Fábos Conference on Landscape and Greenway Planning

April 12-13, 2013, Amherts, MA

The Fábos Conference on Landscape and Greenway Planning is held every three years to bring together experts who are influencing landscape planning, policy making and greenway planning from the local to international level. It is intended to highlight recent trends and expand the literature about landscape and greenway planning. The aim is to explore how landscape architects and planners from different countries have approached greenway planning and to understand how greenways have been tailored to each county’s unique geographical, cultural, and political circumstances.
Call for Abstracts
The program committee invites you to contribute original, unpublished papers focusing on one of the conference topics to the Fábos International Conference on Landscape and Greenway Planning. Please submit extended abstracts (max 2 pages / min 500 words) online via the conference web-based submission system. Abstracts submitted as a PDF will be accepted until November 16, 2012. All papers and presentations at the conference will be in English. The conference will be held in Amherst, MA on the University of Massachusetts campus. The conference proceedings will be published in digital form in April 2013.
For questions or comments, please contact Rory Fitzgerald at faboslgpconf@larp.umass.edu

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3rd International Green Roof Congress

The 3rd International Green Roof Congress is coming up! Please save the date for this exciting congress which will be organised by the International Green Roof Association (IGRA) from 13 – 15 May 2013 at the Empire Riverside Hotel in Hamburg, Germany. This conference is under the patronage of the German Federal Minister of Transport, Building and Urban Development.

Find more at http://www.greenroofworld.com/

Renewable Energy and Landscape

FOURTH CAREGGI SEMINAR
coordinated by Annalisa Calcagno Maniglio, University of Genova
and Anna Laura Palazzo, University of Roma Tre
Florence, 6 November 2012

Call for Papers

The next UNISCAPE seminar will take place the 6th of November 2012 in Florence hosted by the Presidency of the Tuscany Region on the theme “Renewable Energy and Landscape”.
This occasion, as others in the past, wants to offer the opportunity to develop among experts and research centres of the Universities that are part of UNISCAPE, the necessary reflections on contemporary issues at a European level. Main focus of this seminar is to analyse and reflect on the positive and negative effects and impacts that may arise from the introduction of renewable sources in the landscape. They are often delicate and complex solutions that give centrality to issues regarding the balance between environmental sustainability, social acceptability and economy and also the need to investigate the relation between the costs and benefits of the projects.

Therefore, we invite all the experts of the countries part of  UNISCAPE, the experts of this sector and the Public Authorities that are interested to reflect on the issues related to renewable energy and the “landscape”, presenting case studies and researches on the problems connected to their balanced and sustainable planning and management. The introduction of renewable energy sources in the landscape is in many respects called to measure itself everywhere with the traditional spatial planning tools. However, there is a clear need to define margins of flexibility and sustainability to the tools already available or that are being established in different countries depending on the expected performances rather than pre-established conditions.
The gradual depletion of fossil reserves and the increasing demand for energy, have led industry to a rapid transition to sustainable energy production through the use of advanced technology, low environmental impact, natural resources such as sun, wind, water  and biomass.
We define as renewable those sources of energy available that renew themselves in the short term – including solar, photovoltaic and wind energy, biomass for co-generation of heat and electricity, as well as waste incineration. Depending on the incentives, these resources could provide a significant contribution to answer to the demand for energy.
Among all renewable energy, wind power and photovoltaic installations are currently the most known and used: they are spreading over the countries in areas with different geographical characteristics, “land marking” the various landscapes that meet the growing needs of the energy companies.
It would be appropriate for landscape experts, technicians, research institutions and NGOs to question themselves about the most feasible implementation of photovoltaic power stations, and about wind farms with low environmental and landscape impact finding the most appropriate ways of locating the necessary equipment for the energy transmission and distribution in the landscape.
The wide diffusion in the landscape of these new solar and wind power plants challenges the scientific community to seriously reflect on the methods for a rigorous identification of more suitable sites to accommodate wind turbines and solar plants and to establish the rules for appropriate procedures for granting incentives for installing them in the landscape: in order to avoid for example an undifferentiated
location of solar panels on agricultural soils or of wind turbines on hills and mountains. Therefore  we encourage a constant cooperation between industry and research for the development and testing of pilot projects and guidelines to identify the most suitable, necessary and urgent regulations and licensing procedures to be adopted for these plants. Procedures in this sense are in many countries at the moment
fragmented, incomplete or even in existent. They would require a collaboration between at least the Ministries of Economic Affairs, and of the Environment, and the Local authorities.
On the 11th of April 2012 in Rome, 30 important and well-known Italian intellectuals signed an appeal to the Italian Prime Minister, promoted by Italia Nostra, Friends of the Earth, the Mountain Wilderness and  other environmental NGOs, to ensure that the next Italian regulations on renewable energy that will be issued conform to a rigorous baseline, preventing excessive installations that, particularly with regard to
wind energy, have already contributed to the devastation of vast landscapes located in exposed positions, affecting not only landscape quality but also important environmental values.
Those who are interested in participating to the seminar are invited to send by the 30th of September 2012,  an abstract to UNISCAPE’s Office (info@uniscape.eu), following these criteria:
Language: English
Font: Times New Roman 12
Format: Ms Word
Structure of the text: Title- Authors- Institution and contact information
Keywords: Max 5
Abstract: characters (spaces included) Max 1500
The abstracts (or a selection of the extended versions) will be published in I Quaderni di Careggi.

Participationto the Seminar is free, kindly register sending an e-mail before the 1st of November.

UNISCAPE
c/o Villa Medicea di Careggi
Viale G. Pieraccini 15 – 50139 Florence
Tel. +39 055 4221535
E-mail: info@uniscape.eu
Web: http://www.uniscape.eu

Invitation to Exhibit – Reshaping Suburbia

 

Successful Designs for Reshaping Suburbia
50th
IMCL Conference on
Reshaping Suburbia into Complete Healthy Communities
Governor Hotel, Portland, OR
June 23-27, 2013

Sprawling and fragmented suburbs where distances are too great and streets are too dangerous have significantly contributed to our massive problems of obesity, chronic physical ill health, social isolation, violence and crime. We must act now to adopt healthy, equitable planning practices for Reshaping Suburbia. This is the most critical challenge we now face in making our cities healthy and livable.

The good news is that some of the most exciting urban design projects today – transformations of shopping malls into mixed use town centers, transit-oriented infill development, neighborhood plazas, green streets and green playgrounds – are taking place in the suburbs.

For more information, see: http://www.livablecities.org/conferences/50th-conference-portland

Four categories of exhibits are eligible:

 • Mixed Use in Suburbia: Infill & Re-Shaped

• 10-Minute Neighborhoods

• New & Restored Neighborhood Plazas

• New & Restored Nature Places

 Deadline for submission: November 1, 2012. All selected projects in all categories will be exhibited at the conference. Awards will be made for outstanding completed projects already in use.

You will find more information on the website at Invitation to Exhibithttp://www.livablecities.org/conferences/50th-conference-portland/special-exhibit. Please submit proposals online.

 

ISOLA annual conference

The 8th Annual Conference of The Indian Society of Landscape Architects (ISOLA) is scheduled this year for Friday, 31st August and Saturday,  1st September 2012 at the Noor-Us-Sabah Palace, Bhopal.

The theme this year “PLACE OF NATURE IN TOMORROW’S CITY” would address the value of natural elements in urban and rural environments, and the economic, social and environmental benefits they provide.

The conference aims to focus on the issues and processes of integrating the natural environment into healthy sustainable urban centres from cultural, socio-political, and planning perspectives with examples from our past and present.

Apart from the Inaugural Keynote session, there would be four technical sessions over the two days, comprising two or three major speakers per session followed by interactive panel discussions. The structure of technical sessions is outlined in the enclosed Conference programme.

All the information pertaining to the conference registration, hotels, theme and speakers is available on the conference website : www.isola2012bhopal.in

Interested members may also contact  isolasecretray@gmail.com and isolaoffice@gmail.com

 

programme final as on 11.07.12

European Landscape Architecture builds on a common horizon of understanding and yet produces quality works of very different expression and style. IN TOUCH, the  latest edition of Landscape Architecture Europe, explores outstanding projects created within the  European mindset, diving below the  surface in an attempt to uncover the  common values that  bind  European design work. The book presents11 in-depth project ‘features’, which include thematically related essays, and 28 concise project ‘icons’.
IN TOUCH is the  third  volume in the  Landscape Architecture Europe series, developed in collaboration with the  European Federation for landscape architecture (EFLA). The triennial publications aim to set standards, in design and design critique, by presenting an overview of contemporary european landscape architecture.

 

 

 

IFLA – IFI Cooperation Agreement

In June 2012, Desiree Martinez Uriarte, President of the International Federation of Landscape Architects and Shashi Caan, President of the International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between IFLA and IFI .

In support of reaffirming the specific characteristics of each organization and the professional skills of their members IFLA and IFI express the wish to pursue the promotion of interiors and landscape architecture as a means of highlighting the importance of environmental context as a factor for improving the overall well-being of communities.

Both organizations will encourage joint initiatives that correspond to the professional goals and ambitions of their members.

IFLA and IFI propose strategies, actions, and recommendations to be submitted to their respective Councils with the purview of encouraging a collaborative evolution. Each organization will invite its partner to be represented at events of common interest that are hosted periodically.

About the International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers www.ifiworld.org

The International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers is the global voice and authority for professional Interior Architects/Designers. IFI is the sole international federating body for Interior Architecture/Design organizations, and acts as a global forum for the exchange and development of knowledge and experience, in worldwide education, research and practice. Often considered as the “United Nations” of the Interior Architecture/Design field, IFI connects the international community in order responsibility, and raise the status of the profession worldwide.

Founded in 1963 as a not-for-profit, limited liability Company to expand the international network of professional Interior Architects/Designers, IFI represents over 270,000 designers, educators, and industry stakeholders in the international design community in 110 countries on every continent collectively representing practicing Interior Architects/Designers worldwide.

IFI is a member of the International Design Alliance (IDA), a strategic venture between three leading international design organizations. The triumvirate includes the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID) and the International Council of Graphic Design Associations (ICOGRADA). This alliance focuses on opportunities to further the design discipline based on multidisciplinary collaboration.