2018

    2018 IFLA Europe Youth Competition

    Jury Statement

    The competition theme this year was ‘Valuing Landscape – connecting people, place and nature’ and the Jury was impressed by the inspiring, well-researched and creative submissions proposed by students and young professionals from projects based all over Europe.

    The common core of the projects examined the intersection between man and nature in a space. However the theme allowed some interpretation and each of the projects sought
    different personal meaning for each individual, which was shown through the breadth of subject themes and solutions.

    Projects spanned subjects rooted in nature, both actively and passively, such as water restoration, biodiversity, seed propagation, hanging gardens and algae culture. Others focused more on our needs and values as people in both urban and natural environments; using sensitive design for the visually impaired or mental health, flood strategies directly linked to climate change, guerrilla gardening, recycling rainwater and permaculture.

    There were as many urban proposals as large green spaces, which shows how the value of our landscapes and its connectivity to us is constantly evolving with our change in
    lifestyle. Furthermore despite the varied entries there was a strong theme in many of natural environments combined with man-made processes to activate, remediate and heal a space – both the environment itself or to benefit mental health. Even though our values of landscape can change, our lifestyles are more connected with nature and place than ever.

    2018 Winners:

    Category A: Conceptual projects/ideas
    Project Revealing the Water by Caroline Wiles

    Category B: Realised Projects

    Project
    Hanging
    Garden by Céline Baumann

    People’s choice Award
    Project Silnica river restoration by Magdalena Wojnowska, Heciak Jakub and Mateusz Omanski



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    Youth competition 2019




    Landscapeas a collective memory

    Landscape Architecture integrate the perception of place into a historical continuum of art and culture, and bring people, society and human habitats closer to each other for a peaceful world.The change and transformation of time and space, elements and events creating identity and image,the natural-cultural-historical-heritage are the patterns and processes that make up the characteristics of our cities and our lands, of all the landscapes. Following, those patterns and processes constituting the landscape are attached to our memory as a layer in all the intermediate sections that are experienced, lived and to be lived in the future.Natural, cultural and historical legacies form the collective memory itself.One of the most important tasks of the landscape architects in this context should be to reveal the morphological changes and transformations in the cities and in the countryside, and to offer the methods that will enable the next generations to benefit. Natural, cultural and historical legacies form the collective memory itself.Memory is heritage...Memory is identity… Memory is history…From the perspective of natural, cultural and historical heritage, we see that the past has become commoditized. It is important to understand how natural, cultural and historical heritage have a vital impact on memory and identity structures. How far can our memories go back in time? How much we can carry our inherited legacies to the future? Can we protect our heritage? How can we carry the traces of the past to the present and the future

    Winner of 1st prize in both categories A Conceptual Ideas and B Realised projects is Cemil Aktaş with two projects

    - Börklüce MustafaMemorial and Surrounding area design Project

    - Rusumat NO : 4 Design Project.







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    Aim of the competition

    IFLA Europe Students and Young Professionals Competition gives you a chance to share your projects and ideas among IFLA Europe, its members - 34 National Associations - and landscape architecture practitioners throughout Europe.

    The competition aims to help landscape architecture students and young professionals to get exposure for their projects and work. Any European landscape architect (student enrolled in European Landscape Architecture programme or a professional under the age of 35) who is a member of any of the IFLA Europe National Associations can submit their project - “entry” which will be available both online and in printed format. For the details on the competition please refer to the Rules and Regulations https://www.iflaeurope.eu/index.php/youth/general/rules-and-regulations.

    2021 IFLA Europe Students and Young Professionals Competition “Landscape Here and Now’!



    THE LANDSCAPE IS NOW

    We live uncertain times. 2020 will make history as the year where we experience and suffer, all around the world, the costs of climate change and biodiversity lost, and the relationships between urban planning and humans health. During some months, we put our lives in the center and we join strengths to get ahead. We also finally understand the urgency to change the way we interact with the environment. We verified, on the ground, that science was not wrong.

    We can see the consequences of the alteration of the air quality, the water cycle and the environments. Everything is connected: the health and the extinct animal species, the hunger in the world and the soil depletion, the migrations and the water war. Meanwhile a part of the world wastes resources, the other part doesn’t have the minimum to live..

    The climate emergency forces developed countries to act: for social justice, for environmental ethics, for survival… We must proceed now and do it two directions. On one side, drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions, on the other to regenerate forest, soils, seas and biodiversity. Taking care of other species is also taking care of ours there is no trace of doubt, and no time to lose.

    Urban, agrarian and rural, coastal and natural landscapes require, today more than ever, adequate protection, planning and management, as stated in the European Landscape Convention in 2000. More recently, the Paris Agreement and the United Nations 2030 Agenda outlined a clear roadmap to curb climate change. Mitigation and adaptation specify measures to reduce greenhouse gases, on the one hand, and to adapt our environment to new climate scenarios, on the other. The next decade will be decisive. The landscape is in the center of all eyes and landscape architects have a lot to contribute.

    THE LANDSCAPE IS HERE

    According to UN data, cities are home to more than 55% of the world’s population, 70% of carbon emissions are produced and this is where 828 million people live in slums. In 2050 the world population will reach 9.7 billion. All of this poses significant environmental and social challenges, especially in urban settings. In addition, they are closely linked to the abandonment of the rural area, which translates into an enormous loss of natural and cultural heritage.

    Improving the quality of life of citizens requires creating healthy spaces designed by and for people. Green infrastructure, urban forests, streets and small parks, squares and gardens can meet many of these needs when nature-based solutions are applied. At the same time, the recovery of the rural world is announced as part of the solution to overcome the current eco-social crisis. Working in multidisciplinary teams in the analysis of the geographical, social and identity conditioning factors of a place is the only way to apply the most accurate project measures and decisions for each case.

    Landscape architecture, an academic and project discipline with more than 120 years of history, knows well the principles that govern natural, social and cultural processes. Making natural and human dynamics compatible is inherent to the landscape architect´s work. We play with an advantage. Holistically analyze the characteristics and needs of the place, generate spaces of high environmental quality and improve the quality of life of individuals and communities, preserving the local character, are the principles that govern the best landscape architecture projects



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    ELASA

    ELASA is European Landscape Architecture Student Association which promotes cooperation, exchange and mobility of the students within the association and also gives support for developing landscaping ideas and concepts across Europe. The association itself has around 1000 members and operates in a close connection with the IFLA, IFLA Europe and the European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools (ECLAS).

    Each year an annual meeting (summer) and a smaller mini-meeting (spring) are organised. Every meeting is organised in a different country by landscape architecture students of a university from that country.

    ELASA shapes landscape architecture students from all over Europe. Each country is represented by a country representative. ELASA meetings are really important for the association because this is one of the main ways of keeping communication, sharing information and planning the next meetings.

    IFLA Europe provides funds each year for ELASA representatives to join IFLA Europe Delegates and Executive Council at the General Assembly and present ELASA and their activities.

    To find out more about ELASA please visit their website ELASA

    ELASA was present at the IFLA Europe General Assembly held online on 17 October 2020! Alice Narep, ELASA Representative addressed all participants on this occasion and presented ELASA’s activities!

    ELASA Presentation at 2020 IFLA Europe General Assembly



    News from ELASA:

    2020 annual meeting in Bulgaria - postponed. T

    2021 Mini-meeting in the Netherlands

    2021 Annual meeting in Portugal

    2022 Annual meeting in Switzerland

    2022 Mini-meeting isn’t decided yet.



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    IFLA Europe Award

    It is the aim of IFLA Europe to recognise the work of exceptional people who believe that our way of perceiving and understanding the world – derived from our profession – could contribute to its development.

    2020 - IUCN -International Union for Conservation of Nature European Regional Office


    The Award was ‘virtually’ received by Ms Chantal van Ham, EU Programme Manager Nature Based Solutions, Focal point for local and regional authorities

    On this occasion, Ms van Ham addressed IFLA Europe General Assembly through pre-recorded message https://www.iflaeurope.eu/assets/docs/IUCN_video_for_IFLA_Europe_October_2020.mp4




    “On behalf of the IUCN European Regional Office and our global organisation, we would like to thank you wholeheartedly for this award.It is an honour and presents a milestone in our journey to make the value of nature visible in our European landscapes.

    I regret that we cannot meet in person, but in this way I hope to convey our deepest gratitude. Your actions by so many landscape professionals are important in creating awareness and to set the precedent for integrated landscape planning approaches that provide benefits for people, biodiversity and the economy. Bringing nature closer to people with all that it offers to our lifes, not in the least better health and well being, as we all experienced during the corona times, should be an essential part of all economic activities.

    The European Green Deal states that all EU policies should contribute to conserving Europe’s natural capital. There is no future business if we do not make nature part of all our decisions and actions across sectors and in landscape planning. This can only be achieved if we restore biodiversity and ecosystems, the mission of this century.

    Major changes are needed to achieve this mission and bundling IFLA’s creative ideas and practical experiences with IUCNs global network of expertise and best practices on biodiversity and ecosystem services and the implementation of Nature-based Solutions around the world, will make it possible to respond to a wide range of societal challenges, such a climate change, food, water and energy supplies and health.

    IUCN looks forward to strengthen its cooperation with IFLA Europe through knowledge sharing, joint projects for up-scaling NBS and to mobilise investment to integrate nature better in our existing landscapes as well as in new development, to create a healthy liveable and just environment for future generation.”






    2019 - European Federation of Green Roof Associations

    The award was received by Dusty Gedge, President of European Federation of Green Roof Associations at the IFLA Europe General Assembly in Antalya 2019.


    2017 - Europa Nostra

    The Award was received on behalf of Europa Nostra by John Sell, Executive Vice President, at the IFLA Europe General Assembly, which took place in Bucharest, Romania, 1-4 June 2017.



    2016 - European Commission, Directorate General for Environment

    The Award was presented to Mr Stefan Leiner, Head of DG Environment Unit for Biodiversity on behalf of Commissioner Carmenu Vella who on that occasion addressed IFLA Europe Delegates through a video message Commissioner Karmenu VELLA address




    2015 - UNESCO

    http://whc.unesco.org/en/events/1262/

    UNESCO has been granted the award for the leading role it has played since the adoption of the 1972 World Heritage Convention and since the inclusion of Cultural Landscapes on the World Heritage List in 1992. The award was received on behalf of the director of UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre, Ms Mechtild Rössler, by Mr Bernd von Droste, former director of the World Heritage Centre.

    IFLA Europe is one of five regional federations that comprise the International Federation of Landscape Architects and promotes the profession of landscape architecture across all countries of the European Union and the broader European region, recognising excellence in educational courses and promoting best practice operations in all member countries. UNESCO has a longstanding relationship with IFLA.



    2014 Council of Europe

    IFLA Europe granted the Silver Jubilee ‘Landscape and Democracy Award’ to the Council of Europe at their General Assembly held in Oslo, Norway, on 19 October 2014.

    The ‘Landscape and Democracy Award’ for Mr Thorbjørn Jagland,Secretary General of the Council of Europe, was presented by Mr Michael Oldham, first President of IFLA Europe, in the presence of Mrs Liv Kristine Mortensen, President of the Council of Europe Conference of the European Landscape Convention, Mrs Ana Luengo, President of
    IFLA Europe, Mrs Marina Cervera, Secretary General of IFLA Europe and the representatives of the National Associations of IFLA Europe.

    The Award was given to Mrs Maguelonne Déjeant-Pons, Executive Secretary of the European Landscape Convention, who represented the Secretary General on this occasion.





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    The jury for this new edition is composed of several professionals all over Europe from the education field to professional organisations.

    Jury Members:

    Urszula Forczek-Brataniec, IFLA Europe Secretary General and Professor at Krakow University of Technology

    Eszter Bakay, Member of Executive Board, ECLAS - European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools

    Rozana Darwich, AESOP Young Academic Coordination Team member, AESOP - Association

    Hendrik Vanderkamp, Honorary President, ECTP-CEU - European Council of Spatial Planners

    Jacqueline van den Berk, Van den Berk Nurseries

    Manuel Marti, Hunter Industries



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    Rules and Regulations

    2021 IFLA EUROPE Competition for Students and Young Professionals entitled ‘Landscape Here and Now”

    Eligible competition participants

    Competition participant MUST be enrolled landscape architecture student/alumnus or a practitioner in the field of landscape architecture as well as a member of a National Association which is IFLA Europe member - list of all IFLA Europe National Associations is available on our website IFLA Europe National Associations.

    Please note that students may come from a different science but MUST be currently enrolled as landscape architecture students.

    For enrolled students, please provide a copy of a document confirming that you are currently enrolled in that year/landscape architecture programme.
    For young professionals under 35, please provide a copy of a document confirming you are employed by company/studio/other as Landscape Architect.

    An eligible competition participant must not be older than 35 years of age (the year of birth is the deciding factor).

    Competition participants may originate from one of the countries where IFLA EUROPE National Association is present or a country in the region identified as the Council of Europe country.

    List of IFLA Europe member states: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom.

    List of eligible CoE member states not IFLA Europe member: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus, Georgia, Liechtenstein, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Republic of Moldova, San Marino.

    The participant must be a citizen of one of these countries or study and be enrolled in a landscape architecture programme, be an alumnus of a university or work for at least a year prior to the competition opening date in one of the countries listed above.

    Categories
    The entries will be in the following categories for Students and Young Professionals - those who are graduated but also students of post graduate diploma or master’s programmes as per above , a student/alumnus of a landscape architecture course or a practitioner in the field of landscape architecture.

    Category A: Conceptual projects/Ideas
    Category B: Realised projects
    People’s choice

    Competition Rules and Guidelines
    Competition entries in all categories are to be submitted solely via the website https://www.iflaeurope.eu/index.php/youth/index.
    In order to apply, please register on the website https://www.iflaeurope.eu/index.php/youth/register after which you will receive a notification that your registration was successful. Once you received the notification, please login on the competition website and via ‘Submission page’ upload your application and entry.

    Please note that you will need to upload 4 documents!
    1) Your competition entry, in accordance with the Technical specification (here below) - pdf
    2) Application form with authorship declaration and proof of enrollment or employment in Landscape Architecture company/as Landscape Architect- pdf
    3) Executive Summary of the entry - pdf
    4) Image of your competition entry which will serve as your ‘cover’ image on the website - jpg/png

    You are also required to upload up to 3 images (jpg/png) which will be used to promote your application. Please visit our webpage with previous edition to have an idea.

    Competition entry
    Your entry in both categories can include photographs, drawings, plans, visualisations and text. The participant (individual person or group) must be the author of all of the above-mentioned elements on every “entry” uploaded. Each participant can apply for one or more categories but is limited to one contribution per category. If you wish to submit an entry in several categories, please submit a separate entry and all relevant documents for each entry (your competition entry, application form, executive summary and image of your competition entry).

    Please note that you need to submit only one pdf competition entry which will be considered as your application material and will be reviewed by the members of the Jury. All additional material (up to 3 images) that you wish to upload will be used to promote your entry. This material can be used on IFLA Europe website, its Yearbook or Competition booklet with credits to the author(s).

    Technical specification of the entries
    A chosen photo,
    drawing or visualization must be uploaded as a jpg entry. Horizontal orientation is required. All uploaded entries will be reviewed before they are published on the IFLA EUROPE Student and Young Professionals competition website. The language of the competition is English.

    File format
    Please submit a single page in horizontal orientation.
    File type: pdf
    Images: 300dpi resolution minimum

    File size:
    max 5MB, minimum 300dpi resolution (for the file itself and for all the illustrations included on the entry).
    Colour setting: CMYK
    Fonts: 6 points or greater, all fonts embedded

    Please name the file as: year Category project name.pdf -
    For example: 2021 Cat A Project name.pdf

    Please ensure that the project name is not longer than 10 characters!

    Please write this information in the top right corner of your entry. You can see all details of file format of your ‘page’ entry here: 2021 IFLA Europe Competition Entry Format.pdf

    If you apply as a group, the first person mentioned on the form would, in the case of a nomination, be invited for the prize ceremony. There is no limit regarding the numbers of persons participating for one entry.

    Please read carefully these rules and check you spam folder if you do not receive a confirmation email from the competition website or contact secretariat@iflaeurope.eu.

    Executive Summary
    Please provide short Executive Summary of your entry/project, maximum 250 words in pdf. including project context, issues to be addressed, main features and innovations. This text will be used in the jury report and IFLA Europe publications. This must be saved as a PDF and include entry title.

    Please name the file as: year_Cat Project name_Summary.pdf
    For example: 2021_cat_A_John_smith_summary.pdf

    Your application is eligible only if it appears on the Competition entries on the IFLA Europe Student and Young Professionals Competition website. Please note that it may take few days for this process to be done and we are grateful for your understanding. If it is not published, please check your application form and your page to ensure that they fulfill all the conditions of the submission.

    Each candidate (or group of persons) has to download the IFLA Europe Students and Young Professionals Competition file, fill it in and upload it again.Here you will find the application form 2021 IFLA EUROPE Youth Competition Application Form

    The organisers of the competition reserve a right to choose entries for the post-competition publication.

    Dates and Deadlines
    The competition is open to entries from 7 April 2021. The deadline for submitting contributions is 20 July 2021 at 17.00 hrs Brussels time. The results will be announced on 20 September 2021.

    Important dates:

    7 April: Launch of the competition
    20 May:
    Deadline for FAQ
    20 June: Answers to FAQ
    20 July: Deadline for sending entries
    20 August: Deadline for People’s Choice Awards (vote on Facebook)
    20 September A
    nnouncement of winners

    Prizes
    Three winners
    will be chosen for each category. The prize for the winners of categories A and B will be invitation to the IFLA Europe General Assembly in Granada, Spain in 2021 to present their works.

    Economy class plane ticket and accommodation for one night will be provided for the winner or one person representing the group.

    The People’s Choice Award will be determined by voting on the IFLA Europe Facebook page - regardless of category – the winner will be the entry with most “interaction” and “shares” at midnight CET 30 August 2021. All winners will receive a Certificate.

    Special IFLA Europe Student and Young Professional Competition publication will be prepared and will feature the competition entries and they will also be featured in IFLA Europe Yearbook. All entries will be promoted on IFLA Europe website and social media platforms.

    Please note that due to Corona situation, the organisation of Granada General Assembly is being reviewed on a daily basis.

    For any issue that may arise, please contact IFLA Europe Secretariat on secretariat@iflaeurope.eu



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    IFLA Europe Exhibition Project ‘Landscape as a common background’ 2018

    “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, past IFLA Europe President (2015-2019)

    ...“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.”...

    Urszula Forczek-Brataniec, IFLA Europe Secretary General (2016-2020)


    “Many National Associations of IFLA Europe organise annual contests for landscape architecture projects in their respective country. IFLA Europe wants to take this rich harvest to the 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.

    We are very pleased to present the result of one year of work. In total 34 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.

    Gertjan Jobse, IFLA Europe Delegate NVTL, The Netherlands, on behalf the IFLA Europe exhibition 2018 Working Group



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    General Assembly 2020

    IFLA Europe General Assembly took place online on 17 October 2020!

    Delegates, Presidents and members of the National Associations from 32 IFLA Europe member countries participated in constructive discussion on IFLA Europe activities, its mission and vision aligned with the objectives of EU Green Deal and UN Sustainable Development Goals and the important role that landscape architects have in combating climate change and mitigating its impact, as well as promotion of the profession and its regulation in Europe. New Communication strategy was presented to raise awareness about IFLA Europe, the profession of landscape architects and important role they play in the society. Members were invited to join IFLA Europe Organigramme - Working Groups and assist Executive Council members in achieving common objectives. Universities and Schools of Landscape Architecture were encouraged to apply for IFLA Europe recognition of landscape architecture programmes. Professional Recognition Assistance Survey partial results were presented and the Delegates and members were invited to provide information on the state of the profession in their respective countries, the problems that they face with regards to professional mobility and opportunities that appear.

    IFLA Europe members were informed about important meetings that took place with the representatives of European Commission, namely DG Environment and DG Climate which recognised the important role of landscape architects and IFLA Europe in:

    - providing nature-based solutions in climate change mitigation and adaptation

    - implementing and promoting Biodiversity Strategy as a part of the EU Green Deal

    - ensuring that transformational changes need to happen in the landscape, in the urban and rural areas.

    We undertook to engage more actively together with our members and work with national and local authorities in order to ensure that landscape architects are included in the decision-making process.

    We will continue important cooperation with the Council of Europe in landscape matters as IFLA Europe is a consultant NGO in its different working groups via the Conference of the European Landscape Convention and Steering Committee for Culture, Heritage and Landscape (CDCPP) and in projects dealing with professional recognition and the role of landscape architects in heritage projects. We will continue promoting 20 October – International Landscape Day of the Council of Europe. National Associations were encouraged to disseminate the fact sheet on” Landscape Architecs and their role in Heritage Conservation_EN.pdf

    We will continue strong cooperation with ECLAS – European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools and work together towards developing joint recognition document regarding Landscape Architecture teaching and research and work towards development of Common Training Framework. We will continue participating and supporting LE:NOTRE –focal point for landscape specialists of all disciplines where we will focus on further developing international and interdisciplinary approach, and to act as a common platform for those involved in teaching, research and practice in the landscape field. We will continue our support to ELASA - European Landscape Architecture Students Association in order to support to promote cooperation, exchange and mobility of the students. We will reinforce relations with UNISCAPE - European Network of Universities for the implementation of the European Landscape Convention, to support and reinforce scientific interdisciplinary co-operation among European universities regarding landscape issues, especially in the areas of research and teaching, namely study and experimentation activities relating to landscapes, their evolution and transformations.

    Our IFLA Europe Award – whose aim is to recognise the work of exceptional people and organisations that believe that our way of perceiving and understanding the world, derived from our profession, could contribute to its development, was awarded to IUCN European Regional Office.

    Address by Ms Chantal van Ham, EU Programme Manager Nature Based Solution IUCN European Regional Office IUCN message to IFLA Europe

    We value your efforts in adopting and implementation of effective laws and policies for conserving biodiversity and nature, promotion of effective and equitable governance of natural resources and preservation of biodiversity and ecosystem services in Europe and globally. We share many common objectives and believe that together we can deliver nature-based solutions to tackle adverse climate change impacts.

    General Assembly was closed by adoption of 2020 IFLA Europe Resolution - Landscape as Footprints on Earth which urged to include within comprehensive landscape strategies and other sectoral policies the need to develop net positive footprints in landscape development, protection and management; to respond to public’s wish to enjoy high quality landscapes and to play an active part in its development; to ensure that each society undertakes to identify its own landscapes; to promote new and traditional solutions to strengthen capacity to develop net positive footprint in landscapes; to recognise that landscape architects work with nature-based solutions.

    We would like to thank our sponsor Van den Berk Nurseries and Hunter Industries for their support!


    2020 IFLA Europe General Assembly Agenda

    All Reports and General Assembly documents are available to Delegates and Presidents of National Associations through IFLA Europe dedicated General Assembly Reports and Presentations



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    Job adverts posted on IFLA Europe website and on social media platforms:


    National Association Member Non-member
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    3 weeks 160€
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    1 month 200€ 250€



    Current Job Adverts:


    EMiLA FELLOWSHIP 2021 - 2022 École nationale supérieure de paysage

    The EMiLA Fellowship at ENSP Versailles and Marseille is awarded annually to an emerging designer or an already-established landscape architect, whose work articulates the potential for landscape as a medium of design to take an important role in transformations of public realm at territorial and/or urban scale. The position is a one-year position at half-time or a full-time position over one semester. The teaching language is primarily English, ability to communicate in French is considered an advantage.

    THE EMiLA TEAM:
    EMiLA (European Master in Landscape Architecture) is a Master’s Degree run and shared by five leading
    European schools and Universities in the field of Landscape Architectural design:
    - Amsterdam University of the Arts (AUA)/Amsterdam Academy of Architecture (AHK)
    - Universitat Polytècnica de Catalunya (UPC)/Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura (ETSAB) / Escola Superior d’Agricultura de Barcelona (ESAB)
    - The University of Edinburgh / Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) / The Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA)
    - Leibniz Universität Hannover (LUH) / Fakultät für Architektur und Landschaft
    - École nationale supérieure de paysage (site of Versailles and Marseille) (ENSP)

    The aim of this Master program is to foster students to be more aware of the European dimensions
    in landscape at policy level as well as at large/territorial-scale through design practice. Through this process, the students begin to better understand our cultural landscape differences, but also, how important landscape issues cross through national borders and require Pan-European reflections and strategies. Moreover, the curriculum offers students to learn from other universities’ pedagogic methods and it enables them to begin to build up their own future professional network in an international context. (www.emila.eu).

    AIMS: The ambition of the EMiLA Fellowship is to bring forth and foster emerging design educators whose work embody the potential for landscape as a relevant medium of design. The EMiLA Fellowship is also intended to have an active role in reinforcing the partnerships between the EMiLA institutions via different activities.

    AGENDA OF THE FELLOWSHIP:
    The candidate will take part in;

    - The EMiLA Summer School and/or in academic activities at one of the EMiLA partner schools

    - 1-2 Design Studios at Master 1 level, depending on the length of stay
    - Conduct a reflective report on the EMiLA Fellowship with emphasis on the experiences around the Design Studios
    * Due to changes in the pedagogic program or if the candidate is researching on a specific landscape
    topic, changes and adaptation to the teaching offer can be provided.

    THE EMILA FELLOW WILL BE APPOINTED:
    - Lecturer in Landscape Architecture at ENSP on the site of Versailles for the academic year 2021-2022.
    - It is a part-time position. The position can be negotiated to be a full-time position during one semester or a half-time position during the length of an academic year, it will include 192 contact hours
    - The candidate receives a French salary: depending on the candidate’s curriculum this can vary from an annual salary of 11500€ to 15 000€
    - We offer a free of charge residence at the Potager du Roi during the length of the Fellowship.
    - The candidate is expected to be in residence from late August/early September 2021 till June 2022 if half-time, from late August/early September 2021 till late January 2022 or from late January till June 2022 if full-time.

    ELIGIBILITY: Landscape architects and designers from allied design professions who can demonstrate a significant engagement with landscape as a medium of design are invited to apply. Candidates active in academic and professional domains are both welcome. Candidates from practice should show links/ambitions with teaching.

    THE SELECTION PROCESS:
    A jury composed of staff from École Nationale Supérieure de Paysage will select the 2021-2022 Fellow.
    The two-stage competition process will first identify a short-list of three finalists who then will be invited to interviews (most probably via a video-call) in late May. The Jury will recommend a winner to be announced publicly in late May/early June 2021.

    HOW TO APPLY:

    Please submit the following application materials in the form of a single PDF (not larger than 25 MB):

    - Curriculum vitae and contact information for 3 references

    - Digital portfolio of design and other relevant work
    - Two-page document describing pedagogical ideas, tools and the general positioning of the candidate in relation to teaching landscape architectural design in the 21st century.

    Please name the pdf as follows; EMiLA_Fellowship2021_Lastname_Firstname.pdf Submit the pdf by
    email attachment to: international@ecole-paysage.fr

    DEADLINE TO APPLY:
    2nd of May 2021

    INFORMATION ON:
    - School’s policy, Vincent Piveteau Director, v.piveteau@ecole-paysage.fr
    - The Design Department, Bruno Tanant, b.tanant@ecole-paysage.fr
    - EMiLA Curriculum, Lauri Mikkola, l.mikkola@ecole-paysage.fr
    - The Research Programme, Patrick Moquay, p.moquay@ecole-paysage.fr
    - Other questions related to the school, Géraldine Lecanuet, international@ecole-paysage.fr



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    Pursuant to the Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, and repealing Directive 95/46/EC (General Data Protection Regulation), IFLA Europe prepared a Privacy Policy in order to explain what personal data we collect, for what purpose we collect and use it, and with whom we share it. IFLA Europe is fully committed to protect the confidentiality of the data.

    General Data Protection Regulation

    The regulation is an essential step to strengthen individuals’ fundamental rights in the digital age and facilitate business by clarifying rules for companies and public bodies in the digital single market.

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    Council of Europe

    IFLA EUROPE has the Observers - participating International Non-governmental Organisation status with the Council of Europe.

    In the framework of the Work Programme of the Council of Europe for the Implementation of the European Landscape Convention, IFLA Europe was asked by the Council of Europe’s Steering Committee for Culture, Heritage and Landscape (CDCPP) to prepare a report on ‘Professional recognition of Landscape architects’. Report was prepared by Michael Oldham as Expert to the Council of Europe with the contribution and work of IFLA Europe Council of Europe Working Group consisting of:

    • Ana Luengo, HM, Past IFLA Europe President, AEP, Spain
    • Michael Oldham, HM, Past IFLA Europe President, LI, UK
    • Carlo Bruschi, HM, AIAPP, Italy
    • Niek Hazendonk, NVTL, Netherlands
    • Herman van den Bosche, ABAJP/BVTL, Belgium
    • Leor Lovinger, ISALA, Israel
    • Indra Purs, LAAA, Latvia

    ______________________________________________________________________________________________

    Report on Professional Recognition of Landscape Architects

    This Report on Professional Recognition of Landscape Architects was presented at the Conference of the European Landscape Convention in May 2019.

    The Conference ‘took note of the Report on ‘Professional recognition of Landscape architects’ prepared in the framework of the Work Programme of the Council of Europe for the Implementation of the European Landscape Convention by Michael Oldham as Expert to the Council of Europe…which highlights the importance of the contribution of the profession of landscape architects to the well-being and aspirations of society, and considers the need for recognition by the parties to the European Landscape Convention.

    Amended the draft recommendations presented and adopted the Statement of the Conference of the member states of the Council of Europe to the European Landscape Convention on the profession recognition of landscape architects.

    Statement of the Conference of the member states of the Council of Europe to the European Landscape Convention

    Wishing to promote the professional recognition of landscape disciplines including landscape architects:

    Encourages the State Parties to the European Landscape Convention:

    a) to formally recognise the profession of landscape architects at national and international level

    b) to support a multidisciplinary approach to landscape through cooperation of all relevant professions in all phases of the planning process

    c) to increase the diversity of disciplines in the training in landscape professionals, particularly regarding science, management and planning

    At the meeting of the Conference, where all 39 States Parties to the Conference were represented, the Statement was passed unilaterally, there were no dissensions, which is significant in demonstrating the strength of support.

    Final report, dated 23 July 2019, including the adopted Statement of the Conference of the member States of the Council of Europe to the European Landscape Convention on the professional recognition of landscape architects which was adopted at the 10th Council of Europe Conference on the European Landscape Convention, in Strasbourg on 7 May 2019, was adopted by the Council of Europe Council of Ministers on 16 October 2019.

    The Council of Europe’s Steering Committee for Culture, Heritage and Landscape (CDCPP) who commissioned the report received the Report without comment at its meeting on the 12-14th June. The Council of Ministers… on 16 October 2019, at the 1357th meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies, the Committee of Ministers took note of the abridged report of the CDCPP, as it appears in document CM(2019)144, as a whole.

    Globally, this is excellent news and will help Landscape Architects in many countries. However, there are 39 members States to the Council of Europe who have ratified the Convention, only 10 have regulated status for Landscape Architects as far as the EU (separate body) is concerned.

    Though further work is now required, particularly that of questioning the legality of suppressing the title ‘Landscape Architect’, which is still the case in some countries, and will be followed by the IFLA Europe’s Council of Europe Working Group, we wish to inform National Associations of this important step taken at the European Landscape Conference,
    which can be a tool for the National Associations to use in their country towards the accreditation of the profession.

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    CDCPP - Steering Committee for Culture, Heritage and Landscape (CDCPP)

    The CDCPP is the Committee responsible for activities related to Culture, Heritage and Landscape and to follow‐up on their implementation, monitoring and evaluation.

    IFLA EU was present at meetings in 2018, 2019 and on-line meeting held on 30 June.

    At the June meeting, the CDCPP discussed a proposed Manifesto on Arts, Culture, Cultural Heritage and Freedom of Expression in the Digital Era, as well as a concept for a new Digital #exhibition – both being contributions to the 70th anniversary of the European Convention on Human Rights. These initiatives highlighted the sector’s specific contribution to upholding Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law. Other agenda items covered important issues in the cultural heritage and landscape sectors, including new promotional tools for the Faro Convention and Strategy 21. IFLA Europe was represented by Michael Oldham and his report is available https://www.iflaeurope.eu/assets/docs/200307_Report_on_CDCPP_Meeting_of_30_June_2020_MO.pdf

    Next shortened plenary session is foreseen for 12-13 November 2020 in Strasbourg.

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    Landscape architects and their role in heritage conservation

    At the end of 2018, IFLA EU has been entrusted to provide the CoE as part of the European Cultural Strategy for the 21st Century (https://rm.coe.int/16806f6a03] a document on “landscape architects and their role in heritage conservation”.

    The “European Cultural Heritage Strategy for the 21st century” approved by the Ministers of the States Parties to the European Cultural Convention of the Council of Europe is the most farfetched and ambitious programme in Europe as regards the joint action in the field of culture and cultural heritage of all European nations. The fact-sheets generated by the CoE provide the tool to explain in an easy way to citizens what are the main fields of heritage and culture and which are the specialists dealing with it. It is a great success that landscape architects are listed as one of the specialised professions in heritage conservation, and this fact-sheet will be a good tool for practitioners, as the CoE recommends the governments of the member States to “embrace and implement the strategy appended to this recommendation, at the appropriate governance levels, in compliance with their applicable national legal provisions and practice”

    Documents (EN and FR versions) available on IFLA Europe website https://www.iflaeurope.eu/assets /docs/Landscape_Architects_and_their_role_in_Heritage_Conservation_EN.pdf

    https://www.iflaeurope.eu/assets/docs/Role_of_Landscape_architects_in_preservation_of_heritage_FR_.pdf

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    Workshops for the implementation of the European Landscape Convention

    Workshops for the implementation of the European Landscape Convention are designed to explore specific topics related to the implementation of the European Landscape Convention. A genuine forum for sharing practice and ideas, these meetings enable the presentation of new concepts and achievements in implementing the Convention at the international, national, regional and local levels. The meetings are organised every year, in cooperation with a host State.

    Following the calendar of meetings of the Workshops for the implementation of the European Landscape Convention, IFLA EU has been present at:

    ‐ Workshop on “landscape and education, 3‐4 October 2018, Tropea (Italy)

    The Meeting presented experiences of public policies adopted, or being developed, concerning the implementation of Article 6 B. c. of the Council of Europe Landscape Convention on education, according to which “Each Party undertakes to promote: … school and university courses which, in the relevant subject areas, address the values attaching to landscapes and the issues raised by their protection, management and planning”. IFLA EU representative, Ana Luengo, did the closing speech of the meeting. Further information at https://www.coe.int/en/web/landscape/21st

    Workshop on “Water, landscape and citizenship in the face of global change”, 14‐15 March 2019, Seville (Spain)

    Considering that the ELC includes “inland and maritime waters”, the Meeting focused on public policies concerning them. Attention was paid to policies concerning the management of water resources and the presence of water in the landscape. Proceedings: European spatial planning and landscape, No 116

    Next CoE Workshops on the implementation of the ELC are planned for 19-21 October 2020:

    23rd Council of Europe Meeting of the Workshops for the implementation of the European Landscape Convention and Celebration at High Level of the Twentieth Anniversary of the European Landscape Convention “Landscape integration in sectoral policies” - Lausanne, Switzerland, 19-20 October 2020

    24th Council of Europe Meeting of the Workshops for the implementation of the European Landscape Convention “Council of Europe Landscape Award Forum of National Selections - 6th Session 2018-2019” - Geneva, Switzerland, 21-22 October 2020

    All previous workshops information and materials are available on https://www.coe.int/en/web/landscape/workshops

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    Council of Europe International Landscape Day – 20 October

    The International Landscape Day of the Council of Europe is celebrated each year on 20 October, the day of the opening of the European Landscape Convention for signature.

    Fourth International Landscape Day of the Council of Europe, 20 October2020 - “Message from Lausanne”: Landscape integration as sectoral policies

    The “Message from Lausanne”, on the theme of the 23rd Council of Europe Meeting of the Workshops for the implementation of the Council of Europe Landscape Convention on “Landscape integration in sectoral policies” (Lausanne, Switzerland, October 19-20, 2020), invites the actors of the territory to “to integrate landscape into its regional and town planning policies and in its cultural, environmental, agricultural, social and economic policies, as well as in any other policies with possible direct or indirect impact on landscape”
    (Article 5 d. of the European Landscape Convention – Council of Europe).

    Third International Landscape Day, 20 October 2019 “Message from Seville”: Landscape and water

    The “Message from Seville”, on the theme of the 22nd Council of Europe Meeting of the Workshops for the implementation of the European Landscape Convention on “Water, landscape and citizenship in the face of global change” (Seville, Spain, 14-15 March 2019), invites to promote the value of water in the landscape and to consider that the landscape, which includes inland and maritime waters, is “a key element of individual and social well-being and that its protection, management and planning entail rights and responsibilities for everyone” (Preamble of the European Landscape Convention – Council of Europe).

    Second International Landscape Day, 20 October 2018 - Message from Tropea”: Landscape and education

    The “Message from Tropea”, on the theme of the 21st Meeting of the Council of Europe Workshops for the Implementation of the European Convention on “Landscape and Education” (Tropea, Calabria, Italy, 3-4 October 2018), invites public authorities and landscape actors to promote “school and university courses which, in the relevant subject areas, address the values attaching to landscapes and the issues raised by their protection, management and planning” (Article 6 of the European Landscape Convention –
    Council of Europe).

    First International Landscape Day, 20 October 2017 - “Message from Brno”: Landscape at local level

    The “Message from Brno”, on the theme of the 19th Council of Europe Meeting of the Workshops for the implementation of the European Landscape Convention “The implementation of the European Landscape Convention at local level: local democracy” (Brno, Czech Republic, 5-6 September 2017), invites local authorities to celebrate the landscape as “an essential component of people’s surroundings, an expression of the diversity of their shared cultural and natural heritage, and a foundation of their identity” (Article 5, a. of the European Landscape Convention – Council of Europe).

    For more information about International Landscape Day please visit https://www.coe.int/en/web/landscape/international-landscape-day

    List of all National contact points for the implementation of the European Landscape Convention: https://www.iflaeurope.eu/assets/docs/National_Contacts_for_implementation_of_ELC.pdf

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    CEMAT - Counci of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Spatial/Regional Planning

    Though IFLA EU has always been more focused on the European Landscape Convention, the CoE has anothertool with singular significance in landscape planning, the CEMAT. Since its inception in 1970, the Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Spatial/Regional Planning (CEMAT) has played an invaluable role in promoting efficient and sustainable territorial development policies on the European continent, being the only pan‐European platform for co‐operation, exchange of best practices and definition of common principles on spatial development.

    Note on CEMAT prepared by Carlo Bruschi is available here: https://www.iflaeurope.eu/assets/docs/191215_Note_on_CoE_CEMAT_CBr.pdf

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    HEREIN in Gardens

    Heritage Information Network which brings together European public administrations in charge of national cultural heritage policies and strategies to form a unique co-operation network in the domain of Cultural Heritage. Each participating HEREIN country is represented by a National HEREIN Coordinator, generally a governmental expert in cultural heritage appointed by the competent national Ministry.

    HEREIN was fully shaped in 2014 by the development of its two major components:

    • A network of national coordinators, appointed by relevant Ministries, which:
      • Facilitates sharing, exchanging and analysing information on cultural heritage;
      • Explores themes and areas of work addressing current challenges and issues in that field.
    • A database, with input from thenational coordinators, which provides:
      • an inventoryof European heritage policies in 38 Council of Europe Member States;
      • a terminology concerning cultural and natural heritage in 14 European languages.

    Following the participative survey to the HEREIN network on garden policy launched in 2015, a first meeting of interested countries agreed on the need to build a network of administrations responsible for garden policies in Europe. A working group was to analyse the situation of parks and gardens throughout Europe, aiming at fulfilling actions regarding their revalorisation.

    This has led to create the “HEREIN in garden” network whose objectives are:

    1. Contributing to the building of a voluntary countries network;

    2. Promoting the exchange of information and know-how;

    3. Promoting international and national activities on gardens;

    4. Raising awareness of different audiences.

    To achieve it, it aims in particular to provide information on: actions; protection measures; existing training.

    • At international level: actors; legislation
    • At national level: authorities responsible and other actors; national legislation; available documentation; awareness

    HEREIN organises annual event on gardens in European countries “Rendez-vous aux jardins”. Planned 2020 event was to take place 5-7 June on topic: “The transmission of knowledge” and however due to COVID is postponed for 2021.

    https://www.coe.int/en/web/herein-system/international-tools

    All national members are available here: https://www.coe.int/en/web/herein-system/network

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    IFLA Europe General Assembly is the governing body of IFLA Europe and is regulated by IFLA Europe Statutes and Regulations Chapter VIII (Statutes and Regulations both to be a link to the pdf document already uploaded in Regulatory documents). It consists of voting representatives - Delegate from each Effective member – National Association, the Executive Council and the representatives or individuals of other membership categories. General Assembly is chaired by the President of the Executive Council or by a nominated voting member appointed by the General Assembly at the beginning of the meeting. The President of each Effective member (National Association) has the right to attend, participate and vote at the General Assembly. Interim, Affiliate, Individual, Corporate and Honorary members will have the right to attend the General Assembly but will not have the right to vote.

    IFLA Europe has full powers to act to realise the aims and objectives of IFLA Europe. The following powers are exclusively reserved to the General Assembly:

    • agreement and approval of budgets, accounts and all financial matters relating to the appropriate governance and operations of IFLA Europe
    • admission and exclusion of members of IFLA Europe to/from any of the membership categories
    • modification to the membership status of members of IFLA Europe among the membership categories
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    • admission and exclusion of Delegates to/from the eligible voting members
    • election and dismissal of members of the Executive Council
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    • determination of the value of contributions and methods of payment by each IFLA Europe member to the funds of the organisation
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    • removals of IFLA Europe headquarters from within the administrative Region of Brussels Capital, Belgium
    • modifications to the IFLA Europe Statutes and Regulations
    • dissolution of IFLA Europe and the transfer of any associated property.

    The General Assembly will make decisions based upon the single voting procedures of a simple majority of votes of the eligible voting members present and represented, unless it is agreed to be by a qualified majority according to Articles 18.2, 55.4 and 57.1. In case of proposals to modify the Statutes or the Regulations, or to dissolve IFLA Europe, a qualified majority of two thirds of the votes of the eligible voting members present and represented shall be required. Voting shall be conducted by a show of hands, except in the case of the admission or exclusion of an eligible voting member or a member of the Executive Council, which shall be carried out by secret ballot. The votes of the secret ballot will be counted by a minimum of two eligible voting members present at the meeting.

    If deemed appropriate by the Executive Council, voting concerning elections/exclusions to/from the Executive Council, Board of Auditors, Board of Trustees, School Recognition Panel, Committees and Working Groups, or any other decisions which may be taken by referendum, can be carried out by means of any suitable online technology previously selected by the Executive Council and approved by the GA.

    A President of any IFLA Europe member association can be represented in the General Assembly by a member of the Executive Council or by another representative, personally designated, of the National Association in question. A Delegate of any IFLA Europe member Association can be represented in the General Assembly by another member of the association in question or by any other voting member attending the General Assembly. In these cases, written instruments of proxy, signed by the President or an authorised representative of the member associations in question, are to be received either before or at the start of the meeting.

    Future General Assemblies:

    22-24 October 2021 – Granada, Spain

    2022 – Croatia

    2023 – Italy

    2024 – Israel

    2025 – Belgium

    2026 Finland

    2027 - to be decided

    2028 - Iceland


    History of IFLA EUROPE General Assemblies and Regional Conferences/Congresses

    Year/ General Assembly and Conference Theme

    2020 On-line “Footprints in Landscape”

    2019 Antalya, Turkey 30th Jubilee General Assembly “Landscape as a collective memory”

    2018 London, UK “Valuing Landscape: Connecting people, place and nature”

    2017 Bucharest, Romania “(Un)Limited landscapes, no fence, no offence”

    2016 Brussels, Belgium “Futurescapes, rethinking urban landscapes”

    2015 Lisbon, Portugal Landscape Archetypes, Lessons for the future”

    2014 Oslo, Norway “Landscape and Democracy”

    2013 Berlin, Germany General Assembly and Conference 100th anniversary of BDLA

    2012 Saint Petersburg, Russia “Green infrastructure, from global to local”

    2011 Tallinn, Estonia “Mind the Gap. Landscapes for a New Era”

    2010 Brussels, Belgium Landscape 10, ELC in action: experience before and after

    2009 Brussels, Belgium 20th Jubilee General Assembly “The Future of Europe in the hands of Professional Landscape Architects”

    2008 Brussels, Belgium “Global Warming: the role of landscape architecture”

    2007 Brussels, Belgium

    2006 Brussels, Belgium

    2005 Brussels, Belgium

    2004 Brussels, Belgium

    2003 Brussels, Belgium

    2002 Brussels, Belgium

    2001 Brussels, Belgium

    2000 Brussels, Belgium

    1999 Brussels, Belgium

    1998 Brussels, Belgium “Landscape architecture in the EU regional programmes”

    1997 Brussels, Belgium

    1996 Brussels, Belgium

    1995 Aix-les-Bains, France General Assembly – 2eme Assises Nationales du Paysage de France

    1994 Brussels, Belgium

    1993 Brussels, Belgium

    1992 The Hague, Netherlands

    1991 Brussels, Belgium

    1990 Brussels, Belgium Official launch of EFLA Workshop students “Zone du Canal”

    1989 Huizingen, Belgium Founding EFLA General Assembly



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