MODSCAPES explores rural landscapes produced by large-scale agricultural development and colonisation schemes planned in the 20th century. This transnational research project investigates 11 case studies across Europe and beyond.


At first sight, there is a contradiction between ‘modernist’ and ‘rural’. Yet throughout the 20th century, many European States imagined, adopted and implemented large scale development and agricultural schemes to modernise the countryside: parliamentary as well as fascist regimes, socialist republics or colonial powers. Today, there are thousands of modernist farms, hamlets, villages and towns in Europe and beyond, where several million inhabitants live or have lived.

Modernist rural development schemes were pivotal to Nation- and State-building policies, and to the modernization of the countryside. They provided a testing ground for the ideas of scientists, architects, engineers, planners, landscape architects and artists, who converged around a shared challenge.

ECLAS is an associated partner and plans to be involved through linking with the other associated partners Civilscape and DOCOMOMO to help in the networking, dissemination and awareness raising of the research field which has wide relevance for landscape planning, conservation and design.


In order to support the highest standards of landscape architecture education and research and to raise the awareness of scholarship in landscape architecture ECLAS bestows awards for outstanding performances by teachers, researchers and students.

Nominations for ECLAS Awards may be made by an ECLAS Member Institution or by individual academics members not associated with the nominee's school. Nominations should be made by June 20 for all categories of awards.

A nomination should comprise a completed nomination form, the nominee's curriculum vitae, a biographical sketch that summarises the highlights of the nominee's career or achievements (3 pages maximum) and evidence of this achievement.

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Thinking Eye / Selected Shorts encourages brief, cogent visual explorations in landscape and urbanism. Contributions to be published in the Journal of Landscape Architecture are chosen by a panel of scholars, artists, and designers.

We now seek inventive images and interpretations of a single aspect of one city—any city—through creative cartography, collage, photographs, drawings, paintings, animation, film, installations, or any combination of media.

The city is the testing ground for the complex alliance between nature and culture. The city is a destination: a goal and a spectacle. Explore it

as a human concentrate, a fabrication of complexities and contradictions, one of:

   alternative ecologies

   an intensity of textural, material qualities

   ceaseless and rapid transformations

   the everyday and the cataclysmic event

   solitude and the communal

   great wealth and great want

   tolerance and indifference

   construction and destruction

   delight and desire

Interpret the city in a maximum of five images and a short text of no more than 300 words.

Name the city of your choice and why it is the site of your study, the purpose of your exploration and the methods, materials, and process you undertook in exploring it. Situate your work in relation to the ideas of other artists, designers, or theorists working in the city who may have informed your approach.


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The initial encounter between the landscape designer and the landscape to be designed determines the course of the entire design process. Mastering approaches to this encounter therefore precedes every other design skill.


Fieldwork in Landscape Architecture: Methods Actions Tools, written by Thomas Oles and Paula Horrigan and forthcoming from Routledge in 2019, will equip students of landscape architecture and related environmental design disciplines with the conceptual and practical tools they need to gain this mastery. It will find an immediate audience among students and instructors of landscape architecture, where it has no direct equivalent. It will also attract many non-specialist readers with an interest in landscape, design, and the creative process.


This call seeks contributions from landscape architecture and environmental design educators, practitioners, and students, as well as from other disciplines with fieldwork traditions (geography, anthropology, the natural sciences). People who work at the intersection of disciplines, or who mix professional and academic practice, are especially encouraged to propose contributions.


The submission deadline is 31 March 2017.

For complete information on the submission process, as well as further information about the book, please visit Forum on Fieldwork.


Questions may be directed to:


Paula Horrigan

Professor Emerita of Landscape Architecture

Cornell University

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Thomas Oles

Professor of Landscape Architecture

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

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The Advanced Landscape and Urbanism Research Group at the Department of Architecture and Landscape, University of Greenwich, invites the submission of abstracts for the ECLAS (European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools) conference Creation / Reaction


Landscapes are in every way embedded in creative processes, from design to their making, from planning to their management, engaging different and often disparate community expectations. Of course the endlessly creative natural processes, from geology, to plants, to ecology and so on provide the prime matter with which the landscape professions are concerned. Creation almost always provokes a responsive reaction, sometimes as an opposing natural force or process, and often a human response ranging from approval and celebration to extremes of disgust and opposition. Creation can result in transformation as well as revolution – for better or for worse. The processes of transformation and revolution in design are an inherent part of the creative process, and it is often the moments of conflict or tension that can be the most creative. These catalysts may be found in creation and reactions across all practices in landscape, and thus we encourage participants to explore these active and often difficult situations they find in the course of their work.