In this devastating war happening in Ukraine, we, Landscape Architects, cannot help but put our extraordinary professionalism at the service of the interest human community. As builders of harmony, beauty, development and prosperity for people and, as such, messengers of peace, our Federation brings together professional Associations whose main aim is, with mutual respect for the diversities of everybody, encourage, support and strive for the improvement of the relationship of all peoples with themselves and every aspect of the planet’s environment.

Therefore, we urge our members-National Associations which have already or will express the willingness to support Ukrainian professionals who will emigrate to their countries and to share with us any ideas and initiatives that might have. Until now National Associations representatives, universities and companies through their volunteering initiatives offer to support our colleagues Landscape Architects from Ukraine by helping them to continue their work, to find a job and pursue studies in the profession of landscape architect, through their networking channels.

IFLA Europe wishes to gather all these information here on our website and send it to the Ukrainian Association of Landscape Architects. This dedicated subpage will contain the information about support to Ukrainian Landscape Architecture professionals and students provided by our National Associations and other related landscape architecture organisations, institutions and companies.

We urge National Associations and other related organisations to sends us the following information:

  • the description of the initiative/support (100 words max)
  • the contact details – name, email address - of the person(s) in charge and the website link for further information
  • the logo of the National Association or organisation.

Please note that by giving this information to IFLA Europe, you are giving your consent for this information to be published on our website.

If only a fraction of the costs of pursuing such a war were simply spent on improving the quality of people’s lives, the world would be a much better place. We should be working together to protect and manage the world and as such we are asking our member associations and all individuals to support our Ukrainian colleagues affected by the war.



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Youth competition 2021

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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VESTRE

Vestre is a Norwegian manufacturer of urban furniture. For more than 70 years, the company has helped create social meeting places for millions of people. The product range includes a wide variety of seating elements, tables, litter bins, bicycle stands and planters.

Vestre makes colourful, sustainable and inclusive furniture which encourages people to get together, to care and to participate in everyday democracy. If you travel around Norway, you can find Vestre furniture created back in the 50s. It is still standing, creating social meeting places every day of the year.

In 2022 Vestre will open the doors to the world’s most environmentally friendly and transparent furniture factory: The Plus. It was designed by BIG Bjarke Ingels Group as a completely new kind of factory where people, production, technology, architecture and nature are completely integrated with each other. The building is the first industrial
building in Scandinavia to be certified with BREEAM Outstanding, the highest category for assessing the sustainability of buildings.

Vestre has incorporated nine of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals into its business philosophy and aims to be recognised as the world’s most sustainable furniture manufacturer. Every year, Vestre gives at least 10% of its profits to sustainable projects around the world. As sustainable products must be durable achieving the longest possible lifetime is at the heart of Vestre’s production process. The company offers a lifetime guarantee against rust and a 15-year guarantee against wood rot.

All products are designed and manufactured in Scandinavia using renewable energy, local materials and environmentally friendly production technology. Vestre has two factories, one in Sweden and one in Norway. The steel factory in Torsby, Sweden opened in 2013 and was designed by the Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta. The second, the Plus, is in Magnor in Norway. All the products that are produced there are quality and environmentally certified in accordance with ISO 9001 and ISO 14001, and Vestre continuously works on innovation and improvements.

More info: www.vestre.com and www.theplus.no

Re-Connect - New Inspiration Book and Product Catalogue from VESTRE!

In this year’s inspiration book, Vestre encourages people to find their way back – to each other and to nature – so that we can ensure that our planet continues to be habitable for future generations. One way is to create sociable meeting places where people can come together and create a common ‘we’. Another way is to be uncompromising when it comes to the way we do business. Between the covers of this book, you will get to read more about just that. You will also find practical information about our furniture, such as the purpose, price list and carbon footprint for each individual product. This makes it easier to compare your different options.



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General Assembly 2022

2022 IFLA Europe General Assembly and MARK Finland International Landscape Architecture Congress, Helsinki, Finland 13-16 October 2022!

Landscape Architects are currently offered a significant leading role in the development of the landscape. Landscape architecture is an area that concretises how we view our environment and that makes our society’s relationship with nature visible.

The aim of design has always been to increase
well-being. The 19th century was marked by technological advances and engineers played a leading role in developing the industrializing world. In the 20th century, alongside technology and ecology, humanistic values rose in discourse; aesthetics and social dimensions. Architects took a central role and set out to solve the challenges of the post-war world.

Now in the 21st century it is Landscape Architects’ turn. The element of nature and the post-humanist perspective add to the goals of design, and traditional design processes go hand in hand with a with a greater understanding of the interaction of technology, man, and nature, and their mutual relationships.

As the operating environment and the issues to be solved in it become more and more complex, Landscape Architects have the necessary know-how to coordinate different requirements. The focus of design is increasingly shifting from shaping the end result to controlling the entire process, and the Landscape Architect profession provides the necessary skills for this.

Boldness

By raising the profile of the debate, we see that taking on a socially significant expert role requires courage and responsibility. Until now, the formation of our profession has required taking bold action, and now there is a greater need for action than ever before. It is time for Landscape Architects to take on a leading role in the development of the landscape. We ask, under what conditions can we, as Landscape Architects, act more boldly at this moment, and by what means will we redeem this mandate? How can each of us act boldly in our own work and how do we see our own responsibility in our actions?

Beauty

Aesthetics is one of the cornerstones of landscape architecture. There are now numerous new themes on the design table to solve and coordinate. For this reason, it is timely to ask what is the role of beauty and aesthetics in landscape architecture. The skill of our profession to create beauty undoubtedly adds value to projects, but how can we make better use of this expertise? What is the value of beauty in a world of change and crisis?

Boldness and Beauty

By bringing these two themes together, we want to launch an internal identity debate within the profession. Can these boldness and beauty together form the guiding themes for the design of the urban landscape of the 21st century? Through what examples, design projects, and actions can these themes be defined in landscape architecture? Will one come before the other, or are boldness and beauty prerequisites for each other?

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IFLA Europe Rural Landscapes photo competition

IFLA EUROPE CALL FOR IMAGES - RURAL LANDSCAPES PHOTO COMPETITION

Context

Agricultural Landscapes take up 39% of European lands, presenting a palimpsest of human interaction with nature and creating an extensive ‘green infrastructure’, when sustainably cultivated, with socio-ecological impact to everyday lives of people.

Yet, these valuable landscapes, often in close relation with urbanised lands, do not receive the acknowledgement, the ontological planning and the design they deserve.

Unknown to most of citizens, the agricultural landscapes are seen as a background of holidays, many times idealised as ‘scenery’ and therefore, Landscape Architects are committed to take actions towards their recognition as productive, important to produce ecosystem services and also recreational valuable place on earth.

IFLA Europe Agricultural Landscape Working group invites professionals and non-professionals to submit images of their ‘idealised’ but also of their everyday agricultural landscapes in an attempt to include as many stakeholders as possible!
Share our vision and submit your photograph!

Who is making the call and why?

IFLA EUROPE Agricultural Landscapes Working Group is launching an open call for images aimed at acknowledging and mapping traditional agricultural landscapes in Europe. This activity contributes to the goal of making a European inventory of agricultural heritage systems aligned with United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation/Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Sites (UN FAO/GIAHS) guidelines http://www.fao.org/giahs/become-a-giahs/selection-criteria-and-action-plan/en/;

Who can participate?
Participants from all over Europe are asked to submit a photograph (at least 300 dpi) representing the main characteristics of the traditional agricultural/forestry/livestock landscape and seascape. “Traditional” is meant as a sustainable, important for the identity of the local communities, their sense of belonging to the places, productive landscape, expression of the co-evolution between men and environment and of the relationship nature-culture. The cultivating/producing technique must be briefly described (max 300 words), and the relation between local community and landscape.

The applicants need to send the following material:
- Filled in Application form in word with required information
- Release of rights declaration duly signed
- One photo (minimum 300 dpi, one photo 800px for website and one photo 4000px for printed version.
- Entry in postcard format.

1. Filled in Application form in Word with the following information (please scroll to the bottom of the text to download the form):

Which kind of agriculture, forestry or livestock? Short description of the characteristics (300 words)

Which of the following criteria are satisfied? Flag the answers. The explanation of different criteria is given below:

- Food and livelihood security
The proposed agricultural system contributes to
food and/or livelihood security of local communities. This includes a wide variety of agricultural types such as self-sufficient and semi-subsistence agriculture where provisioning and exchanges take place among local communities, which contributes to rural economy.

- Agro-biodiversity
Agricultural biodiversity, as defined by UN FAO (*) as the variety of animals, plants and micro-organisms that are used directly or indirectly for food and agriculture, including crops, livestock, forestry and fisheries. The system should be endowed with globally significant biodiversity and genetic resources for food and agriculture (e.g., endemic, domesticated, rare, endangered species of crops and animals).

- Local and Traditional Knowledge systems
The system should maintain local and invaluable traditional knowledge and practices, ingenious adaptive technology and management systems of natural resources, including biota, land, water which have supported agricultural, forestry and/or fishery activities.

- Cultures, Value systems, Recreational Values and Social Organisations
Cultural identity and sense of place are embedded in and belong to specific agricultural sites. Social organisations, value systems and cultural practices associated with resource management and food production may ensure conservation of and promote equity in the use and access to natural resources. Such social organisations and practices may take the form of customary laws and practices as well as ceremonial, religious and/or spiritual experiences.

- Landscapes and Seascapes Features
Landscapes or seascapes that have been developed over time through the interaction between humans and the environment, and appear to have stabilized or to evolve very slowly. Their form, shape and interlinkages are characterized by long historical persistence and a strong connection with the local socio-economic systems that produced them. Their stability, or slow evolution, is the evidence of integration of food production, the environment and culture in a given area or region. They may have the form of complex land use systems, such as land use mosaics, water and coastal management systems.

2. Release of rights declaration duly signed (form available on website)
3. Original photo
at least 300 dpi
4. Your photo in postcard format

Applicants should make a postcard with their photo as front side and their details as the back side. Template is available below.

The applicants are required to send original image/photo in 2 different formats:
a) 800 px for website/digital version
b) 4000 px for printed version

The photograph submitted must meet basic technical and quality standards.

The shortlisted postcards will be realised by IFLA Europe in A5 format postcard is attached as an example.


Send your competition material by email to:
IFLA Europe Secretariat

FAO: Daniela Micanovic-Franckx, Executive Secretary
Email: competition@iflaeurope.eu

Please save your documents in the following format:
- Application: imagetitle_your name_application.doc
- Postcard: imagetitle_yourname_postcard
- Release of rights: imagetitle_yourname_releaseofrights

Channel of communication
- Rural networks in Europe
- National Associations of Landscape
Architecture members of IFLA Europe
- IFLA Europe website
- IFLA Europe social media platforms
-
IFLA Europe Newsletter

Jury
1. Clelia Puzzo, UN FAO-GIAHS Programme
2. Maguelonne Dejeant-Pons, Council of Europe
3. Chantal van Ham, Acting Director of IUCN European Regional Office
4. Hans Renes, President EUCALAND
5. Representative of IFLA Europe Agricultural Landscapes Working Group

Judging criteria
The judges will look for a creative, engaging and inspiring submission. The entries will be judged on:
- Relevance of the entry to the competition topic
- Significance level and uniqueness of the rural landscape submitted
- Creativity expressed through the photo and the description

The organisers and judges reserve the right to remove any entries from the competition that they feel may breach any of the Competition rules, the Terms and Conditions or may bring the competition into disrepute. Such entries will be disqualified.

Award:
1st Prize: 500 € and a comprehensive article including additional images and documentation of the context of the awarded images which will be published on the IFLA Europe website and social media.
2nd -5th Prize a comprehensive article including additional images and documentation of the context of the awarded images which will be published on the IFLA Europe website and social media.

The awarded image as well as shortlisted photographs will be published as postcards with additional information about the context of the image.

Deadlines:

31 January 2022 - Launch of the Competition
15 August 2022 - Deadline for sending the entries
25 August 2022 - Jury review
15 September 2022 - Proclamation of the winner
October 2022 - Virtual Exhibition with eminent guide (cicerone) presentations. Video will be presented at IFLA Europe General Assembly 2022

Confidentiality and protection of personal data

The personal data you provide in the submission form of the IFLA Europe Rural Landscapes Image competition is processed in accordance with regulation (EU) 2018/1725 of the European Parliament (OJ L 295/39 of 21.11.2018) and of the Council of 23 October 2018 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data by the Union institutions, bodies, offices and agencies and on the free movement of such data. No personal data is shared with third parties.

All participants must be 18 or older.

You must have full copyrights to the submitted material. One entrant may submit maximum one entry in the competition.

Competition submissions must not include any endorsements of products or services, or any obscene, violent, racist or defamatory content. Incomplete entries or entries
that do not comply with the formal specifications will be automatically disqualified.

Submissions may also not be accepted into the contest if the image in the entry features an identifiable individual who has not given their consent to appear or if the image features advertising or trademarks, which would otherwise require the IFLA Europe to obtain permission to use.

Members of IFLA Europe Executive Council and Agricultural Landscapes Working Groups are not eligible to participate in the competition.





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Punto Design

We create a unique and comfortable urban environment


Starting from the 2002 Punto Design produce urban street furniture, sports equipment and furniture for HoReCa segment.

Their products unite all people regardless of age, gender, ethnicity and culture.
Punto Design pays a lot of attention to inclusiveness of their products. They know how important it is to create comfortable environment for socialisation and provide equal conditions for people with disabilities and pensioners.

Company Punto Design uses certified wood from environment friendly forestry and sustainable steel. All their products are recyclable and have many recycling options.

Urban design is very important for Punto Design and their designers. Their products are created in collaboration with outstanding world-known designers and architects. Products meet international safety standards, that is confirmed by the TÜV SÜD certificate. Creating unique products for the best cities!



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NELA - European Network of Landscape Architecture Archives

European Network of Landscape Architecture Archives

A milestone event in the history of landscape architecture took place on 18 September 2019, when eight European landscape architecture archives joined forces to create an international network. The event took place in Ås as part of the ECLAS (European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools) Conference. The Network paves the discipline, which is now 100 years old, a historical foundation, where the future challenges and demands in research, teaching and design can be built upon.

In 2019 the Network of European Landscape Architecture Archives (NELA) was founded to raise awareness of the invaluable records relating to the history of the built environment through an international collaboration between archives, researchers and educators. It built on previous symposiums and publications that discussed the extent of various collections as well as publishing approaches in various countries, and aims to build a common platform to share knowledge. One of NELA’s key concerns is to facilitate the work of the archives through an exchange of know-how: indeed, we are convinced that this exchange will release untapped potential for joint research projects at the European level. The network will develop a set of standards, link the individual holdings, and raise their profile in the public eye. Plans are under way to implement cooperative programmes of teaching and research as well as joint publications and exhibitions.

It is particularly gratifying that the Austrian LArchiv at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna, represented by Lilli Lička, Ulrike Krippner, and Roland Tusch, together with colleagues from Norway and Switzerland, is part of the international association’s founding team.

What was it like actually? Have you ever had to search for an original plan? Or needed information about a garden, a park, or a motorway? Did you want information about how the training programme was developed? Were you interested in a particular person? In the European landscape architecture archives, data and documents are expertly organized, stored, and made available to researchers, practitioners, and interested laypeople. However, landscape architecture has a good deal of ground to make up, as there are gaps in the historical narrative, in particular with regard to recent projects and figures in the field.

“Together, it will be easier for us to fill these gaps,” says Lilli Lička of the LArchiv, emphasizing how important it is to exchange ideas about content and organizational strategies at the European level to ensure continuity from the past to the present and from the present into the future.

Working with archives is an inspiring and effective educational approach

European network, international exchange, working in the archives and public relations

Just as the landscape does not terminate at a border, styles and ways of working also have currency internationally. Social and natural problems are not simply local matters, contracts are awarded internationally. This means that not only does each of the national archives benefit from the network, but the process of exchange also leads to the cross-linking of information and the generation of new knowledge and insights. With regard to the network’s specific plans, Lička—who also opens the archive for BOKU courses—says, “We will also share our experience of working in the archive, so that our day-to-day work becomes easier and more effective.” Publications and exhibitions are to be created to improve visibility in society and communicate landscape architecture to the general public. “We make it easier for practitioners and researchers to access documents and archival holdings and devise joint research projects,” explains Ulrike Krippner, who is currently working on a “once-in-a-lifetime project”.

Danube Island project, 100 years of training, and Leberecht Migge

BOKU LArchiv
BOKU LArchiv

The original plans for Vienna’s Danube Island, drawn up by landscape architect Gottfried Hansjakob and a part of BOKU’s LArchiv holdings, represent a genuine treasure, one that, in the context of a centenary exhibition, can inform us about the origins of this important recreational green space. Annegreth Dietze-Schirdewahn, head of the archive at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, also laid the ground for a remarkable exhibition in 2019 to mark the hundredth anniversary of Europe’s first training centre for landscape architecture. Jenny Osuldsen, curator of the exhibition and landscape architect, who fronts the successful Snøhetta office, stresses the importance

of archival work: “For us as practitioners, the past is just as important as the future. It enables us to develop further without having to constantly start all over again. There has been so much good work done already that can serve as a model for us!” The Swiss have discovered one of these role models in their archives—while processing their old holdings, they came upon the original garden plans drawn up by the famous social reformer Leberecht Migge in the period from 1910 to 1920. Migge was one of the first to devote himself to investigating the social functions of urban green space, and his work, which was thought to have been lost, has now been published.

NELA Mission Statement

Founders and Network

The initiative for founding the network came from the following archives:
LArchiv, Archive of Austrian Landscape Architecture / University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna Lilli Lička, Ulrike Krippner, Roland
Tusch, www.larchiv.at
ASLA, Swiss Archive at HSR Rapperswil Hansjörg Gadient, Sophie von Schwerin,
Simon Orga, www.asla.ch ANLA Historical Archive of Norwegian
Landscape Architecture, NMBU Ås Annegreth Dietze-Schirdewahn, Bjørn Anders
Fredriksen, http://blogg.nmbu.no/ila-samling

Contact for NELA: Annegreth Dietze-Schirdewahn, annegreth.dietze@nmbu.no

Members of NELA:

ANLA, Historical Archive of Norwegian Landscape Architecture, Ås, Norvège

ASLA, Archiv für Schweizer Landschaftsarchitektur, Rapperswil, Suisse

CIVA, Landscape Architecture Archives, Belgique

LArchiv, Archive of Austrian Landscape Architecture, BOKU Vienna, Autriche

MERL, The MERL and University of Reading Special Collections, Reading, Royame Uni

WUR, Special Collections of Wageningen University & Research - Library, Wageningen, Pays-Bas

ENSP, École nationale supérieure de paysage, Versailles-Marseille, France

MSA, Manchester School of Architecture, Royaume-Uni

SPUNitra, Slovak University of Agriculture, Nitra, Slovaquie

Entz Ferenc Könyvtár és Levéltá, Budapest, Hongrie

TU Kaiserslautern, Technische Universität Kaiserslautern, Allemagne

Doku:lab, Universität Kassel, Allemagne

VU Amsterdam, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Pays-Bas

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New European Bauhaus Initiative

Join us in person or online at the NEB Conference ‘Places’ - ‘Reconnecting with Nature - Landscape Architects at the forefront of thesustainable and creative urban transformation’

Saturday, 11 June 2022, 14.00-19.30 both in person at the ULB Faculty of Architecture, Place Flagey in Brussels and online https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEucu6urTgrGtOzpTpxgUdqLuYGkNF6q3yh .


Cities have become the focus of sustainability issues as they are major consumers and distributors of goods and services. They have an ecological impact much beyond their geographic locations. Calls for humankind to reconnect with nature to forward sustainability and resilience cannot be ignored anymore. Therefore, we have to re-connect with nature in our social and ecological systems, to the urban landscapes, to fight against environmental crises in our cities. There is an urgent need to transform our cities towards a more intact and resilient urban nature for a better future of our citizens. Interventions that respond to certain everyday needs of people in their public spaces can have multiple catalysing benefits for urban communities. Besides the tangible improvement of the environment, socio-ecological design, innovation practices in public spaces strengthen community cohesion, awareness of the common good, and finally the motivation towards further engagement in spatial transformation processes.

Cities have become the focus of sustainability issues as they are major consumers and distributors of goods and services. They have an ecological impact much beyond their geographic locations. Calls for humankind to reconnect with nature to forward sustainability and resilience cannot be ignored anymore. Therefore, we have to re-connect with nature in our social and ecological systems, to the urban landscapes, to fight against environmental crises in our cities. There is an urgent need to transform our cities towards a more intact and resilient urban nature for a better future of our citizens. Interventions that respond to certain everyday needs of people in their public spaces can have multiple catalysing benefits for urban communities. Besides the tangible improvement of the environment, socio-ecological design, innovation practices in public spaces strengthen community cohesion, awareness of the common good, and finally the motivation towards further engagement in spatial transformation processes.

Landscape Architects together with associated disciplines can make the difference. We understand nature and public space as a real-world laboratory where we interact with citizens and in transdisciplinary contexts. Therefore we invite neighbouring disciplines, academics, citizens and public officials to our “Places” event. The designers, artists and academics will interact with users and foster the discussion of the future of reconnecting nature and the city both through activating a university auditorium and an urban space, connecting theory and practice. During this New European Bauhaus Festival, we would like to demonstrate how landscape, nature and the disciplines working with nature are key factors for our European cities. The Faculty of Architecture Auditorium and the Place Flagey in Brussels is the perfect place to demonstrate the urgent need of urban transformation.

For those participating online, please register in advance at the following link https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEucu6urTgrGtOzpTpxgUdqLuYGkNF6q3yh .

Programme

14.00 Welcome - Pablo Lhoas, Dean ULB Faculty of Architecture and Katerina Gkoltsiou, IFLA Europe President

14.05 Day program and introduction, Didier Vancutsem, IFLA Europe Vice President for Professional Practice, ULB Faculty of Architecture

14.10 Keynote “Landscape Architecture as transformative discipline towards better cities” Henri Bava, Fédération Française du Paysage FFP, Agence TER, France

14.30 “Public Space and climate adaptation - the lesson of Copenhagen” - Stefan Werner, Urban Water Planner, Copenhagen

14.50 “Reconnecting with nature - IFLA Europe”, Katerina Gkoltsiou, IFLA Europe President

15.00 “The Landscape Identity Plan along the Brussels Canal: BKP of the Brussels Region”, Sven Vercammen, Perspective Brussels

15.20 “Climate, biodiversity and more: the European Green Deal and urban transformation” Dr Peter Löffler, European Commission Directorate General Climate

15.30 “Nature and Research” - Ben Stringer, ARENA (Architecture Research)

15.40 Coffee Break

16.10 Moderated round-table discussion: “New collaboration modi for Reconnecting nature with (landscape) architecture” - short statements
(7min each) from Björn Bracke Kollektif Landscape Studio, Indra Purs LAAA Latvia Riga City Council, Ann Voets & Hicham Karkouch ABAJP/BVTL Belgium, Ursula Wieser CIVA, Eva Jenikova, CAKA Czech Republic + Dialogue with the Speakers

Moderator Dr. Haris Piplas, IFLA Europe NEB WG, BSLA Switzerland, Drees & Sommer

17.30 Opening to the public - questions and debate

18.00 Closing remarks, Katerina Gkoltsiou, IFLA Europe President

18.10 Drink - Apero and farewell

19.00 Guided tour by Björn Bracke Kollektif Landscape Studio on Place Flagey


Meet the Conference speakers and participants!




Update on New European Bauhaus Initiative, September 2021

Inspired by the views and experiences of thousands of EU citizens and organisations who joined the co-design of the New European Bauhaus from January to June 2021, four thematic axes will now guide its implementation:

1. Reconnecting with nature
2. Regaining a sense of belonging
3. Prioritising the places and people that need it most
4. Fostering long term, life cycle thinking in the industrial ecosystem

For the funding, there will be about €85 million from EU programmes dedicated to New European Bauhaus projects in 2021 – 2022. On top of the dedicated calls for pilot projects, many EU programmes will integrate the initiative as an element of context or priority, without a predefined budget.

In addition, the Commission will invite the Member States to use the values of sustainability, aesthetics and inclusion in their local strategies and to mobilise the relevant parts of their recovery and resilience plans, as well as the programmes under cohesion policy, to build a better future for everyone.

The Communication also sets out the plan to organise a Festival and to establish a New European Bauhaus Lab: a ‘think and do tank’ to co-create, prototype and test new tools, solutions and policy recommendations.

In so doing, the initiative will help translate the European Green Deal into positive, tangible transformation of the places around us, but also of the environment that enables innovation and of our mindsets. As President von der Leyen said during her State of the Union address last week: “If the European Green Deal has a soul, then it is the New European Bauhaus!”

The first New European Bauhaus Festival in June 2022

The New European Bauhaus initiative is now moving from the co-design phase, which collected more than 2,000 pieces of insight from all over Europe during the first six months of 2021, to the delivery phase. The communication from the European Commission on the New European Bauhaus shared in mid September creates the framework for actions to follow.

One of the actions will be an annual Festival to further strengthen the community of organisations and individuals committed to be part of the NEB family, to showcase outcomes of NEB around Europe and to communicate beyond Europe that Europe is positioning itself as the global reference for sustainable transformation of our living environments.

  • The first NEB Festival, to be organised and financed by the European Commission, will take place early June 2022. Exact dates are to be confirmed but the Festival is expected to cover four to six days.
  • The following editions will be based on a call for interest for places to organise the Festival, both within and beyond the EU.
  • DG Research and Innovation is responsible for organizing the first edition. Contact points are

Paola Momoli, Head of Unit Communication at DG RTD and Giuseppe Ruotolo, Deputy Head of the same unit.

  • The first Festival will be a hybrid event. Onsite location will be Brussels. The exact venue is to be confirmed.
  • Satellite events are encouraged to be organised especially by NEB partners all over Europe


Support framework and calls for proposals

Inspired by the co-design phase, which allowed to further define the concept and priorities for the New European Bauhaus actions, the delivery presents the first elements of a support framework at EU level. The combination of several EU financing instruments with complementary scopes reflects the transdisciplinarity of the initiative.

The Communication presents plans to build on and mobilise EU funds to support pilot projects, explore new avenues and turn the ideas of the New European Bauhaus movement into reality. Through the links below, you will find the different EU funding opportunities supporting the initiative. Several calls (fully dedicated or contributing to the New European Bauhaus) are presented according to the three main types of impact they seek.

Places on the ground - Supporting the concrete transformation of the built environment and associated lifestyles at local level

Enabling environment for innovation - Supporting innovation aimed at integrating sustainability, inclusion, and aesthetics in new solutions and products

Diffusion of new meanings -Questioning our perspectives and mind-set around the core values of aesthetics, sustainability and inclusion.

Working with the New European Bauhaus Community

The Commission will establish a New European Bauhaus Lab to work with its growing community to co-create, prototype and test the tools, solutions and policy actions that will facilitate the transformation on the ground.

To allow visibility for the change makers, to encourage them to share progress and results, and to foster the engagement of citizens, we will convene a New European Bauhaus Festival for the first time in spring 2022. The first edition of the festival will take place in Brussels and will be organised and financed by the European Commission. Based on this experience, the Commission will draw up a concept for a yearly event that will, ideally, include places in and outside the EU from 2023 onwards.

Next steps

  • Calling on all EU Institutions to promote the debate further across Europe and beyond.
  • Inviting EU Member States to appoint a New European Bauhaus contact to coordinate local efforts and participate in an EU wide informal network to exchange information and experience.
  • Publishing a report on progress in 2022.

Previous IFLA Europe activities in NEB:

As New European Bauhaus Initiative partner, IFLA Europe organised on 21 May 2021 a conversation entitled “Landscape Architecture co-designs the EU Green Deal”

The objective of this conversation was to harvest and ideate on landscape architecture as a co-creative ecosystem that leaves no one behind, to make the EU Green Deal a cultural, human-centred and positive, tangible experience enhancing our quality of life and health of the Earth.

PROGRAMME

Welcome
Karin Helms
, President of IFLA Europe
Indra Purs, chair of IFLA Europe New European Bauhaus Working Group

Presentations and discussions
Moderators
Haris Piplas
, IFLA Europe, Member of BSLA/FSAP Switzerland, member of IFLA Europe New European Bauhaus Working Group
Didier Vancutsem, IFLA Europe, Delegate of ABAJP/BVTL Belgium, member of IFLA Europe New European Bauhaus Working Group

Presenters
Alessandro Rancati
, Joint Research Centre (JRC) European Commission
Tilman Latz, Landscape Architect, Architect, Urban Planner, member of ByAK, bdla and OAI Luxembourg
Ellen Fetzer, President of the European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools (ECLAS)
Almut Jirku, Association of German Landscape Architects (bdla), member of IFLA Europe New European Bauhaus Working Group
Niek Hazendonk, IFLA Europe, Delegate of the Netherlands Association for Garden- and Landscape Architecture (NVTL), member of IFLA Europe New European Bauhaus Working Group
Kjell Nillson, Nordregio, Senior Research Advisor

Respondents
Chris
Younes, École Spéciale d’Architecture de Paris, professor emeritus at the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture Paris-La Villette
Stjepan Spoula, Institute of planning and development of Prague, member Czech Association for Landscape Architecture (CAKA)
Timo de Rijk, Director of the Design Museum Den Bosch, Netherlands

Ideation workshop
Moderator
Indra Purs
, IFLA Europe, Delegate and Board member of Latvian Landscape Architects Association (LAAA), Chair of IFLA Europe New European Bauhaus Working Group

Closing remarks


General - about New European Bauhaus Initiative

The New European Bauhaus initiative connects the European Green Deal to our living spaces. It calls on all Europeans to imagine and build together a sustainable and inclusive future that is beautiful for our eyes, minds, and souls.IFLA EUROPE and Landscape Architects with their holistic approach and vision will participate in this initiative and bring necessary knowledge, expertise and experience which will make the necessary difference! We applied to be official member to ensure that landscape architecture as profession is part of this important initiative. We need to rethink our concept of living and Landscape Architecture profession will have an important role to play in designing a more sustainable, accessible and inclusive way of living and working in Europe.

The New European Bauhaus is a creative and interdisciplinary movement in the making.

  • It’s a platform for experimentation and connection, fostering collaboration across thinkers and doers who want to design our future ways of living together.
  • It’s a bridge between the world of science and technology and the world of art and culture.
  • It’s an invitation to change perspective and to look at our green and digital challenges as opportunities to transform our lives for the better.
  • It’s a fresh approach to finding innovative solutions to complex societal problems together through co-creation. The initiative aims to shape our thinking, behaviours, and markets around new ways of living and building, including by influencing public procurement.

The New European Bauhaus will:

  • Bring citizens, experts, businesses, and Institutions together and facilitate conversations about making tomorrow’s living spaces more affordable and accessible.
  • Mobilise designers, architects, landscape architects, engineers,scientists, students, and creative minds across disciplines to re-imagine sustainable living in Europe and beyond.
  • Strive to improve the quality of our living experience. It will highlight the value of simplicity, functionality, and circularity of materials without compromising the need for comfort and attractiveness in our daily lives
  • Provide financial support to innovative ideas and products through ad-hoc calls for proposals and through coordinated programs included in the Multi-Annual Financial Framework

The New European Bauhaus unfolds in three phases: Co-design, Delivery and Dissemination.

The phases partly operate in parallel, as individuals and communities interested in the first ideas are most likely to become partners to deliver and scale up the initiative. The New European Bauhaus engages early through open conversations, to shape the concept in a large co-creation process. In parallel, the initiative needs to develop a framework of deliveries, to align with the ongoing planning of the Multi-annual Financial Framework.

Co-design phase - From October 2020 to Summer 2021

In this phase we start shaping the movement by gathering and connecting what we all consider concrete contemporary examples that showcase principles of the New European Bauhaus. The most inspiring contributions will help all interested people to organise, trigger and participate to debates. An engagement toolkit is available to inspire the conversations and structure the collection of emerging ideas and insights.

A high-level round table with distinguished thinkers and practitioners, established through a series of semi-structured interviews, will serve as a sounding board for ideas and as community ambassadors. Drawing on the examples collected and on the conversations they generated, it will become clear how the New European Bauhaus initiative can boost, scale-up, and support the generation of beautiful, sustainable and inclusive places.

The outcome of the co-design phase will be a support framework based on EU programs, including a call for proposals for pilots in different EU Member States where the new Bauhaus concept will come to life.

Special prizes will be awarded in Summer 2021 to excellent contemporary examples that are in their own way already combining sustainability, quality of experience and inclusion, selected among the examples collected and reviewed/integrated by the enlarged community.

Delivery - From September 2021 onward

This phase will start with the setup and implementation of New European Bauhaus pilots, supported by specific calls for proposals.They will be closely followed and monitored in a ‘community of practice’ mode, to share the lessons learned from these first experiments.The focus of the dissemination phase will then be on diffusing good ideas, across Europe and beyond. This will be about networking and knowledge sharing, to identify open, replicable methods, solutions and prototypes, and make them available to cities, localities, architects and designers. It will be key to engage with citizens, businesses, academia, and to reinforce urban institutional capacities.

Flanking initiatives and additional policy instruments beyond the call for proposal will bring further structure to the movement and spread it through digital networks and engagement platforms.

Dissemination - From January 2023 onward

In the third phase, the focus will be on amplifying the ideas and actions that emerged and reaching a broader audience in Europe and beyond. It will be a lot about networking and systematically sharing knowledge between participants and practitioners - identifying the best methods, solutions, and prototypes, and making them available for cities, localities, architects, and designers. Keeping the conversations open and connecting participants with existing networks will be essential.

Finally, the New European Bauhaus will support the emergence of lead markets for beautiful, sustainable, inclusive ways of living.

The “Partners of the New European Bauhaus” are organisations and other entities that act as inspiring promoters of the debates and ideas that will be developed through the movement with a significant outreach capacity at their level and act as trusted motivators.

Partners’ core activities are relevant to one or more dimensions of the New European Bauhaus, are in line with the core values of the European Union of human rights, -freedom, democracy, equality and rule of law- , and support the European Union priorities.

They help the New European Bauhaus to:

  • support the needed transformation of our societies towards living together in more sustainable, inclusive and enjoyable urban and rural environments; inclusive ideas and affordable quality solutions.
  • recognise that people should co-create their living spaces and debate behaviours and life styles;
  • acknowledge that engaging in co-creation processes, respecting the diversity of perspectives and expertise, is necessary to generate

The Partners are listed on a dedicated page on the New European Bauhaus website New European Bauhaus Initiative Partners together with their declaration of interest and commitment to the initiative. Wherever relevant, links will point the audience to New European Bauhaus related activities on the Partners’ websites. In the same way, their relevant activities will be listed on the New European Bauhaus website and on other media used for the New European Bauhaus communication.

Partners will be a key member of the New European Bauhaus community. The Commission will carry out a series of exchanges with the Partners and will facilitate interactions among them in various forms, also with a view to discuss and test developments of the initiative.

IFLA Europe participates in NEB initiative as official partner as of 22 March 2021 in two different activities:

1. As a part of New European Bauhaus Collective
2. As NEB official partner on its own.

New European Bauhaus Collective - NEBC

IFLA Europe is member of NEBC together with 12 other professional organisations

- Architects’ Council of Europe (ACE)
- Architectural Research European Network Association (ARENA)
- Alliance for Solar Mobility (ASOM)
- Culture Action Europe (CAE)
- European Association for Architectural Education (EAAE)
- European Council of Engineers’ Chambers (ECEC)
- European Council of Interior Architects (ECIA)
- European Council of Spatial Planners (ECTP)
- European League of Institutes of the Arts (ELIA)
- European Region of the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA Europe)
- Trans Europe Halles

It is also supported by:

- The Swiss Society of Engineers and Architects (SIA)
- The German Academy for Urban and Regional Spatial Planning (DASL)

NEB Collective produced in November 2020 a joint statement The New European Bauhaus Making the Renovation Wave a Cultural Project STATEMENT which was supported by European organisations of architects, spatial planners, landscape architects, interior architects, engineers, designers, artists, educators and researchers of the built environment, who welcome the New European Bauhaus initiative put forward by the President of the European Commission as part of the Renovation Wave strategy. You can find this Statement on our website in English and French

Next activities foreseen include NEBC High-level Conference on 29 April entitled ‘Common Ground: Making the Renovation Wave a Cultural Project’ with participation of President von der Leyen and other important stakeholders. There are 11 thematic break-out session and IFLA Europe is participating in 2 sessions:

Next activities foreseen include NEBC High-level Conference on 29 April entitled ‘Common Ground: Making the Renovation Wave a Cultural Project’ with participation of President von der Leyen and other important stakeholders. There are 11 thematic break-out session and IFLA Europe is participating in 2 sessions:

LAB 3 / Uncommon Ground: Session on Rural Areas: Working with rural societies is critical to any re-thinking of our relationship to ecology. The urgent need to take stock of the complex and disturbing nature-cultural dynamics that are destructuring the habitability of the planet is acutely understood in our varied and contested country sides. This session will aim to discuss how design and philosophy can help to conceptualise and realise rural futures that are biodiverse, inclusive and innovative. Facilitated by ARENA and IFLA-Europe.

LAB 4 / Seeing the city as a landscape: How can cities become more integrative, and is there a way for them to rediscover their living base? This is one of the questions covered by this break-out session, with reference to various experiences, approaches and visions for the city of tomorrow. The idea of an ‘augmented landscape’ – adapting tomorrow’s urban and rural territories to climate challenges to meet the societal needs of a territory more in touch with its longstanding roots – is the subject up for discussion regarding the future of European inhabited territories. Facilitated by IFLA-Europe.

For more information about the New European Bauhaus, please visit New European Bauhaus Initiative



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32nd IFLA Europe General Assembly 22-24 October 2021, Granada, SPAIN!

Delegates, Presidents and members of the National Associations from 24 IFLA Europe member countries participated in the General Assembly which took place online and in person on 22-24 October 2021 in Granada, Spain!

We had Executive Council Elections with new Executive Council members elected for a two-year mandate 2021-2023:

Katerina Gkoltsiou, IFLA Europe President – first 2-year term 2021-2023.
Didier Vancutsem , IFLA Europe Vice President for Professional Practice – first 2-year term 2021-2023.
Darija Perkovic-Bosnjak, IFLA Europe Vice President for Communications, Margarida Cancela d’Abreu , IFLA Europe Vice President for Education and Hermann Georg Gunnlaugsson, IFLA Europe Treasurer, remained elected members for their second 2-year term 2021-2023.

Diana Culescu, IFLA Europe Secretary General, remains in her first 2-year term 2020-2022.

Congratulations to the elected members of the Executive Council!

We had 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 impact. We considered the changes to IFLA Europe Statutes and Regulations which will enable IFLA Europe have a more prominent role and raise awareness about the profession.

Communication strategy and products were discussed in order to raise awareness about IFLA Europe, the profession of landscape architects and important role they play in the society. Pecha Kucha – presentations on realised projects from our National Associations on the current General Assembly topic were presented! IFLA Europe Yearbook format was discussed as well as larger involvement of our members in IFLA Europe activities! We will continue our support to Landscape Architecture Europe – LAE foundation whose objective is to enhance dialogue in landscape architecture on European level by publishing a triennial yearbook containing projects, essays, interviews and portraits which explore how landscape architects in Europe work and design.

Universities and Schools of Landscape Architecture were encouraged to apply for IFLA Europe recognition of landscape architecture programmes. 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. Together we will work on development of Common Training Framework also through InnoLAND project. 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 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. We will continue supporting NELA - Network of European Landscape Architecture Archives
aimed to raise awareness of the invaluable records relating to the history of the built environment through an international collaboration between archives, researchers and educators.

Professional Recognition Assistance Survey Report was published, aimed at collecting data about the state of the Landscape Architect’s profession in IFLA Europe member countries, was presented at the General Assembly. The state of the profession was examined in terms of the state of regulation of the profession and the scope of its performance, the current condition of the profession and the problems of mobility within the profession in other countries.

We will continue important cooperation with the Council of Europe in landscape architecture 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 organise own events to mark this important date.

Our Med_net Working Group presented its work and theme for 2022: TREES and announced the next Med_net spring meetings and conference in Marseille, France, hosted by FFP France! Agricultural Landscapes Working Group presented its activities and announced Call for Images for Agricultural Landscapes which will be carried out in 2022! Climate Change Working Group presented IFLA Europe’s Position Paper on the role of Landscape Architects in Circular Economy!

In March 2021 IFLA Europe was selected as official partner of the New European Bauhaus and we will continue our active involvement in the next step: Delivery phase - From September 2021 onward. This phase will be led by 4 important thematic axes: 1. Reconnecting with nature 2. Regaining a sense of belonging 3. Prioritising the places and people that need it most 4. Fostering long term, life cycle thinking in the industrial ecosystem.

We will continue establishing contacts with various European Commission stakeholders such as DG Environment, DG Climate Action, DG GROW Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs in order to raise the profile of the profession and underline important role of Landscape Architects in fighting climate change impact.

We proclaimed IFLA Europe Student and Young Professionals competition 2021 winners! IFLA Europe received 22 entries from across Europe for Category A: Conceptual Ideas and Projects. The Jury has evaluated all entries based on four main criteria: - Presentation and graphical quality - Pertinence of the entry regarding
the topic, -Concept development - Project innovation Demonstration of technical feasibility. The winner is Ms Venjia Liu, Landscape Institute, UK “Storm on the Slope: A Symphony of Wind and Rain”!

Our IFLA Europe Award was awarded to European Commission – Executive Vice President for EU Green Deal Frans Timmermans. The objective of IFLA Europe award 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. Executive Vice President Timmermans addressed IFLA Europe members in a video message available on IFLA Europe website and IFLA Europe Youtube channel.

General Assembly was closed by adoption of 2021 IFLA Europe Resolution ‘Everyday Landscapeswhich urged to the relevant international organisations, national
governmental bodies and other important stakeholders to develop a holistic vision regarding cultural, social, political, environmental, and economic balance beyond political borders in their decision-making processes. The time is now for landscape architects to further promote healthy physical and social environment focusing on everyday landscapes. Healthy landscapes are fundamental for social development. Management of everyday landscapes fosters better economy, climate resilience and
health benefits based on natural resources.

We thanked our immediate past President Karin Helms for her contribution to the work and objectives of IFLA Europe during a very challenging period 2019-2021! Congratulations also to our Honorary Members: Marina Cervera de Alonso, AEP Spain, Marc Claramunt, FFP France and Tony Williams, ILI Ireland.

We would like to thank our sponsor Hunter Industries and our new sponsor Punto Design for their support! We are looking forward to developing projects together and create better and more sustainable future!

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2021 IFLA Europe General Assembly and 1st AEP 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 experienced and suffered, all around the world, the costs of climate change and biodiversity lost, and the relationships between urban planning and human’s health. During some months, we put our lives in the center and we joined 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 environment. 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 ourselves, 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, the EU Green Deal and the United Nations 2030 Agenda outlined a clear roadmap to curb the 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 the 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 the 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 the 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

    - 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

    AEP Landscape Congress proposes four lines of action:

    - Resilient Landscapes
    The processes of mitigation and adaptation to climate change have a high impact, which can be
    both positive and negative, on the landscape. The regeneration of wetlands, the restoration of rivers or the recovery of coastal zones, protect vulnerable ecosystems and inhabited environments. On the other hand, the implementation of renewable energies in the landscape affects the environmental, cultural and aesthetic values, and represents one of the greatest challenges for the next decade. We must continue to promote landscapes intrinsic to our culture and at the same time promote the use of energies that are compatible and do not negatively interfere with them. It is about reaching a balance between the economic-environmental and that of respect and protection of the landscape.Otherwise, it is imperative to give due importance to the recovery of rural landscapes that are so closely linked to our historical and cultural references. Agricultural landscapes continue to be landscapes created by man-nature interaction for centuries that must be known and protected, avoiding excessively harmful transformations in which only the economic part prevails.They are examples of integrative, interdisciplinary work and multi-criteria analysis where the best solutions must be selected based on a deep analysis of all the faces of the same prism. Landscape architects know this and are fully aware of the fight against climate change, in coherence with the preservation of the landscape

    - 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.

    IFLA EU General Assembly 22-24 October 2021

    Hybrid format, physical and online presence.

    For programme of the General Assembly please see document below:



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    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

    2020 Winners

    David de Boer
    My name is David de Boer, 26 years old, from the Netherlands. I recently finished my MSc at Wageningen University in landscape architecture and I am a MSc graduate at KTH Stockholm in urbanism studies. I am currently working as a designer at Flux Landscape Architecture in Utrecht. Besides my studies and job, I am a founding board member of Young NVTL, the young professionals branch of the Dutch landscape architecture association. I am also the Dutch representative and organiser of ELASA.

    David de Boer, Netherlands
    David de Boer, Netherlands




    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
    Sanchz 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
    - Klara Salzman, CAKA Czech Republic
    - Daniela Micanovic-Franckx, IFLA Europe Executive Secretary

    Objectives:

    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;

    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 leaflet on 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;

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

    “Caring for Agricultural Landscapes”

    IFLA Europe leaflet prepared by the IFLA EU Agricultural Landscapes Working Group, published on 22 July 2021.

    Agriculture covers 175 million hectares of Europe and shapes the landscape like no other activity. Diverse in every aspect, agriculture has affected ecology, the environment, culture and history, politics and economics, and in return, has been affected by them.

    Agri-Cultural landscapes have emerged over centuries reflecting Europe’s history. Dynamic conservation strategies and processed allow biodiversity and essential ecosystem services to be maintained 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, conserved and allowed to evolve.

    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.

    For full leaflet please visit IFLA Europe leaflet “Caring for Agricultural Landscapes”



    GIAHS - Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS)

    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
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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.

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    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 Europe Corporate Social Responsibility

    - 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.

    Stages of Migration

    1. The candidate completes the form obtained from IFLA EUROPE.

    2. The candidate sends the form to the Association where the candidate is already a member. The Association confirms the candidate’s academic qualifications and professional status.

    3. The form is returned to the candidate, who sends the form to IFLA EUROPE. The candidate is informed of the receipt.

    4. The candidate completes the form with the registration number issued by IFLA EUROPE and sends it to the Association in the country where he wishes to migrate and
    practice. The form is completed by the Association, which will determine the class of membership as well as other requirements such as CPD (continuing professional development), membership fees, professional indemnity insurance and, if the presentation of a dossier, or portfolio, is required, or if an adaptation period under supervised practice is required. The Association may also wish to state a limitation on the privileges relating to membership.

    5. The form is returned to the candidate with a copy to IFLA EUROPE.



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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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    Youth competition 2016



    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 - 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.

    IFLA Europe launched its 2022 Students and Young Professionals’ Competition ‘Boldness & Beauty’!

    Landscape Architects are currently offered a significant leading role in the development of the landscape. Landscape architecture is an area that concretises how we view our environment and that makes our society’s relationship with nature visible.

    The aim of design has always been to increase well-being. The 19th century was marked by technological advances and engineers played a leading role in developing the industrializing world. In the 20th century, alongside technology and ecology, humanistic values rose in discourse; aesthetics and social dimensions. Architects took a central role and set out to solve the challenges of the post-war world.

    Now in the 21st century it is Landscape Architects’ turn. The element of nature and the post-humanist perspective add to the goals of design, and traditional design processes go hand in hand with a with a greater understanding of the interaction of technology, man, and nature, and their mutual relationships.

    As the operating environment and the issues to be solved in it become more and more complex, Landscape Architects have the necessary know-how to coordinate different requirements. The focus of design is increasingly shifting from shaping the end result to controlling the entire process, and the Landscape Architect profession provides the necessary skills for this.

    Boldness
    By raising the profile of the debate, we see that taking on a socially significant expert role requires courage and responsibility. Until now, the formation of our profession has required taking bold action, and now there is a greater need for action than ever before. It is time for Landscape Architects to take on a leading role in the development of the landscape. We ask, under what conditions can we, as Landscape Architects, act more boldly at this moment, and by what means will we redeem this mandate?

    How can each of us act boldly in our own work and how do we see our own responsibility in our actions?

    Beauty
    Aesthetics is one of the cornerstones of landscape architecture. There are now numerous new themes on the design table to solve and coordinate. For this reason, it is timely to ask what is the role of beauty and aesthetics in landscape architecture. The skill of our profession to create beauty undoubtedly adds value to projects, but how
    can we make better use of this expertise? What is the value of beauty in a world of change and crisis?

    Boldness and Beauty
    By bringing these two themes together, we want to launch an internal identity debate within the profession. Can these boldness and beauty together form the guiding themes for the design of the urban landscape of the 21st century? Through what examples, design projects, and actions can these themes be defined in landscape architecture? Will one come before the other, or are boldness and beauty prerequisites for each other?

    @Manuel Sanchez, AEP Spain
    @Manuel Sanchez, AEP Spain


    To find out more, please visit IFLA Europe Youth competition website 2022 IFLA Europe Student and Young Professionals’ competition






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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.

    2022 ELASA Annual meeting ‘Transforming Landscapes’ 14-22 August 2022, Rapperswil, Switzerland!

    IFLA Europe is proud to announce and support 2022 ELASA annual meeting ‘Transforming Landscapes’ which will take place 14-22 August 2022 in Rapperswil, Switzerland!

    ELASA - European Landscape Architecture StudentnAssociation - promotes cooperation, exchange and mobility of all European students within the association and also gives support for developing landscaping ideas and concepts across Europe. This summer, Switzerland will become the first host country for an annual ELASA meeting since 2019. Due to the pandemic the meetings were cancelled for the last two years.

    ELASA 2022 - the 9 days meeting will welcome students from more than 10 countries around Europe. The association itself has around 1000 members and operates in a close connection with IFLA Europe - the European Region of International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA EUROPE) and the European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools (ECLAS). Each year an annual meeting (summer) and a smaller mini-meeting (spring) are arranged. Every meeting is organised in a different country by landscape architecture students of a university from that country.

    We hope to bring back the ELASA spirit after this long break.

    ELASA shapes landscape architecture students from all over Europe. Each country is represented by a country representative. Led by a Representative in meetings of the European and global professional and educational landscape architecture organizations like IFLA EUROPE and ECLAS.

    These meetings are really important for ELASA because this is one of the main ways of keeping communication, sharing information and planning the next meetings. Our Swiss National Association of Landscape Architecture BSLA/FSAP is fully supporting ELASA!

    We encourage our National Associations to share this information among their members and their Student Associations!

    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

    To find out more about ELASA please visit their website ELASA




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    IFLA Europe Award

    It is the aim of IFLA Europe to recognise the work of exceptional organisations and people who believe that our way of perceiving and understanding the world – derived from our profession – could contribute to its development. The award was introduced in 2014 IFLA Europe General Assembly with the objective to recognise the work of exceptional people and organisations thatBbelieve that our way of perceiving and understanding the world – derived from our profession – could contribute to its sustainable development.

    2021 - European Commission, European Green Deal, Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice President

    The Executive Vice President Timmermans will address the participants of the 2021 IFLA Europe General Assembly which will take place on 22-24 October 2021 in Granada, Spain.

    Urban, agrarian and rural, coastal and natural landscapes require, today more than ever, the adequate protection, planning and management, as stated in the European Landscape Convention in 2000. More recently, the Paris Agreement, the United Nations 2030 Agenda and the EU Green Deal outlined a clear roadmap to curb climate change. Mitigation and a