The European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools, ECLAS, is an association of university teachers and researchers in landscape architecture, whose main membership consists of university departments and faculties where landscape architecture teaching and research is the main focus of activity.
The European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools exists to foster and develop scholarship in landscape architecture throughout Europe by strengthening contacts and enriching the dialogue between members of Europe’s landscape academic community and by representing the interests of this community within the wider European social and institutional context.
In pursuit of this goal the European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools seeks to build upon the Continent’s rich landscape heritage and intellectual traditions to:
IFLA Europe and ECLAS have signed Memorandum on Cooperation and ECLAS representative is a member of IFLA Europe School Recognition Panel.
The aim of the LE:NOTRE Institute is to provide a focal point for landscape specialists of all disciplines, from theory and practice and from the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. It offers places where they can come together to exchange ideas and deepen their understanding of the landscape and of each other’s approach to it.
The LE:NOTRE Institute (LNI) is associated to ECLAS. The LE:NOTRE Institute is overseen by the ECLAS Executive Committee and the General Assembly and run by the LE:NOTRE Institute Board.
At present, the LE:NOTRE Institute focuses on the following activities:
community, recently increasingly by means of ERASMUS projects
LE:NOTRE Landscape Forum
The LE:NOTRE Landscape Forum is an event during which academics and local stakeholders collaborate in order to address a local landscape challenges. At the heart of the LE:NOTRE Landscape Forum are four thematic working groups and three cross-cutting groups. Participants prepare the themes in advance and undertake fieldwork during the meeting using the landscape of the Forum venue city region as a case study.
Interdisciplinary dialogue and discussion between the participants are placed at the heart of the Forum, rather than the one-sided presentation of papers. Participation in the Forum by teachers, researchers and students, from a range of different ‘landscape-related’ disciplines as well as practitioners is also central to the interdisciplinary process of discourse and mutual learning which is at its heart.
International Student Competition
The international student competition invites students across countries and disciplines to envision alternative futures for the landscapes on which the subsequent landscape forum will focus.
The competition task usually requires an analytical and conceptual process at various scales, from landscape to site design.
2020 competition’ focuses on the cross-border landscape of Bratislava. To learn more about Competition and previous editions, please follow this link.