International Council of Design

“Cultures are in a state of constant change. Support for authentic representation and acknowledgment of indigenous knowledge in commercial design practice, in agreement with indigenous communities as they wish to represent their culture at any given point in time, reinstates agency in indigenous peoples to manage and control their visual representation. The Charter provides a best practice process to achieve this.

–Dr Meghan Kelly, Deakin University, School of Communication

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Imagining a Different Future: Overcoming Barriers to Climate Justice

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS- Imagining a Different Future: Overcoming Barriers to Climate Justice

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Imagining a Different Future: Overcoming Barriers to Climate Justice
University of Tasmania
8-9 February 2018
Abstracts due 7 August 2008

About the Conference
Despite the Paris Agreement, there are real concerns the prevailing neoliberal economic and political model, particularly with the move to more insular, nationalistic, fragile politics, cannot respond effectively to climate change and excludes key considerations such as ethics and justice.

The Conference will focus on a systematic analysis of barriers to action in the context of the process of change; global governance and law; economics and energy structures; the role of science and technology; and what we are learning about human psychology in relation to climate change.

It will look at ethics, climate justice, intergenerational justice, and how abstract notions of climate justice can be translated into concrete policies, governance structures, and laws. Case studies will include ethical issues in the ongoing international climate negotiations and areas of Australian policy-making with international ramifications (e.g. the “clean coal” debate.)

It will also explore the engagement by artists, writers, filmmakers, and musicians with climate change and activism and will include side events with practitioners, activists and theorists. Presenters include: Robyn Eckersley, Steve Vanderheiden, Catriona McKinnon, Marcus Düwell , Michael Reder, Nathan Bindoff, Ben Richardson and Jan McDonald.

Instructions for Submissions
The conference is envisaged to involve about 30 paper givers and 150-200 participants. There will be a number of public forums and side events associated with Conference. We are calling for abstracts from a range of experts from the social and physical sciences on all of themes of the Conference by 9.00am, Monday, 07 August 2017. The Conference is interdisciplinary and a key goal is to encourage dialogue, so presentations must communicate across fields and reach a broad audience. For more information on the conference themes and to submit an abstract, visit our website.

The Conference will follow a sustainable, no or low carbon model, to be reflected in catering, printing and other aspects of Conference Management. Participants flying to Hobart are asked use a reputable carbon offset provider.

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Our profession in Africa is young and lacking in national government recognition in most cases. All our work is done on a voluntary basis, and so any offers of help and participation are warmly welcomed from individuals, professions or associations in related fields.


The seed of the African region of IFLA was first sown as the African Working Group in 2005. After being properly watered and nurtured, it gave rise to the IFLA Africa Forum that was held in Dubai, UAE, on 22 January 2008. The purpose of the forum chaired by Professor James Taylor was to bring together people of like minds with a focus on developing an action plan towards a fully-fledged IFLA Africa Region.

The dream materialized and bloomed culminating in the 2ndIFLA Africa Symposium held on African soil in Nairobi, Kenya from 5-7 October 2011. The symposium theme “Landscape Architecture in Africa: Status of education, practice and future challenges” gathered landscape architects from the continent and IFLA Africa Forum members, to lay the foundation for the IFLA Africa region.  On 7 October 2011, Professor P.G. Ngunjiri (Kenya), Mr Herman de Lange (South Africa) and Niyi Kehinde (Nigeria) were elected as the first set of IFLA Africa Region executive members. The three nations were considered as growth poles to enhance the development of landscape architecture profession in Africa. The fourth nation, Morocco joined a year later to form the hub of North Africa’s landscape developmental activities.  Tunisia has recently submitted an application to join the ranks of IFLA, and we hope soon to have their application ratified at the forthcoming IFLA 2014 World Congress in 2014.

IFLA Africa is happy to have the guidance and assistance of the IFLA President as well as an Oversight Committee composed of James Taylor and Hitesh Mehta who are invaluable in their guidance and mentoring of this youngest regional chapter of IFLA.

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The Asia Pacific Region of IFLA

The dynamic Region of Asia Pacific is re-asserting its place in the discipline of landscape architecture. The richness, diversity and sensitivity of contemporary landscape designs throughout the Region are testament to the extensive history and strong cultural stories and traditions that shape us.

The Asia Pacific Region is a part of the world that has been shaped by maritime journeys, vibrant cultural landscapes, and economic innovation and is home to a diverse tapestry of landscape architecture traditions.

Member associations representing a diverse array of cultures spread across fourteen countries make up the Asia Pacific Region of IFLA.

The cultural landscapes of the Region hold at their core the history of our profession. The earliest civilizations emerged in this Region and the associated development of beautiful and complex landscapes was embedded within the fabric of these early human settlements. From the earliest gardens found in Mesopotamia, Syria, Persia, China, Japan and the Mughal gardens of India our modern landscapes worldwide have been shaped by the influences of our Region.

Into the future the Asia Pacific Region will be home to a large proportion of the world’s population and with that comes the challenges associated with fast-paced developing economies, increased urbanism and densification. Landscape Architecture is the discipline that can creatively respond to these challenges and provide appropriate and sustainable conduits for change.

Our colleagues throughout the Region are tackling the critical issues facing our world – climate change, population growth and urbanisation and in so doing helping to create sustainable environments that are both culturally rich and socially vibrant.



Damian Tang Kok Fei

Secretary General
Mike Barthelmeh

Greg Grabasch

Chair for Communications and External Relations
Mike Barthelmeh

RUD_NZILA Ocean View Rd Pocket Park

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In addition, landscape architects are also active in other fields related to the design of open spaces and landscapes: for example, in village redevelopment as well as in urban planning and inner-city regeneration projects. Here landscape architects have to co-operate with architects, town planners, civil engineers, biologists and social planners.

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Landscape architects work for planning consultancies, for companies in the gardening and landscape industry, for government agencies and for local governments in public works and parks departments, water authorities or nature conservation bodies. The following overview indicates how diverse their work can be:

Environmental precaution and protection in physical and regional planning

  • Regional landscape programs and landscape structure plans
  • Regional development concepts, communal and inter-communal infrastructure studies
  • Environmental planning
  • Planning and programs for leisure parks and large-scale landscape remediation
  • Concepts for landscape conversion and decontamination
  • Studies into the regeneration of disused industrial and settlement sites
  • Overall concepts for rivers, streams, and lakes and their re naturalisation
  • Research projects concerning conservation and environmental issues
  • Nature protection management


Landscape tasks in urban land use; planning and sectoral planning

  • Green and open space planning as part of urban land use planning
  • Landscape envelope plans
  • Environmental impact assessment in the context of site location and suitability
  • Studies regarding the environmental impact of planning and development programs
  • Habitat planning and development
  • Mapping of landscapes and natural areas
  • Planning for national parks, biosphere and nature reserves, as well as landscape protection areas
  • Services regarding the legal and administrative procedures for protecting areas
  • Landscape maintenance plans in infrastructural development and project planning
  • Environmental impact assessment according to impact mitigation regulations
  • Planning for mineral extraction and reclamation
  • Setting up and maintaining documentation of impact mitigation measures
  • Maintenance and development plans; follow-up planning
  • Monitoring


Infrastructure studies, development planning, and landscape programs

  • Concepts concerning retention potential and rain-water management
  • Agricultural planning and expert reports concerning land consolidation
  • Forest planning
  • Concepts with regard to agricultural and forestry extensification
  • Land use planning
  • Development of green finger corridors and stepping stone concepts
  • Development plans for sport and recreation areas
  • Horizontal and vertical alignment of cycle lanes, footpaths and nature study trails
  • Planning of routes, loop trails, ski runs, sport complexes and arenas for winter sports, motor sports, water sports, riding, cycling and cross-country skiing


Urban planning and village redevelopment planning

  • Planning schemes and project designs for urban development and regeneration
  • Land use and structure plans
  • Concepts for green spaces in residential, commercial and industrial areas
  • Planning for allotments and garden areas
  • Contributions towards urban development and infrastructural projects
  • Structure plans for urban regeneration and village renewal
  • Townscape design and village design statements
  • Ecological housing and settlement planning; expert opinions on the sustainability of planning

Landscape architects are often natural leaders, able to communicate with many professions and leading multidisciplinary projects.

Project planning and design

  • Public and private parks and green spaces
  • Squares and plazas, public places, and city monuments
  • Pedestrian areas and traffic restricted zones, promenades
  • Sports complexes such as stadiums, arenas, grounds and pitches
  • Playgrounds and recreation spaces for children, young people and adults
  • Special installations like climbing walls, cycling and skating courses, and golf courses
  • Outdoor swimming pools, bathing areas, and beaches
  • Camping and caravan sites
  • Spa parks and recreation spaces
  • Horticultural exhibitions and concepts for other outdoor fairs
  • Botanical and zoological gardens
  • Graveyards and memorials
  • Open spaces around public and private buildings; car parks
  • Planting of industrial and commercial sites
  • Design and integration of roadside and motorway service areas and rest areas
  • Private gardens and courtyards
  • Roof gardens and patios
  • Planting of conservatories and indoor spaces


Maintenance of parks and historic gardens

  • Documenting the history and keeping records of historic parks and gardens
  • Setting up inventories of historic gardens; producing park maintenance manuals
  • Concepts for the restoration of historic gardens and green spaces
  • Planning of plant layouts according to historical models and regeneration of historic planting designs
  • Proposals for the restoration of historic water features like fountains, cascades, and ponds
  • Plans for the restoration of architectural features of historic parks such as statues, sculptures or other monuments


Project control, monitoring, and implementation

  • Project management and control
  • Work planning procedures, construction site logistics, materials procurement
  • Specification of construction standards and materials
  • Concepts for minimizing the environmental impact of construction
  • Adhering to regulations regarding environmental impact minimization by using environmentally-friendly technologies
  • Project supervision, accounting of executed works and implementation control
  • Green space management, planning and organizing the development and maintenance of green spaces
  • Conflict management (in case of general problems and insolvencies)


Expert consultancy services, presentations, and mediation

  • Organization and evaluation of design and architectural competitions
  • Supervision and execution of public planning procedures
  • Preparation of expert opinions
  • Conflict management and mediation
  • Organizing public participation and inquiries, project presentation
  • Visualizations, film and photographic documentation
  • Organizing exhibitions and presentations
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LAN Grad student Nahal Sohbati talks about her award winning master’s thesis project, Ridge Lane, in San Francisco.

LAN Grad student Nahal Sohbati talks about her award winning master’s thesis project, Ridge Lane, in San Francisco.

See 3 Min Video of the Project HERE

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15th Annual Conference of the Israeli Association of Landscape Architects

15th Annual Conference of the Israeli Association of Landscape Architects

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The 15th Annual Conference of the Israeli Association of Landscape Architects
Will take place at the Exhibition Center on 2-3.11.17

הכנס השנתי ה 15 – האיגוד הישראלי של אדריכלי הנוף

יתקיים במרכז הירידים בתאריכים 2-3.11.17

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Giant Green Roof Built in Tehran Book Garden

Giant Green Roof Built in Tehran Book Garden

Giant Green Roof Built in Tehran Book Garden

A giant roof has been built in an area of 10,000 square meters in the Book Garden located in the Iranian capital, Tehran.

The managing director of the Tehran Municipality Cultural Spaces Development Company, Alireza Jafari, has said a 10,000-square-metre green roof has been built in the Tehran Book Garden.

He added the roof provides citizens with a very pleasant place to spend their spare time and read books.

Jafari said one of the remarkable features of the garden is its vast green space.

He noted that 10 movie theaters and amphitheaters have been constructed in the book garden, of which four have been completed and the rest are being equipped.

According to Jafari, The Tehran Book Garden also has six movie theaters of which three are 708-seater halls and the rest are VIP halls with a capacity of 84 people.

He said the garden will help improve the standards of book production and publication in Iran, encourage innovations, promote the use of modern technologies in the field of publication and provide an international audience with easy access to Islamic, Iranian and foreign sources and those about Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution.

The Tehran Book Garden is an option to permanently host the Tehran International Book Fair.

Covering a total area of 65,000-square-meter indoor exhibition space, the book garden is one of the largest of its kind which is scheduled to provide sufficient space and facilities to help promote book reading.

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World Design Summit, Montreal

World Design Summit, Montreal

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20170530_WDSM2017_BanniereWeb_350x150_ENDesigning the future. The world design Summit– Montréal 2017 (WSD) is an unprecedented international gathering of diverse disciplines of a common focus: how can design shape the built environment of the future? Montréal will house designed professionals, government and business leaders, industry representatives, media and NGOs from around the world. For the 10 days, attendees will come together to transcend silos, foster corporation and enhance professional development. More than a mere celebration of design, the summit will demonstrate the tremendous power of design to create viable solutions to global social, economic, cultural and environmental challenges.

Become a “Friend of the Summit” by Purchasing Rebated Tickets in Advance

“Friends of the Summit” can obtain tickets directly from WDSO at a unit price of $595, whereas regular admission tickets will cost $850 for members of an Association and $1,100 for non-members. Only 550 “Friends of the Summit” tickets will be available. (Tickets are non-refundable)

The ticket includes

  • Access to all conferences held in the context of the Congress, from October 16 to 20, 2017 at Montréal’s Palais des congrès
  • Opening Ceremony
  • Access to Expo from October 17 to 20
  • Lunchboxes (3)
  • Delegate supplies and material


For more informationvisit the World Design Summit website

Buy your ticket here

Call for Sponsors

Call for Exhibitors

2017, the world’s design professionals will be at the World Design Summit in Montreal from October 17th to 20th. We hope that you will join us by exhibiting at the trade show to be held at the Montreal Convention Centre.

View the Exhibitor Prospectus

Reserve your space: contact

Members of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA), the Association des architectes paysagistes du Québec (AAPQ) and the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) will be joining architects, industrial designers, urban planners, graphic designers and interior designers for a truly multi-disciplinary Congress. We are organizing this event in partnership with the World Design Summit Organization (WDSO).

We are offering this exhibit space first to the companies who have exhibited with or sponsored the CSLA or AAPQ in the past. Highlights of the event include:
– delegates from 80 countries
– representatives of 50 international organizations, and
– 4,500 to 7,000 expected congress delegates

For any enquiries please contact :
or Bernard Bigras :


Historic agreement on cooperation signed by seven influential international design associations on the road to the 2017 World Design Summit Montreal

October 27th, 2015 – Gwangju, Republic of Korea  – Seven international organizations agreed to work together to make the world a better place by addressing global social and environmental problems through design. During the International Design Congress Summit hosted by the city of Gwangju and the Korea Craft Design Foundation the design agency of the Ministry Sports and Tourism Korea, all organizations agreed to and declare the following:

We the participating the organization in the 2015 IDC in Gwangju Korea, recognize the critical role played by design in creating a world that is environmentally sustainable, economically viable, socially equitable, and culturally diverse. The 2017 World Design Summit Montreal will be a historical opportunity to connect, generate a common voice, engage decision makers and lead by developing and action plan.  We call on the international community in an active collaboration to ensure the success of this process.

This historic declaration was announced at the conclusion of the International Design Congress Summit. “ I want to extend my gratitude to Honorable Sheila Copps and Professor Swoo Kyung Suh the Co-Chairs of the Gwangju summit for their inspiring stewardship. In addition, I salute our international design partners Ico-D, Icsid, IFI, IFHP, IFLA, Cumulus, IxDA, and the World Design Summit Organization for their collaborative wisdom that is symbolized with this declaration. In addition, I ask colleagues, designers as well as practitioners, educators and students from all fields to participate in this ‘design movement’ and co-create vital momentum leading to the WDSO Montreal 2017”, stated Don Ryun Chang, Organizing Chair of the 2015 International Design Congress.

About the 2017 World Design Summit

From October 16 to 24, 2017, Montreal, a UNESCO ‘City of Design’ will showcase all the disciplines of design by hosting the 2017 World Design Summit.  A truly international event, the Summit will host 18 simultaneous congresses with over 100  topics and some 4,500 delegates in attendance from 80 countries and also includes an exposition with over 350 exhibitors. Delegates will represent six professional disciplines associated with the built environment: Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Interior Design and Urban Planning.

According to the Honourable Sheila Copps, Chair of the Board of Directors of the World Design Summit Organization, “hosting such an event will showcase design know-how throughout the world. I would particularly like to salute the founding partners of the summit, ico-D, IFLA and IFHP, whose commitment will allow this important event to take place”.

Follow the 2017 World Design Summit Montreal on social media at #MTLDesign2017.

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Design Summit

2017 Congress of the World Design Summit


Purchase Tour Tickets

The CSLA and the AAPQ are pleased to announce several tours which will be offered during the Congress of the World Design Summit. Learn more here…

Register for the IFLA Student Charrette

Scroll down to learn more about the IFLA Student Charrette. The cost of registration is $30.

Last Call for Proposals

The deadline for the last call for proposals is August 6th. Learn more…

The 2017 IFLA, CSLA and AAPQ Congress of the World Design Summit will be held in Montréal, Québec, October 16-19, 2017.

The themes of the Congress are:

  • design for participation
  • design for earth
  • design for beauty
  • design for sale?
  • design for transformation
  • design for extremes.

Plan to attend

1. Learn about the Congress of the World Design Summit and the Congress topics in landscape architecture

2. Consult the provisional program of events for landscape architecture

3. Register for the event (note: if you cannot locate your membership number, please use the code CSLA2017)

4. Book your room at the official IFLA and CSLA Hotel, The Bonaventure Hotel: CLICK HERE to make a reservation. 

Other hotels are also available:

  • The Holiday Inn Montreal Centre-Ville, 2 min walking to the Congress Venue, Single room 219$ CAN dollars/night – breakfast not included, +1-514-878-9888 / +1-888-878-9888 or by email at
  • Hotel Le Dauphin Downtown Montreal, 4 min walking to the Congress Venue, Single room 172$ CAN dollars/night – breakfast included CODE: SOMMET MONDIAL DU DESIGN  Reservations at 1-888-784-3888 or 514-788-3888 or by email at

IFLA Student Design Competition

The deadline for the Student Design Competition is September 12th, 2017. While the briefs are available in other languages, please note that the definitive versions are in English and French.

To participate in the Student Design Competition, consult the brief (below) and submit the entry form well before the deadline. You will be invoiced for the registration fee once you submit the entry form. To be eligible, your submission fee must be paid before the deadline.

Student Design Competition Brief (in English)

Entry Form for the Student Design Competition

Student Design Competition Brief (in Arabic)

Student Design Competition Brief (in Chinese)

Student Design Competition Brief (in Spanish)

Note d’information pour le concours étudiant FIAP

Formulaire de soumission pour le concours étudiant FIAP

IFLA Student Charrette

Read the IFLA Student Charrette Brief

A charrette will be held from October 13-15 at the Université de Montréal. The cost of participation in the charrette is $30 CAN. To register for the Charrette, CLICK HERE.

Meet the Keynote Speakers for Landscape Architecture

Timothy Morton, Nina-Marie Lister and Dirk Sijmons will be the keynote speakers for landscape architecture at the World Design Summit in October 2017.

Timothy Morton is Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English at Rice University. He gave the Wellek Lectures in Theory in 2014 and has collaborated with Björk, Haim Steinbach and Olafur Eliasson. He is the author of Dark Ecology: For a Logic of Future Coexistence (Columbia, 2016), Nothing: Three Inquiries in Buddhism (Chicago, 2015), Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology after the End of the World (Minnesota, 2013), Realist Magic: Objects, Ontology, Causality (Open Humanities, 2013), The Ecological Thought (Harvard, 2010), Ecology without Nature (Harvard, 2007), eight other books and 160 essays on philosophy, ecology, literature, music, art, architecture, design and food. Timothy Morton has developed a deep and unconventional perspective on ecology and our relationship with nature.

Nina-Marie Lister is Graduate Program Director and Associate Professor in the School of Urban + Regional Planning at Ryerson University in Toronto. A Registered Professional Planner (MCIP, RPP) trained in ecology, environmental science and landscape planning, she is the founding principal of PLANDFORM, a creative studio practice exploring the relationship between landscape, ecology, and urbanism. Prof. Lister’s research, teaching and practice focus on the confluence of landscape infrastructure and ecological processes within contemporary metropolitan regions, with a particular focus on resilience and adaptive systems design.

Dirk Sijmons (M.Sc. Engineering) (b.1949, the Netherlands), is a landscape architect and a founding partner of H+N+S Landscape Architects (since 1990). H+N+S Landscape Architects received the National Prince Bernard Culture award in 2001. In 2002 Dirk Sijmons received the Rotterdam-Maaskant award for his contribution to landscape theory and his role in the national debate. Among his many contributions, Sijmons was appointed as the first State Landscape Architect of the Netherlands for the period 2004-2008. This new appointment was meant to advise the Dutch government on landscape matters. The 2008 publication, Greetings from Europe, a book addressing the influence of tourism on landscape, is the result of a European wide initiative he took as a State advisor.

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