Just months after the Landscape Architecture Foundation’s (LAF) Summit on Landscape Architecture and the Future (which ran June 10 to 11 at the University of Pennsylvania), the organization has released the New Landscape Declaration—a call to action for ecological justice through environmentally conscious and sustainable design.
This past summer’s conference assembled 715 attendees from across the globe, including places like China, Argentina, and Australia, and featured over 75 speakers and panelists looking to set a course for new, more redemptive application of landscape architecture.
According to their website, the New Landscape Declaration seeks to “bring together related professions into new alliances to address complex social and ecological problems,” so that society may better “adapt to climate change and mitigate its root causes.”
Moving forward, the organization will work to strengthen its capacity for inclusive leadership and activism, and to raise awareness of the vital contributions of architecture through research, as well as “new practices that result in design innovation and policy transformation,” according to the declaration.
The renewed call to action comes on the 50th anniversary of the Landscape Architecture Foundation’s Declaration of Concern, written by Ian McHarg and other landscape architects who “decried the burgeoning environmental crisis, and heralded landscape architecture as critical to help solve it,” as written on the LAF’s website.