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30. Jun 2014
 

Landscape Forum events in Sarajevo and Bucharest + Landscape News

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LE:NOTRE Landscape Forum 2014 Sarajevo

 

The third LE:NOTRE Landscape Forum - the first since the official end of the LE:NOTRE Project – was held at the end of May 2014 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina and was hosted by the Faculty of Forestry at the University of Sarajevo.

 

It was not until the beginning of February of this year, that the decision was taken to hold an ‘Extraordinary’ Landscape Forum in 2014. Previously it had been felt that it would not be feasible to stage a Forum at all this year due to the shortage of time and resources – above all because they were bound up with the preparation of the LE:NOTRE Project final report until the end of January. 

 

Due to the very limited time available for the planning and organisation of the Forum it was decided to simplify the structure as compared to the previous two events, for which we has a whole year to prepare as well as European Union funding to support the participants. But nevertheless, as a result of the ‘extraordinary’ efforts and support of our colleagues from Sarajevo it was possible to stage a Forum which was ‘extraordinary’ in more ways than one.

 

Thanks are also due to the 50 participants from 15 countries, from Sweden to Turkey, from Portugal to Serbia, and including teachers, researchers, practitioners, students and representatives of governmental organisations as well as from NGOs from landscape related disciplines who took part in the 2014 Forum, and were rewarded by a fascinating insight into the landscape issues of a fascinating city.

 

Landscape specialists from the wider region were well represented and provided insights to local issues, not only at the opening round table and during local keynote sessions, but throughout the event by enriching the international and interdisciplinary dialogue, which is the essence of the LE:NOTRE Landscape Forum. The format again comprised the now established mix of keynote presentations, field visits and workshops based around the four themes established at the first Landscape Forum in Antalya and developed further in Rome in 2013 .

 

All of the excursion sites were located at the slopes of the Mt. Trebevic, formerly a popular recreation area and site for the 1984 Winter Olympics for the city but since the early 1990s blighted by negative memories of siege of Sarajevo yet still rich in heritage, land use issues and recreation potentials, but more recently threatened by informal housing developments and landslides. The challenge is how the negative memories can be neutralised and the potentials realised

 

The Forum was rounded off by a poster session featuring 26 contributions from 15 countries ranging from the Netherlands to Palestine and Italy to Bulgaria and included involving inputs to each of the four thematic groups. These were both from colleagues present at the event as well as authors who could not travel to Sarajevo. Posters were displayed both in printed form as well as in digital format.

 

A preliminary documentation of the presentations of the Forum can now be found on the LE:NOTRE Institute web site, and the four thematic groups are continuing their work on a joint publication to be presented at the next LE:NOTRE Landscape Forum which will take place in Bucharest in April 2015!

 

LE:NOTRE Landscape Forum 2015 – save the date!

 

April 22nd -26th 2015, Bucharest, Romania

 

The 2015 Landscape Forum will take place in the capital of Romania and will be hosted by an interdisciplinary team from two universities on site: University of Agronomical Science and Veterinary Medicine and “Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urbanism.

 

The 2015 Forum will focus on the landscapes of Bucharest once again from the perspective of urban sprawl, sustainable tourism, heritage and rural aspects. It is planned to explore the region along a chain of lakes in Colentina river basin during the Forum excursions

 

As well as a poster exhibition an international interdisciplinary students’ competition is planned to be organised as an essential part of the event.

 

Teachers interested in integrating an interdisciplinary students’ competition (preferably bringing together two or more landscape departments of your institution) on the topic of the Bucharest Colentina river basin area, in one of their studios coming semester are NOW invited to express their interest.

 

Please write an email to competion@landscape-diary.net with the subject ‘LLF2015 Studio’ and we will provide further information shortly!

 

The competition will also be opened for individual students – more information will be published on www.le-notre.org.

 

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In addition to the yearly events of the LE:NOTRE Institute we are also pleased to announce the upgrading of our News pages on the web site. Logging in to www.le-notre.org you will see the recently redesigned log-in home page, which features a broad range of landscape news stories from Europe and beyond, provided by our new international team of News correspondent. They currently represent 12 countries but in case you too would like to share landscape news from your country on a regular basis, please do not hesitate to contact lenotre@landscape.tuwien.ac.at (subject: ‘LNI News Correspondents’) with a short e-mail to introduce yourself.

 

 

With the help of News correspondent volunteers currently from 12 countries the LE:NOTRE Institute is looking forward to provide the latest News on a broad range landscape related issues from Europe and beyond. Within the News section of this Newsletter and on the main pages of www.le-notre.org you can already view the first contributions from our correspondents and we are looking forward to many more!

 

In case you would like to share News from your country on a regular basis please do not hesitate to contact ida.fasching@tuwien.ac.at (subject: ‘LNI News Correspondents’) with a few words about yourself!

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