IFLA announces details of 2017 Student Design Competition

Screen Shot 2017-03-29 at 12.11.56The IFLA Student Landscape Architecture Design Competition 2017 is now open! With a deadline for entries of 12 September 2017, an international jury will award 1st, 2nd and 3rd placed prizes during the 54th IFLA World Congress in Montreal, Canada.

THE THEME OF THIS YEAR’S LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE STUDENT COMPETITION IS “LANDSCAPES OF POWER: DESIGN FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE”.

With the advent of global warming, sustainable development practices and the energy/food/water/waste question, we must view landscape architecture in its broadest role, as landscape intervention and transformation going beyond the urban realm. Living in this time offers an opportunity to consider other scales, adjacencies, systems and complexities to prepare adequately for a future with a balanced distribution of social and environmental values. As this congress, the first interdisciplinary design summit, design is at the core of informed spatial change; and at the forefront of this summit lie landscapes of power, addressing questions of spatial complexities and social equity.

Dr. Beverly A. Sandalack, Chair of the IFLA Student Landscape Architecture Design Competition said: “The Competition has been an important part of the IFLA World Congress for some time. One of the roles of the competition is to promote and encourage the evolution of the profession of landscape architecture through education. Students have the opportunity to have their work reviewed alongside that of their peers from around the world. The discipline required to prepare a competition entry is a very useful exercise for students, and helps them prepare for some of the rigours of professional life.”

The full brief and all information concerning the Competition can be found here. Versions in Arabic, Chinese and Spanish can be found here.

An application form can be downloaded here.

Good luck to all who enter!