From September 11-14, 2016, the international community of landscape architecture meets in Rapperswil for this year's ECLAS Conference ( The event, held for the first time in Switzerland, provides a forum for discussion and multi-national idea exchange between landscape architecture professionals from over 30 countries.

There are still a few places left to participate in the conference and conference registration is open until August 19.

Please register here:

Call for ECLAS awards 2016

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.

ECLAS has four types of awards:

·         ECLAS Lifetime achievement Award

·         ECLAS Outstanding Educator Award

·         ECLAS Outstanding Researcher Award

·         ECLAS Outstanding Student Award (three categories: 1st cycle, 2nd cycle and 3rd cycle)


A nomination should comprise a completed nomination form, [with a short motivation for the nomination (maximum 200 words),] 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 [(maximum 6 pages and/or portfolio panels)].

Please complete the form and send it, together with the supporting material (<8MB), to ECLAS Secretary General - Gabriela Maksymiuk by e-mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reach her by 31 July 2016

Please download the form from




OASE # 98 Narrating Urban Landscapes


This issue of OASE brings together an interest in the perception and design of urban landscapes with a particular methodological view. In urban planning and landscape practices developed in recent decades, notions such as ‘sense of place’ and site-specificity have been reintroduced as leading concepts, especially in redevelopment of ‘post-productive’ landscapes: former industrial areas, brownfields, harbours, mining sites, etcetera. Here, the landscape was transformed and manipulated rigorously in favour of industrial production processes, and often planned from a bird’s-eye perspective, according to tabula rasa methods or zoning plans projected directly from the drawing table onto the territory. In redesigning and making accessible such spaces, this abstracting perspective made way for an approach taking into account the experience on the terrain, rooting the identity of a site in a retracing of former uses. Therefore, in much of these reconversion projects (for example in Emscher Park), design approaches are called in that claim to ‘read’ the different layers and meanings of a site, understood as the locus of different stories, which can be revealed, reconstructed and altered. Today, a new type of redevelopment is high on the agenda: that of suburban areas around or between cities. Built mainly in the post-Second World War period, these urban landscapes are subject to far-reaching demographic changes and development pressure, especially because most city centres and the above-mentioned post-productive landscapes are becoming fully developed. However, suburban areas often seem to lack the site-specificity and the history of inner cities and brownfields. An important challenge is how to enhance the legibility of an urban landscape that has been planned in a seemingly chaotic way, from tabula rasa planning to a piecemeal infill, juxtaposing layers and – often contradictory – meanings? If suburbia is to become city, what is its ‘sense of place’? And what is the story that holds it together?


International conference on Habitats for Happy and Healthy Ageing | Edinburgh | 11-14 October 2016 | Registration now OPEN

Mobility, Mood and Place is delighted to announce that registration is now open for the fourth Open Space: People Space Conference, ‘Mobility, Mood and Place: Habitats for Happy and Healthy Ageing’.

The conference will take place in Edinburgh on 11th – 14th October 2016.

Early registration rates apply until 30th June 2016.  For further information and registration:

NEW EDITOR Journal of Landscape Architecture, with special responsibility for the Under the Sky Section. JoLA, The Journal of Landscape Architecture invites applications for the position of Editor, with special responsibility for the Under the Sky section, dedicated to the critical review of built projects. We are seeking to appoint the new editor by July 1st 2016. Applications are required on April 30 2016, at the latest.

This document outlines the aims of JoLA, the Under the Sky section specifically and the main responsibilities of the Editor position, and a specification for the experience, skills and knowledge that applicants may bring to the post. Details on how to apply are given at the end of the document.

JoLA - The European Journal of Landscape Architecture

Editors: Kamni Gill, University of Sheffield, UK ; Bianca Maria Rinaldi, Politecnico di Torino, Italy; Noel van Dooren (Laurenstein University – stepping down) ; Bruno Notteboom, University of Antwerp, Belgium; Kristóf Fatsar, Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary; Janike Kampevold-Larsen, The Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Norway; Jörg Rekittke, National University of Singapore, Singapore; Imke van Hellemondt, VU University Amsterdam, Netherland.

Established in 2006, JoLA is the peer-reviewed academic Journal of the European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools (ECLAS). JoLA is published three times a year from 2014 in colour, in paper and electronic form. Cultivated through editorial and review strategy and a unique approach to the graphic design of its content, the aims of JoLA are to provide a platform for outstanding landscape architectural scholarship and research innovation, linking theory to practice.