11th International Biennial of Landscape Architecture of Barcelona

11th International Biennial of Landscape Architecture of Barcelona

From the 27 September to 2 October 2021 a new edition of the International Biennial of Landscape Architecture of Barcelona will take place, which will host the symposium “Climate change, again: City and Nature” to reflect on the importance of landscape in reducing climate change, as well as the Rosa Barba International Landscape Award and the International Landscape Schools Award -Banco Sabadell Foundation.

The event will, let another year, bring together professionals and experts in landscaping and architecture in a congress that has become a reference on an international scale. The symposium will have 8 renowned guests who will explain tools to face the climate emergency, the authors of the 11 finalist landscape projects of the prestigious Rosa Barba International Landscape Award and, last but not least, representatives of the 8 finalist schools of the Award. Landscape Schools International.

During the Biennial, the Book-catalogue of the 10th International Landscape Biennial held in 2018 will also be presented. The UPC School of Architecture (ETSAB) will
host the exhibition of the finalists of both awards.

Given the context of the pandemic caused by Covid19, this edition of the Biennial will be held online, with the exception of the opening and closing ceremony, which will take place at the COAC and the Palau de la Música respectively. The 11thInternational Biennial of Landscape Architecture of Barcelona is organized by the Association

of Architects of Catalonia and the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, and has the institutional support of the Barcelona Metropolitan Area, the Barcelona City Council, the Barcelona Provincial Council, the collaboration of Banco Sabadell Foundation, and the collaboration of the ISUF Congress, the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA), the European Region of the International Federation of Landscape Architects of Europe (IFLA Europe) and the New European Bauhaus.

The Symposium: a showcase of the best landscape projects and the presence of experts from the sector. One more year, the Biennial invites us to address a current issue as a contribution to the public debate to solve society’s problems from the perspective of the landscape. This year the motto of the Biennial symposium is “Climate
change, again: City and Nature”. The finalists of the two prizes awarded by the Biennial also participate in the Symposium: Rosa Barba (professionals) and Schools
(architecture universities).

In total, 43 speakers are expected to participate for 30 hours online. The 8 invited experts of the Symposium are:

- Martha Schwartz, Landscape architect, urban planner, climate activist and professor at Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

- Colleen Mercer Clarke, Landscape Architect and coastal ecologist.

- Karin Helms, Landscape Architect, biologist and Professor at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design. She incorporates participation to perform in great cultural landscapes.

- Maguelonnejeant-Pons, Executive Secretary of the European Landscape Convention of the Council of Europe

- Li Xiong, Professor and Vice President of Beijing Forestry University and member of the China Expert Committee on Landscape Architecture.

- Gilles Clément, Horticultural engineer, Landscape Architect, writer, gardener and Professor at the National Superior School of Versailles.

As local institutional representatives, the symposium will feature:

- Xavier Matilla, Chief Architect of the Barcelona City Council

- Ramon Torra, Architect and manager of the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona.

“On behalf of the Executive Committee of the International Biennial of Landscape Architecture of Barcelona, we would like to INVITE YOU to the 11th edition, which will include a series of eight lectures related with this year’s motto “Climate Change, again: City and Nature”, the presentation, realized by the authors themselves, of the 11 finalist projects which aspire to win the Rosa Barba International Landscape Prize and finally eight conferences conducted by the eight Universities which take part in the Schools Landscape International Prize.

The symposium has been adapted to this year’s circumstances the result of which has transformed it into an open and participative event, conducted from Barcelona as it has always been. We would have liked to physically invite you to our city, to the Petit Palau as always done before, to gather up, loyal to the commitment towards the biennial over the years. Nonetheless we share the concerns regarding health safety during this pandemic period. Therefore, we propose to transform our challenges into a new adventure to expand the scope of the Barcelona Landscape Biennial and thus contribute to increase the visibility of the profile of the profession and education of landscape architecture.

To attend the event, you must fill in the online register form before September the 20th, 2021.

The symposium will last five days and will gather 43 lecturers, live, during 30 hours, organized by COAC and UPC Barcelona Tech, in cooperation with many other local and international organizations. We encourage you to visit the International Biennial of Landscape Architecture of Barcelona website for further information.

We want to draw your attention to the fact that there are no registration fees and that online registration is the only requirement. All registered will be granted voting right for the Public Opinion Prize to be awarded to the most voted Rosa Barba and International School finalist.

We also aim to create a network of Biennial friendly spaces (Landscape Architecture universities, schools, professionals’ studios, institutions, NGO’s, magazines, enterprises) where our professionals and students can gather to follow the symposium and award ceremony. We miss the human touch of gathering and meeting in Barcelona, and this will be our alternative to network differently. If your studio/university/institution wants to be part of this international network and connect with us “live” during the final event and award ceremony, join the “pop up green” network. Please write an email to any of the addresses below with the subject: POP UP GREEN.

For any questions administrative questions, please get in touch with the Biennial team biennaladm@coac.net or biennal.paisatge@upc.edu

Yours sincerely,

Jordi Bellmunt

Manuel Ruisánchez

Marina Cervera

Executive Committee of the 11th International Biennial of Landscape Architecture of Barcelona”

For more information, photos and interview management: Office of the Landscape Biennial biennal@coac.net

WEB: https://landscape.coac.net/

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