2022 Mednet Conference ‘Trees in Mediterranean Landscape projects’ 19-22 May 2022 - meet the members and speakers!

2022 Mednet Conference ‘Trees in Mediterranean Landscape projects’ 19-22 May 2022 - meet the members and speakers!

IFLA Europe and French Landscape Federation (FFP) will organise 2022 Med_net Conference ‘Trees in Mediterranean Landscape projects’ 19-22 May 2022 in Marseille, France. Programme will include conference, exchange with landscape architecture students, ‘Landscape experience(s)’), encounters, technical visits.

Meet our Med_net Working Group members and speakers:

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Uta Zorzi Mühlmann AIAPP Italy - ‘Italy and the folly of numbers. NumericalStunts versus Reality: why do we need landscape architects to work with trees.’ Sciences versus Visions: which is the added value when landscape architects work with trees

Uta is Med_net Working Group Chair, AIAPP (Associazione Italiana di Architettura del Paesaggio) Italy Delegate to IFLA Europe. Born in Germany, studied Fine Arts, Scenography and Landscape Architecture in England and Italy. Graduated in Landscape Architecture in Germany (Dipl. Ing., FH, landscape architecture). Professional
activity in the field of landscape architecture and land-art for public and private clients in Italy, France, England, Germany, Switzerland, China.Lives and works in Anguillara Sabazia (Rome). Past adjunct professor for Master Courses in landscape architecture at the universities of Catania, Alghero and Turin. Guest professor at the Université de Montréal, Canada. Courses, seminars, workshops and conferences at academies, universities and cultural institutions in Italy, France, Germany, China and Canada. Languages (written and spoken): German, Italian, English and French.

Leor Lovinger, ISALA Israel - ‘The Role of Native Trees in Rewilding the post covid city’
Ever since the dawn of history, humans possess an innate tendency to seek connections with nature and other forms of life. Urbanization, the increasing density of cities, and intensity of life associated with these, further echo this desire and need for a healthy and mentally balanced life. Climate change and its related challenges, especially in Israel, require us to reconsider how to develop and build Trees in this sense play a critical role with regard to all these challenges. In this talk, Leor will discuss the role of native trees and constructed woodlands in ‘Nature Inclusive Designing’ as a strategy to address climate change and enhance biophilia.

Leor Lovinger has 23 years of experience in the field of Landscape Architecture and urban design. Leor is the founder and managing director of Studio Urbanof, a research-based design practice committed to the innovative design of public spaces, urban resilience and biophilic design. Over the past decade He has taught and lectured internationally. In 2016 he was appointed as an expert consulting the European Commission (Eklipse) on Nature Based solutions to support urban resiliency (IFLA Europe’s representative), and was one of the editors of the EU Publication: “Nature-based Solutions to Promote Climate Change Resilience in Urban Areas – developing an impact evaluation framework”. Leor holds a Bachelor in Landscape Architecture cum laude from the Technion, Haifa, Israel, and a Masters’ degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley, CA

Şükran Şahin, CTLA Turkey - ‘Re-vegetation and Monitoring for Disturbed Mediterranean Landscapes: Baku - Tbilisi - Ceyhan Crude Oil Pipeline Project Experience’
Restoration strategies for disturbed Mediterranean landscapes via a major construction activity: re-vegetation procedures and monitoring requirements.
A technical method statement for turning back the disturbed landscapes into pre-activity ecological conditions as much as possible

Faculty Member of TR Ankara University, at the Department of Landscape Architecture, since 1987. CTLA Delegate to IFLA Europe and IFLA World since 2017. Central Executive Board Member of Chamber of Landscape Architects (CTLA) for 13th (2018-2020) and ongoing 14th Term (2022-2024)

TAPLAK Design and Planning Accreditation Council Founder and Executive Board Member.
Master’s Program Instructor of AB TEMPUS (1995-1997) at Technical Universities of Gdansk and Szczecin, Poland and MED-CAMPUS (1993-1997) at Ankara University, Turkey.
Project coordinator and author of two National Technical Guidelines (Regional-Sub-Regional (Province) Scale Landscape Character Analysis and Evaluation National Technical Guideline and Stream Corridors Landscape Restoration and Reinstatement Technical Guideline.
Co-Founder of Ankara University Latin American Studies Center.

Manuel Sánchez Hernández - AEP Spain - ‘Use of nature and tradition in the planting a 21st century peri-urban park, Bosque Metropolitano, Madrid’
A green/blue infrastructure around the city of Madrid. Look for inspiration in traditional Mediterranean landscape units. A challenge to blur the limits of the city and bring the urban to a fairer climate transition for all.

Master’s in landscape architecture from the Polytechnic University of Madrid since 2014.
International delegate of the Spanish Association of Landscape Architects of Spain (AEP) since 2018.
Project designer with the company GEA landscaping settled in the north of Madrid.
Teacher of Projects and Design techniques of green areas at the DMAD design school in Madrid since 2018.
Director of the film and landscape season at the Royal Botanical Garden of Madrid since 2014. Landscape and cultural spreading program.
Director of the Festival of Landscapes of Extremadura (Spain) multi-cultural program focused on the outreach and protection of the Mediterranean landscape with 3 biannual editions since 2014.

Lena Athanasiadou, PHALA Greece - ‘Trees in Thessaloniki; past, present and in landscape architecture projects’
Thessaloniki marks a history of more than 2000 years, being the second largest city of Greece with a constant inhabitation since its founding. Trees have always been a major aspect of its urban, suburban and agricultural landscapes. The presentation outlines the use of trees, selection of species and husbandry of urban tree rows, historic specimens in parks and urban spaces, trees in the suburban forest of the city and its suburban landscapes in general, plants going in and out of fashion due to public preferences, pests and diseases and climate change and the use of native and non-native species in landscape architecture projects and practices for their establishment and after care.

Eleni Athanasiadou is a Horticulturist (BSc Horticulture Wye College, University of London UK, MSc Horticulture, University of Reading UK ) and a Landscape Architect (MLA & PHD AUTh). She is currently laboratory teaching staff at the School of Agriculture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, co-teaching undergraduate and postgraduate courses relevant to landscape architecture at the School of Agriculture, School of Architecture and at the Joint Postgraduate Program of Studies ‘Landscape Architecture’. She has co-supervised undergraduate and postgraduate dissertation theses and is being involved (as a participant or coordinator) in workshops, architectural competitions and research programs. She is the co-author of three books and has published papers in scientific journals and international and national conferences proceedings and she is a reviewer on MDPI and Elsevier. She is President of the Panhellenic Association of Landscape Architects (former Vice President Communications for 4 yrs) PHALA Greece Delegate to IFLA Europe and IFLA World, member of the IFLA Europe Working Group ‘Agricultural Landscapes’, member of the extended board of the Institute for Research on European Agricultural Landscapes e.V. (EUCALAND), and member of the ICOMOS-IFLA Committee on Cultural Landscapes. She is also acting as a consultant landscape architect for Anatolia College, Thessaloniki, Greece since 2019.

Margarida Cancela d’Abreu, IFLA Europe Vice President for Education, APAP Portugal - ‘Designing and managing landscapes with trees in multi-functional’ Mediterranean systems
The role of trees in Mediterranean multifunctional systems and the contribution of these systems, over the centuries, for the sustainable development and the presence of population in the territory. Some strategies and policies to restore Mediterranean trees and their place in the landscape.

Master in Landscape Architecture at Higher Institute of Agronomy (Lisbon) in 1971. Professional work at National Housing Institute and at the National Environmental Department (1971 -1976) contributing to environmental and land use planning legal framework.
Invited teacher at Landscape Architecture Course – University of Évora (1976-2011).
Portuguese Association of Landscape Architects founder in 1976 and President 2009 - 2012.
Member of the European Consultative Forum on the Environment and Sustainable Development, DG XI, 1994-2001.
APAP Portugal Delegate to IFLA Europe since 2001. IFLA Europe Honorary member in 2015. Currently IFLA Europe Vice President for Education.

Urban Svegl, DKAS Slovenia - ‘Trees or forest’
Overview of the state of forests in Slovenia. On the other hand, urban trees, which are not formally part of the forest, but are a key part of green infrastructure. Problems and advantages (solutions) of planting trees in an urban environment.
licensed Landscape Architect and licensed Spatial-Planner;

Member of the Chamber of Architecture and Spatial Planning of Slovenia (ZAPS);
Member of the Slovenian Association of Landscape Architects (DKAS);
Past President of of Landscape Architects Section (MSKA) in the Chamber of Architecture and Spatial Planning of Slovenia; Past DKAS Delegate to IFLA Europe
Member of IFLA Europe Med_Net Working Group;
Graduated from the Department of Landscape Architecture at the Biotechnical Faculty of the University of Ljubljana.
Born in 1980 in Ljubljana, Slovenia, where he works and lives as a married father of two. Began his professional career in 2004 as an intern in Turenscape, China and since then designed more than 25 plans for gardens, more than 60 landscape architecture projects for larger landscapes, such as multi-apartment neighborhoods, parks, children’s and sports playgrounds, school premises, squares, cemeteries, roadside arrangements, etc. Participated in the production of more than 30 spatial plans for municipalities. Received several awards for his work and participated in more than 30 competitions as a contestant, rapporteur, expert or member of the evaluation committee.

Ikram Saidane, TALAE Tunisia, IFLA Africa - ‘The olive tree as a marker of a territorial identity’
The tree in the city, as a living heritage, represents the relationship of society to nature. It is as if the rooting of the tree should symbolize the connection of the inhabitant with his territory. This is precisely the case of the emblematic olive tree of Tunisia which is used in abundance in public and private spaces. This success is due to social and cultural heritage, as well as aesthetic and technical reasons.

Landscape engineer, PHD in landscape science and architecture. University teacher in the department of landscape architecture at ISA-CM (University of Sousse) and coordinator of the professional master’s degree in landscape and planning systems. Author of several articles on the role of green spaces in the fabric of the city and the territorial identity. A professional experience in landscaping and regional planning. Member of the Steering Committee of the Tunisian Association of Landscape Architects and Engineers (TALAE) and of the Executive Committee of the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA Africa) and of the Financial and Business Committee of IFLA World

Marlene Chahine, LELA Lebanon, IFLA Middle East - ‘From the real to the emotional: The tree as an incomparable cultural heritage’
This lecture will treat the tree as an incomparable cultural heritage, therefore from the real state of global warming and economic crisis, going through the streetscapes in contemporary concepts of Beirut; and ending with the emotional state as a symbol of a country.

Delegate of LELA Lebanon and IFLA Middle East at IFLA Europe Med_net. Member of Sapienza University’s network of international academic contacts. Founder of Concept & Methods in Nice, a landscape architecture and urban planning company where project studies and training are developed. Associate Professor at the Lebanese University, Faculty of Fine Arts and Architecture and Faculty of Agronomy (until 2020), and at AUB (American University of Beirut). Marlène obtained in 2016 a PhD in landscape architecture from the Università degli Studi Mediterranea in Reggio Calabria, Italy; in 2013 a master’s degree in urban planning, section “City and landscape”; and in 2008 a specialized master’s degree in landscape architecture and the environment. Marlène is the author of “Beirut. Streetscape in Contemporary Concepts”. She has also participated in numerous seminars such as AACPC2021, Avitem 2020 and 2019, Eclas Forum 2020, Isufitaly 2020, Le-Notre institute Forum 2020, IFLA Oslo 2019, Sapienza 2018, IFLA Montreal 2017. Her work focuses on the sound and olfactory landscape, in an approach based on perception and photography.

James MacGregor, AAPM Morocco IFLA Africa - ‘The landscape architect in large scale reforestation/afforestation projects in the Middle East and Mediterranean.’
The landscape architect and the ”Greening Arabia Program”, the largest afforestation program in the world, planting 10 billion trees in Saudi Arabia and 40 billion trees in the MENA [Mediterranean] region.

James has 40+ years of experience as a landscape architect, national Park planner and regional sustainable tourism development planner. In the 1990s he merged his landscape architecture skills into the early efforts at sustainable development planning and has subsequently completed mandates in 48 countries including throughout Africa, North and South East Asia, Indian Ocean and the Americas/Caribbean. His sustainable development policies for the Bahamas and the subsequent Caribbean Sustainable Tourism Development Training Workshops, for the Commonwealth Secretariat, were recipients of the prestigious 1994 and 1997 Green Globe Award.

James has been fortunate to work on the master planning of numerous ational parks worldwide including Madagascar, Romania, Egypt, Zambia, Morocco, Costa Rica, Vietnam and his native Canada. In that context he has also established landscape and site development standards for such facilities as visitor information centers, campgrounds and hiking and nature interpretation trails.

Following a 30-year career, largely as a sustainable tourism planner, he has returned to the landscape architecture profession, 8 years ago, to the focus on contributing to climate change adaptation. In that context he has prepared several national climate change adaptation strategies [e.g. Isla San Andreas, Columbia] and has developed climate change adaptation policies for the Indian Ocean. He also serves on the executive of the International Climate Change Conference [ICCC] which takes place annually in the University of Sebalas, Indonesia and has contributed several articles to the IFLAAfrica newsletter called “Climate Change Conversations”.

His current interests are focused on large scale reforestation projects as well as positioning select locations in the expanding carbon capture market and assisting areas to become carbon neutral.

He was recently selected as the landscape architect for the massive “Saudi Green Initiative” which will initially plant 10 billion trees over the next decade and then another 40 billion trees in the Middle East/North Africa [MENA].

Working in collaboration with Saudi and international soil and plant scientists, horticulturalists, irrigation specialist, etc. James will be responsible for the land-use planning associated with the area and site planting throughout the various eco-zones that are spread throughout the kingdom.

He is a strong proponent of greater landscape architecture participation in these large-scale reforestation and afforestation projects including many that are currently under way [Pakistan, Great Green Wall [Africa], etc.]. They are in excellent method of generating local employment, ensuring food security, reducing heat Islands and of course capturing carbon.
It can be expected, based on expressed national commitment that there will be approximately 1 trillion trees to will be planted in the coming years and landscape architects have a significant role to play.

Detailed programme will follow shortly.

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