Bauhaus4Med and IFLA Europe at New European Bauhaus Festival 2024

Bauhaus4Med and IFLA Europe at New European Bauhaus Festival 2024

IFLA Europe promoted Bauhaus4Med project during the #NewEuropeanBauhaus Festival on 11, 12 and 13 April 2024! The second edition of the New European Bauhaus Festival took place 9-13 April 2024, centering at the Parc du Cinquantenaire/Jubelpark and the Art & History Museum in Brussels, with Satellite events all around Europe! Those were exciting days where we could promote Bauhaus4Med project, funded by Interreg EURO Med, New European Bauhaus principles ‘Sustainable, Inclusive, Beatutiful’ and the profession of landscape architecture and how landscape architects are able with Nature Based Solutions and sustainable design to mitigate the consequences of climate change and the biodiversity loss. We presented activities and projects from our members and the profession through our Exhibition “Re-Considering Nature” - best landscape architecture projects from across Europe on creating more #sustainable, greener places and projects based on #NatureBasedSolutions!

Didier Vancutsem, IFLA Europe Vice President for Professional Practice, represented Bauhaus4Med Project and IFLA Europe at the high-level panel discussion on 11 April where he spoke of importance of Greening the spaces we live in: Reconnecting with Nature. In the panel discussion, which was moderated by Pia Maier Schriever, Architect, member of the New European Bauhaus High-Level Roundtable, Germany together with other speakers Marc Becquet Head of Service Office for Infrastructure and Logistics Brussels (OIB), Ines Masson, Architect and urban planner, Winner of Europan 17 Brussels in collaboration with m.at and Sophie Jacquemin, Belgium and Eric D’hondt, Landscape Architect, based in Brussels and Geneva, Mr Vancutsem spoke of the importance on three main thesis:
1. Urban Health & Well-Being: prepare our cities and urban open spaces for climate adaptation by transforming urban fabric into climate resilient and urban sponge places
2. Urban security & Environmental Justice: develop multifunctional and accessible open spaces where no one is left behind – no Barriers (Global Urban Agenda / Sustainable Development Goals 2030)
3. Greening Cities: implement green infrastructure and increase green coverage and canopy with the 3-30-300 rule.

Panel discussion: Greening the spaces we live in: Reconnecting with Nature
Panel discussion: Greening the spaces we live in: Reconnecting with Nature
Panel discussion: Greening the spaces we live in: Reconnecting with Nature
Panel discussion: Greening the spaces we live in: Reconnecting with Nature

On 12 and 13 April, Didier Vancutsem, IFLA Europe Vice President for Professional Practice, Hicham Karkouch, member of Belgian National Association of Landscape Architecture ABAJP/BVTL and Daniela Micanovic, IFLA Europe Executive Secretary were present to share more information about Bauhaus4Med project, its objectives and partner activities and about IFLA Europe as one of the project partners. It was also an opportunity to raise the awareness about the profession of landscape architecture and catalogue of best projects from across Europe compiled in ‘Re-considering Nature’ exhibition project on creating more sustainable, integrated, inclusive and greener places. The projects have received a lot of positive feedback from passers-by, citizens, architecture students, architects, teachers and other NEB Festival participants.

Event was a part of #bauhaus4med project funded by Interreg Euro-MED Programme aimed to promote new co-creation spaces where politicians, architects, artists, landscape architects, students, entrepreneurs and designers work together to make buildings more sustainable and regenerate urban spaces by testing green, participative and aesthetic solutions according to the key principles of the New European Bauhaus initiative.

Didier Vancutsem, IFLA Europe Vice President Professional Practice and Daniela Micanovic-Franckx, IFLA Europe Executive Secretary


Hicham Karkouch, ABAJP-BVTL Belgian National Association of Garden and Landscape Architects

On 18 April, IFLA Europe organised a satellite NEB Festival event within Bauhaus4Med project activities entitled ‘‘Re-envisionning European Landscapes’

On 18 April IFLA Europe organised a satellite NEB Festival event within Bauhaus4Med project entitled ‘Re-envisioning European Landscapes’. 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 and we have to re-connect with nature in our social and ecological systems and to urban landscapes in order to overcome 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 for our citizens. Inclusive and interdisciplinary nature of landscape architecture can respond to everyday needs of people in their public spaces.

Andreas Kipar, LAND
Andreas Kipar, LAND

The keynote speaker was Andreas Kipar, landscape architect from Bureau LAND (Italy/Switzerland/Germany/Austria/Canada) who focused his presentation on 10 main topics:
1. Planning a quality life for tomorrow starts on our doorstep
2. The concept of landscape is changing
3. Landscape is an important part of people’s quality of life everywhere (ELC- European Landscape Convention)
4. A paradigm shift that is revolutionising our perception of landscape
5. Landscape is a productive space shaped by social interactions
6. Nature has its own part to play in the transformation of city and countryside
7. A city of short distances
8. Bring the public with you and convince them why the transformation is necessary, even with small projects
9. An aesthetic built on ethics
10. Not ‘back to nature’ but ‘forward to nature’.

The keynote speach was ollowed by a round-table discussion with Ruth Schageman, President of the Architects’ Council of Europe, Catherine Vilquin, Board of Directors ECTP-CEU (Town Planners), Annemie Bertha Marcella Wyckmans, NTNU University - NEB Alliance, Katerina Gkoltsiou, President IFLA EU and Andreas Kipar, LAND.
Discussion moderated by Didier Vancutsem.

Left to right: Annemie Wyckman, NEB Alliance, Andreas Kipar, LAND, Ruth Schagemann, Architects' Council of Europe, Catherine Vilquin, ECTP-CEU, Katerina Gkoltsiou, IFLA Europe President, Didier Vancutsem, IFLA Europe Vice President
Left to right: Annemie Wyckman, NEB Alliance, Andreas Kipar, LAND, Ruth Schagemann, Architects’ Council of Europe, Catherine Vilquin, ECTP-CEU, Katerina Gkoltsiou, IFLA Europe President, Didier Vancutsem, IFLA Europe Vice President

The event was supported by Hunter Industries Europe and Vestre.



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