Middle East Landscape Architecture Conference (MELAC 2018)

2 days

 Theme: Landscape in Transition

Landscape transition has a massive impact on the quality of life. Indeed, landscape changes can effectively contribute to boosting the quality of life or presenting a serious threat to the human life. Most of reasons leading to a transition in landscapes are caused by human activities and misbehaviors.

Over the past few decades, in the Middle East, a hotspot of growing socio-economic changes and environmental degradation, landscapes have undergone massive changes due to the effect of a vast variety of driving forces like drought, migration, immigration, political struggles and wars. As a result, the health and resilience of natural and cultural landscapes, and consequently people’s livelihood, have been seriously threatened by lots of crises.

So it is an urgent to conduct studies about these changes and effects they have on the quality of life and the whole environment, and the way they should be managed and controlled.
In the midst of these significant natural and socio-cultural changes, landscape experts should deal with new challenges, taking advantage of new advanced technologies and, at the same time, expanding their understanding of how complicated and multifaceted the concept of landscape is.

By holding The IFLA Middle East Conference (7th and 8th of May 2018, Tehran, Iran) we are going to expand an ontological dialogue to gain a better understanding of the concept of landscape and landscape transition, develop interdisciplinary approaches and explore new technologies in landscape planning and design, and ,in general, gain a useful insight about how landscapes change and the ways we could respond to environmental and socio-cultural transitions in order to safeguard our valuable landscapes and protect our shared environment.

Call for abstracts

There is a call for abstracts which ends 30th January 2018.

Call for Abstracts

The main (and not all) topics addressed at the MELAC 2018 are detailed below.

The following list covers main (but not all) themes to be addressed at MELAC 2018

Papers are expected to fill broadly –but not exclusively- into one of the named topics. If your paper addressed a theme inside the landscape area but doesn’t fit exactly in these topics, you can also send it to us, since we may capture other areas of research.

It should be noticed that each topic has two main area: the first is “How does the transition take place?”, and the second is “how it should be responded?”

Evolution of landscape concept
Sub-themes include:

Landscape as a discipline, Professional services, Standards, Local knowledge, Governance and regulation, International institutions, Interdisciplinary approaches, High technology and digitalization, Landscape assessment, Landscape planning and design, Landscape conservation and protection, Landscape restoration

Landscape Conservation
Sub-themes include: Cultural Landscape, Historic Urban Landscape (HUL), Agricultural Heritage Systems, Rural Landscape, , Industrial Landscape, Cultural Roads, Silk Road, Historic Landscape, Documentation, Management, & Monitoring of World Heritage, Conflicts of Conservation & Development, Garden & Landscape History

Globalization, development and demographic changes
Sub-themes include: Urbanization, Industrialization, Human overpopulation, Population density, Homogenization, Immigration, Migration, Centralization, Accessibility, Technology

Natural resources, climate change and natural disasters
Sub-themes include: Deforestation, Desertification, Wild fire, Haze crises, Pollution, Flood, Erosion, Heat wave, Drought, Habitat destruction, Global warming and greenhouse effect, Carbon footprint, Energy consumption and management, Natural resources management

Landscape and economic changes
Sub-themes include: Poverty, Recession, Financial crises, Economic depression, National product, Economic growth, Investment and Entrepreneurship, Electronic business, Branding

Landscape and socio-cultural changes
Sub-themes include:Inequality, Unemployment, Corruption, Food shortage, Life style, Social justice, Civil rights, Human development, NGOs, Social policy, Communication and media, Education

Landscape and political affairs
Sub-themes include: Regional struggles, War and post-war, Terrorism, Secession, International regimes

Landscape and new technologies
Sub-themes include: GIS based planning, BIM, Geodesign, …

We invite abstracts for oral paper presentations, posters or just publish in conference proceedings by abstract. All selected papers will publish in conference proceedings.

More information about the call here.

More Information

More information about the conference here.