Abstracts submission – IFLA World Congress 2013

The closing date for abstract submissions is 31 October 2012. Accepted abstract submitters will then be required to register and finalise a paper for the proceedings by January 31 2013.

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

Email: ifla50competition@lincoln.ac.nz

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 (info@uniscape.eu), 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
E-mail: info@uniscape.eu
Web: http://www.uniscape.eu

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: http://www.livablecities.org/conferences/50th-conference-portland

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 Exhibithttp://www.livablecities.org/conferences/50th-conference-portland/special-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.

“The guide will provide the 19 million tourists…

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