A Call to Action for Landscape Architecture

Do current events have you feeling ready to act but not sure what to do? Start by signing the Landscape Architecture Foundation's (LAF) New Landscape Declaration

This bold vision is a 21st century call to action for landscape architecture and serves as a potent reminder of the common values that we share. 

“As landscape architects we vow to create places that serve the higher purpose of social and ecological justice for all peoples and all species. We vow to create places that nourish our deepest needs for communion with the natural world and with one another. We vow to serve the health and well-being of all communities.” 

The Declaration is the synthesis of the ideas from LAF’s historic Summit on Landscape Architecture and the Future, which brought 700 landscape architects from around the world to the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia last June. The event was inspired by LAF’s 1966 Declaration of Concern drafted by Ian McHarg and five others who decried the burgeoning environmental crisis and heralded landscape architecture as critical to help solve it. Building on this legacy, the New Landscape Declaration asserts the critical role of landscape architecture in addressing the defining issues of our time: climate change, species extinction, rapid urbanization, and inequity. 

This is a pivotal moment for the profession and a time for us all to reach beyond traditional boundaries, disciplines, and ways of thinking to have an impact. Add your signature to show your support, discuss the ideas, and send LAF your thoughts on how we -- both individually and collectively -- can turn the ideas into concrete actions. 

By signing the Declaration, you join built environment professionals across the globe in asserting the vital role of landscape architecture and working to answer the call. Together, we can amplify our voices at this critical time when the talents and services of the landscape architecture community are so vitally needed. 

To read the New Landscape Declaration and join the growing list of signatories, visit: www.lafoundation.org/declaration.

--
Barbara Deutsch, FASLA is the Executive Director of the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF). She brings 10 years of award-winning marketing experience from IBM before becoming a landscape architect. Prior to LAF, Barbara worked on re-greening cities from Hong Kong to DC. She served most recently as an Associate Director for BioRegional's OnePlanet Communities program to deliver zero carbon, zero waste, livable communities.

Related on Land8:  The Landscape Architecture Foundation Summit 

Views: 562

Comment

You need to be a member of Land8 to add comments!

Join Land8

New Jobs!

Members

Forum

Canada-How to become a registered landscape architect in Canada

Hi,I am a landscape architecture graduate from China with eight years experiences in landscape architecture in China and two years experiences as a landscape designer in Canada. I am wondering if I am able to take the L.A.R.E. without taking…Continue

Started by Julie Zhuge in GENERAL DISCUSSION 4 hours ago.

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT'S CAD STANDARDS MANUAL- WHERE FOR ART THOU? 6 Replies

I recently acquired a copy of LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE: DOCUMENTATION STANDARDS (WILEY) in the hope of improving the quality of my team's construction document organisation and production.It's a fantastic book but one reference puzzled me.On several…Continue

Started by Joey Donovan in GENERAL DISCUSSION. Last reply by Joey Donovan on Monday.

ISA Arborist Exam 5 Replies

Has anyone taken the ISA Arborist Certification exam? If so, do you have any preparation tips to share or reports on what to expect? Thanks.

Started by Erin in GENERAL DISCUSSION. Last reply by Christa on Monday.

Vine for pergola in S. Cal 9 Replies

I have an outdoor space connected to the house in souther California that receives sun in the late morning to the late afternoon.  I'd like to create shelter by planting a vine on suspended wires forming a pergola over the space which faces…Continue

Started by Paul Minotto in PLANTS & HORTICULTURE. Last reply by Paul Minotto Aug 15.

© 2017   Created by Matt Alcide.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service