The International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) voices its advocacy of the recent statements made by President Barack Obama and the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) in support of the landscape architecture profession. Emerging from the safety blanket of its 20th-century technological and scientific parameters, landscape architecture is increasingly being recognised as a broad cultural, ecological, and artistic practice. Leading practitioners, understanding that economic sustainability and cultural identity are just as much a part of their remit as raising aspirations and expressing ideas through technologies, rely on a geographic sensibility, a strong sense of social and ethical responsibility, and a knowledge of the spatial implications of governance, finance and transport, health, and education.
Based on this, IFLA believes that an International Landscape Convention (ILC) will assist in extending the scope of design into policy and expanding traditional legislative concerns with landscapes that survive modern development. The ILC aims to inform a more sustainable, cultural, social and economic future.
IFLA would like to reiterate that the ILC will encourage a more holistic and strategic approach to the landscape, answering the major global challenges created by industrialisation, urbanisation, energy and demographic shifts as well as climate change, the depletion of natural resources, deforestation, biodiversity, heritage, issues relations to quality of life, and other aspects of land-use development that do not respect territorial boundaries.
The ILC is an important initiative to provide strategic design leadership at a regional, national and international level and IFLA entreats President Barack Obama, governmental agencies and international organisations to pledge their support for this project.
About the International Federation of Landscape Architects
IFLA, the world’s only recognised international association for Landscape Architecture, represents students, educators and practitioner in driving a field that is achieving ever-greater prominence.
Founded in 1948 by the late, legendary Landscape Architect, Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe, IFLA is formed of national associations of Landscape Architects spanning six continents. The Federation marks the gold standard of education and practice concerning land use, design, urban, town and sectoral planning, infrastructure development, environmental protection, maintenance of parks and historic gardens.
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This statement draws on the article published in Moore, K; Marques, B; Breaking Down – Silos and Compartments, Topos 82 – About Landscape, June 2013 and Moore, K; IFLA Book 2010-2014, October 2014 (ISBN 978-607-00-86-18-2)