2022 ELASA annual meeting ‘Transforming Landscapes’ 14-22 August 2022 in Switzerland
IFLA Europe is proud to support 2022 ELASA annual meeting ‘Transforming Landscapes’ which took place 14-22 August 2022 in Rapperswil, Switzerland!
ELASA - European Landscape Architecture Student Association - 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 - welcomed students from more than 10 countries around Europe. IFLA Europe Vice President for Education Margarida Cancela d’Abreu attended the event on behalf of IFLA Europe to speak about the issues of general situation of landscape architecture education programmes across Europe and the importance of landscape architecture programmes being recognised by IFLA Europe.
2022 ELASA annual meeting’s topic was ‘Transforming Landscapes’. Switzerland is influenced by different types of landscape and shows them all on a small scale. From untouched nature in the alps to artificial nature to urban landscapes in big cities one can find every type of landscape within a two hour drive.
Various interventions in the past 150 years have shaped the country in different ways. In the beginning of the industrial revolution the need for farming surface forced the government to provide enough space for the farmers, big moor fields were dried out and created big changes in not only the landscape but also in demographics and lifestyle. Such massive transformations are not just a thing of the past but are also taking place today. For example, not long ago, the new Gotthard railway tunnel has been constructed. Leading to massive renaturation projects & gravel dumpsites while also better bringing people closer together across the alps.
But landscapes are changing even without huge infrastructure projects. Temperatures are rising, glaciers are melting and rainfall becomes more and more unreliable. Cities are looking for ways to fight heat waves and heavy rainfall events and are therefore planing green lungs in the city centre.
Therefore the theme for this years ELASA meeting was ‘Transforming Landscape’. Our main goal was to discuss a variety of landscapes – natural, transformed and built ones. This way we’ll be able to cover small & big interventions across the full spectrum of swiss landscape architecture and how our future colleagues are handling the challenges of today and the future.
ELASA meeting 2022 was a 8-day journey with workshops, site visits, lectures and much more and took ELASA participants through different parts of Switzerland and covered the wide range of landscape architecture.
During the general meeting it was decided that the next meetings will be held:
2023 mini-meeting in Austria & Hungary,
2023 annual meeting in France,
2024 mini-meeting in Turkey,
2024 annual meeting in Sweden.
ELASA needs more contacts with students and volunteers who wish to engage in this exciting opportunity! Updated info or more info is needed from: Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Montenegro, Poland, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, UK.
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