Connections, diversity, integration, resilience, sustainability, responsibility, humility; these are the principles that will guide the dynamic, challenging and inspiring debates during the UIA Congress in Durban (3-7 August 2014).

One of the foremost ambitions of the UIA congress is to promote the idea that the city is an ecosystem at the service of all segments of the population. Scientific papers will illustrate the congress theme:
“ARCHITECTURE OTHERWHERE” and the three sub-themes:
. RESILIENCE, in terms of poverty alleviation, space, geo-political economies.
. ECOLOGY encompassing the notions of time, evolution, systems, and environment.
. VALUES, notably those related to professional practice and architectural education.

Submission will be made online via a dedicated platform.
Abstracts, written in English, must not exceed 300 words and must not include any
Abstract submission deadline: 31 October 2013.
Abstracts will be double, blind peer-reviewed and assessed in terms of the following
. Relevance to the congress themes and sub-themes
. Originality
. Academic rigour
. Contribution to broadening knowledge

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Les connections, la diversité, l’intégration, la résilience, la durabilité, la responsabilité, l’humilité, tels sont les principes qui orienteront la dynamique, les défis et les échanges créatifs du congrès de l’UIA à Durban (3-7 août 2014).

L’une des principales ambitions du congrès de l’UIA est de promouvoir l’idée que la ville est un écosystème au service de tous les segments de la population. Les contributions scientifiques illustreront le thème du congrès :
« ARCHITECTURE, AILLEURS, AUTREMENT » et ses trois sous-thèmes :
. LA RÉSILIENCE, en termes : d’éradication de la pauvreté, d’espace, d’économies
. L’ÉCOLOGIE associée aux notions de temps, d’évolution, de système, de processus
et d’environnement.
. LES VALEURS, plus particulièrement celles qui sont liées à l’exercice professionnel,
à la formation et à l’éducation architecturale.

La soumission s’effectue en ligne sur une plateforme dédiée.
Les résumés, rédigés en langue anglaise, ne doivent pas excéder 300 mots et ne comporter aucune illustration.
La date limite de soumission des résumés est fixée au 31 octobre 2013.
Les résumés seront examinés en double aveugle et la sélection s’effectuera en fonction des critères suivants :
. La pertinence par rapport aux thèmes et aux sous-thèmes du congrès
. L’originalité
. La rigueur
. La contribution à l’élargissement des connaissances.

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HU-BTU First International Conference on Heritage Conservation and Site Management

Heritage Tourism: Prospects and Challenges
Cairo, 8-11 December 2013

Helwan University and Brandenburg University of Technology in Cottbus have the great honor to extend this invitation to all the heritage and tourism researchers and stakeholders worldwide to attend the first International Conference on Heritage Conservation and Site Management to be held from the 8th to11th of December 2013 in Helwan University Main Campus, Cairo, Egypt.

Relying on the fame of Egypt as a distinguished tourism destination and its uniqueness as a world-class heritage site, it is our belief that this conference will present an exceptional opportunity for heritage and tourism researchers, officials, investors, planners and others to gather and discuss their hopes and concerns regarding the future of heritage and tourism on an international scale. In this context, the conference will provide an ideal atmosphere to stimulate new ideas, initiate intense discussions about theories and applications, establish communications and foster collaborations between delegates from different public, private entities and relevant researchers as well as enhance the experience of postgraduate students and young researchers. 

Helwan University is a reputed Egyptian University, established in 1975. The origins of the university go back to the 19th century when‚ the ‘Operations Schools’ were first established. The fields of these schools were the basis of many institutes that later on formed Helwan University. Establishing Helwan University was a landmark in the Egyptian higher education as it represents a clear switch from mainly theoretical sciences to more empirical, practical and artistic sciences. Today, the university includes 20 colleges, which host about 110,000 under graduate and post graduate students.

Brandenburg University of Technology (BTU) Cottbus is a young and modern German university with international acclaim in the fields of architecture, engineering and natural sciences. The University’s academic profile is focused on engineering solutions for a sustainable future, which integrate the fields of building, technology and the environment. In 1999, BTU pioneered the field of heritage education through establishing the Master’s programme in World Heritage Studies – the first study programme in the world to design its curriculum around the UNESCO Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, and to reflect the diverse approaches to the concept of heritage, such as the links between culture and nature, tangible and intangible values, or conservation and development.

The conference is funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) which is a private, publicly funded, self-governing organization of higher education institutions. works on promoting international academic relations and cooperation by offering mobility programs primarily for students and faculty, and also for administrators and others in the higher education realm. DAAD also offers programs and funding for students, faculty, researchers and others in higher education, providing financial support to over 67,000 individuals per year.


The 16th International Course on Wood Conservation Technology – ICWCT 2014

A course on the conservation of cultural heritage made of wood

Dates: 21 May – 27 June 2014

Place: Oslo, Norway (premises of Riksantikvaren)


  • ICCROM – International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property)
  • Riksantikvaren – The Directorate for Cultural Heritage, Norway
  • NTNU – Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Background and content
The ICWCT was initiated as a response to a recommendation from UNESCO’s General Conference in 1980, and it has been organized in Norway every second year since 1984. It is directed towards professionals who have been working for some years within the field of wood conservation. The ICWCT covers a wide range of interdisciplinary topics. Theoretical and practical aspects of wood conservation are given equal consideration throughout the course. Some of the most interesting cultural heritage sites constructed in wood in Norway will be visited during the course, including UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Exercises and demonstrations are organized during the excursion.

Aim and objectives
The aim of the course is to promote cultural understanding and research in the field of wood conser¬vation, and to be a valuable resource for the work of the individual participants in their respective countries. The main objectives of the course are:

  • to give participants the theoretical and practical knowledge essential for diagnosing the causes of deterioration and for selecting the most appro¬priate methods of conservation and restoration of wood;
  • to extend the knowledge of participants beyond their own professions for a broader under¬standing of different aspects and approaches to wood conservation;
  • to bring people with various professions from different countries and cultures together for a mutual learning experience, drawing on different experiences, practices and approaches to wood conservation and use of wooden materials.

The course programme
The course programme is divided between lectures, laboratory exercises, conservation workshop exercises, field studies, museum visits and excursions. The curriculum includes six distinct but interconnected units covering aspects of: properties of wood; factors affecting the decay of wood; principles of conservation at a global level; preventive conservation; conservation of objects and painted surfaces including archaeological wood and furniture; conservation of wooden buildings and structures, including wood working tools and machinery. The course will include a one-week onsite workshop and a study tour to selected wooden heritage sites in Norway. As a part of the programme, each participant is expected to give a 20 minute presentation from his or her work experience in their own country.

Lecturers from Norway and other countries will be contributing to the course. All are recognized experts within the field of conservation and with various backgrounds and professional experience.

The course concludes with a written exam, giving 18 university credits if passed. A full time presence during the course period is required to be allowed to sit for the exam and to obtain the course certificate.

Participation is free of charge for the selected participants..

Travel, Accommodation and Living Expenses
Participants will be responsible for their round trip travel costs to Oslo, Norway. Accommodation for the period of the course, will be provided free of charge by the course organizers. In order to cover living expenses and transport within Oslo during the course, participants should plan for a minimum allowance of Norwegian Kroner 7000 (about 1200 USD) for the 6 weeks. In cases of proven financial need, and depending on the availability of funding at the time of the course, a limited number of partial scholarships may be granted.

Applicants should be mid-career professionals with a minimum of three years work experience in wood conservation. It is of great importance for the success of the course that the participants have relevant experience to contribute to and benefit from the mutual exchange of ideas. The number of participants is limited to 20.

The working language of the course is English. A good know¬ledge of English is essential for the benefit of the individual participant and for the course as a whole, and must therefore be documented in the application. A certificate of language is required.

Please fill the ICCROM application form (obtainable from ICCROM web site) and send it to the contact address below. (Email applications are welcome. In the event that it is not possible to provide a scanned version of the necessary photographs and signatures, it will also be necessary to send a paper copy.) Together with the application you are also required to send:

  • A full professional curriculum vitae (in English) ;
  • One page report describing a conservation project related to wood for which you are or have been actively involved and can be shared with the other participants.

ICCROM – Sites Unit
Via di San Michele 13
I-00153, Rome, ITALY
Tel: +39 06 58553 1
Fax: +39 06 58553349
Email: wood2014 (at) iccrom . org
Web Site: www.iccrom.org

For further information, please contact Anne Nyhamar (Directorate for Cultural Heritage): any (at) ra.no

Application deadline
Applications should reach ICCROM by 30 September 2013 to ensure inclusion in our selection process.

Please note that the implementation of the course is subject to the approval of the ICCROM Programme and Budget 2014-2015 by the General Assembly of ICCROM to be held in November 2013.

Common Pavilions // Review copy

A unique panorama of the Venice Biennial’s 29 national pavilions in previously unpublished images by the Italian photographer Gabriele Basilico, and in essays by around 30 international architects, philosophers and artists.


Common Pavilions
The National Pavilions in the Giardini of the Venice Biennale in Essays and Photographs
Edited by Diener & Diener Architects with Gabriele Basilico. Photographs by Gabriele Basilico
Text English and 23 other languages
Hardback, 288 pages, 67 duotone illustrations, 60 floor and site plans, 25 x 39 cm
ISBN 978-3-85881-734-1
EUR 58.00 / GBP 50.00 / USD 75.00

Introduction by Roger Diener and essays by Vito Acconci, Arnfinn Bø-Rygg, Monica Bonvicini, Alexander Brodsky, Eduard Bru i Bistuer, Dinu Bumbaru, Jean-Louis Cohen, Peter Cook, Hermann Czech, Marcelo Danza, Bogdan Ghiu, Amos Gitai & Ben Gitai, Jörg Haspel, Herman Hertzberg, Taro Igarachi, Zissis Kotionis & Elia Zenghelis, Marcel Meili, Henrieta Moravčíkova, Hyungmin Pai, Andras Palffy, Juhani Pallasmaa, Regina Silveira, Martin Steinmann, Peter Stutchbury, Adam Szymczyk & Monika Sosnowska, Carsten Thau, Milica Topalovic, Bart Verschaffel, Henry Vicente, and Tarek Waly.

Common Pavilions is based on an exhibition curated by Diener & Diener Architects within the 13th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennial in 2012. Architecture’s social and cultural reality was the theme of the 2012 exhibition, titled «Common Ground». Bringing the architectural significance of the 29 national pavilions to the attention of visitors, who usually do not really notice these buildings and their individual character and atmosphere when seeing an exhibition there, was the aim of the Common Pavilions project.

The celebrated Italian photographer Gabriele Basilico (1944–2013) has taken pictures of all the pavilions in the Giardini di Venezia. His masterful images are featured in large-format and lavish duotone printing. 30 authors from all 29 nations – architects, philosophers, and artists – have contributed short essays, writing on “their” national pavilion, its history and its identity as a space for presenting art. The essays appear in the book in English and in their original national language. Basilico’s images and the essays merge into a rich and atmospheric panorama of what is probably the world’s best known exhibition site.


Monique Zumbrunn
Verlag Scheidegger & Spiess AG
Niederdorfstrasse 54
CH-8001 Zürich
Tel direkt +41 (0)44 253 64 52
Tel +41 (0)44 262 16 62
Fax +41 (0)44 262 16 63

ASLA Annual Meeting & EXPO: Why I Love Boston

My colleagues and I love living and working in Boston and New England. While you are here for the ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO, we want to encourage you to participate in some unique opportunities to explore the region through our eyes.

Plan to arrive by Thursday, November 14, because we’ve organized Field Sessions on Friday, November 15, to inform, inspire, and introduce you to what we love about Boston. A large number of landscape architects call New England home-and have from the beginning- and these sessions are being led by some of our very best. You will have a great time all while learning the lay of the land.

New England is rich in historic landscapes. Visit two of Newport’s most significant cultural and historic landscapes, The Elms and Rough Point (FS001) or explore sustainable futures for historic properties including Olmsted landscapes in North Easton and Milton (FS002).

Boston is a very walkable city. Walk with The Boston Tree Party: Examining Tree Planting in the City session leaders to see some of Boston’s iconic plant and garden designs and examine cutting edge techniques for urban planting (FS009) or get a firsthand account of The Four Gardens of Olmsted’s Fenway showcasing new and renovated landscapes in one of Boston’s most interesting neighborhoods (FS014). See the results of our “Big Dig” on The Rose Kennedy Greenway (FS020) tour and learn about the urban renaissance in the heart of the city that capped the most expensive highway project in U.S. history.

Boston is defined by its waterfront and its rivers. Olmsted was largely responsible for the development of the parks along those rivers. Cruise down the Charles River to explore the sights of Boston to see why the first metropolitan park system, Back Bay promenade, has become a hot spot for three major universities, skaters, bikers, and cars. (FS019).

New England is also the birthplace of the Industrial revolution in the U.S. Waltham was the beta version of the mill complexes in Lowell and Lawrence. Tour a National Historic Registered mill factory in Waltham and hear how a series of stormwater infiltration techniques rehabilitated a former industrial site on the banks of the Charles. (FS012).

Boston is also home to two of the most historic landscape cemeteries in the U.S. Learn a lesson in contemporary cemetery design in the context of historic Mount Auburn and Forest Hills Cemeteries (FS003). Also, learn how they are adapting these historic landscapes as active commemorative places.

These are only a select few of the sessions scheduled. Browse our complete list of Field Sessions, choose your session, and we will see in Boston as we kick off more than 140 education sessions, Learning Labs, awards program, and the largest EXPO in the industry. You will have a wicked good time.

Tom Ryan, FASLA
Principal, Ryan Associates
Faculty, Harvard Graduate School of Design

L’architecte paysagiste Isabelle Dupras, personnalité la Presse – Radio-Canada pour la semaine du 28 juillet 2013

28 juillet 2013L’AAPQ est heureuse d’annoncer qu’Isabelle Dupras a été choisie personnalité la Presse – Radio-Canada pour la semaine du 28 juillet 2013.


Isabelle Dupras est la co-fondatrice 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.

En vrai pionnière et visionnaire,  Isabelle Dupras fut la première à offrir ses produits en pots biodégradables ou consignée 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.

Sa démarche très à l’avant-garde est aujourd’hui reconnue et récompensée.  En mai dernier, Le Jardin botanique de Montréal, un Espace pour la vie, a honoré l’architecte paysagiste en lui attribuant le prix Henry-Teuscher du Rendez-vous horticole. 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 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.

Une figure importante de la profession d’architecte paysagiste est au devant de la scène cette semaine.  http://plus.lapresse.ca/screens/4c3c-0f24-51f29576-af58-2ed0ac1c606d%7C_0.html

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 en charge 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 magazineFleurs, 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 de 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.

Informations : Katerine Boisclair, responsable des communications  AAPQ (514) 990-7731 info@aapq.org


International Green Roof Congress 2013 – The Future of Urban Roofs

Over 250 participants from more than 40 countries attended the 3rd International Green Roof Congress (13th-15th May) in Hamburg, using it as a platform to gather information on future trends for roof and façade greening. One of the highlights of the event was Lord Mayor Olaf Scholz’s appearance to present the new Green Roof strategy of Germany´s second largest city Hamburg.

The International Green Roof Association (IGRA) and the German Roof Gardener Association (DDV) invited the Green Roof branch to Hamburg for the three day multidisciplinary and transnational information exchange under the patronage of the Federal Minister of Transport, Building and Urban Development, Dr. Peter Ramsauer. Given the other events which were also taking place in Hamburg, namely the International Garden Show (IGS) and the International Building Exhibition (IBA), with their spectacular landscape designs and innovative living concepts, there was no better place this year to present a status report on Green Roofs at an international level and to identify future areas of application.

IGRA President Roland Appl provided the guiding principle for the congress with his speech “Green Roofs Quo Vadis?”. The subject of Green Roofs in Germany is often limited to the ecological values of the so called “extensive” Green Roofs, which hampers the creative potential of architects. The Danish architect Jakob Lange (Bjarke Ingels Group – BIG) demonstrated in his speech “Green is the New Black” that green areas on roofs also have an impact on fun, quality of life and the design of experience spaces for the residents. It’s not for nothing that the multi-award winning architecture firm feels bound to the concept of “hedonistic sustainability”. The Singaporean architect Wong Mun Summ (WOHA) also places the needs and wishes of homeowners and tenants to the fore in his greening philosophy “Breathing Architecture”. The same holds true for the urban waterscapes of the urban planner and landscape architect Prof. Herbert Dreiseitl, who brings rain water as lifeblood and a natural climate buffer back into public spaces and makes it a tangible experience. The important role which landscape architects can play to promote Green Roofs was emphasized by Ilya Mochalov, Secretary General of the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA).

The momentum which the subject Green Roofs can take when political deciders set the agenda was made clear by the Lord Mayor of Hamburg Olaf Scholz in his greeting to the congress participants. With his vision of a living roof landscape with green and recreational qualities, he has commissioned the development of a comprehensive municipal Green Roof strategy.

During the two days 30 speakers from 10 countries presented new and fascinating ideas for the future of urban roofs. The programme came full circle with the announcement of the 4th International Green Roof Congress to be held in Istanbul in 2015. Further information about the 3rd International Green Roof Congress can be found at http://www.greenroofworld.com. The congress volume with summaries of the speeches and contact details for the speakers can be downloaded as a PDF.

Contact Details: 
International Green Roof Association IGRA
PO Box 2025
72610 Nuertingen – Germany
Tel.: 0049 7022 7191980
E-mail: ansel@igra-world.com

Pictures International Green Roof Congress 2013
Please notice the copyright


The congress venue, Hotel Empire Riverside in Hamburg, was filled to capacity. Copyright: IGRA


Ilya Mochalov, Secretary General of the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) presented the possibilities for integrating landscape and urban design in Russia. Copyright: IGRA


The buildings of the Singaporean architect Wong Mun Summ seem to “breathe”. Copyright: WOHA



Hamburg’s Lord Mayor Olaf Scholz gave an exclusive overview of the city’s Green Roof strategy. From left to right: Reimer Meier (President DDV), Roland Appl (President IGRA), Olaf Scholz (Lord Mayor Hamburg). Copyright: IGRA

The Konyak People of Nagaland | Celebrating Indigenous Peoples

The Northeast India Travel Blog

“The Konyak performs no rites or ceremonies till the sowing begins. He realizes that the cutting of the jungle and the proper clearing of the fields depends only on the efficiency of man. Why should he trouble the Gods? But when the seed is entrusted to the earth, where hundreds of dangers may threaten the crops, the Konyak turns to the Gods and solicits protection with offerings and prayers” writes Haimendorf in The Naked Nagas.

The word ‘Konyak’ is derived from ‘Kaonyak which means ‘blackhead’ or ‘human’. Situated in eastern Nagaland in northeastern India, the land of the Konyak is a mountainous region rich with forests and with temperate climate. The Konyaks like to live in mountain tops, maybe because of the hot days. There is no written record of their history and scholars depend mostly on myths and legends. The widespread belief is that the ancestors came…

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Rain Barrels are GardenWise

Gardenwise Blog

Today’s Green Living tip falls into the Water Conservation category… recycle water by adding a rain barrel!  Adding a rain barrel to your landscape is a pretty simple project that can be completed in a single day.  Did you know a typical 1/2″ rain storm will fill a 50 gallon rain barrel, while a 1″ rainstorm produces 1/2 gallon of water per square foot of roof area?  That’s a lot of water to recycle,  and lot less water you’ll be paying for from you local water authority.     

Rain Barrels come in all shapes,sizes and colors, and the uses are limitless — you can attach a standard garden hose to your barrel, or you can attach a soaker hose.  You can also use your rainwater in your watering cans for your containers and pots.   Because we love added bonuses here at GardenWise — here’s a good one:  rain barrels reduce the amount of water around the foundations of your home. 

A company I just started…

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