IFLA Europe patronage to IX international edition of the conference ‘Urban ecology and cultural heritage in the city’, 22-23 October 2020
IFLA EUROPE is proud to support XXVII conference in the series of garden art and historical dendrology, organized by the Institute of Landscape Architecture of the Faculty of Architecture of the Cracow University of Technology and give patronage to the IX international edition of the conference entitled ‘Urban ecology and cultural heritage in the city’ which will take place on 22-23 October 2020 online.
The 21stcentury urges us to analyse urban problems and revise its components. Cities in the past followed various evolutionary paths depending on the level of development of the society, its ideology, or financial factors. The key was self-reliant and polycentric production, services, commerce, and finance.
What is essential today in the effort to improve the quality of life and support residents throughout the transformation is activities aimed at implementing changes to create friendly and climate-neutral spaces. It is the city that is the focal point of human life on our planet and where critical ecological challenges lie.
The proposed topical scope combines two basic yet highly relevant issues that affect the cities today, the natural and urban environment viewed from various angles and through different relations. Both are investigated from distinctive perspectives, dedicated sciences: ecology and history, respectively, including heritage and monument conservation. Research focusing on urban and suburban zones will be rather interesting. We propose a new research perspective. On the one hand, it takes advantage of ecological experience, and on the other, it explores historical and heritage conservation problems, to finally combine them using landscape research. We ponder the City, its ecology, past and modern culture, and particularly cultural heritage from the angle of research on the image, aesthetics, form, and function of the urbanscape.
In general, the topics of interest include the impact of concepts of urban ecological networks that provide not only a background for the structure but constituting a crucial city-forming factor. It seems vital to search for the right development directions and methods to be used to combine these values, and to propose a statutory and methodological footing for various locations. The cultural value, based on regional inputs through historical structures and components is an indisputable quality important for landscape conservation. Aesthetics, biodiversity, and selection of actions fit for the scale and type of problems are important focuses for research and development in the context of the cultural heritage of historical cities. The effort to combine ecological values with heritage resources to protect landscapes should be systemic to bear the fruit of their preservation for the next generations. We propose to determine guidelines aimed at developing procedural standards in individual groups. Another essential matter will be the international exchange of views and research, which may improve relevant methods.
Particularly interesting topics:
• urban ecology
• urban metabolism
• structures of cultural heritage
• heritage relationships
• historical greenery(gardens and parks)
• urban ecological network solutions
• urban ecosystems
• urban-suburban relation
• blue-green infrastructure
• conservation activities in urban and suburban zones
• suburban solutions
• impact of historical conditions on the modern city
• urban and suburban regionalism
• urban and suburban biodiversity
We encourage all to publish your research in the Sustainability journal (ISSN 2071-1050, IF 2.592), section: “Sustainable Urban and Rural Development” in a special edition ‘Natural Environment and Cultural Heritage in the City, A Sustainability Perspective’. The deadline for submitting the works is 28/02/2021.Details on the special booklet, editorial requirements, method of submitting papers and costs can be found at:
We strongly encourage you to exchange views and present your achievements at the conference and in the form of articles. As it was in previous editions we invite students to take part in the following student contest.