NOT IN MY BACKYARD: 2016 International Festival of Landscape Architecture has recently launched its website. The event is taking place in Canberra, Australia over four days from 27 – 30 October 2016. Canberra is one of the very few, fully planned cities in the world. The 2016 Festival in Canberra will connect the public with landscape architects across multiple events developed by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA).
Not in my backyard’ is about the anthropocene and what we as landscape architects can do about it. The anthropocene is a huge and traumatic philosophical shift for humanity but the idea that we have remade the world is familiar territory for landscape architects and plays well into what landscape architects are trained to do. So, with this conference I am putting forward the notion that this is our century, this is our time to take some control. The conference is structured around 7 themed sub-sections; New Views, New Natures, New Techniques, New Practices, New Natures, New Signs and New Cities. There will also be an international short film competition and we will screen the finalists in Canberra to launch the conference. You know, its also about the fact that landscape architects don’t do backyards and so we want to make that point loud and clear on the occasion of AILAs 50th anniversary. Its also about the fact that we are all NIMBYs in one way or another.” – Richard Weller, the Festival Creative Director
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The Cultural Landscape Foundation will hold the Second Wave of Modernism III: Leading with Landscape conference & tours on May 21-24 in Toronto, Canada. The conference will tackle numerous issues including those that deal with the city’s identity – what does it mean for a 21st century city to be historic and modern at the same time? – and stewardship – what new models for public/private financing and management are emerging?
Speakers include Claude Cormier, Adriaan Geuze, Janet Rosenburg, Thomas L. Woltz, Elizabeth Silver, Charles B. Birnbaum and many more. Speakers will examine how existing parks and open spaces are adapted to accommodate contemporary and future needs and expectations, and how innovative landscape planning and design techniques developed in Toronto apply to other cities, and vice versa – and the impact of imported ideas on local conditions.
The conference will be held from May 21 at the University of Toronto with a tour to be also held at the Evergreen Brick Works.
For more information goto the Second Wave of Modernism III: Leading with Landscape website.
Image Credit | Sugar Beach, Toronto | Claude Cormier © Claude Cormier architectes paysagistes
World Landscape Architecture is a proud media partner of the Second Wave of Modernism III: Leading with Landscape
Cherry Blossom | Washington DC | IMAGE CREDIT | National Cherry Blossom Festival
IFLA World Congress Opening Address | Stephen Brown, NZILA President | Scoop
“In addressing many of the issues that I have alluded to, it seems to me that landscape architects will bring three highly important ingredients to the table: a discipline that melds the arts and sciences – integrating, not divorcing them from one another; appreciation of cultural values and diversity; and the ability – indeed proclivity – to work in an integrative or facilitative capacity with one another and with other disciplines.”
A Wilder Way | Noel Kingsbury | NY Times T Magazine
“Piet Oudolf, the Dutch designer who is responsible for the planting in both of these public projects, is also much in demand for planting private gardens, like this one in Nantucket…”
A Park for the Ages | Kathy Blaha | City Parks Blog
Kathy looks at the lessons learned as it approaches its tenth anniversary.
The Green Team Part 12: Dumpster Diving – Are Container Forests in Our Future? | Lisa DuRussel | Metropolis Magazine
“One of these strategies is a container forest. The successful use (and reuse) of shipping containers and dumpsters has been demonstrated in the architectural realm…”
Eco-Visualization: Aesthetics for Sustainability | Juliet Helmke | Urban Omnibus
“Juliet Helmke traces the origins and prospects of a genre of art that aims to educate and more effectively influence consumer behavior through the reinterpretation of ecological data.”
Find out if your house will be underwater by 2100 | Robert T. Gonzalez | io9.com
The folks at Climate Central have put together an interactive map applicationthat lets you see how rising seas will effect coastal regions of the United States over the next century.
New Satelitte-based systeme will track illegal deforestation in real time | Yale Environment e360
A coalition of organizations has unveiled a digital tool its developers say will help governments, environmental groups, and local communities monitor illegal logging in the world’s forest regions in real time
Auckland | New Zealand
The call for abstracts has gone out for the IFLA World Congress 2013 to be held in Auckland on 10 – 12 April 2013. The congress theme for this 50th IFLA World Congress will be Shared wisdom in an age of change – The theme will focus on knowledge sharing around the increasingly challenging issues facing our local and global environments in an age of considerable and frequently dramatic change.
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Prof. Kongjian Yu is the founder of Turenscape landscape architecture firm in Beijing and Professor at Peking University. With his significant international renown as one of the leading contemporary landscape architects in China, his keynote during the World Congress was strongly appreciated.
Entitled the “Big foot revolution‟ Mister Yu began his keynote with how for thousands of years the civilized urban elite worldwide has maintained the right to define beauty and good taste (in China symbolized by the bandaged foot). The big foot revolution is about losing the bound on the feet, having a new integration to build ecological systems. He presented some projects and simple goals as making friends with the floods (and removing concrete), or being productive (for example some crops were used on a campus, with some rice planting festivals or harvesting days which became some important day in this university‟s life), valuing the ordinary and recycling the existing, the landscape as a living machine to clean polluted water and much more.
Continue reading A few words with Professor Kongjian Yu by Laure Aubert | 2011 IFLA World Congress
Laure Aubert is a landscape architect working in Germany who attended the 2011 IFLA Congress in Zurich. Laure interviewed various Congress attendees which we will feature over the next two weeks.
Bruno Marques at EFLA stand at 2011 IFLA Congress Zurich ©Laure Aubert
Bruno Marques is responsible organizer of the upcoming EFLA Regional Congress “Mind the Gap. Landscapes for a New Era”.and answers on behalf the Estonian Landscape Architects‟ Union. The EFLA Regional Congress is being held in Tallinn-Estonia, from 2-4 November.
Why was it important for you to attend the IFLA Congress?
The importance of attending the IFLA World Congress in Zürich relies in the biggest event of our profession that gathers professionals from all over the globe, with different backgrounds, different cultures, but at the same time connected by only one thing: the profession. I think these events are really important, for one hand to learn something new and to see what exciting has been done over the last years in the field, for other hand to reunite with friends and colleagues. In Zurich, I especially enjoyed the amazing organization, the wide range of events and above all, to see lots of students. That gives me some trust that our profession will continue to exist and develop in the future.
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MFO Park at Zürich Oerlikon, chosen as representative of Swiss Landscape Architecture for the Congress (Design by Burckhardt + Partner AG & Raderschall Landschaftsarchitekten AG)
‘What a beautiful organization in a beautiful city with a beautiful audience’. All these ingredients mentioned by IFLA President, Desiree Martinez, contributed to a successful 48th IFLA Congress in Zürich between the 27 and 29th of June 2011 . . .
More than 1320 landscape architects from 75 nationalities attended the congress. About 30% were students, and most came from Switzerland, all the continents were represented with colleagues from Pakistan to Australia, USA, China (where the last IFLA congress took place), Estonia (the location of the next EFLA congress) and many more…
Continue reading ‘Scales of Nature’ 2011 IFLA Congress in Zurich, an incredible gathering of landscape professionals