Next week, the Landscape Institute will be joining the IFLA World Council and Congress in Oslo, Norway. Find out what we’re getting up to at the world’s biggest summit of landscape professionals

City Hall Piers (Rådhusbryggen), Oslo, by Bar Bakke Landscape Architects. Photo: Tove Laulauten

From 16-20 September, the Landscape Institute (LI) will join the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) at its 2019 World Congress and Council in Oslo, Norway.

IFLA World Congress 2019, Common Ground, will look closely at urban transformation, green mobility, healthy and beautiful landscapes and community participation.

In celebration of its 90th birthday – a distinction it shares with host organisation the Norwegian Association of Landscape Architects (NLA) – the LI is joining this year’s congress as an organising partner. In lieu of holding a conference of our own this year (our next conference is planned for 2-3 July 2020 in Birmingham), we have been providing content, promotion, coordination and support for this year’s event in Oslo.

At the IFLA World Council, we will be paving the way for a shared set of international ethical standards for our profession, helping to harmonise our global response to the climate crisis. At the subsequent Congress, we will be using 90 years of learning to help shape the future role of the profession, leading workshops on the engagement and participation skills that we need to make our voices heard at a pivotal moment in human history.

Institutions, past and present: Marking the NLA and LI’s 90th anniversary years, this session will examine the significance of associations, their history, and their contemporary relevance. LI CEO Dan Cook will lead a high-profile panel including National Association of Norwegian Architects (NAL) President Gisle Løkken, IFLA President James Hayter, Norwegian landscape architect Trygve Sundt and senior LI members Hal Moggridge and Sarah Jones-Morris, who will examine the role our profession can play over the next decade.

Empowering communities: In advance of our human skills #LICPD day in Birmingham on 9 October, an all-UK expert panel – facilitated by LI President Adam White FLI and featuring community engagement experts Pam Warhurst, Carole Wright, Andree Davies and Zoe Banks Gross – will explore the importance in landscape practice of engaging and empowering communities.

Unifying ethics: The LI was the first national landscape association to join the International Ethics Standards (IES) Coalition. At this year’s World Council the LI, IES and IFLA will present and workshop a collaborative report on possible future ethical principles, as well as our plans for an updated Code of Practice for our profession. We’ll also be leading the call for the first ever set of shared principles for IFLA member organisations worldwide – including reference to sustainability.

For more details and updates from the World Council and Congress over the next week, watch this space!

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