Students’ Competition – 3rd IFLA Africa Symposium 2013

Students’ Competition

Productive landscapes

Land degradation is a major threat to the performance of both rural and urban landscapes. Massive deforestation, overgrazing, polluted water bodies, uncontrolled fishing, peasant farming rooted in bush burning, uncoordinated mining, oil spillage and sprawling urbanization are typical man made disasters. These are compounded by flooding, ocean surges, erosion and desertification driven by climate change phenomenon. Restorative solutions still consider sustainable land management defined as combination of “technologies, policies and activities aimed at integrating socioeconomic principles with environmental concerns so as to enhance natural resource base production systems, protect the natural resource base, be economically viable and socially acceptable” relevant. (Framework for Evaluating Sustainable Land Management, 1991).

Students are invited to creatively provide economically viable and socially acceptable productive landscape design and planning solutions to degraded land areas. Participants are expected to focus on a geo referenced site that has experienced major natural or anthropogenic land degradation.
Jury: Will be announced later.

Entries should:

  • Concisely state the nature of the site with emphasis on problem analysis.Proposals should be presented at a conceptual stage scale of between 1:5,000 and 1:10,000. Detailed design at scale between 1:500 and 1:2,000.

  • Clearly illustrate the way in which the planning and design achieve the principles of sustainable land management practices.

  • Highlight the leadership role of landscape architecture in the design. At the same time state how the adopted concept will integrate other disciplines that maybe involved


  • Students in accredited landscape architecture programs are eligible.

  • Students who have graduated more than one academic session are not eligible,

  • Bachelor’s and Master’s projects completed while a registered student are eligible.

  • Entries may be individual and group of not more than four members. Multiple entries are not

  • permitted,

  • Relatives and associates of members of the jury may not enter the competition

  • Note that all categories of entries require a fully completed eligibility declaration


Entries should be in a single PDF file. Entries must be in a landscape format and a maximum of two A1 landscape format panels. Please note the following requirements:

  • Existing situation to be properly shown in aerial photograph

  • Design at conceptual scale of between 1:5,000 and 1:10,000.

  • Detail design scale between 1:500 and 1:2,000

  • Explanatory cross sections to highlight the site in three dimension

  • A minimum of four illustrations is required

  • Please submit a one A4 page explanatory synopsis which describes the degraded landscape; existing situation; and propose design solutions in PDF file. Please adhere to the following: single line spacing, Time Roman, 12 point font size and submit separately.

  • Be advised that this text will assist the jury in project evaluation. The text will also be included in chosen publications of prize-winning projects. On that note, ensure that the text is well edited and clearly convey desired message..

Anonymity and Protocols

  • English is the official language of IFLA. Therefore all titles, legends, captions, and submitted text must be in English

  • Names of the entrants, faculty and universities where entrants are based shall not be identified in the two PDF panels and page of text.

  • Please remember to attach completed Declaration of Eligibility as additional PDF file.

  • Received entries will be assigned serial numbers. Hence entries will be referred to only by these serial numbers throughout the judging process to ensure anonymity.

Submission process

  • Please visit  to submit all files online by 7pm (Nigerian Time) Thursday, August 15 2013 (NG Time = UTC/GMT +1 hour). Files must be PDF and maximum file size is 20MB.

  • Please ensure that your file size conforms to these requirements to avoid disqualification.
    Files sent as hard copy by mail or e-mail is not acceptable.
    Submissions received after the deadline will not be admitted.


Thursday, 15th August 2013: 6pm GMT, deadline for receipt of entries on website.
Jury: September 2013
14th October 2013: Presentation of Awards at 3rd IFLA Africa Symposium in Abuja, Nigeria

Contact for the competition: Bartho Ekweruo

3rd IFLA Africa Symposium – 14-18 October 2013

United Nations Economic and Social Council Economic Commission for Africa/ African Union Commission [UNESCECA/AUC] (2011) joint submission reiterated the fact that “sustainability will remain elusive if we do not design ways to live within the means of one planet and if there is no hope for all for a better life on that one planet”. It is a call for ecological sensibility that biocentrically sees humanity as part of a wider community of life and as basis for true sustainability that heals degraded landscape.

Green economy is a response to the multiple crises confronting humanity in recent decades especially resource depletion, economic crises, climate change anomalies and food insecurity. The later is particularly true of Sub Saharan Africa with twenty one of the thirty poorest nations of the World and highest number of people that are unable to feed adequately. The twin issues of poverty and glaring food shortage is traceable to land degradation that threatens environmental performance of both rural and urban landscapes. Indiscriminate logging, overgrazing, reliance on fire wood, peasant farming, bush burning, uncoordinated mining, oil spillage and sprawling urbanization continue to strip the landscape of its vegetative cover. 

This is in view of unpredictable and extreme weather events that propel massive flooding, gully erosion, destructive ocean surges and desertification. There is an urgent need to examine our value system and identify more productive landscape developmental alternatives. Green economy as a local developmental strategy must then address land and water management in all their ramifications. This symposium recognises cultural differences in landscape perception and aims at generating people oriented strategies, policies and agenda for social, environmental and economic sustainability through discussions of all stakeholders and environmental professionals at continental level.

You are invited.
Tunji Adejumo



Global Savings: Billion-Dollar Weather Events Averted by Global Warming

Watts Up With That?

republished with permission from Master Resource

by Chip Knappenberger

“For every billion-dollar weather disaster identified as being ‘consistent with’ human-caused global warming, there are probably several other potential billion-dollar weather disasters that human-caused global warming averted.”

Last week, the government’s National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) finalized its list of “Billion Dollar Weather/Climate Disasters” for 2012. They reported 11 such events with the combined loss exceeding $110 billion, making it the second costliest year since their compilation began in 1980.

Since the number of billion dollar weather disasters has been increasing over time, the temptation to point a finger at anthropogenic global warming is too great for many global warming addicts to resist, despite the known problems with the list (for example, the lack of proper accounting for changing population demographics—a factor which explains virtually all of the increase).

It seems folks are extremely creative at coming up with reasons…

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Size of Centennial project may have to be reviewed because of asbestos problem: Bradley

Sarnia-Lambton Independent

The Sarnia 2014 Legacy committee may have to rethink the scope of the centennial project after learning it may take months to even find a solution to remove asbestos from Centennial Park.

Golder and Associates pulled soil samples from the park which has been fenced off to the public for weeks and found asbestos and metals such as lead in many of the 130 samples. City Manager Lloyd Fennell says some of the fencing around the MacLean Center will be taken down since that area is clean. But the rest in the north end of the park could remain in place for months.

“We’re moving forward with a risk assessment, looking at all the detail in the 130 holes and then we will come up with an action plan as to how we can handle some of the areas and that plan would then be discussed with the Ministry of…

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Opportunity: Urban Design Summer School ‘Cities and Water’ 7th – 10th July, 2013

UTS Urban Forum

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For the one of you that are going to be in Europe around July, below there is an interesting opportunity related to design and the urban sphere.

The Collaborative Centre for the Built Environment (CCBE) is pleased to announce the launch of our Urban Design Summer School. This Urban Design Summer School is going to have a creative look at several watersides in Northampton with the aim to design new and exciting waterscapes. We will explore what good urban design is, why it contributes to successful and sustainable places and how it can be achieved. Lessons learned and proposals developed for Northampton will be transferable in principle and provide rich inspiration for projects elsewhere.

The Urban Design Summer School is run at the University of Northampton by the Collaborative Centre for the Built Environment in conjunction with the Academy of Urbanism, the Canal and River Trust and David Lock Associates.


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Open Urbanism – Progettare città senzienti e dialogiche

Parametric thinking and innovation in urban design


«Anche le città credono d’essere opera della mente o del caso, ma né l’una né l’altro bastano a tener su le loro mura. D’una città non godi le sette o settantasette meraviglie, ma la risposta che dà a una tua domanda”, scriveva Italo Calvino sintetizzando in modo mirabile la funzione cognitiva ed educativa delle città.

Ascoltare, indagare, interrogare e comprendere la città è sempre stata una delle sfide più esaltanti dell’urbanista, concreta ambizione di coloro che la riconoscono come complesso organismo intelligente, concretizzazione del patto di cittadinanza e generatrice di vita comunitaria, e non solo come organizzazione di funzioni o concentrato di patologie. La città si offre come un ipertesto alle letture quotidiane dei suoi abitanti, è supporto concreto della memoria, si propone come retorica materiale ed ambisce ad essere interprete delle comunità insediate. E il progetto della città a sempre intessuto con le componenti comunicative un’inestricabile rete di relazioni…

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