IFLA International Student Landscape Architecture Design Competition 2014


The 51st IFLA World Congress 2014 Student Competition to be celebrated in the City of Buenos Aires, Argentina, is sponsored by the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) and organized by the Argentine Center of Landscape Architects (CAAP). The IFLA International Student Landscape Architecture Design Competition is part of the Congress, and it promotes and encourages the evolution of the profession of landscape architecture through education.

Chair: Prof. Arch. EDP Vilma Budovski
Members: Prof. Arch. Martha Marengo de Tapia and Arch. EPP Virginia L. Laboranti.

The competition aim is to promote a reflection on the importance of “thinking and action on landscape” as a conceptual and operative tool to guide the deep and global transformations in their changes. The intention is to reconnect places to the geographic, social and cultural context that contains them, and to recover the essence of their identity and values.
It is intended that students investigate the dynamic process of landscapes in their different complexities (ethical, aesthetic, functional, ecological, socio- cultural, historic-patrimonial, economic-productive, etc.) redefining and identifying new and old spaces, applying innovative and sustainable technologies, generating formal and environmental certainties; and humanizing the places and their landscape.

THEME: URBAN LANDSCAPES IN EMERGENCY – Creating a landscape of places
The competition challenges students to explore urban landscapes; abandoned, obsolete and degraded landscapes; landscapes hurt by aggressive anthropic actions to nature and to the culture of the territory, landscapes substituted by new proposals and originated by needs, which may not have always kept the environmental balance. They should propose new ideas sustained by “reflective thought” that will try to solve the unsustainable problems of urban landscapes in emergency; and the “action” using the most appropriate techniques to improve the management and building of a landscape of places and of new spaces of urban sustainability.

Students may select the context and site of the project. The suggested work scale is established in a range of 2 has (20.000 m2) to 10 has (100.000 m2).
Proposals must show a reflexive and innovative approach, giving value to the identity of the designed place and choosing a strategy for the project execution.

This is an ideas competition and will consist of one round of submissions. Proposals by the participants should assume publication and exhibition in both digital and printed media.

The competition is open to all students of landscape architecture and allied disciplines (where a country or university does not include a program specifically identified as Landscape Architecture). Both individual and group submissions will be accepted, and each student or group is allowed only one entry. Broad interdisciplinary submissions are also welcomed; however the design must still focus on the configuration of the landscape and must have at least one Landscape Architecture student in the group. The number of members in each participating group shall not exceed four (4). Professional collaborators and associates of members of the jury, and their relatives up to a third degree may not enter the competition.

1st Han Group Prize for Landscape Architecture – US$ 3500
2nd IFLA Zvi Miller Prize – US$ 2500
3rd CAAP Merit Award Prize – US$ 1000
3 Certificated Honourable Mentions
Certificates to the top 25 entries- one for each member of the team

The winning teams will also receive international recognition through IFLA sponsorships and IFLA publications.

Submissions must be received by the competition organizers no later than April 5th, 2014. Each entry shall receive a serial number and, from then on, will only be identified by that number, in order to keep anonymity during the submission and the final election.
The final product, when printed at 100% size, must comprise a maximum of three (3) A1 posters (each one measuring 841mmx594mm, landscape format only). The posters will be displayed horizontally next to each other with a 20 mm gap between them.

  • Posters must be individual and numbered to be seen in that order during the selection
  • Entrants must also submit a brief Description (250 words maximum) in a separate PDF file, identified only by the title of the project (DO NOT include the names of the students or the name of the university). It must be a clear and concise text describing the present situation and must identify the key aspects shown in the design proposal, for potential use in the jury report or subsequent publications. The text is to be no justified, left aligned and double spaced, in Arial, font 12.
  • All submissions must be entirely in English, which is the official language of IFLA. Local names and specific conditions of each country may be included in the local language. This is to ensure that all material can be understood by the jury, who conduct their reviews in English.


  • The presentation of PDF files into posters must include all the project information, including text. Text should be minimal, but must include clearly and concisely the intentions of the project, concepts, considerations and methods.
  • An aerial photo showing the present situation.
  • Representation of the design to a general scale.
  • Design in a more detailed scale.
  • Cross sections, 3D drawings, sketches and details as necessary to illustrate the proposed design.


  • PDF files of posters must have a 300dpi resolution and the size of the folder shall be a maximum size of 10MB. Larger folders will not be accepted.
  • It is the responsibility of the teams to guarantee that the final images and files are in the size and resolution adequate to their reading.
  • The entrants must ensure that all images, photographs and other material taken from other sources are correctly accredited.


  1. Upon receipt, each entry will be assigned a serial number in order to guarantee the anonymity during the pre and the final selection.
  2. The four (4) PDF files, and the folder they are in, shall not identify the names of the participants, faculty sponsors or the university.
  3. A fifth (5) additional PDF file, with the complete Declaration Form, which is attached to this document, must be included. This must be fully completed.
  4. The Declaration Forms will be kept separate from the project PDF files, and will only be consulted by the jury once the final deliberations are completed.


  • Participation in the Competition implies unconditional acceptance of the Competition rules.
  • Proposals received after the deadline shall not be admitted.
  • Presentations which do not include the Declaration Form, with all the requirements and the stamp of the institution, will not be admitted.
  • Submissions shall only be accepted if sent by the means established outlined above.
  • All Competition entries are the property of the 51st IFLA World Congress Local Organizing Committee.
  • Entries will not be returned to the authors.
  • A selection of the works submitted by the Competition entrants will be placed on exhibition during the 51st IFLA World Congress and may be also exhibited elsewhere at the discretion of the Local Organizing Committee and the IFLA Chair and IFLA EXCO.
  • IFLA and CAAP retain the right of duplication or publication of any or all the material submitted to the Competition, and there shall be no obligation whatsoever to the entrants, beyond acknowledging the authorship of the works exhibited or published.
  • All entrants are absolutely forbidden to have their submissions (or any part thereof) published in any way prior to the notification of the jury final decision.
  • The jury shall preside over the competition, and is the sole arbiter at all levels until the final awarding of prizes. All decisions of the jury are final.
  • All disputes related to the Competition that cannot be solved only by the jury shall be settled through arbitration by the 51st IFLA World Congress Local Organizing Committee, who shall appoint an arbitration panel to settle any dispute.
  • The winners of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes shall be announced by the IFLA President upon recommendation of the jury.
  • Entrants are forbidden from requesting any information from members of the jury. All inquiries must be directed to the Competition Chair. However, please, be sure to read carefully through the brief and instructions, as all required information should be contained there.

The Jury will be composed by three to five members of IFLA. The members will be appointed according to the protocols of the IFLA Student Competitions.

The works will be evaluated under the following criteria:

  • Reflections, ideas, proposals and technical resolutions as required by this competition brief.
  • Integration of practical and aesthetic aspects of Landscape Architecture.
  • Technical / economic viability of the proposals in relation to their location.
  • Graphic representation of the methods that improve the standards and practices of Landscape Architecture.

The folder shall include 5 PDF files (1 for each of the 3 panels, a 4th with the project description, and a 5th with the Declaration Form (all must be completed in English).
The specifications for the electronic submission will be made available on the 51st IFLA World Congress website www.iflaargentina2014.com  under “Student Competition” at a later date.

Entries must be received by the competition organizers, in Argentina, no later than: May 5th, 2014, at 12 PM.
Selection of the top 25 submissions: May 19th, 2014
Final selection: June 2ndand/or 3rd , 2014
Award Ceremony and Exhibition: June 5th to 6th, 2014

Prof. Arch. EDP Vilma Budovski
Member of the 51st IFLA World Congress Local Organizing Committee – Committee Chair of Student Competition, e-mail: ifla51competition@iflaargentina2014.com

With copy to: Virginia L. Laboranti, e-mail virginialaboranti@fibertel.com.ar

For more information about the 51st IFLA World Congress and participation in the student competition, please visit the Congress website: www.iflaargentina2014.com

New ideas for a more Vibrant Winter City

Cities for People

Can the darkness and cold be a potential to create activities in the city during winter time? Often these conditions have been viewed as obstacles for activities, but a new open competition and development project focus on the winter city’s potential for activities in the public space.

Gehl Architects is a part of the jury in the Winter City competition, which is running for the next 29 days on Innosite – a platform for open innovation projects supported by Realdania and managed by the Danish Architecture Centre.

Copenhagen based Open Air Neighborhood are heading the project which also counts producers of urban inventory, a lighting firm, the Copenhagen winter festival FROST, as well as the Danish Technical University. The aim is to gain new knowledge on the conditions for activities in winter time and develop new prototypes of urban furniture to enable new forms of events and other activities.


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ASLA Call for Presentations: 2014 Annual Meeting and EXPO

ASLA is now accepting proposals for education sessions for the 2014 Annual Meeting and EXPO, November 21-24, in Denver. If you are interested in presenting and sharing your knowledge with the landscape architecture profession, ASLA encourage you to submit a proposal through its online system. 

Click here for detailed information on submitting education program proposals. The deadline for submissions is January 30, 2014.

Design the trophee of the IFLA Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award

Call for the Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe trophy design 

The IFLA Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award is the highest honor that the International Federation of Landscape Architects can bestow upon a landscape architect. The Award recognizes a living landscape architect whose lifetime achievements and contributions have had a unique and lasting impact on the welfare of society and the environment and on the promotion of the profession of landscape architecture. The award is bestowed annually on an academic, public or private practitioner whose work and achievements are respected internationally.

Requirements for the design

  • Should represent the profession
  • Should represent the impact of Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe’s work
  • Should be of a design, material and production that encompasses sustainability
  • Should be designed in such a manner that the container and the object could be one or complement each other
  • Should be reasonable and practical in size to carry and be representative so the object and its container do not to exceed 40 cm long.
  • The object and its container should weigh less than 1000 grams.
  • Should have sufficient space and appropriate surface to easily engrave the name of the awardee on it
  • Should be inspiring and memorable

Submission requirements

The submission should be made in pdf format size A4. It should include a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 6 pages with the following:

  • The concept with a short summary text of 50 words for publication purposes
  • A 3D view of each side
  • Material description and costs in Euros for the production of 5 pieces
  • Participants should send an email expressing their intention to participate, through an anonymous email with their code (best is a combination of 3 letters and 3 numbers in any combination) before January 07, 2014.
    The material submitted will not be returned to its author.
  • By accepting to compete the designers do a full transfer of rights of exploitation of the work to IFLA
  • IFLA will duly recognised the winner on its “Award Competition” communications

Eligibility : All design professionals around the world are welcomed to participate individually or as a group.

Prize : The winner will be granted with €5.000 sponsored by the nursery Lorberg

Cost : The production of the award must be affordable for IFLA (maximum €500). The cost of production will be one of the evaluation criteria.

Production  : The winner of the competition will produce 5 awards. These awards will be delivered at IFLA’s office in Brussels by May 15, 2014. All production and shipping costs will be covered by IFLA.

Copyright : The winner and IFLA will share the copyright of the work.

The Jury & Selection Committee
Chair: Hal Moggridge OBE PPLI
Assistant to Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe (1960-63)
Ms. Desiree Martínez, IFLA President
Mr. Ilya Mochalov, IFLA Secretary General
Mr. John Easthope, IFLA Treasurer
Dr. Tunji Adejumo, IFLA Vice-President for Africa
Mr. Carlos Jankilevich, IFLA Vice-President for Americas
Dato Ismail Ngah, IFLA Vice-President for Asia-Pacific
Ms. Ana Luengo, IFLA Vice-President for Europe
Maestro Sebastián, Mexican plastic artist

Important dates

Closing date for questions

January 15, 2013

Closing date for submission

February 10, 2013

Jury’s decision

February 24, 2014

Winner’s announced

February 25, 2014


IFLA Communication Committee



MIT’s Advanced Urbanism


“Here at MIT, we have the infinite flexibility to innovate,” said MIT landscape architecture professor Alan Berger, in a tour of the new Center for Advanced Urbanism (CAU), an ambitious program that seeks real-world impact. Berger said the role of the new CAU, which includes 27 different planning, landscape architecture, architecture, and engineering professors from five different MIT schools, would be to challenge existing notions about urban development through research into what’s actually happening.

At MIT, almost every faculty has a lab. Some of those labs form together into centers. The goal of the centers is to get students and professors to share research, to force “everyone to find out what’s behind all those closed doors.” As such, each project the new CAU will take on will be a “full-blown collaboration between disciplines.”

Berger and architecture professor Alexander D’Hooge co-direct the CAU, rooting it in a set of…

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Building[s] for the Arts: Contemporary Architecture in Lower Austria

Press release for the exhibition
Location: Aedes am Pfefferberg, Christinenstr. 18-19, 10119 Berlin
Exhibition dates: January 31 – March 13, 2014
Opening: Friday, January 31, 2014, 6:30 PM
Opening hours: Tue-Fri 11 AM – 6:30 PM, Sat/Sun, 1 – 5 PM
For more than twenty years Lower Austria has been experiencing an impressive upswing in the cultural sector. In the biggest Austrian state, which encircles Vienna, there has emerged a multitude of contemporary cultural buildings, which provide a worthy setting for top-class music festivals, the lively theatre scene and the most diverse exhibitions.
After stopovers in Vienna, Bratislava, Košice (as part of its programme as European Capital of Culture 2013) and Paris, the exhibition “Building[s] for the Arts – Contemporary Architecture in Lower Austria” will now be shown at Aedes. It presents a selection of 30 buildings from the last 20 years dedicated to culture in Lower Austria. Highlights include the Wolkentum open-air theatre and the auditorium in Grafenegg. In Krems, the Krems Kunstmeile (art mile) has emerged, whilst in the spa town of Baden and the Weinviertler town of Mistelbach historical structures have been adapted for contemporary art.
Across the state there has been further building action. Historical structures (including convents, monasteries, castles and palaces) have been revitalized in an innovative manner according to a contemporary interpretation of the definition of continuity and have therefore been able to greatly contribute to maintaining the cultural legacy of the region.
The interdisciplinary exhibition shows in two parts the multi-faceted cultural scene of this region. The architectural photographer Bruno Klomfar uses expressive images to present the places and buildings for culture in operation and in their vibrant usage. His photographs are known for their rigorous precision and pure compositions, which lend the images their characteristic profile that reaches far beyond the documentary.
In the second part, ‘the next ENTERprise – architects’ present an architectural installation by Marie-Therese Harnoncourt, the sculptural form of which is derived from topographic data. Information about individual places or regions can be directly accessed on smartphones via an accompanying app. An integral part of the sculpture is a sound installation by the composer Rupert Huber, who has developed a piece of spatial programme music using a direct reference system for the development history of Lower Austrian cultural buildings and their regional location.
An Aedes catalogue will be published.
Speaking at the opening will be:
Dr. h.c. Kristin Feireiss, Aedes Berlin
Dr. Georg Locher, Envoy for Cultural Affairs, Embassy of Austria in Berlin
Mag. Hermann Dikowitsch, State of Lower- Austria, Department of Arts and Culture
Dr. Theresia Hauenfels, Curator of the exhibition, Vienna
Visual materials of the exhibition are available from Dina Zoesmar: dz@aedes-arc.de
Many thanks to our Aedes cooperation partners for their generous support:
Zumtobel, carpet concept, Axor hansgrohe

‘The Human Scale’ DVD released in Denmark!

Cities for People

The Human Scale DVD

The release of the box-set of ‘The Human Scale’ will be celebrated this Thursday December 12th at DAC (Danish Architecture Center) in Copenhagen, starting from 16.00.

Everybody is welcome to the event, where Andreas Dalsgaard, film director, and Gehl Architects team members – Helle Søholt, Camilla van Deurs and Kristian Villadsen – will participate in a ‘conversation session’ on the challenges that Scandinavia is currently facing.

We hope to see you there!

For details about the event, go here

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More than simply an architectural biography of a city: Chicagoisms shows the city to have an important role as a catalyst for international development and pinpoints its remarkable influence around the world.

Chicagoisms : The City as Catalyst for Architectural Speculation



Edited by Alexander Eisenschmidt with Jonathan Mekinda
ISBN 978-3-906027-15-9

Chicago has long captured the global imagination as a place of tall, shining buildings rising from the fog, the playground for many of architecture’s greats—from Mies van der Rohe to Frank Lloyd Wright—and a surprising epicentre for modern construction and building techniques. In this beautifully illustrated volume, Alexander Eisenschmidt and Jonathan Mekinda have brought together a diverse pool of curators, artists, architects, historians, critics, and theorists to produce a multifarious portrait of the Second City.

Looking as far back as the Auditorium Building of 1889 and the 1909 Plan of Chicago, this book is remarkable for the breadth of its topics and the depth of its essays. From more abstract ventures like tracking the boom-and-bust cycle of Chicago’s commitment to architecture and the influence of the Chicago grid system on Mies van der Rohe, to more straightforward studies of the “Americanization” of Berlin, the editors have chosen essays that convey the complex and varied history and culture of Chicago’s architecture. More than simply an architectural biography of the city, the book shows Chicago to have an important role as a catalyst for international developments and debates.





Closes: JANUARY 5th, 2014

GROUND UP is the ASLA award-winning annual publication of the Department of Landscape Architecture + Environmental Planning at the University of California at Berkeley. In this issue, we invite you to explore what it means to be Here.

GROUND UP is soliciting printable media up to 2500 words with accompanying graphics. Shorter entries of 500-1000 words are highly encouraged, as are design proposals, either speculative or built.  Video submissions for the journal’s online component are welcome, and novel forms of written and artistic expression encouraged.

To view the complete call and submission criteria, please visit: https://groundup.submittable.com/submit.

GROUND UP is accepting submissions on a rolling basis from October 2, 2013 until January 5, 2014. Notification of selected entries will be made in February.

For more information, please visit: www.groundupjournal.org.