IFLA 51st World Congress – Buenos Aires, Argentina 2014

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Thinking and Action” / Pensamiento y Acción”

VENUE: Pontificia Universidad Catolica Argentina (UCA) – Av. Alicia Moreau de Justo 1300, Ciudad de Buenos Aires

  • IFLA World Council

    June 02-03
    Sociedad Central de Arquitectos, Montevideo 932, Auditorium, Buenos Aires, Argentina. See more >>

  • LALI – Latin America Landscape Initiative

    June 04
    Buenos Aires City, Argentina. See more >>

  • World Congress Sessions

    June 05-06
    Buenos Aires, Argentina. See more >>

  • And more at http://www.iflaargentina2014.com

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

IFLA 2013 Shared Wisdom in an Age of Change – Student Design Competition


Submissions open November 1 2012

Topic: Redemptive Landscape Architecture

Earthquakes, flooding, tsunami, hurricanes, bush fires: natural disasters which have wrought havoc on landscapes around the world in recent times.
Urban sprawl, oil spills, global financial crisis, terrorism: human-induced disasters which also have massive landscape impacts.
How can landscape architecture assist in the redemption of landscapes afflicted by disaster? The student design competition for the 2013 IFLA World Congress seeks your visions for how the design of the landscape can assist with rebuilding, rehabilitation, restoration. What wisdom can be shared?

Entrants should focus on a site that has experienced significant impacts as a result of a major natural or cultural crisis. An important consideration of the competition will be the way in which the design responds to change over time, as post-disaster recovery involves a number of phases, rather than a single static solution.

To be announced

Entries should:

Clearly convey the nature of the current condition, including analysis of the problem. Outline proposals at an overall, conceptual level (scales of 1:5,000 to 1:10,000), and also the refined design at a detailed level (1:500 to 1:2000). Illustrate the ways in which the design engages with the dynamic of time.Emphasise the role of landscape architecture in the design, as distinct from that of other disciplines.


The competition is open to all students of landscape architecture in landscape architecture programmes (or students studying landscape architecture where there is no programme specifically identified as landscape architecture). Both individual and group entries are permitted, but each student or group can only enter once. Groups should contain no more than five members.

Professional collaboration is not permitted.

Associates of members of the jury and their relatives may not enter the competition.

Specification for submission

Entries must take the form of up to two A1 landscape-format panels contained within one PDF file.

Required elements:

1. Aerial photograph to show the current situation

2. Overview of design at conceptual scale (1:5,000 to 1:10,000)

3. Design shown at a more detailed scale (1:500 to 1:2000)

4. Cross sections through the site to convey three dimensional aspects

5. At least four illustrations

6. Explanatory text of no more than one A4 page, single line spacing, 12 point font size, which describes the crisis and current situation, and identifies the key aspects of the design response. This must be submitted as a separate PDF file.

Anonymity and protocols

1. The two PDF panels and page of text shall not identify the names of the entrants, faculty sponsors, or universities where entrants are based. Please enclose an additional PDF file that includes the completed Declaration of Eligibility, as attached to this document.

2. All titles, legends, captions, and text associated with the submissions must be in English.

3. As entries are received, serial numbers will be assigned, and entries will be referred to only by these serial numbers throughout the judging process in order to ensure anonymity.


Please submit all of the files including the panels, text, and entry details online (website address to be advised closer to the date) by 5pm Friday 30 November 2012 (NZ Daylight Time = UTC/GMT +13 hours).

Files must be PDFs as outlined above, with a resolution of 300dpi, and maximum file size of 40MB.

Note: files may not be emailed or sent as hard copy by mail.

Submissions received after the deadline will not be admitted.

Because of the likely bottleneck in submissions close to the deadline we recommend that you submit early rather.


1. Friday 30 November 2012, deadline for receipt of entries on website.

2. Judging early December 2012

3. 8th April 2013 (tbc) Presentation of Awards at IFLA International Congress in Auckland, New Zealand

Contact for the competition

Email: ifla50competition@lincoln.ac.nz

Phone: +64 3 325 3838 extn 8439


1st Place Group Han Prize for Landscape Architecture, currently consisting of $3,500 US plus a certificate. Provided by Group Han.

2nd Place IFLA Zvi Miller Prize, currently consisting of $2,500 US plus a certificate. Provided by IFLA.

3rd Place Merit Award, to be confirmed


tur(i)ntogreen International Student Design Competition


tur(i)ntogreenis an International design competition launched by the  Research and Documentation Centre in Technology, Architecture and City in Developing Countries(CRD-PVS) at the Politecnico di Torino(Italy).
With a  distinguished  jury and sponsored by the UN-HABITAT within the “I’m a City Changer” campaign, it is open to University students from around the world. Participants are invited to apply their creative talents in developing new multidisciplinary solutions for sustainable and inclusive cities reflecting on new forms of urban management and regeneration through agro – housing and urban – farming models.
Imagine a neighbourhood that connects the city withthe fields not only physically but also from the cultural, philosophical and environmental perspective. This will be the agriculture and food production district in Turin (Italy), where people  will be living in a  farmingoriented urban realm.
One narrow area of the FIAT, one of the biggest carfactory of the World, in the Mirafiori plant, devoted to production stock parking, has been working as a second barrier to the expansion and integration of the South Mirafiori neighbourhood with the City. Now it has the chance to provide
Turin with a new model of urban life. Dwellings integrated with food production, in traditional (surface field) or innovative (vertical)
models; housing for low income people and immigrants, with agricultural skills; spaces, services and features to let younger generation to reinvent their own way to work; urban farming that opens to a new economy, including education, documentation, food retail, agricultural and zoo-technical services.
The massive global economical transformations, the  redistribution of wealth and rights, new places and methods of production in goods and services aretransforming the boundaries of the contemporary cities; the fragile balance between rural areas and urban settlements is quickly evolving. Younger generations from the rural areas  in the whole world continue moving into the cities, claiming the right to share the benefits supplied by joint services, wealth and employment, peculiarities of the city even if they imply unacceptable life conditions. This has already led to an
increase in urban population that generates the demand for new architectural solutions that must cover for the new figures ensuring dignity and integrated living conditions.
Where(45°1’30.71″N, 7°36’22.92″E)
Turin – the Italian  motownof the 20th century – got to know these phenomena very well. In more than one situation of recent Italian history this city has been the home for many people and families coming from other sides of the Country. Between 1963 and 1965, South Mirafiori neighbourhood had been the first area selected to become a massive social housing development and urban expansion, with 1 million of cubic meters and a total of 2000 apartments in 35 high rise buildings.Just on the other side of the road the biggest Italian car factory plant – FIAT Mirafiori – was employing 80.000 people. Today the neighbourhood and the social housing dwellings – mainly owned by users now – are no more sustainable in terms of maintenance costs; apartments were given to people according to the members of their families differently from the contemporary model; the entire neighbourhood was designed as a living and working system together, in the 60’s in Turin represented by the FIAT factories in Mirafiori and Rivalta Torinese. The neighbourhood overall population is decreased from 20.000 to 6.000 and FIAT has around 10.000 employees.
On one side energy costs and environmental issues,  property values and building quality, unemployment, new global manufacturing scenarios; on the other hand the environmental features, the local ongoing projects, the community activities and the urban strategies for the western Turin
make South Mirafiori an extremely high potential urban district in terms of social and economic development still to be explored.

Web site – http://www.polito.it/turintogreen
Email – info@turintogreen.org
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/turintogreen
Twitter – http://www.twitter.com/turintogr


ASLA 2012 Awards Call for Entries

ASLA has released its 2012 awards call for entries for professionals and students and we would like to encourage you to enter.

Award recipients, their clients, and student advisors will be honored at the awards presentation ceremony during the ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO in Phoenix, September 28 – October 1, 2012. The award winning projects will be featured in a video presentation at the ceremony and on the awards website following the event. Professional award recipients receive featured coverage in the September issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine and in many other design, construction industry and general-interest media. Student award official entrants will receive a complimentary full registration to the 2012 annual meeting, and the official entrant for each project receiving an Award of Excellence (up to seven) will also receive travel and hotel accommodations for the meeting.

The prestige of the ASLA awards programs relies on the high-caliber juries that are convened each year to review submissions. Members of this year’s professional awards jury are:

  • José Almiñana, ASLA, Andropogon Associates, Philadelphia, Jury Chair
  • Stephen T. Ayers, AIA, The Architect of the Capitol, Washington, D.C.
  • Gail Brinkmann, ASLA, City of Phoenix Street Transportation Department, Phoenix
  • Kathryn L. Gleason, FASLA, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.
  • Christopher Hawthorne, Architecture Critic, Los Angeles, Times, Los Angeles
  • Mikyoung Kim, ASLA, Mikyoung Kim Design, Boston
  • Tom Leader, ASLA, Tom Leader Studio, Berkeley, Calif.
  • Thomas R. Oslund, FASLA, oslund.and.assoc., Minneapolis
  • Jim Schuessler, ASLA, BNIM, Kansas City, Mo.

Members of the student awards jury are:

  • David Yocca, FASLA, Conservation Design Forum, Elmhurst, Ill., Jury Chair
  • Sheila A. Brady, FASLA, Oehme, van Sweden and Associates, Washington, D.C.
  • Mark A. Focht, FASLA, Fairmount Park Commission, Philadelphia
  • M. Paul Friedberg, FASLA, M. Paul Friedberg & Partners, New York City
  • Paul H. Gobster, FASLA, USDA Forest Service, Evanston, Ill.
  • Debra Guenther, ASLA, Mithun, Seattle
  • Linda Jewell, FASLA, University of California at Berkeley
  • Chris Reed, ASLA, Stoss Landscape Urbanism, Boston
  • Andrew Wilcox, ASLA, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Calif.

Both the ASLA professional and students awards feature five categories: General Design; Residential Design; Analysis and Planning; Communications; and Research. The Professional Awards also include The Landmark Award, while the Student Awards include the Student Community Service Award and Student Collaboration categories.

Entry forms and payment must be received by:

  • Friday, February 3, 2012, for ASLA Professional Awards
  • Friday, April 27, 2012, for ASLA Student Awards

Submission binders must be received by:

  • Friday, February 17, 2012, for ASLA Professional Awards
  • Friday, May 11, 2012, for ASLA Student Awards

In need of inspiration? View the ASLA 2011 professional and student award-winning projects.

There are many reasons to enter—and we hope that you will!

Nancy Somerville, Hon. ASLA
Executive Vice President/CEO
American Society of Landscape Architects