First Baltic Landscape Forum

The first BALTIC LANDSCAPE FORUM will be held in Vilnius (Lithuania) December the 13th – 14th 2013.

The Forum is promoted by CivilScape Lithuanian member organization Lithuanian Geographers society in partnership with the Žemaitija national park and the Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Lithuania, Vilnius University, Association of Lithuanian Landscape architects.

The two-days conference will be a part of series of Landscape Forum that CivilScape is setting up across Europe.

The BALTIC LANDSCAPE FORUM is a conference that aims to increase dialogue and cooperation between regional and national authorities, municipalities, businesses, non-profits, non-governmental organizations, landowners and the wide public in order to ensure sustainability of the landscape, safeguard and strengthening its ecological, aesthetical, cultural, economic functions and values.

The two indoor sections on Friday the 13th and on Saturday the 14th will bring together experiences and point of views from different national, regional and local stakeholders.

The BALTIC LANDSCAPE FORUM will seek to foster transnational collaboration on landscape in Baltic Sea region and exchange of experience, best practices, to vitalize a broader discussion on landscape issues.

On Saturday the 14th field in Vilnius will be arranged to provide an insight on what working for sustainable development and for landscape awareness-rising means in practice.

The conference will focus on the

Techniques of public awareness raising and involvement into the different landscape activities, including generation of ideas, assessment, protection, planning, management, restoration.

The main examples, experience and results will be presented by:

The international project LIFEscape, orientated to the fostering the implementation of the European Landscape Convention in the South Baltic region.

The Lithuanian Geographers society, taking part in the planning process of National landscape plan of the Lithuania

The Gargždai town community, developing and implementing the Gargždai park Feasibility study (Klaipėda district municipality)

The Užupis community, taking part in the Project of industrial cite conversion into the living environment in the high value landscape close to the UNESCO site – Vilnius old town

The CONFERENCE is designed for people and organizations with an interest to participate in a broad dialogue about the landscape, such as non-profit organizations, national, regional planning authorities, regional and national authorities, and others.


Lithuanian geographical society
dr Giedrė Godienė 
M. K. Čiurlionio str. 21/27,
LT-03101, Vilnius
phone:.+370 68563451

dr. Dovilė Krupickaitė, president

Dirk Gotzmann
Adenauerallee 68
53113 Bonn
phone:+49 (228) 299711-01
mobil:+49 (228) 299711-02
e-fax:+49 (228) 299711-09


Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Lithuania
Vidmantas Bezaras,
Director of the Department of Protected areas and Landscape
Jakšto 4/9, Vilnius LT-01105,
phone: +370 5 2663659, faks.: +370 5 2663663,

Lithuanian association of landscape architects
Vaiva Deveikiene, president
Kalvarijų str. 1,
LT–09310 Vilnius
phone: +370 65 281174


Resiliency Is About Taking Ownership


In the aftermath of the major hurricane that just hit the Philippines, a panel at the 2013 Greenbuild conference in Philadelphia focused on a theme of major importance for all sustainable design professions: resilience. A panel comprised of Mayor Bob Dixson, Greensburg, Kansas; Maj. Gen. Warren Edwards, USA (Ret.), Community and Regional Resilience Institute; and Jon Powers, White House Council on Environmental Quality, explored how to get more communities to prepare for disaster and recover more quickly.

“We were all homeless after a matter of minutes,” said Mayor Dixson, remembering the supercell tornado that demolished his town, Greensburg, Kansas, in 2007. In these instances, “the most true and resilient thing we have in life is our relationships with each other.” He prompted the crowd to think about their city or town. No matter how small, “you are never in the middle of nowhere; you are in the middle of…

View original post 398 more words

An Evidence-based Approach to Therapeutic Landscapes


Therapeutic Landscapes: An Evidence-Based Approach to Designing Healing Gardens and Restorative Outdoor Spaces
by Clare Cooper Marcus, Honorary ASLA, and Naomi Sachs, ASLA, is more than an update of the milestone 1999 book, Healing Gardens: Therapeutic Benefits and Design Recommendations, by Marcus and Marni Barnes, ASLA. Compared to the earlier book, this book is more richly illustrated with color photographs, exemplary case studies, and practical design guidelines. This book also provides all the latest research on the benefits of exposure to nature.


Healthcare is currently undergoing tremendous change. Healthcare environments are increasingly offering gardens, with demonstrable benefits to patients, families, and staff.

Healthcare gardens have proliferated. Many healthcare grounds have evolved into functional spaces that provide intentionally restorative or therapeutic benefits. But not all gardens deliver as advertised. Some healthcare gardens featured in leading design magazines appear attractive in photographs, yet are missing elements and characteristics that optimize…

View original post 521 more words