2005 Student Landscape Architecture

Design Competition Brief

2005 Student Landscape Architecture

Design Competition Winners


UN-Habitat has set up a special Safer Cities Programme and is seeking IFLA’s assistance with this subject. Therefore ‘Safer Cities and Towns’ is the topic for this year’s IFLA/UNESCO student competition. It is hoped that the prize-winning designs can be part of IFLA’s representation to UN-Habitat and will inspire others with ideas about how landscape design can make towns and cities safer.

Cities can be made safer in direct ways by diminishing dangers arising from traffic, by pedestrianisation, by safe routes for children and cyclists, by the creation of a spatial structure for people. At the same time the human joy of risk taking needs to be recognised avoiding the trend towards repressive health and safety measures which can end up with the ‘nanny city’. Provision is needed for those who are disabled and also for the able bodied to exercise their full rights.
Safety can be interpreted as safety from crime, safety from injury by vehicles of all sorts, safe playgrounds and places for all ages to relax and play. Providing for safety can also mean creating places of challenge where young people can test their capacity to face danger and learn how to jump, balance or hang in the sky without endangering others or unduly putting themselves at risk.
Students are asked to submit projects which interpret the meaning of “Safer Cities and Towns” from any angle which stimulates their imagination. Think for instance about Ralph Waldo Emerson’s dictum: “In skating over thin ice, our safety is in our speed.” (Essay on Prudence 1841), or British King George VI’s words in his Christmas broadcast in December 1939, “Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.” Shakespeare wrote the words for Henry IV: “Out of this nettle, danger, we pluck this flower, safety”; can you propose landscape designs which will make towns and cities safer places?

Organizing Committee
Hal Moggridge, Colvin and Moggridge Landscape Architects, London


  • Brigitte Colin, UNESCO representative
  • Robert Holden, IFLA UK representative
  • Lynn Kinnear, locally appointed juror
  • Derek Cassidy, locally appointed juror
  • Bev Sandalack, IFLA representative and Chair