PECSRL biennial international conference

The 26th session of the PECSRL biennial international conference will be held on 8-12 September 2014.

The conference will be held at two locations: in the city of Gothenburg and the town of Mariestad in the west of Sweden. The congress will be hosted by the University of Gothenburg.

The conference brings together geographers, landscape architects, historians, ethnographers, archaeologists, ecologists, rural planners, landscape managers and other scholars interested in European landscapes. The conference offers ample facilities for meeting colleagues from all parts of Europe, for getting informed about various aspects of European landscape research and for initiating new projects. Besides paper sessions, poster presentations, workshops and plenary sessions there will be one full day of field trips to provide the PECSRL-participants with a detailed knowledge of the rural landscapes in the Västra Götaland region.

A post-conference excursion will be arranged 12-14 September to Finnskogen (the Forest of the Finns), in the Swedish-Norwegian border area, north of Lake Vänern.

Conference topics:

  • Historical perspectives on the rural-urban interface
  • Challenges in EU’s new agricultural policy
  • Tourism and recreation as drivers in the rural landscape
  • Rural landscapes: concepts and approaches
  • Biosphere reserves and other international landscape labels
  • Food and landscape
  • Gender and landscape
  • Landscape and gardens
  • Landscape as heritage
  • Mountainous landscapes
  • Planned landscapes and historical perspectives on landscape planning
  • Landscape character assessments and the nature-culture integration
  • Limits and possibilities in the ecosystem approach and ‘ecosystem services’
  • Landscape management and practical knowledge
  • GIS and other techniques in landscape planning
  • Sustainable dimensions of peri-urban landscapes

The conference will have both oral and poster sessions, and we also welcome proposals for organized- and roundtable sessions. Guidelines for session proposals and the different presentation formats will be available in the fall 2013.

Important dates:

2013-10-31 – Deadline for session proposals
2014-01-31 – Deadline for abstracts for oral and poster presentations (300 words)
2014-02-15 – Registration opens
2014-04-15 – Early registration ends

Conference chairs: Marie Stenseke, Gunilla A Olsson, Katarina Saltzman
Conference secretary: Mirek Dymitrow



Rust, Regeneration and Romance: Iron and Steel Landscapes and Cultures

10-14 July 2013.

For centuries iron and steel have been the fundamental building blocks of modernity. These metals and the technologies, societies and cultures surrounding them have revolutionised the lives of billions of people. From the earliest functional usage of iron in domestic life, to decorative cast iron, from weapons to knives and forks and from the use of high tensile steels in buildings around the world to the stainless steels of space exploration, the transformative power of iron and steel is undeniable. This capacity to transform extends to the landscapes and cultures which have themselves been transformed through the mining, production, processing and consumption of iron and steel. As China and India race to modernise their economies with imported iron and steel, many cities across Europe and North America are still struggling with the decline in production and manufacture. In many parts of Europe former centres of iron and steel production have undergone regeneration and now form part of the tourism economy. Rust has gained currency as part of industrial heritage. Still, in many parts of the developing world, ideas of heritage lie very much in the future, as communities continue to work in the mining of iron ore and the production and fabrication of steel.

This conference seeks to engage in an open multi-disciplinary analysis of iron and steel landscapes and cultures, from the ancient to the modern. It looks toward the legacies of both production and consumption and how these metals have influenced all aspects of social life. We wish to explore the relationships that communities, regions, nations share with iron and steel through its functional use, creative and artistic use and its symbolic use. Indicative questions the conference will address are: How are economies and societies transformed by the extraction and processing of iron? How does the environmental impact and legacy of iron and steel sites shape social and political life? How do governments and communities deal with both the expansion and decline of the iron and steel industries? What are the forms and formats of regeneration for iron and steel landscapes and communities?  To what extent are global communities connected through iron and steel, economically and culturally? How have the landscapes and cultures of iron and steel found expression through various art forms? How are these landscapes managed and understood?

The conference welcomes academics from the widest range of disciplines and wishes to act as a forum for exchange between the sciences, social sciences and the humanities. The conference will draw from anthropology, archaeology, art history, architecture, engineering, ethnology, heritage studies, history, geography, landscape studies, linguistics, metallurgy, museum studies, sociology, tourism studies etc. The conference will take place at the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site.

The conference is brought to you by the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage at the University of Birmingham, UK, and the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust.

More at: 

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

International Federation of Landscape Architects Congress 2013


The New Zealand and Australian Institutes of Landscape Architects (NZILA and AILA) warmly invite you to be a part of the 50th International Federation of Landscape Architects World Congress (IFLA50) 10 – 12 April 2013.



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 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

IFLA 2013 Call for Abstracts Now Open

The closing date for abstract submissions is 28 September 2012. Accepted abstract submitters will then be required to register and finalise a paper for the proceedings by January 31 2013.

Congress Theme – Shared wisdom in an age of change – overview

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.

Abstract Submissions may be made under the following themes:

  • Contemporary issues around globalisation
  • Indigenous wisdom
  • Local landscape
  • Radical change and resilience
  • Rural landscapes
  • Urban landscapes

For information about submission guidelines and to submit your abstract please visit the Call for Abstracts page on the IFLA 2013 website.

Registration for the Congress will be opening on May 22nd and full details of how to register and book your accommodation for the Congress will be emailed to you.

If you have any queries about submitting your abstract or the Congress in general which are not answered on our website please don’t hesitate to contact us by emailing

We look forward to receiving your submissions over the coming months.

The IFLA 2013 Organising Committee

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:

Let’s celebrate the World Landscape Architecture Month

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

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.”

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

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)

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

Send us your material by email to

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