The city of Ghent, University College Ghent and KU Leuven organizes an international Summerschool about Green Climate Axes in the beautiful historic city of Ghent (Belgium). 

During a nine day summerschool, students will explore the design challenge for a number of green climate axes in Ghent. This exploration will cover different scales (axis, neighborhood, cross section) and will deal in a multidisciplinary way with urbanistic, green management, landscape and biological issues.

The Summerschool will be taking place from August 27th until September 4th. The Summerschool is free of charge. It is intended for 25 students in architecture, urbanism and (spatial) planning, landscape architecture and development, biology, bio-engineering, green management or related disciplines. English is the language used.


Candidates are invited to send a short CV or portfolio and a motivation letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before April 30th 2018.

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Budapest has been the snowy venue of a Multiplier event aiming to disseminate and enrich project EU-Land21: “Trans-European Education for Landscape Architects” (Nr. 2016-1-LT01-KA203-0232019) funded under the Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership programme. The consortium gathers universities from Hungary, Poland, the Netherlands, Estonia and Lithuania, together with International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA-Europe).

The session tackles on the impact of European education networks on the student’s outputs and focuses on the project EU-Land21 outcomes for the social partners. Therefore a heterogenic audience was gathered to discuss on the project presented by the consortium member’s representatives, integrating academia, stakeholders and professionals.

The session aroused interesting points for Landscape Architecture Education, specially debating on the need for contemporary spatial designers to move, visit and share knowledge across Europe in order to further develop the professions in all its facets.

Furthermore the conversation led to discuss on legal requirement in the different countries, the importance – and difficulties to bridge- of mobility and on the requirements for the LA European studies as well as the criteria for European Education framework of IFLA EU and ECLAS.

The outcome of the intensive multiplier was inspirational, contributing with suggestions on teaching methodologies, questioning the contemporaneity of certain subjects, recognizing the expected requirements or expectation of the professionals and stake holders to increase employability and finally on how this would reflect on a social basis.

For more information on the project “Trans-European Education for Landscape Architects” (Nr. 2016-1-LT01-KA203-0232019) please contact the project coordinator in Lithuania @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



ECLAS 2018 Conference | Landscapes of Conflict | Call for papers


The European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools (ECLAS) will hold its annual conference in Ghent, Belgium, from 9 to 12 September 2018. The conference will be hosted by the School of Arts of the University College Ghent and is curated and coordinated by the educational programmes in Landscape and Garden Architecture and in Landscape Development, and the Research Unit Landscape Architecture. You are hereby kindly invited to submit abstracts for the 2018 ECLAS Conference ‘Landscapes of Conflict’.


On occasion of the hundredth anniversary of the First World War armistice, commemorated in 2018, this year’s edition is held in Belgium. This large-scale conflict inspired choosing the conference theme ’Landscapes of Conflict’.


The conference approaches ‘landscapes of conflict’ in a multi-faceted way. ‘Conflict’ may refer to opposition between ideas, opinions and interests, to disagreement or controversy, or to mental struggle caused by differing demands or impulses. Conflicts often occur due to a lack of communication and collaboration leading to misunderstanding. Their geographical scale stretches from local sites over regions to global networks. They modify human settlement patterns, urban processes and land uses, and change landscapes. They may range from instant states of emergency to long-lasting antitheses.


Conflicts also influence our everyday activities as landscape architects, academics and teachers. We aim to spotlight places, moments and methods where conflicting interests and issues meet and intensify each other. Through which argumentation, expertise, knowledge and practices do landscape architects recognise, interpret and manage conflicts? When, where and how do they intervene? We investigate how opportunities can arise within or through conflicts and how this may lead to cooperation and integration.


We invite abstracts for oral presentations, pecha kucha and posters. Contributions are welcomed under any of the subthemes specified below. We welcome submissions pertaining to research, education and practice in landscape architecture, planning, management, science, and associated fields.


The deadline for abstract submission is March 12th 2018. Abstracts may only be submitted online at: