Pleasure of Infinite

Pleasure of Infinite

Iran is a wonderland of various climates and cultures. Located within one of world’s two great mountain ridges and also one desert zone, Iran has become a desert-mountainous land with almost half of its area covered by mountains and one third of it by deserts.

The Caspian hyrcanian forests in north, high rise mountains in west and elevated areas in the east, center and south of Iran have created diverse natural sceneries within the country. But, the central sunken plateau of Iran suffers from low precipitation due to its geographic location.

This has caused vast barren deserts in central parts of Iran the residents of which have developed a variety of survival methods for centuries. People have learnt to adapt to this harsh climate and so we can see a lot of wonderful techniques in their way of living and the urban planning and architecture of buildings. Cities and villages are built in a complete harmony with climate, so the urban structure differs from might be expected. Desert cities are deserts’ legitimate heirs of serenity, simplicity and beauty and preserve various architectural styles and archetypes. The people of these cities and towns still live in a very traditional way and so visitors have a unique opportunity to see culture and everyday life of people within their historic settings.

After our very first successful international tour and workshop “Taste Paradise” in May 2013, The Cultural Landscape Association with help of ISLAP is planning to orchestrate another journey for experts and professionals all around the globe, to visit and enjoy the cultural and architectural beauty of Iran’s desert cities. This specialized tour and workshop “Pleasure of Infinite” is planned for 28th September to 5th October 2013.
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Call for Workshop Proposals – International Conference of IALE-Iran

1st International Conference of IALE-Iran (Iranian Branch of International Association for Landscape Ecology with collaboration of ISLAP)

30-31 October 2013, Isfahan, Iran

Call for Workshops Proposals

You are kindly invited to submit a proposal for a workshop or a training course to the 1st International Conference of IALE-Iran. The workshops and training courses are usually held before or after the conference with a maximum of 1 day.

Call for Abstracts

Requirements and Guidelines

Conference Themes

The conference will be transdisciplinary and will include a wide range of symposia tackling the themes below. It will include all landscapes: natural, urban, marine, freshwater, and…

  • Biodiversity conservation at landscape scale and landscape genetics
  • Land use change, landscape monitoring and management
  • Landscape economics: valuing ecosystem services at the landscape scale
  • Landscapes and humans: linking landscape pattern perception and human well-being
  • Co-management of natural resources and adaptive capacity of socio-ecological landscape systems
  • Landscape ecological impacts of climate change
  • Landscape ecology and coastal and marine sustainability
  • Urban landscape design and management

Submission deadlines

Workshop Proposals: Aug 15, 2013  (Email:
Presentation Abstracts: Jul 20, 2013  (Email:
Registration (required if presenting):  Sep 30, 2013 (Email:

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Responsible Tourism Project Report: Tree Planting with Jadav Payeng in Assam

The Northeast India Travel Blog

Little more than a year back, we’d enthusiastically begunour first responsible tourism project – a fundraiser meant to assist the forest man of India – Jadav Payeng, in his quest to grow more trees in the Brahmaputra Valley. With this post today, Greener Pastures is proud to announce that the fundraiser has been successful.

It happened two weeks back, when I and Cardo, a senior tour leader, went to meet Jadav and hand him over the funds. Accompanying us was Bijit Dutta, a friend of Jadav whom I had contacted through his blog to help us get to the forest man. The journey took us deep into the heart of Assam, until a dusty path meant for bull carts, miles away from the nearest road, lead us to the house of Jadav Payeng. Located in Kokilabari Village of the Mishing Tribe, his home is simple – made…

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Move the Bricks — Forever Change your Garden Space

Every single brick in the above DC garden I designed and installed was recycled from a previous garden space.  No bricks were purchased to create this eye-catching and sophistacted garden  that has become tranquil escape for the homeowners.    

Using recycled materials in your hardscape featrures is a great “green” step to take when installing brick and stone designs.  We use  recycled materials when the chance to do so is available,  and the possibilities are endless; recycled concrete for paving systems,  glass in stepping stones,  recycled bricks, and crushed stone and granite to be used in  patio surfaces.        

An added bonus?  You save money.  When I incorporate  larger pieces of old concrete or bricks into a  design,  the purchase and delivery of new materials is eliminated.  Also eliminated?  The material removal and disposal costs.  We challenge you to put your creative caps on and think about what you can recycle in your garden space — the sky’s the limit, and…

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