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The New Landscape Declaration


Join us in asserting the vital role of landscape architecture to solve the defining issues of our time. Sign on and join the global community working to answer the call.

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On the eve of its 50th anniversary, the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) asked a diverse group of the world’s leading landscape architects to reflect on the last half-century and present bold ideas for the future. Inspired by LAF’s 1966 Declaration of Concern, these thought leaders gathered at LAF’s Summit on Landscape Architecture and the Future to present their own “Declarations” and engage in lively debate about realizing landscape architecture’s potential and effecting real world change.

LAF then synthesized the values, discussions, and ideas to create the New Landscape Declaration, a contemporary manifesto for the landscape architecture discipline. It asserts the essential role of landscape architecture in solving the defining issues of our time: climate change, species extinction, rapid urbanization, and inequity. The recommendations are relevant to designers across the globe, underscoring the need to diversify, innovate, and create a bold culture of leadership, advocacy, and activism.

We invite you to engage in this critical, provocative, and inspirational examination of the power of landscape architecture, and to join the passionate community working to answer the call to action in the New Landscape Declaration at this critical time when the talents and services of landscape architects are so vitally needed.


Call to Action

Translated into 20 languages, the eloquent New Landscape Declaration manifesto is a rallying cry for designers across the globe. Sign on to join us in asserting the vital role of landscape architecture and be part of the global community working to answer the call.



Documentary Film

This 20-minute documentary captures the ideas and energy from LAF’s Summit on Landscape Architecture and the Future through recorded footage and exclusive interviews with global thought leaders. Screening information and discussion guides are available.




This elegant book features the 32 “Declarations” written for the summit, along with excerpts from panel discussions and an opening essay by Richard Weller of PennDesign. It provides a broad snapshot of current thinking on the role and potential impact of landscape architecture.


nld-summit2Summit on Landscape Architecture and the Future

In June 2016, LAF convened a diverse group of preeminent thinkers and influencers from around the world to set the course for landscape architecture in the 21st century. Full recordings of the TED-style “Declarations”, panel discussions, and more are available.




Over 75 leading minds in contemporary landscape architecture contributed to the summit and book. Over 600 summit attendees participated through live polls, comments, and dialogue. All of these ideas were used to draft the New Landscape Declaration.




The summit and New Landscape Declaration have been covered by Metropolis Magazine, Curbed, Landezine, The Architect’s Newspaper, Planetizen, Huffington Post, Landscape Architecture Magazine, The Dirt, Land8, and more. The call to action has been signed by over 1,500 build environment professionals from around the world.

“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

“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

“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

“Excelente forma de definir nuestro compromiso con el ambiente, ecología y salud. Gracias a todos por su gran esfuerzo.” — Jorge Alarcón, Lima, Peru