Landscape Architecture Foundation

Thank you to all who attended the Summit! With 715 attendees coming from as far away as China, Argentina and Australia, the Summit was an inspirational, provocative, and constructive look to the future and an invigorating experience for everyone there. LAF used all of the input to craft The New Landscape Declaration, which was released in October.On June 10-11, 2016 in Philadelphia the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) convened a diverse group of preeminent thinkers and influencers from around the world to set the course for landscape architecture to make its vital contribution in the 21st century.Over two days, 75 established and emerging leaders presented their “Declarations” and engaged in lively debate about realizing landscape architecture’s potential and effecting real world change. Overarching themes of humanism, interdependence, and concern regarding climate change ran through most of the declarations and discussions.Read and Sign the New Landscape DeclarationSee the Full Program + RecordingsSee the Declarations (Videos + Essays)See the SpeakersThe Summit marked 50 years since Ian McHarg and other leading landscape architects composed LAF’s seminal Declaration of Concern, which decried the burgeoning environmental crisis and heralded landscape architecture as critical to help solve it. Building on this legacy, this one-time historic gathering was devised to culminate in a redrafting of the original 1966 Declaration of Concern and a landmark publication of the ideas presented.
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Landscape Architecture Foundation

The Landscape Performance Series Case Study Briefs are a searchable database of over 100 exemplary built projects with quantified environmental, economic and social benefits. The Case Study Briefs are produced by the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF), working in conjunction with designers and/or academic research teams to assess performance and document each project.
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Landscape Architecture Foundation

The Summit marked 50 years since Ian McHarg and other leading landscape architects composed LAF’s seminal Declaration of Concern, which decried the burgeoning environmental crisis and heralded landscape architecture as critical to help solve it. Building on this legacy, this one-time historic gathering was devised to culminate in a redrafting of the original 1966 Declaration of Concern and a landmark publication of the ideas presented.
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Landscape Architecture Foundation

This searchable database raises public awareness of the rich diversity and interconnectedness of our shared, designed landscape heritage. Spanning over two centuries of American landscape design, the database is searchable by landscape name, locale, designer, type, and style.
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Landscape Architecture Foundation

Over two days, 75 established and emerging leaders presented their “Declarations” and engaged in lively debate about realizing landscape architecture’s potential and effecting real world change. Overarching themes of humanism, interdependence, and concern regarding climate change ran through most of the declarations and discussions.
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Landscape Architecture Foundation

In Beirut, Lebanon, the scene of decades of violence, a new memorial by Vladimir Djurovic Landscape Architecture honors Gebran Tueni, a journalist assassinated by a car bomb. Stones etched with his name are meant to be taken, as they are continuously replenished.
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In New Orleans, the 3-mile-long Lafitte Greenway, covering some 50 acres of barren land, will become a sustainable transportation corridor. Landscape architecture firm Design Workshop worked with the city government to fully envision a linear green park.
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In Sagaponack, New York, the Atlantic Ocean is slowly encroaching due to climate change. To escape rising tides, a couple moved their house 400 feet inland. There, LaGuardia Landscape Architects recreated the historic coastal landscape of dunes and meadows.
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Caddo Parish, Louisiana, gets 5 to 6 feet of rain every year. Instead of flushing that water out into a ravine, Jeffrey Carbo Landscape Architects devised a beautiful system of rainwater harvesting and drainage that makes visible the movement of water through the landscape.
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With 100 Case Study Briefs, 120 Fast Facts, and dozens of Benefits Toolkit calculators, LandscapePerformance.org is sure to become your go-to place to find precedents, show value, and make the case for sustainable landscape solutions.
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At Salem State University in Massachusetts, a new residence hall offered the perfect opportunity for WagnerHodgson Landscape Architect to improve the campus’ ecological health. A courtyard and green roof absorb stormwater runoff, protecting the nearby marsh from pollution.
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At Young Nick’s Head, a peninsula on the east coast of New Zealand, Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects are transforming a 3,000-acre sheep farm into a wildlife sanctuary. To improve biodiversity, both saltwater and freshwater wetlands are being restored.
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This green roof in Chicago not only cools the air and absorbs stormwater, but also produces 1,000 pounds of organic food annually. Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects designed this haven for the Gary Comer Youth Center to also be a learning environment.
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Since 1986, LAF has awarded over $1.25 million in scholarships and fellowships to over 550 students. These awards support new generations of landscape architects by recognizing leadership, rewarding superior student performance, encouraging diversity, supporting original research, and assisting students with unmet financial need.LAF scholarships help to attract the best and the brightest to the profession and retain quality students. To learn more about LAF’s scholarship and fellowship opportunities, follow the links below.

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