LAF Summit on Landscape Architecture's Future Set for Philly
Philadelphia, June 10-11
The Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) is calling upon those who are passionate about sustainability and challenging the status quo to participate in its "Summit on Landscape Architecture and the Future."
On June 10-11, 2016 at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, LAF is convening preeminent designers and planners from around the world to set the course for landscape architecture in the future. Over the course of two days, some 65 established and emerging leaders will reflect on what landscape architecture has achieved over the last 50 years, present bold ideas for what it should achieve in the future, and engage in lively debate about realizing landscape architecture's potential and effecting real world change.
The inspiration for this meeting was the June 1-2, 1966, LAF assembly at Independence Hall in Philadelphia. It was here that a small group of landscape architects who shared a common concern for the quality of the American environment and its future met. Scottish landscape architect Ian McHarg was a notable attendant. McHarg (1920-2001) founded the landscape architecture department at the University of Pennsylvania, and authored the pioneering ecological planning book Design with Nature (1969).
In 1966, McHarg, Grady Clay, Charles Hammond, Campbell Miller, George Patton and John Simonds drafted a "Declaration of Concern" http://tinyurl.com/hck8ms2 to urge a "new, collaborative effort to improve the American environment, and to train a new generation of Americans equipped by education, inspiring example and improved organizations to help create that environment."
The authors noted then: "Lake Erie is becoming septic, New York City is short of water, the Delaware River is infused with salt, the Potomac River with sewage and silt. Air is polluted in major cities and their citizens breathe and see with difficulty. Most urban Americans are being separated from visual and physical contact with nature in any form."
The new summit marks a half-century since McHarg and the signers of the Declaration of Concern expressed their environmental concerns. LAF will host a dinner and reception at the Constitution Center to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the organization's founding. LAF invites you to "join the best minds and rising stars in contemporary landscape architecture, broaden your thinking, get inspired and help propel the profession forward."