Fourth IFLA APR International Cultural Landscapes Symposium 2013



The International Symposium on Cultural and Historical Landscapes (INCULS) is an annual event that was started in 2009 in response to the IFLA Cultural Landscape Committee’s (IFLA CLC) decision to highlight the importance of cultural and historical landscapes through teaching, research and consultancy in the Asia Pacific Region (APR). Subsequently, the first INCULS was held in that year in Seoul, Korea. From then on, the seminar has been held annually with increasing participation from minimum of 16 Asia Pacific Countries. Even though INCULS focuses on cultural and historical landscape planning and design of the living environment, it has received ever encouraging
participation from people of other disciplines. This is due to the fact that cultural and historical landscapes are interdisciplinary in nature and need the participation from other disciplines such as legal, planning, economics, biology, botany, agriculture, art, etc. INCULS aimed at providing a platform for interdisciplinary discussions towards a common aim ‐ providing a better and sustainable living environment for people and other living creatures sharing this planet through the lenses of cultural arid historical landscape. In addition INCULS also provides a link between policy makers, researchers and practitioners.

India’s cultural heritage is well known. Gujarat plays an important role as the southernmost portion of the famous Sindhu‐Saraswati culture. Gujarat region has a continuous cultural landscape since 8000 BC, including a large part of the Indus Valley Civilization, and has been a trading centre since Sindhu‐Saraswati Civilization (circa 4000 BC at Lothal).
The symposium is proposed to be held at Ahmedabad, the sixth largest city in India, which has a rich culture of trade and arts since time immemorial. Ahmedabad was at the heart of Indian Independence movement, from where Mahatma Gandhi led the independence struggle. Supported by an affluent trading community, Ahmedabad is home to a wide variety of built heritage ranging from traditional architecture to modern masters, and is being considered for nomination as UNESCO world heritage site.

Symposium Theme: Cultural Landscapes Transformations
Landscapes are inherently dynamic and transform through the ages due to their surroundings and the environment, which many a times consists of flora and fauna. Cultural landscapes, within their inherent definition, include any sustained relationship between man and nature. As understanding of natural resources and their relationship to man has evolved, many fields of study of cultural landscapes have arisen.
Study of Cultural Landscapes has established its roots in fields of geography, landscape, geology, hydrology, climatology, botany, archaeology, etc. While their expertise varies, they ultimately converge at the point of man‐nature relationships.
This symposium aspires to document living and established cultural landscapes and their evolution, so that this topic does not remain in the domain of research only, and transforms into a professional field of practice. Cultural landscapes need not be ancient or historical, they can also be contemporary. Colonization and unprecedented migration from rural to urban areas in the Asia‐Pacific Region has immensely transformed cultural landscapes. Examples of this include the impact of Trans‐Siberian railway as well as cultural changes due to Indigo farming and Tea cultivation in India, or the historical sea route from Egypt and Mesopotamia to India.
Many such changes have resulted in a cultural turmoil, where traditional cultural knowledge shares space with new cultures being created as well as transformed traditional cultures. The symposium will document transformations in cultural landscapes through three themes:
a. Conservation of Traditional cultural landscapes
b. Transformed cultural landscapes based on contemporary views
c. New cultural landscapes being generated in and around urban areas

Organizing Committee
The fourth IFLA APR International Cultural Landscapes Symposium is being hosted by the Gujarat Chapter of the Indian Society of Landscape Architects (ISOLA) under the aegis of the IFLA APR Cultural Landscapes Committee.
A tentative schedule of the symposium shall be as follows:
Theme & Call for abstracts 10th July 2013  EXTENDED TILL SEPTEMBER 10
Receipt of abstracts 15th August 2013
Call for papers from selected abstracts 15th September 2013
Receipt of papers 15th October 2013
Symposium at Ahmedabad 14th & 15th December 2013 (Saturday & Sunday)
Call for Papers
We invite papers from researchers in diverse fields, with interests in the above or related themes in contributing to the body of knowledge. A few papers, as selected by the symposium screening committee, will be presented at the Symposium, and others will form a part of the symposium, to be published as proceedings. Please email your papers to
Selected Paper Presenters
All selected paper presenters shall be provided with complementary accommodation for two nights (13th – 14th December 2013) by 4th INCULS Organizing Committee, and their registration fees for the symposium shall also be waived off. You will however be required to make your own travel arrangements.
Contact Information
Postal Address:
4th INCULS Organizing Committee, c/o M/s Prabhakar B. Bhagwat,
901, Panchatirth Apartments, Jodhpur Cross Roads, Satellite,
Ahmedabad, Gujarat – 380015
Email address:
Guidelines on Preparation of Abstracts and Papers
Your paper should be in English. We regret that translation facilities are not available.
Submit your abstract and paper in two formats:
• Portable Document Format (read only)
• Microsoft Word format (editable) or Open Document format (editable)
Abstracts should not exceed 250 words and papers should not exceed 4000 words, including references, footnotes and appendices.
• Paper size: Papers must be formatted for A4 size
• Margins:
o Top: 2.5 cm including header
o Bottom: 2.5 cm including footer
o Left: 3.5 cm
o Right: 1.0 cm
• Line Spacing: Double line spacing, with a (blank) line after paragraphs, all body text left justified.
After the review, the Committee may request reformatting to single line spacing.
• Typeface: must be 11‐point Arial. Do not underline any text or headings.
• Title Page: should be in 12‐point BOLD CAPITALS and centered but not underlined. It should be followed by a single (blank) line space and author details.
• Author Details: Use 12‐point font size, centered; show the name(s) then the organization(s) on the next line, and address on the next line. Author(s) details should only appear on the title page.
Note: The author information will be removed before the blind peer review process.
• Abstract: Show the heading ABSTRACT in 12‐point BOLD CAPITALS and centered but not underlined. This heading should be followed by a single (blank) line space and an abstract (summary of the paper) of not more than 250 words, which is indented one centimetre left and right. The abstract should be followed by two (blank) line spaces and the first heading of the paper contents.
• Main Heading: 12‐point BOLD CAPITALS, left justified followed by a blank line (do not underline or number headings).
• First level of subheading: 12‐point bold left justified with initial capital only (unless heading includes proper names) followed by a blank line (do not underline or number headings)
• Second level of subheading: 12 point, italics, left justified with initial capital only (unless heading includes proper names) followed by a blank line (do not underline or number headings)
• Body Text: 11 point Arial, justified, starting from the left margin (no indents)
• Tables and Figures: Include them in the body of the paper, not at the end. Figures should be
supplied in a standard graphics format. Titles of tables, graphs etc. should go underneath in 10‐point italic, centered. All national boundaries should be as per United Nations norms and specifications. Further, disclaimers regarding national boundaries being indicative and not exact should be included with all such figures.
• Quotations: Long quotes, of more than 40 words, should be presented as a new paragraph. 10 point indented 1.25 cm left and right. Short quotes of less than 40 words should be presented in double quote marks and run on within the paragraph.
• Header: should contain the proposed name of the paper in 10 point Arial, starting from the left margin
• Footer: should contain the page number and total number of pages in 10 point Arial, right
• Footnotes: Footnotes should be used sparingly but endnotes are not to be used.
• References: Referencing will be APA published style
Papers will be reviewed by the Committee and will be published in the Symposium Proceedings.
Carefully proof read your paper before submission, as papers should be free of typographical and grammatical errors.
It is proposed to publish edited proceedings from the symposium. The edited volume will be a significant contribution to the study and practice of cultural landscapes.
We are of the opinion that this Symposium will contribute to the literature on cultural landscapes and some papers, complete or in parts, may be used later in the research and documentation. All papers submitted to the Symposium shall be the property of the Symposium Committee. Due credit shall be given to the author and/or references.

Zumtobel Group Award 2014: Call for Submissions


The international biannual “Zumtobel Group Award – Innovations for Sustainability and Humanity in the Built Environment”, curated and organised by Aedes Berlin will be launched for the fourth time. Please submit your projects from 1 September to 30 November 2013.

  • Public call for submissions from 1 September to 30 November 2013
  • New “Applied Innovations” category added to award
  • International jury to meet in early summer 2014
  • Total purse for the three categories: EUR 140,000

The next edition of the Zumtobel Group‘s architecture award is to take place in 2014 – the fourth time the lighting group is inviting submissions for the Zumtobel Group Award – Innovations for Sustainability and Humanity in the Built Environment. From 1 September to 30 November 2013, architecture practices, engineering bureaus, urban and landscape planners, universities and technology start-ups, NGOs and other public or private initiatives can submit their current projects. You can find information regarding the Zumtobel Group Award online at: 

From 1 September onwards, the online submission form will be available via the following link:

The Award honours: 

  • outstanding architectural and engineering performances in sustainable solutions
  • pioneering social and humanitarian initiatives and research projects in the built environment

that make a notable contribution to a liveable, sustainable and equitable future. 

For 2014 the award, which was first presented in 2007 and has since become an established international architecture prize, has been enhanced and expanded, lending more weight to the topics of urban development and innovation. Entries for the Zumtobel Group Award – Innovations for Sustainability and Humanity in the Built Environment will be invited in three categories:

  • Buildings
  • Urban Developments & Initiatives
  • Applied Innovations  

Once again, the Zumtobel Group Award carries a total purse of EUR 140,000. The prizes in each of the three categories are presented by one of the international lighting group’s three brands.

In the Buildings category, sponsored by the Zumtobel brand, submissions can include outstanding building projects that have been completed within the last two years (30 November 2011 – 30 November 2013). These can relate to new buildings or designs that utilise existing structures. The winning project will meet the highest aesthetic standards and will also feature innovative solutions that permit the more efficient use of resources, enhanced environmental protection and the creation of better living conditions. The jury will pay particular attention to the use of state-of-the-art technology.

The Urban Developments & Initiatives category, sponsored by the Thorn brand, targets architects and architectural practices, urban and landscape planners, university groups and NGOs, as well as private and public initiatives. The focus here is on projects and initiatives in an urban context: city development/planning strategies, master plans, public space projects and ongoing research projects and social initiatives designed to enhance urban and social settings. Entries may concern projects concluded within the last two years as well as ongoing projects and initiatives. The winning project will make a pioneering contribution to greater sustainability and quality of life, as well as presenting innovative potential solutions to the core issues facing urban development. 

The Applied Innovations category, sponsored by the Tridonic brand, rewards innovations and technological solutions that make a trailblazing contribution to the realisation of a more sustainable built environment. The award in this category addresses technical universities, research institutions, individual engineers and firms of consulting engineers, as well as technology start-ups. Their innovations, for application in or around buildings and urban infrastructure should, for example, present new approaches to saving energy, using new materials or recycling, closed material and resource cycles, intelligent controls and software applications. Submissions may include innovations that have been proven in a prototype, a test series or an application in an actual project. 

As in previous years, the Zumtobel Group Award 2014 will be held under the curatorship of Kristin Feireiss and Hans-Jürgen Commerell of Aedes Architecture Forum in Berlin.

A first-line Jury will select 14 projects in each category from among the submissions. In early summer 2014, a jury of prominent international experts from a variety of disciplines will nominate five projects per category and select a winner from among these five. The presentation ceremony for the Zumtobel Group Award is scheduled for the autumn of 2014.

Jury members
Kunlé Adeyemi, Architect, Amsterdam (NL)
Yung Ho Chang, Architect, Atelier FCJZ, Beijing (CN)
Brian Cody, Chair, Institute of Buildings and Energy, Graz University of Technology (AT)
Elisabeth Diller, Architect, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, New York City (USA)
Bjarke Ingels, Architect, Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), Copenhagen (DK)
Sejima Kazuyo, Architect / SANAA, Tokyo (JP)
Winy Maas, Architect / MVRDV, Rotterdam (NL)
Ulrich Schumacher, CEO Zumtobel Group, Dornbirn (AT)
Peter Sloterdijk, Philosopher, Dean of Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design, Karlsruhe (DE)
Rainer Walz, Head of Competence Center Sustainability and Infrastructure Systems, Fraunhofer ISI, Karlsruhe (DE)

For more information about the awards criteria and to enter the submission s form please click:

Submission deadline: November 30, 2013

Espacio Público, Urbanismo y Movilidad

La FIU inicia con este ciclo un nuevo formato de comunicación mediante cuatro CIBERCONFERENCIAS.

Se trata de un ciclo abierto de conferencias que se desarrollará cada primer miércoles de mes a lo largo del próximo otoño.
Para participar en estas conferencias desde cualquier lugar se requiere únicamente disponer de un ordenador, conexión a internet y disponer de la clave que se facilitará a los interesados mediante el formulario de la web.
Lanzamos esta nueva experiencia esperando tenga una buena acogida, lo que nos permitirá continuar, integrando y ampliando otros temas y conferenciantes.
Rogamos la máxima difusión entre colectivos profesionales y académicos, (profesores y estudiantes.)
Este primer ciclo a cargo de conferenciantes latinoamericanos y españoles, ESPACIO PÚBLICO. URBANISMO Y MOVILIDAD tiene por objeto articular dos conceptos esenciales de la ciudad, la forma urbana y el transporte urbano, conceptos que, a pesar de su íntima interrelación, son habitualmente tratados espacial y temporalmente de forma segregada.
Los urbanistas planifican y ordenan la forma de la ciudad, los ingenieros de transporte organizan el funcionamiento de los flujos urbanos. Cada uno a su aire y por su lado.
Más información e inscripciones aquí.


Public Space Transformation in Saint Petersburg

Cities for People


Exciting initiatives are emerging in Russia. Last week, Henriette Vamberg was in Saint Petersburg in connection with the project ‘The City SAGA. Public Spaces in Transformation’ which aims to contribute to the development of smarter, accessible, greener and more attractive public spaces in the city.

The aim of the project is to provide the Municipal Council and the City’s Administration with knowledge about best-practice planning principles from the Nordic countries. Approximately 50 civil and municipal servants, along with relevant specialists from Saint Petersburg are participating in lectures and site visits of  various Nordic cities throughout 2013 and 2014.

The core Nordic and Russian partners include, Council of the Municipalities of Saint Petersburg, Information Office of the Nordic Council of Ministers, ICSER Leontif Center and Gehl Architects.

Gehl Architects will act as the key strategic partner for ‘The City SAGA. Public Spaces in Transformation’ project. The Gehl methodology and people-focused approach…

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Eumelia Organic Agrotourism Farm & Guesthouse

Fully Funded Training Programs for EU Citizens & Residents

Sustainable Living:
We wish to invite you to join Eumelia’s Educational Program through our Grundtvig course on Sustainable Living in Laconia, Greece. Experience sustainable development in an avant-garde organic farm; learn in a natural rural vista surrounded by the Mountains Taygetos and Parnonas and the rich splendor of the Laconic Gulf. Experts on the field of sustainability will intertwine with ancient olive groves and organic farming methods. Modern educational tools will embrace Greek cuisine, genuine rural inhabitants and the long historic precedence of the Laconic landscape.

The main goal of the seminar is to promote awareness on sustainable living, as well as provide basic knowledge of the tools and methods to achieve this.

This course aims to provide an insight into the basic principles of sustainable water management, bio-climatic architecture, resource management and creation of self-sufficient personal or community spaces in both urban and rural environments.. more info

Session 1: 08/03/2014-15/03/2014 (Deadline for application at your national agency 17/09/2013)
Session 2: 26/04/2014-03/05/2014 (Deadline for application at your national agency 17/09/2013)

STEADY Simulation for Trainers in Environmentally Amicable Development & Youth:
We wish to invite you to join Eumelia’s Educational Program through our Grundtvig course on Sustainable Development (STEADY – Simulation for Trainers in Environmentally Amicable Development & Youth) in Laconia, Greece. Experience sustainable development in an avant-garde organic farm; learn in a natural rural vista surrounded by the Mountains Taygetos and Parnonas and the rich splendor of the Laconic Gulf. Travel to the island of Elafonisos and contribute to its development through the creation of a project proposal. Experts on the field of sustainability will intertwine with ancient olive groves and organic farming methods. Modern educational tools will embrace Greek cuisine, genuine rural inhabitants and the long historic precedence of the Laconic landscape.

The courses are geared towards Train-the-Trainer techniques to enhance the professional prospects of beneficiaries. A simulation exercise will help the trainees grasp the logic of both project preparation and evaluation, so that their future applications for funding are highly competitive and stand an increased chance of being approved.. more info

Session 3: 05/04/2014 – 12/04/2014 (Deadline for application at your national agency 17/09/2013)

‘Cidades Para Pessoas’ book launch in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Cities for People


We are happy to announce that Cities For People by Jan Gehl is now out in portuguese.

August 22 the book was officially launched at Livraria Bookstore at the Architectural Institute in Sao Paulo and it was a joy to experience the many people that came to the talk by Helle Søholt and participated in the following debate.

‘Cidades Para Pessoas’ is published by Editora Perspectiva






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Compost in the City — It’s GardenWise!

Gardenwise Blog

(A great post today from our Fabulous office manager, Stacy Baker)

Composting in the city can be done! Whether you have a yard live in a tiny apartment with no yard, here are some interesting and fun facts about “composting in the city.”

What is composting: It is a process that occurs when microorganisms, like bacteria and fungi, digest organic matter such as leaves, grass, and food scraps. The by-products of composting are heat, water vapor, and carbon dioxide, and at the end of the process you are left with a nutrient rich, soil-like substance called com post.

Why should someone start a compost bin: Composting has a lot of great environmental, physical, chemical, and biological benefits; it reduces the amount that you throw away due to distasteful orders, and fruit flies caused by rotting food. By containing it and disposing of it on your own property you use the “green” method…

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IFLA50 – Shared Memories

IFLA World Congress 2013

The following provides you with details of some further information that you might like to access on the IFLA50 Congress .

Some of our keynote speakers have provided copies of their powerpoint presentations, you can view these at the NZILA and NZILA Education Foundation websites.

Video: A short summary video giving a flavour of the Congress will be available soon on the NZILA website.

Shared Memories Photo Album: A photo album of photographs from the IFLA50 World Congress is available on the NZILA Website at and an e-book version at the following link – 

IFLA50 Photos Available: If you would like to view all the photography taken during the IFLA50 Congress you can view at the following facebook page of our official photographer (or just google Meg Campbell-Back).

You can download a low resolution copy of the photos from the facebook page or if you would like a high resolution copy then please email with the number of the photo you require and we will email you a copy.

Proceedings: An updated proceedings including some of the keynote speaker papers and published papers on the topic areas of the Congress is available on the NZILA, NZILA Education Foundation and IFLA websites.  It is also available in a 2 part e-book on the following ISSUU weblinks.

Student Competition: A copy of the student competition results and images of the winning projects is available on the IFLA, NZILA and NZILA Education Foundation websites and an e-book publication at the following link in ISSUU

If you have any queries regarding any of the information above or on the websites, please contact Renee Davies on

On behalf of the IFLA50 Organising Committee we hope that you will peruse the information above and reflect on the topics explored throughout the World Congress. We thank you again for your attendance and support and look forward to seeing you at future IFLA World Congresses.

Renee Davies 
IFLA50 Convenor

More China

Cities for People


Last week Gehl Architects once again visited China to follow up on new and old projects together with our local partner the China Sustainable Cities Program at The Energy Foundation.

The visit offered great discussions on how to develop a guideline for the harbor in Shanghai, as well as workshops on our non-motorized mobility project in Changning and the opportunity to further develop the pedestrian network in Chongqing with a new Public Space Plan covering 3 km2 in the hearth of the city.

Capacity was built on both sides of the table and hopefully it will result in more people oriented projects in the Chinese cities.


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