Florenz- Giardino dei semplici

My Botanical Garden

Medici from Florenzwere a powerful family. Their wealth (they owned Medici bank, one of biggest and most truthful banks in Europe at that time), connections (family gave 4 popes,their daughters married to European courts) and fact that they themselves become royal house enabled them to politically dominate the region from late 14-th century up to the 18-th century.They were generous patrons to the artists of the time and spent huge amounts of money building palaces, fortresses, gardens.

It is obvious that it was in the spirit of renaissance to invest in lavish buildings with picturesque gardens around,to study humanities and collect art.But what was the reason , that on December 1, 1545,  Cosimo I de’ Medici, Grand Duke ofTuscany established botanical garden in Florenz -, Giardinodei Semplici (medicinal herb garden)]just after  Pisa and Padova had got their botanical gardens? What made him think this is important, as there were yet only two botanical gardens…

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Moins de 5 semaines avant les Rencontres André Le Nôtre….

N’oubliez pas de vous inscrire rapidement, dans les meilleures conditions !

Quelques points importants…

  • HEBERGEMENT : NE TARDEZ PLUS
    Les allotements d’hôtel que nous avons réservé pour vous, vont encore diminuer en nombre de chambres, dès le 1er juin. Passées les dates indiquées sur notre site, les hôtels remettent à la vente les chambres et vous n’êtes plus garantis de trouver des disponibilités. Et les prix affichés sur le site, négociés pour vous, ne sont plus garantis.
  •  TARIF PREFERENTIEL : PROFITEZ-EN
    N’hésitez pas à vérifier que vous êtes membre d’une association ou d’une institution partenaire (voir la liste sur le site la rubrique Partenaires)… Chacun de ces partenaires possède un code particulier qu’il peut vous communiquer pour vous faire bénéficier du tarif préférentiel (environ 30% de remise pour les trois jours) lors de votre inscription en ligne. Si vous préférez une inscription sur papier, ce même partenaire peut vous faire parvenir un bulletin personnalisé procurant le même avantage.
  •   FORMATION CONTINUE : UTILISEZ VOS DROITS
    Vous pouvez participer à l’événement via un module de Formation Continue qui vous est proposé par l’Ecole Nationale Supérieure du Paysage de Versailles. La prise en charge est variable suivant les organismes de formation continue auxquels vous cotisez. Elle peut être quasi totale (avec une partie des frais de déplacement et d’hébergement) pour les salariés. Elle peut constituer un pourcentage souvent intéressant pour les professionnels libéraux.

Consultez la rubrique Formation Continue du site, qui vous renvoie directement au module de l’ENSP, puis consultez votre organisme de tutelle.

  •   ATELIERS MOBILES ET EN SALLE : ASSUREZ-VOUS LE BON CHOIX
    Les ateliers mobiles du lundi 1er juillet (en Ile-de-France) et du mardi 2 juillet (à Versailles) sont limités en nombre de participants, pour des raisons d’organisation (transports, restauration, compréhension de la visite, configuration des lieux,…).

Dès le 1er juin, le choix d’atelier pour chacune des trois journées sera ouvert à tous les participants déjà inscrits, dans l’ordre de leur inscription…

Ne tardez plus à nous faire parvenir votre préinscription et son règlement (Paypal, virement, chèque bancaire ou bon de commande), pour pouvoir satisfaire votre choix au mieux de vos souhaits.

  • ACTUALITE : UNE SOIREE SPECIALE DE LA FFP
    La soirée du lundi sera la soirée de la FFP. A Bailly… aux portes de Versailles.
    Y seront invités (coût zéro) les membres de la FFP, des invités de la FFP, quelques partenaires fournisseurs (j’espère !) et les étudiants du Workshop et de l’UFEP.

C’est la soirée spéciale des paysagistes concepteurs. ! Ambiance simple et conviviale dans le beau cadre de la Ferme de Vauluceau avec visite des serres de Gally.
Aller en autocar depuis le Palais des Congrès (arrivée des ateliers) et navette de retour à 11h30, 0h30 et 1h30.

 Toutes informations sur : www.rencontres-andre-lenotre.fr 

 

Isabelle Dupras reçoit le Prix Henry-Teuscher

L’AAPQ est heureuse d’annoncer que Le Jardin botanique de Montréal, un Espace pour la vie, a honoré l’architecte paysagiste Isabelle Dupras en lui attribuant le prix Henry-Teuscher du Rendez-vous horticolele 24 mai.  Le prix Henry-Teuscher ainsi nommé en l’honneur de l’architecte paysagiste qui a conçu les premiers aménagements du Jardin Botanique dans les années 30, pour le frère Marie-Victorin est une distinction annuelle qui souligne la contribution exceptionnelle de son récipiendaire à l’avancement du savoir en horticulture au Québec.
Isabelle Dupras est la cofondatrice et présidente-directrice générale de la pépinière Horticulture Indigo, la première entreprise horticole à offrir des plantes indigènes aux professionnels de l’aménagement au Québec. Depuis près de 20 ans, elle consacre sa carrière à faire connaître, apprécier et rendre disponible auprès des horticulteurs du Québec la flore indigène de la province.
Isabelle Dupras est également une grande communicatrice qui diffuse ses connaissances en matière d’utilisation des plantes indigènes pour des fins d’aménagement et de restauration écologique par le biais de l’enseignement, des médias, de l’animation, de la rédaction ou de la recherche.

En vraie pionnière et visionnaire,  Isabelle Dupras fut la première à offrir ses produits en pots biodégradables ou consignés bien avant la vogue actuelle de ces pots écologiques. Elle a proposé des solutions d’aménagement des bandes riveraines des années avant que l’industrie horticole se penche sur la question ainsi qu’une série de plantes pour les toits verts alors que la tendance était encore bien marginale.
Principales réalisations d’Isabelle Dupras, B.A.P., M.Sc.A.
Pépinière Indigo : Depuis 1994, la principale réalisation d’Isabelle Dupras consiste à orchestrer, à titre de présidente-directrice générale la pépinière Indigo, la plus importante pépinière de plantes herbacées indigènes au Québec. Elle y est responsable de la production et de la mise en marché de plus de 250 espèces indigènes du Québec sélectionnées au fil des années parmi les quelque 2500 espèces vasculaires présentes au Québec.
Rédaction et édition de bulletins techniques : Depuis 2002, Isabelle publie mensuellement un bulletin technique portant sur diverses facettes de l’utilisation de plantes indigènes en aménagement destiné aux professionnels de l’horticulture et de l’aménagement.
Clé de sélection Indigo : Cette publication parue en 2006 synthétise sous forme de clé dichotomique le processus de sélection de végétaux indigènes destinés à l’aménagement paysager et à la naturalisation. Une attention particulière a été apportée à la forme et au design de cet outil de terrain qui s’est vu mériter le prix du produit éducatif de l’année décerné par le Jardin botanique de Montréal dans le cadre des Rendez-vous horticoles.
Gestion de paysage : Rédaction de la partie technique et descriptive de devis et plans d’aménagement paysager pour l’établissement de prés fleuris le long des nouveaux tronçons de l’autoroute 55.
Chroniqueuse horticole : De 2005 à 2009, Isabelle a assuré la rédaction de la chronique Plante indigène du magazine Fleurs, Plantes, Jardins, publié par Transcontinental Médias. Plus d’une trentaine de publications lui ont permis de faire connaître une flore méconnue aux jardiniers amateurs et de faire la promotion d’une horticulture saine et empreinte du sens du lieu.
Formatrice : Développement et enseignement de cours pour l’ITA St-Hyacinthe destinés aux professionnels de l’horticulture sur les toitures végétalisées et sur les prés fleuris.
 

The Hangzhou Declaration: Placing Culture at the Heart of Sustainable Development Policies

The Hangzhou Declaration
Placing Culture at the Heart of Sustainable Development Policies
Adopted in Hangzhou, People’s Republic of China, on 17 May 2013

We, the participants gathered in Hangzhou on the occasion of the International Congress “Culture: Key to Sustainable Development” (15-17 May 2013), wish to express our gratitude and acknowledge the generous hospitality and intellectual leadership of the Chinese authorities and the City of Hangzhou in providing a forum to reflect on the place that should be given to culture within the international sustainable development agenda. We especially recognize the efforts and achievements made by the City of Hangzhou to conserve its heritage and promote its vibrant culture for sustainable development.
We recognize the important advances that have been made over the past decade by the international community at all levels in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and other internationally agreed development goals.
We consider that in the face of mounting challenges such as population growth, urbanization, environmental degradation, disasters, climate change, increasing inequalities and persisting poverty, there is an urgent need for new approaches, to be defined and measured in a way which accounts for the broader picture of human progress and which emphasize harmony among peoples and between humans and nature, equity, dignity, well-being and sustainability.

These new approaches should fully acknowledge the role of culture as a system of values and a resource and framework to build truly sustainable development, the need to draw from the experiences of past generations, and the recognition of culture as part of the global and local commons as well as a wellspring for creativity and renewal.

We recall, in this regard, some of the most important policy documents that have underscored the importance of culture for sustainable development in recent years, including the UN General Assembly Resolutions N. 65/1 (“Keeping the Promise: United to Achieve the Millennium Development Goals”, 2010), N. 65/166 (2011) and N. 66/208 (2012) on “Culture and Development”, as well as a number of other relevant declarations, statements and normative instruments adopted at international, regional and national levels.
We recall in particular the outcome document of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, “The Future We Want” (Rio de Janeiro, June 2012), which highlighted the importance of cultural diversity and the need for a more holistic and integrated approach to sustainable development.
We reaffirm that culture should be considered to be a fundamental enabler of sustainability, being a source of meaning and energy, a wellspring of creativity and innovation, and a resource to address challenges and find appropriate solutions. The extraordinary power of culture to foster and enable truly sustainable development is especially evident when a people-centred and place-based approach is integrated into development programmes and peace-building initiatives.
We also reaffirm the potential of culture as a driver for sustainable development, through the specific contributions that it can make – as knowledge capital and a sector of activity – to inclusive social, cultural and economic development, harmony, environmental sustainability, peace and security. This has been confirmed by a wealth of studies and demonstrated by numerous concrete initiatives.
We recognize that one size does not fit all and that different cultural perspectives will result in different paths to development. At the same time, we embrace an understanding of culture that is open, evolving and strongly framed within a rights-based approach and the respect for diversity, the free access to which enables individuals “to live and be what they choose”, thus enhancing their opportunities and human capabilities while promoting mutual understanding and exchange among peoples.
We believe that the time has come, building on these important statements of principle and lessons learnt, for the full integration of culture – through clear goals, targets and indicators – into agreed development strategies, programmes and practices at global, regional, national and local levels, to be defined in the post-2015 UN development agenda. Only such a concrete political and operational framework can ensure that all development initiatives lead to truly sustainable benefits for all, while securing the right of future generations to benefit from the wealth of cultural assets built up by previous generations.
We therefore call on governments and policy-makers, who will play a role in defining the post-2015 UN global development framework and sustainable development goals, to seize this unique opportunity and give consideration to the following actions to place culture at the heart of future policies for sustainable development:
  • Integrate culture within all development policies and programmes

Development is shaped by culture and local context, which ultimately also determine its outcomes. Consideration of culture should therefore be included as the fourth fundamental principle of the post-2015 UN development agenda, in equal measure with human rights, equality and sustainability. The cultural dimension should be systematically integrated in definitions of sustainable development and well-being, as well as in the conception, measurement and actual practice of development policies and programmes. This will require the establishment of effective institutional coordination mechanisms at global and national levels, the development of comprehensive statistical frameworks with appropriate targets and indicators, the carrying out of evidence-based analyses and the building of capacities at all levels.

  • Mobilize culture and mutual understanding to foster peace and reconciliation

In the context of globalization, and in the face of the identity challenges and tensions it can create, intercultural dialogue and the recognition of and respect for cultural diversity can forge more inclusive, stable and resilient societies. They should be promoted notably through educational, communication and artistic programmes, as well as through dedicated national councils, to foster an environment conducive to tolerance and mutual understanding. In areas that have experienced violent conflicts, the rehabilitation of cultural heritage and cultural activities should be promoted to enable affected communities to renew their identity, regain a sense of dignity and normalcy, enjoy the universal language of art and begin to heal the scars of wars. Consideration of cultural contexts should also be integrated into conflict-resolution initiatives and peace-building processes.

  • Ensure cultural rights for all to promote inclusive social development

Guaranteeing cultural rights, access to cultural goods and services, free participation in cultural life, and freedom of artistic expression are critical to forging inclusive and equitable societies. A rights-based approach to culture and respect for cultural and linguistic diversity should be promoted within national and regional policies and legal frameworks, including consideration for minorities, gender balance, and youth and specific indigenous peoples’ concerns. Cultural values, assets and practices, including those of minorities and indigenous peoples, should be integrated into educational and communication programmes, and they should be safeguarded and given adequate recognition. Cultural literacy in schools is an integral part of quality education, and it should play an important role in the promotion of inclusive and equitable societies. Special support should be provided to cultural programmes that foster creativity and artistic expression, learn from the experiences of the past, and promote democracy and the freedom of expression, as well as address gender issues, discrimination, and the traumas resulting from violence.

  • Leverage culture for poverty reduction and inclusive economic development

Culture, as knowledge capital and as a resource, provides for the needs of individuals and communities and reduces poverty. The capabilities of culture to provide opportunities for jobs and incomes should be enhanced, targeting in particular women, girls, minorities and youth. The full potential of creative industries and cultural diversity for innovation and creativity should be harnessed, especially by promoting small and medium-sized enterprises, and trade and investments that are based on materials and resources that are renewable, environmentally sustainable, locally available, and accessible to all groups within society, as well as by respecting intellectual property rights. Inclusive economic development should also be achieved through activities focused on sustainably protecting, safeguarding and promoting heritage. Special attention should be given to supporting responsible, culturally-aware, inclusive and sustainable tourism and leisure industries that contribute to the socio-economic development of host communities, promote cross-cultural exchanges, and generate resources for the safeguarding of tangible and intangible heritage.

  • Build on culture to promote environmental sustainability

The safeguarding of historic urban and rural areas and of their associated traditional knowledge and practices reduces the environmental footprints of societies, promoting more ecologically sustainable patterns of production and consumption and sustainable urban and architectural design solutions. Access to essential environmental goods and services for the livelihood of communities should be secured through the stronger protection and more sustainable use of biological and cultural diversity, as well as by the safeguarding of relevant traditional knowledge and skills, paying particular attention to those of indigenous peoples, in synergy with other forms of scientific knowledge.

  • Strengthen resilience to disasters and combat climate change through culture

The appropriate conservation of the historic environment, including cultural landscapes, and the safeguarding of relevant traditional knowledge, values and practices, in synergy with other scientific knowledge, enhances the resilience of communities to disasters and climate change. The feeling of normalcy, self-esteem, sense of place and confidence in the future among people and communities affected by disasters should be restored and strengthened through cultural programmes and the rehabilitation of their cultural heritage and institutions. Consideration for culture should be integrated into disaster-risk reduction and climate-change mitigation and adaptation policies and plans in general.

  • Value, safeguard and transmit culture to future generations

Heritage is a critical asset for our well-being and that of future generations, and it is being lost at an alarming rate as a result of the combined effects of urbanization, development pressures, globalization, conflicts and phenomena associated with climate change. National policies and programmes should be strengthened in order to secure the protection and promotion of this heritage and of its inherited systems of values and cultural expressions as part of the shared commons, while giving it a central role in the life of societies. This should be achieved by its full integration in the development sector as well as in educational programmes.

  • Harness culture as a resource for achieving sustainable urban development and management

A vibrant cultural life and the quality of urban historic environments are key for achieving sustainable cities. Local governments should preserve and enhance these environments in harmony with their natural settings. Culture-aware policies in cities should promote respect for diversity, the transmission and continuity of values, and inclusiveness by enhancing the representation and participation of individuals and communities in public life and improving the conditions of the most disadvantaged groups. Cultural infrastructure, such as museums and other cultural facilities, should be used as civic spaces for dialogue and social inclusion, helping to reduce violence and foster cohesion. Culture-led redevelopment of urban areas, and public spaces in particular, should be promoted to preserve the social fabric, improve economic returns and increase competitiveness, by giving impetus to a diversity of intangible cultural heritage practices as well as contemporary creative expressions. The cultural and creative industries should be promoted, as well as heritage-based urban revitalization and sustainable tourism, as powerful economic sub-sectors that generate green employment, stimulate local development, and foster creativity.

  • Capitalize on culture to foster innovative and sustainable models of cooperation

The great and unexplored potential of public-private partnerships can provide alternative and sustainable models for cooperation in support of culture. This will require the development, at national level, of appropriate legal, fiscal, institutional, policy and administrative enabling environments, to foster global and innovative funding and cooperation mechanisms at both
the national and international levels, including grass-roots initiatives and culture-driven partnerships already promoted by civil society. In this context, consideration should be given to the specific needs of different cultural sub-sectors, while opportunities should be provided to develop capacities, transfer knowledge, and foster entrepreneurship, notably through the sharing of best practices.

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We, the participants, share in the ideals of “Diversity in Harmony” and “Harnessing the Past to Create the Future” expressed by our Congress;
We commit ourselves to developing action plans based on this Declaration and to working together for their implementation towards 2015 and beyond;
We believe that the integration of culture into development policies and programmes will set the stage for a new era of global development;
We recommend, therefore, that a specific Goal focused on culture be included as part of the post-2015 UN development agenda, to be based on heritage, diversity, creativity and the transmission of knowledge and including clear targets and indicators that relate culture to all dimensions of sustainable development

A Prelude to IFLA Newsletter #103

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FROM THE PRESIDENT

Kia ora,

The 50th World Congress in Auckland was fantastic! We had a democratic, diligent and hopefully very fruitful World Council. The Congress served as a 50th anniversary celebration honoring April the international landscape architecture month!

It is the 50th time the World Council has met to make decisions regarding IFLA´s development and politics and the 50th time an international congress on landscape architecture was celebrated by our organization, giving landscape architects from around the world the chance to exchange experiences and share wisdom.

We had the attendance of delegates from 51 countries, which is a lot, especially when you consider that IFLA has about 70 member countries!

Our colleagues from NZILA and AILA, chaired by Renee Davies, organized the perfect congress in the perfect location!

The presence of the Maori culture was profoundly special. The opening ceremony was held in a very traditional way as a Powhin at  Tamaki Paenga Hira (Auckland War Memorial  Museum.) Regarding the meaningful link the Maoris have to our Mother Earth, I cannot imagine a better way to begin our anniversary congress!

During the World Council (WC) we worked on the strategic plan in order to bring IFLA up to date and enable us to face the current challenges of our profession. Among the important issues addressed at the WC, were the need for a clear, efficient and transparent communication system and the necessity to look for diverse financial alternatives for our organization.

A great deal of work has been done in the last months. Thanks to the support and persistence of our secretary general, Ilya Mochalov, IFLA´s historic archives have been digitalized by the René Pechère Library archivists and are now accessible online.

We have gained even more support for UNESCO´s initiative towards an International Landscape Convention, the creation of National Landscape Charters and Regional initiatives, like the LALI (Latin American Landscape Initiative).

It is the 5th time we have awarded the outstanding lifetime achievement of a Landscape Architect. This time, we had to honor to bestow the Sir Geoffrey Jellocoe Award on Prof. Gonçalo Ribeiro Telles from Portugal (APAP). For health reasons he could not attend the Award ceremony, but on his behalf APAP´s president Miguel Braula Reis received the award and presented a lecture along with a remarkable video.

The Congress presentations were excellent! We journeyed among the local, rural and urban landscape, we experienced the deep link between the indigenous people and the landscape, and we learned about resilience and proposed radical change.  The purpose and theme of the Congress “Shared Wisdom in an Age of Change” was certainly achieved!

This congress was a testament to our profession, which has been evolving through the last decades and is now proving that complex challenges can be faced in a holistic and innovative way through landscape architecture. Additionally, it acknowledged that ancient and indigenous wisdom is also a source of innovation and can provide solutions to the problems that we face today!

Thanks again to all people that participated in the organization of the congress and of course to all attendees! Congratulations to all!

With a big hug,

Desiree Martínez
IFLA-President

Please visit us at the following link to view the video with the results of the IFLA photography contest: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKR0PsLR8xk&feature=share&list=PLEoBcmwedS6C66lwzMOcAC2hCMPvvK9rU

 

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