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Call for Papers - Joint conference of ECLAS and UNISCAPE 2019

Hosted by the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Ås Norway, September 16-17, 2019

Lessons from the past, visions for the future: Celebrating one hundred years of landscape architecture education in Europe

Real change can only happen very slowly and as a result of education.
Edward Said, 1993

Education is imperative to safeguard change for a better future; change is inherent to landscape and future oriented thinking is embedded in landscape thinking. The first academic education program in landscape architecture in Europe began at the then Agricultural University of Norway in 1919, today the Norwegian University of Life Sciences in Ås, Norway. One hundred years onwards, the relatively new discipline of landscape architecture has an opportunity to embrace lessons from the past to project, imagine and envision better futures. 

By reflecting on how landscape architecture education has evolved, developed and adapted to critical environmental and societal needs, and how it can go forward in facing contemporary challenges, the discipline moves to the centre of architectural and environmental discourses as the profession best equipped to make the kinds of links necessary for sustainable practice.

This conference will host thought-provoking discussions, intellectual deliberations, and the sharing of cutting-edge ideas, knowledge and innovation about landscape as a core topic and the role of educators of the future generations of landscape practitioners, researchers and scholars. Two published edited volumes on teaching landscape architecture, The Routledge Handbook of Teaching Landscape Architecture and The Studio Experience will be launched at this conference. This centennial celebration is also an opportunity to launch a new Master of Landscape Architecture in Global Sustainability at the Faculty of Landscape and Society in the Norwegian University of Life Sciences.

We therefore invite conference presentations relating to education in landscape in general (UNISCAPE and other landscape networks) and education in landscape architecture in particular (ECLAS). These include paper presentations, organized plenary sessions, organized workshops and posters associated with education. Submissions will present reflections and experiences on education regarding three main umbrella themes: Curricula, Pedagogy and Research and in the spirit of their subthemes posted below. These subthemes presented as questions are in no way exhaustive, and the scientific committee is open to further suggestions. Nonetheless, presentations should all relate to landscape education whether as a core topic or as reflections on, for example, how can particular research or practice contribute or be influenced to/by education.

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