Winner of 2021 IFLA Europe Student and Young Professionals’ Competition - ‘“Storm on the Slope - Symphony of Rain and Wind”

Winner of 2021 IFLA Europe Student and Young Professionals’ Competition - ‘“Storm on the Slope - Symphony of Rain and Wind”

2021 IFLA Europe Students and Young Professionals Competition was organised on theme ‘Landscape Here and Now”. It was officially launched in April 2021 and total 22 entries have been received.

Competition participants had to be enrolled landscape architecture student or a practitioner in the field of landscape architecture as well as a member of a National Association which is IFLA Europe member - list of all IFLA Europe National Associations was available on our website IFLA Europe National Associations.

2021 Jury Members
Urszula Forczek-Brataniec, past IFLA Europe Secretary General and Professor at Krakow University of Technology, Darija Perkovic, IFLA Europe Vice President for Communications Hendrik Vanderkamp, Honorary President, ECTP-CEU - European Council of Spatial Planners, Manuel Marti, Hunter Industries.

We received 22 entries from across Europe for Category A: Conceptual Ideas and Projects. Jury has evaluated all entries based on four main criteria:
* Presentation and graphical quality
* Pertinence of the entry regarding the topic,
* Concept development
* Project innovation Demonstration of technical feasibility.

CATEGORY A - Conceptual ideas and projects

1st place: “Storm on the Slope: A Symphony of Wind and Rain” - by Ms Venjia Liu, Landscape Institute, UK

2nd place: shared by two entries:
- “My Third Place” - by team: Cara Pedley and Beatrice Freeman, Landscape Institute, UK
- “(ECO)NNECTION” - by team: Chiara de Angelis, Silvia Ielmini, Gabriele Mori, Sofia Rosadini, Giulia Sciortino, University of Florence, Master Degree in Landscape Architecture- (Università degli Studi di Firenze, corso di laurea magistrale in Architettura del Paesaggio)

3rd place: “Forest Landscape” by Yanjiao Wang, NVTL Netherlands

Special Award - People’s Choice

The People’s Choice Award was determined by voting on the IFLA Europe Facebook page - regardless of category – the winner was the entry with most “interaction” and “shares” at midnight CET 20 September 2021.

‘Nature Works” with 414 clicks and interactions by Shahaf Zakay, ISALA Israel


1st place: “Storm on the Slope: A Symphony of Wind and Rain” - by Ms Venjia Liu, Landscape Institute, UK

Executive Summary

The regeneration of Sheaf Valley is to confront the increasing climate change and explore the possibilities of outdoor activities in the trend of global warming. Sheffield is generally cool, moist, and windy due to the Atlantic climate, and seven hills further brings more water to the city. In the inevitable global warming, the variable extreme weather, such as wind, lightning, thunder, and pelting rain, may further threaten the opportunities of outdoor activities. This project tries to challenge the stereotype of stormy weather and encourage participation in outdoor space in diverse weather. The regeneration includes four functional area, and each works differently to amplify stormy weather and encourage visitors to celebrate it. It may have some permeable shelters that allows temporary stay, or special activities just for rain. So, people don’t have to escape from the park when it rain, but to stay, enjoy or even play in storm.

Mounds of Breeze & Flood Playground

This is an integrated area that capture the wind and slow down flooding through a series of grass mounds. The mounds established by logs created a sustainable and dynamic landscape that support a variety of activities in different weather. Scent vegetation are planted on the mounds to bring the sweet smell of wind to visitors.

The Pavilion of Rain

This area creates a permeable shelter that allows a temporary stay in stormy days, but still encourage the communication with outdoor environment through the permeable structure. The pavilion is constructed by bamboo grid shell, and combined with living willow. The degree of enclosure changes throughout the season to create a dynamic landscape.”





Category A winner is invited to present the work at IFLA Europe General Assembly in Granada on 22 October 2021!



For all competition entries please visit IFLA Europe Youth Competition 2021 Youth Competition entries

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