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