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. While publishing articles following established research conventions and written modes of communication JoLA also encourages and publishes unconventional and emerging forms of research enquiry including those employing practiced-based methodologies, those having their origins in visual and artistic practices and media (Thinking Eye), and those espousing new method and rigour for the developing field of landscape architectural criticism (Under the Sky). Under the Sky Deciphering projects is as intimately linked to conception and design as reading is to writing. This peer reviewed scholarly critique section aims to develop critical reading of projects as a basis for landscape architecture research. Critique is intended as a way to stimulate debate and to make a contribution to theory building in landscape architecture. Critical reading of any built landscape architecture project under the sky may be submitted, on any scale from territory to garden, anywhere in the world. Personal argumentation should be built upon close description and spatial analysis of concrete situations as well as investigation about invisible aspects of the project. The selected project(s) should not simply be described as a finished product, but also interpreted as a process, in light of site transformations and the original commission. Different stakeholders’ (commissioning clients, users, and the like) and designers’ points of view should be discussed. Explicit reflections about methods of critique are welcomed as well, to question the specific aspects of landscape architectural criticism in Landscape architecture, which is an under-exploited field. Graphic and visual discourse is considered a key element in the argumentation (i.e., more than mere illustration). Critical review of completed works is considered as equal to, and edited as stringently as, any other research essay or academic paper. The Role of JoLA Editor Under the Sky General • Work closely with other Editors forming the Editorial team, to maintain and advance standards, innovation and aims of the Journal, including taking part in at least one editorial meeting per year in diverse European locations. • Promote JoLA to the wider academic community of landscape architecture and related disciplines and practices. • Ideally: attend the annual ECLAS conference. For Under the Sky: • Edit the Under the Sky section, from submission, through review, to publication. • Cultivate submissions to this experimental section of the Journal. • Cultivate academic reviewers who have a strong interest in project deciphering and landscape architectural criticism. • Keep abreast of important case studies and paradigms in the discipline, by examining ordinary projects, being informed about current production and by revisiting precedents. • Develop with authors new ways of seeing places and bring new methods of critical reflection to the field of landscape architectural research. What JoLA is looking for in candidates for the Editor position: Candidates will normally hold an academic post in landscape architecture at a European University or Institution. They will ideally have experience of research in the field of landscape architecture criticism and project analysis. Preference will be given to those who have a dynamic breadth of interest, and a track record in both landscape architecture practice and academic research, though we are also open to and interested in early career landscape architects/thinkers if they demonstrate such potential. You will ideally have knowledge of the academic peer review process and some experience in reviewing papers for academic journals, and you will need good written communication skills, and a reasonably good level of English. VITALLY: The Editor position requires someone who will enjoy working closely with the editorial team and who has enthusiasm to help shape JoLA by upholding our mission to sustain a platform for innovative research at the practice theory interface in landscape architecture and allied fields. Applications for the Editor Position Please send your application via email with a single PDF attachment set out in the following order: 1. Contact/Address details and Letter of Application summarizing your interest in the Editor position, relevant background and experience, and your aspirations for Under the Sky and JoLA, and the approach you would bring to bear as a JoLA Editor, in no more than 700 words (excluding word count for contact details). 2. Academic Curriculum Vitae including Publications, Projects, Exhibitions and highlighting your possible contribution to the field of landscape architecture criticism. * in English or translated/summarized into English. Kindly provide a copy of/ link to the mentioned piece. DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS IS April 30 2016. We will interview candidates in late spring with the aim of making an appointment by JULY 30, 2016. EMAIL YOUR APPLICATION AS PDF ATTACHMENT TO ECLAS secretary Barbara Birli at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. If you require further information about the position, or would like to discuss your application prior to submission please write to Bianca Maria Rinaldi <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

This conference examines the contribution of International Exhibitions to the design and construction of open space, from the scale of the garden to the scale of the city, by looking at the example of Porto’s Crystal Palace gardens. Inaugurated 150 years ago to host the International Exhibition of 1865, the gardens remain one of the city’s reference spaces. We will also look at the Paris International Exhibition of 1937, which was planned by Jacques Gréber, the author of the project for the Serralves Park, a space that is a reference in terms of landscape design and of crucial importance to the contemporary life of Porto and the country.

While the Crystal Palace gardens were the first, large-scale and modern recreational space in the city, Serralves Park was the last recreational estate to be built in Porto. For different reasons, their histories intersect with those of the International Exhibitions, whose meaning merits our reflection.

Several Exhibitions were organized between 1865 and 1937. With artistic, cultural and social effects of varying impact, these events revealed the concerns and beliefs of each time and place. The conference will look at the Exhibitions from this period which contribute direct or indirectly to the understanding of the Crystal Palace gardens, as well as to the public green spaces in Porto that appeared in the following decades and were influenced by the novelty and dynamics generated by the Palace gardens. On the other hand, the history of Serralves is closely linked to the Paris Exhibitions of 1925 – crucial to the aesthetical choices applied to the property – and of 1937, which saw Gréber in the role of chief-architect. Therefore, the goal is also to contribute to a deeper knowledge of a character essential to understanding Serralves in all its dimensions and pursue a line of research launched by the Serralves Foundation from early on.

The conference’s target audiences are professionals, researchers and students in the fields of urban and garden design, as well as the general public interested in the history of Porto and Serralves.


19-21 October 2016

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Alnarp Campus, Malmö, Sweden.

The aim of this conference is to reposition the relationships between city and landscape, as reflected in the practice and academia of various disciplines. To this end, we seek to revisit the academic discourse concerning Landscape Urbanism, and to engage with subsequent ‘isms’ as well as looking beyond, in order to enrich and broaden the urban discourse.

This international cross-disciplinary conference, organised by the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), aims to contribute new and alternative formulations of the relationship between landscape and urbanism by reassessing Landscape Urbanism. The time is ripe to dig deeper into the concerns motivating the cascade of ‘isms’ that have proliferated over the last decade: landscape urbanism, ecological urbanism, infrastructural urbanism, process urbanism, biourbanism, etc. To advance a theoretically sound and practically relevant discourse – rather than launch yet another superficially modified urbanism – we invite participants to take stock of Landscape Urbanism and its closely related theories to identify their strengths, weaknesses and potentials.

The conference will bring together advocates and critics of Landscape Urbanism, as well as scholars whose research complements its ongoing discourse. We look forward to welcoming participants from around the world; we are inviting academics and reflective practitioners from disciplines such as landscape architecture, urban and landscape planning and design, architecture, cultural geography, cultural studies, as well as subject areas in the arts and humanities.

Hosted by a landscape architectural institution the conference proposes to discuss Landscape Urbanism from a landscape perspective, re-engaging landscape as a “lens” to understand and develop its theory and practice. In an attempt to tackle the complex ecological challenges that our contemporary built environments face under conditions of global change, some strands of Landscape Urbanism have tended to overemphasize scientific and technical solutions, neglecting aesthetic, cultural, social and political dimensions. The conference aims to address that oversight, to identify reductionist tendencies and to understand the motives behind them, seeking to contribute to alternative concepts.


ICON LA International Conference


8 June‐9 June 2016


  1. Petersburg (Russia)


Open urban space and landscape architecture: searching for new solutions


The main objective of this international scientific conference is to raise the attention and

awareness among landscape architects, city administrations and other appropriate stakeholders, as well as researchers about design, planning and social aspects of different open urban spaces.  St. Petersburg is especially known for its historic landscapes as well as new solutions in new neighborhoods and post-industrial landscapes.  This year conference suggests a new format with one day of conference presentations and a day of technical excursions.


There will be 2 subthemes during the conference:


  • Urban open spaces in historic cities: searching for innovative solutions
  • Urban spaces in modern cities: design, planning, social and ecological aspects


Time and Place: 8-9 June 2016, St. Petersburg


Individuals or groups of people are invited to submit a poster to be presented at the 2016 LE:NOTRE Landscape Forum, in Paphos, Cyprus 16th-20th of March 2016, hosted by Neapolis University. The call is addressed to Forum participants.

Contributions from a variety of disciplines including architecture, arts, geography, agricultural sciences, dendrology, economics, environmental psychology, forestry, hydrology and water management, information technology, archeology, ecology, regional planning, social anthropology, sociology, tourism, urban design, etc. are welcome!

Deadline for submission of posters: 01.02.2016

For details of the call and submission visit: -> Get involved -> Poster Competition


Next to this general poster competition students may also contribute to the LE:NOTRE Landscape Forum 2016 International Student Competition: The Akamas Landscape – Between Science and Myth

For more information visit: -> Get involved -> Student Competition LLF 2016