IFLA Europe Yearbook 2019 - “Landscape as a Collective Memory”

The theme of the IFLA Europe General Assembly 2019 and the CTLA Landscape Architecture Conference was Landscape as collective memory.
Considering the landscape as a scene, where interaction between people and their surroundings is realized in a particular place, with heritage, identity and history in mind, the important role of landscape architects in understanding of landscape, its’ protection and shaping the future of landscapes was highlighted.

The year of 2019 was particularly significant because of the celebration od the 30th Jubilee of IFLA Europe which was created in April 1989 as then European Foundtion for Landscape Architecture (EFLA) with the objective to represent, support and promote the unique and stand‐alone profession of landscape architecture across Europe.

Annual theme „Landscape as collective memory“ was presented from the perspective of the IFLA Europe national Delegates during the Pecha Kucha session. They shared diverse selection of examples of different memory and identity landscapes from their homeland, few current research projects and some local groups initiatives

and activities regarding the topic. It was interesting to see different approach, attitude and emotions brought to us about the topic. As it can be seen in the yearbook, landscape as collective memory is presented in different emotional categories (as places of enjoyment, happiness, national pride, hard labour, sadness, suffer, mourning), various forms (natural, industrial, traditional-rural, urban, historical or even virtual) and as differently valued (positive examples of good maintenance and/or restoration or
neglected examples of vulnerable and/or degraded landscapes). (Darija Perkovic, Vice President for Communications)

“IFLA Europe Yearbook 2018 - Valuing Landscapes”

”..When it comes to Valuing Landscapes, it appears as a living topic which encompasses all the cur-rent opportunities and difficulties together with many contentious issues and frequently with hidden surprises. Over time, the perception of space and its values changes. These changes can be extreme due to a change in the way of life and a different approach to the use of space. We are currently witnessing a reevaluation that seems to be occurring at an accelerated pace and no doubt the result of the processes initiated by subsequent industrial revolutions. The aspirations, momentum and scale of the industrial revolution and other major social and political upheavals prompted a reevaluation of the landscape (places, areas, localities) and the resources of the landscape may thus be said to be continually reassessed. In contrast, for instance, to the development of the urban / industrial landscape, our interest, perhaps subconsciously is directed on the richness of natural and cultural diversity.” (excerpt from 2018 IFLA Europe Yearbook)

IFLA Europe Yearbook 2018


“Brussels Two and a half centuries of public parks and gardens 1775-2020”

IFLA Europe has the pleasure to support the publictaion of the book ‘Brussels, Two and a Half Centuries of Public Parks and Gardens 1775-2020” edited by Eric Hennaut and Ursula Wieser Benedetti with foreword by Michael Jakob and published by CIVA.

The publication is a collection of materials presented at the exhibition “Designed Landscapes 1775-2020” which took place in Brussels from 16 November 2018 to 31st March 2019. The book contains a multiplicity of unique illustrations, plans and engravings of the most important designed landscapes of Brussels and its surroundings. This is not the only publication’s value. It was supplemented with a descriptive part that permeates the history of gardening in this part of Europe. All trends present in landscape design have been reflected in individual implementations here, which contributes to uniqueness of this region. As Michael Jakob writes in the introduction, “long before it became the capital of Europe, therefore Brussels functioned as a vast laboratory and a showcase in which different styles and methods, linked to a variety of national traditions could inspire experiments on a grand scale.” Also noteworthy is the broad conceptual background outlined in the first part of the publication. It introduces the reader to the issues of designed landscape and the relationship of this field with the etymology of the word landscape in particular languages. The method of presenting the topic makes the publication attractive and available to experienced professionals as well as keen gardeners and people interested in shaping space. I would like to recommend this publication and thank the authors of this undertaking for creating an important position in terms of shaping space and the history of the profession of a landscape architect.”

Urszula Forczek-Brataniec,

IFLA Europe Secretary General (2016-2020)

The book can be purchased through CIVA website https://civa.brussels/en/e-shop

Please note that in case that your National Association or University wishes to order 5 or more copies that can be delivered to a single address, the price of the book is 35€ and IFLA Europe will assist in the purchase and delivery.


DKAS Slovenian Association of Landscape Architects

The Slovenian Association of Landscape Architects (DKAS) released the proceedings of an expert conference on climate change adaptation in urban areas, held in October 2020.

With the support of the Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning and the City of Ljubljana, SALA held an online expert conference “Cold Cities for a Hot Planet: The Importance of Adapting to Climate Change in Urban Areas”. More than 200 participants attended the conference, with which SALA sought to open an expert discussion on the
challenges climate change poses to spatial and urban planning. The conference proceedings discussed at the online event are collected in the publication below.

Proceedings available here DKAS Cold Cities for Hot Planet

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