OBITUARY: Michael Hough brought ecology to the cityscape

Mr. Hough, who died in January at 84, spent his career in pursuit of this ideal – the integration of cities with natural systems. As a young landscape architect in the 1960s, he helped lead that profession to combine urbanism and ecology, to think of human activity and nature as complementary and connected.


Berlin´s Landscape Architecture online

Berlin’s open spaces can now be experienced with the online portal “”


bdla presents landscape architecture in a manner that is emotionally attractive, spatially positioned and knowledgeable – for your desktop and as a mobile web app

The portal is now available on the internet, the first element in the Federation of German Landscape Architect’s (bdla) innovative online strategy to experience Berlin’s cultural landscape. On the start page, the 360° swivelling panorama of the capital city, infused with “green”, provides an eventful and informative view of the landscaped architecture. As an intuitive entrance to the portal, it awakens the appetite for diverse encounters with the designed outdoor areas in the metropolis.

The portal “ParcView” addressed the topic landscape architecture and its diverse references to Berlin art, cultural goods and cultural institutions. “The urban cultural landscape is especially pronounced in Berlin and very dynamic. The cultural and tourist-related potential produced by this interaction has been insufficiently exploited until now,” is how Christof Luz, member of the executive board, summarizes the bdla’s motivation to develop “ParcView”.

Experiencing landscape architecture in stories and time transitions

The cultural references are translated in the form of spatially specific, real and virtual online exhibitions with a special narrative manner. The “Berlin Wall Parks” combine very different locations such as the Berlin Wall Memorial at Bernauer Straße, the park at Nordbahnhof, the East Side Park and the Luisenstädtische Canal, presenting the public, designed space along the course of the former Wall as a memory of the city. In addition, the manifold facets of the design and significance of Berlin’s open spaces are illustrated by the online exhibitions “Landscape Architecture as Cultural Heritage”, “Gardens of the Museums and Galleries” and “Open Spaces as Commemorative Places”.

The playful and individual discovery of a place by means of expressive and attractive images and incisive texts constitute the core of the online exhibitions. The integration of videos supports the emotional address to users and enables them to get an idea of the intentions and working methods of the landscape architects. Based on the process of augmented reality, the “story” conveys more detailed information on specific aspects of a space, such as the ecological diversity of the blossoming meadow landscapes in the Rudow-Altglienicke landscape park. The narrative structure of the “tours” allows the user to move virtually through space, such as the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. The “time transition” explains to the ParcView visitor the development of the pace in historical levels, individual layers of construction, or by displaying the before-and-after of the planning, for example at Gendarmenmarkt.

Exploring Berlin’s cultural landscape with the web app “”

The service is completed by the mobile website “Which current locations of landscape architecture can I find nearby?”, “How can I get there?” and “Can I learn more when I am there?” are typical user needs that are supported by The web app can be accessed free of charge using a smartphone browser with GPS and internet access and can then be used without any prior installation for tours of exploration through Berlin’s cultural landscape.

Successful cooperation

The plans have been supported by renowned cultural institutions in Berlin such as the Topography of Terror Foundation and the Berlin Wall Foundation. Due to the very positive initial response to “ParcView”, further online exhibitions with other cooperative partners are already being planned. For the first time, thanks to the cooperation with visitBerlin, the official tourism portal for visitors to the German capital, Berlin’s open spaces can now prove their worth as cultural tourist sites in the international arena.

Nationwide project database “landscape architecture today” in preparation

You can also look forward to the portal, which will be released as the second element of our online communication on 18 January 2013, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the bdla. The intention is to develop this nationwide online project database into a renowned virtual salon for landscape architecture in Germany.


Bund Deutscher Landschaftsarchitekten
Köpenicker Straße 48/49, 10179 Berlin
Tel. 030 27 87 15-0, Fax 030 27 87 15-55


The ParcView project is financed by funding from the Federal State of Berlin as well as from the European Regional Development Fund as part of the programme to strengthen and exploit innovative potential in culture (INP).


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.

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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


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


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

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.

IFLA 50 – Shared wisdom in an age of change

Welcome to the International Federation of Landscape Architects Congress 2013

Registration for the IFLA World Congress 2013, being held in Auckland from 10-12 April 2013, is now open.

Early Fee Registrations will be accepted up to and inclusive of 30 November 2012.

IFLA50 – Shared wisdom in an age of change

Never has the discipline of landscape architecture been more relevant than in this age of momentous global change, where current approaches to management of our landscape can no longer be sustained.

IFLA50; shared wisdom in an age of change’ provides a framework within which to consider our changing landscape through multiple dimensions of wisdom. Whether exploring ancient wisdom, reaching across realms of contemporary knowledge, or imagining a more resilient future, shared wisdom strengthens our ability to effect positive change.

Please refer to the Congress website for more information about IFLA 2013 and to register.

We look forward to welcoming you to Auckland in April 2013.

IFLA World Congress 2013 Local Organising Committee

In association with
nzila aila ifla

Call for New Editor – Journal of Landscape Architecture

Call for NEW EDITOR Journal of Landscape Architecture, with special responsibility for ‘Thinking Eye’ Section.
JoLA, The Journal of Landscape Architecture invites applications for the position of Editor to join the Editorial team, with special responsibility for the journal’s peer reviewed visual essay section ‘Thinking Eye’.
The new editor would be appointed during the Summer 2012.

‘Thinking Eye’ aims to support critical investigations into visual concepts, methodologies and media, and to promote scholarly discourse on visual culture in landscape architecture.  We publish peer-reviewed experiments and methodological innovation, including those practices and ideas drawn from the fine and other arts and related design and environmental disciplines that have demonstrable relevance for contemporary landscape architecture theory and practice.

Applications are due by June 1 2012.

Further information on the position and how to apply can be  found at JoLA at: