The LALI wave: driving the change

Signature and ratification of the Latin American Landscape Initiative (LALI) by the civil society, the academia, the local government attending the IFLA SAP 2012 Americas Conference, in Medellin, Colombia, October 19.

” LALI is a regional initiative, but its meaning goes much beyond the limits of the Latin America region: it signals the mobilisation of civil society for the safeguarding of important collective values, the ones that are represented by the conservation of beauty, of biodiversity, of traditional knowledge, of heritage in all its forms. 

Unesco praises the work that you have done during this meeting, and wholeheartedly supports the LALI initiative as a basis for an enhanced regional and international action that will lead to the development of more effective and universal policies, in collaboration with all the main United Nations Agencies, the international NGOs and national and local Governments of all the regions of the world.

Thanks! We look forward to an even greater global engagement for the preservation of Landscapes! ”

Francesco Bandarin UNESCO ADG Culture

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Nota Bene: Thank you to Martha Fajardo, LALI Chair-ILC task force member and IFLA Former President for this valuable contribution.

Horizons “Arts-Nature” in Sancy, France

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Appel à candidater 
Horizons « Arts-Nature » en Sancy, programmé du 15 juin au 15 septembre 2013, est la 7è édition d’un évènement d’art contemporain qui puise son originalité dans l’inscription d’œuvres plastiques éphémères réalisées spécifiquement pour le Massif du Sancy (Puy-de-Dôme), cadre grandiose entre lacs, volcans et eaux tortueuses. Piloté par l’Office de Tourisme du Sancy, l’appel à projet porte sur la création de 10 œuvres d’art au sein de la Communauté de Communes du Massif du Sancy.

Rémunération artistique : montant de 8 000€  TTC (comprenant la conception, le transport des matériaux, la réalisation sur place ou l’installation de l’œuvre, le déplacement, la restauration et l’hébergement des artistes sélectionnés).
Ouvert à tous y compris les jeunes talents (écoles d’art, d’architecture de paysage en dernière année ou ayant obtenu leur diplôme depuis 2 ans maximum).
Type d’œuvres : installations in situ
Nombre de candidats sélectionnés : 10

Pour télécharger l’appel à candidature et les fiches descriptives des sites :
Date limite d’envoi des candidatures le lundi 17 décembre 2012 à l’adresse ci-dessous :
Horizons « Arts-Nature » en Sancy
Office de Tourisme du Sancy
Allée du Lieutenant Farmont
63 240 LE MONT DORE (France)


Call for applications

Horizons « Arts-Nature » in Sancy, will take place between the 15th June and 15th September 2013. This is the seventh of a contemporary art event based on short-lived visual works of art specifically made for the Sancy massif (heart of the Massif Central in France). Managed by the Sancy Tourist Office, the call for projects involves the creation of 10 works of art in the Sancy Massif.

Art remuneration: a payment of €8,000 will be given to each selected artist (covering  the creation, travel expenses, the transport  of materials from the studio to the site, installation of the work, food and accommodation for the artist in the area).
The event is open to all artists, without any limit of age, and to young talents (just or recently – less than 2 years- graduated from art school)
Type of artworks: installations in situ
Number of candidates selected: 10

To download the application documents and information relative the event please visit the web site:
Deadline to send the applications : Monday 17th December 2012, to the address below:
Horizons « Arts-Nature » en Sancy
Office de Tourisme du Sancy
Allée du Lieutenant Farmont
63 240 LE MONT DORE (France)


Fábos Conference on Landscape and Greenway Planning

April 12-13, 2013, Amherts, MA

The Fábos Conference on Landscape and Greenway Planning is held every three years to bring together experts who are influencing landscape planning, policy making and greenway planning from the local to international level. It is intended to highlight recent trends and expand the literature about landscape and greenway planning. The aim is to explore how landscape architects and planners from different countries have approached greenway planning and to understand how greenways have been tailored to each county’s unique geographical, cultural, and political circumstances.
Call for Abstracts
The program committee invites you to contribute original, unpublished papers focusing on one of the conference topics to the Fábos International Conference on Landscape and Greenway Planning. Please submit extended abstracts (max 2 pages / min 500 words) online via the conference web-based submission system. Abstracts submitted as a PDF will be accepted until November 16, 2012. All papers and presentations at the conference will be in English. The conference will be held in Amherst, MA on the University of Massachusetts campus. The conference proceedings will be published in digital form in April 2013.
For questions or comments, please contact Rory Fitzgerald at

Berlin´s Landscape Architecture online

Berlin’s open spaces can now be experienced with the online portal “”


bdla presents landscape architecture in a manner that is emotionally attractive, spatially positioned and knowledgeable – for your desktop and as a mobile web app

The portal is now available on the internet, the first element in the Federation of German Landscape Architect’s (bdla) innovative online strategy to experience Berlin’s cultural landscape. On the start page, the 360° swivelling panorama of the capital city, infused with “green”, provides an eventful and informative view of the landscaped architecture. As an intuitive entrance to the portal, it awakens the appetite for diverse encounters with the designed outdoor areas in the metropolis.

The portal “ParcView” addressed the topic landscape architecture and its diverse references to Berlin art, cultural goods and cultural institutions. “The urban cultural landscape is especially pronounced in Berlin and very dynamic. The cultural and tourist-related potential produced by this interaction has been insufficiently exploited until now,” is how Christof Luz, member of the executive board, summarizes the bdla’s motivation to develop “ParcView”.

Experiencing landscape architecture in stories and time transitions

The cultural references are translated in the form of spatially specific, real and virtual online exhibitions with a special narrative manner. The “Berlin Wall Parks” combine very different locations such as the Berlin Wall Memorial at Bernauer Straße, the park at Nordbahnhof, the East Side Park and the Luisenstädtische Canal, presenting the public, designed space along the course of the former Wall as a memory of the city. In addition, the manifold facets of the design and significance of Berlin’s open spaces are illustrated by the online exhibitions “Landscape Architecture as Cultural Heritage”, “Gardens of the Museums and Galleries” and “Open Spaces as Commemorative Places”.

The playful and individual discovery of a place by means of expressive and attractive images and incisive texts constitute the core of the online exhibitions. The integration of videos supports the emotional address to users and enables them to get an idea of the intentions and working methods of the landscape architects. Based on the process of augmented reality, the “story” conveys more detailed information on specific aspects of a space, such as the ecological diversity of the blossoming meadow landscapes in the Rudow-Altglienicke landscape park. The narrative structure of the “tours” allows the user to move virtually through space, such as the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. The “time transition” explains to the ParcView visitor the development of the pace in historical levels, individual layers of construction, or by displaying the before-and-after of the planning, for example at Gendarmenmarkt.

Exploring Berlin’s cultural landscape with the web app “”

The service is completed by the mobile website “Which current locations of landscape architecture can I find nearby?”, “How can I get there?” and “Can I learn more when I am there?” are typical user needs that are supported by The web app can be accessed free of charge using a smartphone browser with GPS and internet access and can then be used without any prior installation for tours of exploration through Berlin’s cultural landscape.

Successful cooperation

The plans have been supported by renowned cultural institutions in Berlin such as the Topography of Terror Foundation and the Berlin Wall Foundation. Due to the very positive initial response to “ParcView”, further online exhibitions with other cooperative partners are already being planned. For the first time, thanks to the cooperation with visitBerlin, the official tourism portal for visitors to the German capital, Berlin’s open spaces can now prove their worth as cultural tourist sites in the international arena.

Nationwide project database “landscape architecture today” in preparation

You can also look forward to the portal, which will be released as the second element of our online communication on 18 January 2013, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the bdla. The intention is to develop this nationwide online project database into a renowned virtual salon for landscape architecture in Germany.


Bund Deutscher Landschaftsarchitekten
Köpenicker Straße 48/49, 10179 Berlin
Tel. 030 27 87 15-0, Fax 030 27 87 15-55


The ParcView project is financed by funding from the Federal State of Berlin as well as from the European Regional Development Fund as part of the programme to strengthen and exploit innovative potential in culture (INP).


3rd International Green Roof Congress

The 3rd International Green Roof Congress is coming up! Please save the date for this exciting congress which will be organised by the International Green Roof Association (IGRA) from 13 – 15 May 2013 at the Empire Riverside Hotel in Hamburg, Germany. This conference is under the patronage of the German Federal Minister of Transport, Building and Urban Development.

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