We call it
‘‘The earth has continued to experience record breaking temperatures, rapid glacial and arctic sea ice loss, drought and wildfires and repeated extreme weather events…Climate change has already significantly affected the majority of terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecosystems and species. Landscape architects must take leadership in this era of climate change. We must stand up for the values upon which our profession is founded. We have the skills and the belief. The world needs and depends on us to help with the issue.’
Climate and Biodiversity Emergency Declaration, IFLA President James Hayter
IFLA WORLD CONGRESS 2023
An official website for the congress is under process.
This is an online platform for the collaboration between Architects Sweden and Architectural Association of Kenya (AAK) to expand our understanding of Landscape architecture globally as well as understanding challenges and opportunities in order to work towards the Sustainability Goals.
We welcome you to explore Swedish and Kenyan landscape architecture, meet Kenyan landscape architects and follow the process for the planning of a joint International Federation of Landscape Architects World congress in 2023 under the theme Emergent Interaction.
Landscape architects from Architecs Sweden and Architectural Association Kenya (AAK)
On September 17th 2019 IFLA declared a climate and biodiversity emergency and called for landscape architects world wide to join together in facing these challenges. The anthropocene has made apparent the negative effects of the interaction between humanity and the planet. While nations have borders, the consequences of our collective actions and the ensuing threats facing humanity do not.
However, this era also sees new forms of interaction emerge; ones that transcends national, social and cultural boundaries as well as academic and institutional borders. At the same time old paradigms and barriers are being dissolved, and technological innovation and new forms of communication allows us to share information increasingly efficiently. The opportunities for collaboration have never been better, and never so direly needed. We cannot leave anyone behind.
The theme of the 2021 IFLA World Congress, Emergent Interaction, aims to explore these new forms of collective problem solving, borderless strategies and possible networks of ideas and cooperation while at the same time keeping the issues of climate change, social inequality and biodiversity-loss at the forefront of the congress.
How can we connect local action with global strategies? How can we facilitate interaction across national and institutional boundaries, between citizens and governments; Interaction between academic institutions and private practices, between political frameworks and planetary boundaries; between culture and nature, between the digital and the physical, between cities and ecologies? Perhaps by exploring the possibilities of such new cooperative frameworks together will allow us to mobilize our collective ingenuity and professional capabilities towards global action in order to confront the challenges facing us.
What are the possible uses of these new modes of interaction for our profession? What new tools and applications can we expect on the theoretical, strategic and operational levels of landscape architecture? Can we learn from each other as a global network of landscape architects, urban planners, designers and professionals in the built environment, representing a wide diversity of nations, traditions, practices and cultures?
Through a unique collaboration Kenya and Sweden wants you to collectively engage with these questions under the theme of the IFLA 2023 World Congress – Emergent Interaction.