Taste Paradise II & III: Visit Persia; Visit Your Dreams

Persian Garden, with 2500 years history, is a well-known style in the world. Besides overcoming the environmental restraints, creators of Persian Gardens have also manifested cultures and beliefs of people living in this land in their work; and that’s the reason orientalists have known Persian Garden a symbol of “Promised Paradise”. Persian Garden’s structure is in a great harmony with its natural and cultural surroundings and cannot be identified segregated from Iran’s characteristics and peoples’ culture and belief.
In collaboration with Iranian Society of Landscape Professions (ISLAP) as an IFLA Member and support of City and Landscape Group, Cultural Landscape association (CLA) is planning to organize a specialized tour and workshop called “Taste Paradise” in an international level for the experts, in order to get a better global recognition for Persian Garden and the elite to know it further. This is a unique opportunity for Landscape professionals, architects, botanists and Landscape historians to exchange information with Iranian specialist experts while visiting Persian Gardens.
After the very first successful international tour and workshop “Taste Paradise I” in May 2013, The Cultural Landscape Association (CLA) is planning to orchestrate another journeys (Taste Paradise II and III) for experts and professionals all around the globe, to visit and enjoy the cultural beauty of Persian Gardens. In order to raise its quality, these workshops are only available to a limited number of people (20 participants for each Tour) at the time, so it would be better if applicants register earlier not to lose the chance. 
More Info.: http://www.shahromanzar.org/component/k2/item/400-tour/400-tour#

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New publication! LIFE creating green jobs and skills

LIFE creating green jobs and skills

The latest LIFE Focus publication highlights the relevance of LIFE Environment project actions in helping to create durable jobs and develop green skills across the EU.

As its title suggests, LIFE creating green jobs and skills provides a host of practical examples of project actions that provide a blueprint for the transition to a low carbon, resource efficient economy, as well as illustrating the added social and economic value of the LIFE programme, the EU’s financial instrument for the environment.

The publication highlights the policy agenda and challenges involved in greening the EU job market, and analyses the lessons that can be learned from more than 20 years of LIFE. The focus is on the main projects that have had an impact on durable job creation and green skills development, with 23 case studies from 11 Member States, divided into six thematic areas: waste; capacity building; business and industry; packaging; energy production and agriculture.

LIFE creating green jobs and skills is an important and timely reminder of the LIFE programme’s ability to contribute to the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

If you are interested in ordering a printed copy of this and other LIFE Focus publications, please visit the ordering publications section of the LIFE website from end July 2013. 

 

 

Let’s celebrate the World Landscape Architecture Month

LANDSCAPES IN TRANSITIONS
is the topic of this year World Landscape Architecture Month. It is also the topic IFLA World Congress in Cape Town, South Africa!

How?
Easy! We are interested in photographs and videos that show LANDSCAPES IN TRANSITIONS of everyday life. We are looking for informal and spontaneous landscapes in transitions made by communities or individuals which show how they deal with a changing world. Here is a text that may inspire you.
All landscapes are in various states of Transition, being changed by various forces and processes over time. Humankind inherited a world of natural processes and forces which created the landscapes that people first inhabited. Through dynamic interaction people have altered their environment by cultural practices which have in turn themselves been fundamentally shaped by the particularities of that environment. Three often referred to categories of landscape which arise from the dynamic relationship between humans and their environment are natural-, cultural- and urban landscapes.”

Categories
Natural Landscapes in Transitions
Cultural Landscapes in Transition
Urban Landscapes in Transitions

Format
Each participant can send one image and/or video by category. In addition, please send us a short description of where the image was taken (in English). It is not compulsory to send material for all the categories.
Photos: 3MB (max)
Videos: HD 1920×1080 (1 minute max)

When?
During the month of April 2012. The World Month of Landscape Architecture!

Send us your material by email to iflaphotovideocompetition@iflaonline.org

Prize?
The best five photos and videos will be presented at the World Congress in South Africa where the winner will receive a diploma of recognition for this achievement. In addition, we will publish the winner photos and their credits on our web page and in IFLA Newsletter that is distributed all over the word.

The Jury
Ms. Desiree Martinez, IFLA President
Mr. Carlos Jankilevich – IFLA Vicepresident Americas Region
Mr. Nigel Thorne – IFLA Vicepresident European Region
Mr. Philip Ngunjiri – IFLA Vicepresident Africa Region
Mr. Ilya Mochalov – IFLA Secretary General
Mr. John Easthope – IFLA Treasurer
Mr. Herman de Lange – President of the Institute for Landscape Architecture in South Africa (ILASA)
Ms. Paula Villagra – Chair Communication Committee of IFLA
Ms. Christine Bavassa – IFLA Executive Secretary and webmaster