International Federation of Landscape Architects Congress 2013


The New Zealand and Australian Institutes of Landscape Architects (NZILA and AILA) warmly invite you to be a part of the 50th International Federation of Landscape Architects World Congress (IFLA50) 10 – 12 April 2013.



IFLA 2013 Shared Wisdom in an Age of Change – Student Design Competition


Submissions open November 1 2012

Topic: Redemptive Landscape Architecture

Earthquakes, flooding, tsunami, hurricanes, bush fires: natural disasters which have wrought havoc on landscapes around the world in recent times.
Urban sprawl, oil spills, global financial crisis, terrorism: human-induced disasters which also have massive landscape impacts.
How can landscape architecture assist in the redemption of landscapes afflicted by disaster? The student design competition for the 2013 IFLA World Congress seeks your visions for how the design of the landscape can assist with rebuilding, rehabilitation, restoration. What wisdom can be shared?

Entrants should focus on a site that has experienced significant impacts as a result of a major natural or cultural crisis. An important consideration of the competition will be the way in which the design responds to change over time, as post-disaster recovery involves a number of phases, rather than a single static solution.

To be announced

Entries should:

Clearly convey the nature of the current condition, including analysis of the problem. Outline proposals at an overall, conceptual level (scales of 1:5,000 to 1:10,000), and also the refined design at a detailed level (1:500 to 1:2000). Illustrate the ways in which the design engages with the dynamic of time.Emphasise the role of landscape architecture in the design, as distinct from that of other disciplines.


The competition is open to all students of landscape architecture in landscape architecture programmes (or students studying landscape architecture where there is no programme specifically identified as landscape architecture). Both individual and group entries are permitted, but each student or group can only enter once. Groups should contain no more than five members.

Professional collaboration is not permitted.

Associates of members of the jury and their relatives may not enter the competition.

Specification for submission

Entries must take the form of up to two A1 landscape-format panels contained within one PDF file.

Required elements:

1. Aerial photograph to show the current situation

2. Overview of design at conceptual scale (1:5,000 to 1:10,000)

3. Design shown at a more detailed scale (1:500 to 1:2000)

4. Cross sections through the site to convey three dimensional aspects

5. At least four illustrations

6. Explanatory text of no more than one A4 page, single line spacing, 12 point font size, which describes the crisis and current situation, and identifies the key aspects of the design response. This must be submitted as a separate PDF file.

Anonymity and protocols

1. The two PDF panels and page of text shall not identify the names of the entrants, faculty sponsors, or universities where entrants are based. Please enclose an additional PDF file that includes the completed Declaration of Eligibility, as attached to this document.

2. All titles, legends, captions, and text associated with the submissions must be in English.

3. As entries are received, serial numbers will be assigned, and entries will be referred to only by these serial numbers throughout the judging process in order to ensure anonymity.


Please submit all of the files including the panels, text, and entry details online (website address to be advised closer to the date) by 5pm Friday 30 November 2012 (NZ Daylight Time = UTC/GMT +13 hours).

Files must be PDFs as outlined above, with a resolution of 300dpi, and maximum file size of 40MB.

Note: files may not be emailed or sent as hard copy by mail.

Submissions received after the deadline will not be admitted.

Because of the likely bottleneck in submissions close to the deadline we recommend that you submit early rather.


1. Friday 30 November 2012, deadline for receipt of entries on website.

2. Judging early December 2012

3. 8th April 2013 (tbc) Presentation of Awards at IFLA International Congress in Auckland, New Zealand

Contact for the competition


Phone: +64 3 325 3838 extn 8439


1st Place Group Han Prize for Landscape Architecture, currently consisting of $3,500 US plus a certificate. Provided by Group Han.

2nd Place IFLA Zvi Miller Prize, currently consisting of $2,500 US plus a certificate. Provided by IFLA.

3rd Place Merit Award, to be confirmed


Renewable Energy and Landscape

coordinated by Annalisa Calcagno Maniglio, University of Genova
and Anna Laura Palazzo, University of Roma Tre
Florence, 6 November 2012

Call for Papers

The next UNISCAPE seminar will take place the 6th of November 2012 in Florence hosted by the Presidency of the Tuscany Region on the theme “Renewable Energy and Landscape”.
This occasion, as others in the past, wants to offer the opportunity to develop among experts and research centres of the Universities that are part of UNISCAPE, the necessary reflections on contemporary issues at a European level. Main focus of this seminar is to analyse and reflect on the positive and negative effects and impacts that may arise from the introduction of renewable sources in the landscape. They are often delicate and complex solutions that give centrality to issues regarding the balance between environmental sustainability, social acceptability and economy and also the need to investigate the relation between the costs and benefits of the projects.

Therefore, we invite all the experts of the countries part of  UNISCAPE, the experts of this sector and the Public Authorities that are interested to reflect on the issues related to renewable energy and the “landscape”, presenting case studies and researches on the problems connected to their balanced and sustainable planning and management. The introduction of renewable energy sources in the landscape is in many respects called to measure itself everywhere with the traditional spatial planning tools. However, there is a clear need to define margins of flexibility and sustainability to the tools already available or that are being established in different countries depending on the expected performances rather than pre-established conditions.
The gradual depletion of fossil reserves and the increasing demand for energy, have led industry to a rapid transition to sustainable energy production through the use of advanced technology, low environmental impact, natural resources such as sun, wind, water  and biomass.
We define as renewable those sources of energy available that renew themselves in the short term – including solar, photovoltaic and wind energy, biomass for co-generation of heat and electricity, as well as waste incineration. Depending on the incentives, these resources could provide a significant contribution to answer to the demand for energy.
Among all renewable energy, wind power and photovoltaic installations are currently the most known and used: they are spreading over the countries in areas with different geographical characteristics, “land marking” the various landscapes that meet the growing needs of the energy companies.
It would be appropriate for landscape experts, technicians, research institutions and NGOs to question themselves about the most feasible implementation of photovoltaic power stations, and about wind farms with low environmental and landscape impact finding the most appropriate ways of locating the necessary equipment for the energy transmission and distribution in the landscape.
The wide diffusion in the landscape of these new solar and wind power plants challenges the scientific community to seriously reflect on the methods for a rigorous identification of more suitable sites to accommodate wind turbines and solar plants and to establish the rules for appropriate procedures for granting incentives for installing them in the landscape: in order to avoid for example an undifferentiated
location of solar panels on agricultural soils or of wind turbines on hills and mountains. Therefore  we encourage a constant cooperation between industry and research for the development and testing of pilot projects and guidelines to identify the most suitable, necessary and urgent regulations and licensing procedures to be adopted for these plants. Procedures in this sense are in many countries at the moment
fragmented, incomplete or even in existent. They would require a collaboration between at least the Ministries of Economic Affairs, and of the Environment, and the Local authorities.
On the 11th of April 2012 in Rome, 30 important and well-known Italian intellectuals signed an appeal to the Italian Prime Minister, promoted by Italia Nostra, Friends of the Earth, the Mountain Wilderness and  other environmental NGOs, to ensure that the next Italian regulations on renewable energy that will be issued conform to a rigorous baseline, preventing excessive installations that, particularly with regard to
wind energy, have already contributed to the devastation of vast landscapes located in exposed positions, affecting not only landscape quality but also important environmental values.
Those who are interested in participating to the seminar are invited to send by the 30th of September 2012,  an abstract to UNISCAPE’s Office (, following these criteria:
Language: English
Font: Times New Roman 12
Format: Ms Word
Structure of the text: Title- Authors- Institution and contact information
Keywords: Max 5
Abstract: characters (spaces included) Max 1500
The abstracts (or a selection of the extended versions) will be published in I Quaderni di Careggi.

Participationto the Seminar is free, kindly register sending an e-mail before the 1st of November.

c/o Villa Medicea di Careggi
Viale G. Pieraccini 15 – 50139 Florence
Tel. +39 055 4221535

Invitation to Exhibit – Reshaping Suburbia


Successful Designs for Reshaping Suburbia
IMCL Conference on
Reshaping Suburbia into Complete Healthy Communities
Governor Hotel, Portland, OR
June 23-27, 2013

Sprawling and fragmented suburbs where distances are too great and streets are too dangerous have significantly contributed to our massive problems of obesity, chronic physical ill health, social isolation, violence and crime. We must act now to adopt healthy, equitable planning practices for Reshaping Suburbia. This is the most critical challenge we now face in making our cities healthy and livable.

The good news is that some of the most exciting urban design projects today – transformations of shopping malls into mixed use town centers, transit-oriented infill development, neighborhood plazas, green streets and green playgrounds – are taking place in the suburbs.

For more information, see:

Four categories of exhibits are eligible:

 • Mixed Use in Suburbia: Infill & Re-Shaped

• 10-Minute Neighborhoods

• New & Restored Neighborhood Plazas

• New & Restored Nature Places

 Deadline for submission: November 1, 2012. All selected projects in all categories will be exhibited at the conference. Awards will be made for outstanding completed projects already in use.

You will find more information on the website at Invitation to Exhibit Please submit proposals online.


Introducing The Landscape Architect’s Guide to Washington, D.C.


Top Designers of Public Spaces Offer Fresh Takes on D.C.’s Historic and Contemporary Landscapes

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is pleased to announce the launch of The Landscape Architect’s Guide to Washington, D.C. This online, mobile-friendly guide will help visitors and locals discover more than 75 historic, modern and contemporary landscapes in Washington, D.C. and Arlington, Va. Expert commentary and more than 800 photos are provided by 20 landscape architects.

According to Nancy Somerville, Hon. ASLA, executive vice president and CEO of ASLA, the guide is the first of its kind devoted to Washington, D.C. It highlights historic monuments and parks—including the National Mall and Memorial Parks and Capitol Hill—and examples of new sustainable works—including Constitution Square, a cutting-edge green street that is one block long, and Diamond Teague Waterfront Park, which incorporates man-made, water-cleansing wetlands on the Anacostia River.

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tur(i)ntogreen International Student Design Competition


tur(i)ntogreenis an International design competition launched by the  Research and Documentation Centre in Technology, Architecture and City in Developing Countries(CRD-PVS) at the Politecnico di Torino(Italy).
With a  distinguished  jury and sponsored by the UN-HABITAT within the “I’m a City Changer” campaign, it is open to University students from around the world. Participants are invited to apply their creative talents in developing new multidisciplinary solutions for sustainable and inclusive cities reflecting on new forms of urban management and regeneration through agro – housing and urban – farming models.
Imagine a neighbourhood that connects the city withthe fields not only physically but also from the cultural, philosophical and environmental perspective. This will be the agriculture and food production district in Turin (Italy), where people  will be living in a  farmingoriented urban realm.
One narrow area of the FIAT, one of the biggest carfactory of the World, in the Mirafiori plant, devoted to production stock parking, has been working as a second barrier to the expansion and integration of the South Mirafiori neighbourhood with the City. Now it has the chance to provide
Turin with a new model of urban life. Dwellings integrated with food production, in traditional (surface field) or innovative (vertical)
models; housing for low income people and immigrants, with agricultural skills; spaces, services and features to let younger generation to reinvent their own way to work; urban farming that opens to a new economy, including education, documentation, food retail, agricultural and zoo-technical services.
The massive global economical transformations, the  redistribution of wealth and rights, new places and methods of production in goods and services aretransforming the boundaries of the contemporary cities; the fragile balance between rural areas and urban settlements is quickly evolving. Younger generations from the rural areas  in the whole world continue moving into the cities, claiming the right to share the benefits supplied by joint services, wealth and employment, peculiarities of the city even if they imply unacceptable life conditions. This has already led to an
increase in urban population that generates the demand for new architectural solutions that must cover for the new figures ensuring dignity and integrated living conditions.
Where(45°1’30.71″N, 7°36’22.92″E)
Turin – the Italian  motownof the 20th century – got to know these phenomena very well. In more than one situation of recent Italian history this city has been the home for many people and families coming from other sides of the Country. Between 1963 and 1965, South Mirafiori neighbourhood had been the first area selected to become a massive social housing development and urban expansion, with 1 million of cubic meters and a total of 2000 apartments in 35 high rise buildings.Just on the other side of the road the biggest Italian car factory plant – FIAT Mirafiori – was employing 80.000 people. Today the neighbourhood and the social housing dwellings – mainly owned by users now – are no more sustainable in terms of maintenance costs; apartments were given to people according to the members of their families differently from the contemporary model; the entire neighbourhood was designed as a living and working system together, in the 60’s in Turin represented by the FIAT factories in Mirafiori and Rivalta Torinese. The neighbourhood overall population is decreased from 20.000 to 6.000 and FIAT has around 10.000 employees.
On one side energy costs and environmental issues,  property values and building quality, unemployment, new global manufacturing scenarios; on the other hand the environmental features, the local ongoing projects, the community activities and the urban strategies for the western Turin
make South Mirafiori an extremely high potential urban district in terms of social and economic development still to be explored.

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The International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA), which represents the worldwide profession of landscape architecture, announced today that Mihály Möcsényi is the winner of the Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award – the International Federation of Landscape Architects’ premier award – for 2012.

Mihály Möcsényi has made an outstanding contribution to Landscape Architecture through his life-long commitment to his chosen profession. His achievement in all aspects of landscape architecture – landscape planning, landscape research, landscape design and landscape education has been quite phenomenal.

Professor Möcsényi (Hungary) started to work in University education already in 1945. He was teaching landscape design and landscaping. Since 1970 he became the head of the Department of Landscape and Garden Architecture school in Budapest, Hungary. He integrated the technical and aesthetic knowledge together with an ecological and economic approach to landscape architecture education.

He started his career in the field of education, and studied at different institutions parallel to his teaching. He studied history, archaeology, art history, and economics, technical-architectural, artistic and aesthetic matters, in order to acquire and pass on a fuller, more valuable and comprehensive body of knowledge to his students. He worked as a practitioner at the same time as he was teaching and says that: “Every day we need to prepare ourselves to spend the next day useful”.

His philosophy: A teacher also has to have constant, direct connection with professional practice has inspired thousands of Hungarian landscape architecture students. He also encouraged students to go abroad to widen their minds in the fields of landscape architecture.

In 1968 he officially defined landscape as “cultural product” and defined landscape as “humanized nature”. This established the basis of landscape architecture and planning in Hungary as an integrative and ecological approach – , a revolutionary change from the former the purely geographical landscape approach.

Because of political reasons he asked for retirement in 1979, and started to work more internationally. He had for a long time been engaged in IFLA, and was elected Vice-president IFLA Central Region from 1982-86 and IFLA President from 1986-1990. He had an essential role in involving the Eastern European countries into IFLA and was involved in the opening up of these countries for international relationships, education and the starting up new national associations for landscape architects.

After the collapse of the communist system in Hungary in 1990, he was called back to the university and was elected as rector from 1991-93, and founded the Faculty of Landscape Architecture in Budapest in 1992.

He has clearly had a unique and lasting impact on the development of landscape architecture as a practitioner and on the promotion of the profession of landscape architecture. Mihály Möcsényi has, within 70 years of active work, opened many doors, minds and hearts to an awareness of, and integration of landscape architecture. His life achievement is an example for everybody to follow and he is a most worthy recipient of this year’s IFLA Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award.

The IFLA Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award is the highest honor that the International Federation of Landscape Architects can bestow upon a landscape architect. The Award recognizes a living landscape architect whose lifetime achievements and contributions have had a unique and lasting impact on the welfare of society and the environment and on the promotion of the profession of landscape architecture. The award is bestowed annually on an academic, public or private practitioner whose work and achievements are respected internationally.

The IFLA Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award was launched in 2004 on a quadrennial basis. Its inaugural recipient was Peter Walker (USA) in 2005. Prof. Bernard Lassus (France) was awarded in 2009 and Cornelia Hahn Oberlander in 2011. From 2011 the award will be bestowed annually.

Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe (1910 – 1996), IFLA President of Honour, served IFLA as its founding President from 1948 – 1954. He was a trained architect, town planner, landscape architect and garden designer, but his prime interest was in landscape and garden design. Jellicoe was a founding member (1929) and then President of the Institute of Landscape Architects (now the LI) and was knighted for services to landscape architecture in 1979. In 1994, he was given the Royal Horticultural Society’s highest award, the Victoria Medal of Honor.

The IFLA President, Desiree Martinez, will make the announcement in the Award Ceremony during the IFLA 2012 IFLA World Congress in Cape Town, South Africa on September the 7th.. The winner will present a lecture as part of the ceremony.

The 2012 SGJA International Jury, was chaired by Jenny B. Osuldsen (Norway) and comprised: Anton Comrie (South Africa), Alan Titchener (New Zealand), Rosa Klias (Brazil) and Fritz Auweck (Germany).