2020 IFLA Europe Students and Young Professionals Competition “Footprints in Landscape’

We are facing the effects that climate change and catastrophic warming of the Earth have on our environment. How can landscape architects respond? What solutions do we have? And must we improve the knowledge of landscape architects?

Macro Footprints in Landscape

It is important to look at the large scale projects. Macro Footprint in Landscape that we are dealing with: large interventions in landscape and nature, such as development and expansion of cities and increasing the number of urban dwellers, diversified energy generation, new energy sources, changed climates and blue-green infrastructure solutions. How are we dealing with these big projects and what solutions do we have as landscape architects to solve these projects? Which professional groups do we need to work with in order to achieve better results? What needs to be changed in order to better handle the big projects of the future?

Micro Footprints in Landscape

We are also dealing with projects on a smaller scale and making changes to the infrastructure of the urban areas. How do we get more people to walk, ride bikes or use eco-friendly transportation to reduce car traffic and pollution? How do we improve public health and make people feel better? What design and implementation solutions do we have? How can we achieve better results and convince our clients to invest in a quality and beautiful environment that is open to the sky? The latest project in the urban community in Iceland is the focus on the city line and its surroundings. How do we reduce car traffic and increase walking and cycling? What solutions do we have in the small footprint and the small steps to take towards more sustainable communities?

The winners of 2020 Youth competition are:

Category A: Conceptual projects/Ideas

I place: David de Boer with project Solar Grids

II place: Rapa Surajaras with project Breathe - redefining a zone of informal settlement

III place: shared between 2 projects:

- Project Mono to Multi Use by University of Ljubljana (Team: Dorotea Volk, Hema Kunšič, Meta Zgonec, Tamara Tratar, Ana Benedik)

- Project Esbjerg havn - reclaiming the urban fabric of Denmark’s energy metropolis by MagnusHehlke

2020 Winners

David de Boer
My name is David de Boer, 26 years old, from the Netherlands. I recently finished my MSc at Wageningen University in landscape architecture and I am a MSc graduate at KTH Stockholm in urbanism studies. I am currently working as a designer at Flux Landscape Architecture in Utrecht. Besides my studies and job, I am a founding board member of Young NVTL, the young professionals branch of the Dutch landscape architecture association. I am also the Dutch representative and organiser of ELASA.

David de Boer, Netherlands
David de Boer, Netherlands




David de Boer 'Solar Grids'
David de Boer ‘Solar Grids’

Category B: Realised projects

I place: Leku Studio ‘Superblock of Sant Antoni”

II place: Landscape Architecture Lab Ilawa Forest

III place: Ludivine Gragy “Regeneration”

Studio Leku 'Super Blok of Sant Antoni'
Studio Leku ‘Super Blok of Sant Antoni’

Category C: People’s choice
Akanksha_Khatri with project “Lancaster Is Growing!”

Aakanksha_Khatri_Lancaster Is Growing!
Aakanksha_Khatri_Lancaster Is Growing!



The prize for the winners of categories A and B will be invitation to the IFLA Europe General Assembly in Granada, Spain in 2021 to present their works.

All participants will receive a Certificate of Participation.



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