News & Events

News & Events

summit-lafwebsite-226w

Summit on Landscape Architecture and the Future

Over 700 attended this historic event on June 10-11! Photos and video recordings of the 25 ten-minute Declarations are now posted.

More

Join the Hundreds Who Have Signed the New Landscape Declaration

declaration-226wTo date, over 800 built environment professionals from around the world have signed LAF’s New Landscape Declaration,  a new vision and 21st century call to action for landscape architecture. Have you signed?

By signing the Declaration, you join us in asserting the vital role of landscape architecture in solving the defining issues of our time: climate change, species extinction, rapid urbanization, and inequity. Together, we can amplify our voices at this critical time when the talents and services of the landscape architecture community are so vitally needed. 

Here are some of the inspiring comments we’ve received:

  • “It’s time to reinvigorate our profession with a new and bold vision that addresses the complex social, environmental and political challenges facing the planet.” — Jeffrey Hou, Seattle, Washington
  • “As a landscape architect and environmentalist I believe our unique skill set is desperately needed. Especially now.” — Kerry Mattie, North Haven, Connecticut
  • “Never has there been a more urgent need for us to join hands and walk in the same direction towards this complex common goal.” — Amy Rampy, Austin, Texas
  • “The New Landscape Declaration is an eloquent call to action for the immediate and long future of our profession and our world. Every design decision needs to be made within its context.” — Ann Milovsoroff, Shelburne, Vermont
  • “Landscape is our remedy for our sicknesses.” — Tiganila George, Bucharest, Romania
  • “The need for interdisciplinary cooperation and vision has never seemed so urgent. As a profession people must engage at the policy level and also at the entertainment and political realm in new and innovative ways. We must show the value of landscape architecture as a means to better our communities and the environment of those communities and the natural areas within and around them.” — Ann English, Rockville, Maryland
  • “What I connect with in this declaration, is it’s relevance to all corners of the globe. Let’s foster imaginative solutions that are tangible.” — Bernice Rumble, Salt Rock, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
  • “Let’s turn words into action and double down on our commitment to our field and to our shared future.” — Roberto Rovira, Miami, Florida
  • “We have a collective vision, let’s share our collective tools, and achieve some collective goals faster for the sake of the planet.” — Brian R Nicholson, Denver, Colorado
  • “As an ally, I am inspired by your thoughtfulness and heart. Please, please, landscape architects, carry on!” — Daisy Barquist, Baltimore, Maryland

Show your support by signing the New Landscape Declaration and sharing it with your colleagues, students, classmates, clients, and others. www.lafoundation.org/declaration

Projects, Firms Announced for 2017 CSI Program

barangarooreserve-530wPWP Landscape Architects' Barangaroo Reserve in Sydney, Australia

LAF has selected 13 high-performing landscape projects for the 2017 Case Study Investigation (CSI) program. CSI is a unique research collaboration that matches LAF-funded faculty-student research teams with design practitioners to document the benefits of exemplary landscape projects.

Participants from each firm will serve as liaisons and work with the 2017 CSI Research Fellows to evaluate and quantify the environmental, social, and economic performance of the selected projects. The resulting Case Study Briefs are published in LAF’s award-winning Landscape Performance Series database of over 100 projects.

With projects spanning three continents, 2017 CSI promises to be an engaging experience with marked additions to the Landscape Performance Series. Projects this year include a pedestrian trail that connects two oceanside cities, a former ballast quarry, three healthcare facilities, a master planned community, two reclaimed elevated rail lines, and more.

The 2017 CSI program kicks off in February and runs through early August. The resulting Case Study Briefs from these participating firms and projects will be published in the fall: 

  • ASPECT Studios
    The Goods Line, Redfern, New South Wales, Australia
  • Design Workshop
    Wayne Ferguson Plaza, Lewisville, TX
  • HGA Architects and Engineers
    Hennepin County Medical Center Whittier Clinic, Minneapolis, MN
    Owensboro Health Regional Hospital, Owensboro, KY
    Virtua Voorhees Hospital, Voorhees, NJ
  • James Corner Field Operations + Friends of the High Line
    The High Line, New York, NY
  • McGregor Coxall
    Ballast Point Park Birchgrove, Sydney, Australia                        
  • PWP Landscape Architecture
    Barangaroo Reserve, Sydney, Australia
  • TBG Partners
    The Shops at Park Lane, Dallas, TX
    Harvest, Argyle, TX
  • Tsinghua Tongheng Urban Planning and Design Institute
    Yanxiu Park, Liaoyang City, Liaoning Province, China
    Huludao-Xingcheng Coastal Trail, Huludao and Xingcheng, Liaoning Province, China
  • Wenk Associates
    TAXI II, Denver, CO     

We appreciate these firms’ interest in the landscape performance of this impressive list of projects, and we look forward to working with each of them.

View All Blog Entries