UNISCAPE is the Network of Universities especially dedicated to the implementation of the European Landscape Convention
The conference will address the following questions: How can emerging trends be addressed in landscape education and research undertaken by universities, departments of architecture, landscape management, town planning, landscape ecology, horticulture, agronomy, and so on? What links should be developed with other scientific fields? What knowledge and know-how needs to be reconsidered? How can different perceptions of the environment be considered in the education system? How can we “move beyond modernity” and use the resources of imagination to design the foundations of sustainable landscapes? The debate during this international conference is also intended to contribute to the establishment of a world landscape convention that is currently being studied as an initiative of IFLA.
Addressing researchers, teachers and educators who are aware of the challenges represented by landscapes, the conference aims to examine fundamental issues and how these should be transmitted to the generations being educated in this rapidly changing world. Understanding the landscape as “an area as perceived by people” (European Landscape Convention, 2000), signifies that the future of landscapes depends on what the collective consciousness creates as values and functions for our environment, as well as the crucial societal choices to be made in the coming years.
Imagination, and all of the creative resources, are called upon to develop new approaches that acknowledge the different levels of landscape and the values attaching to them. To solve today’s practical landscape challenges, it is crucial that the latest knowledge is delivered in inter- and transdisciplinary education and training. Thus, the conference will examine the conditions for educational innovation in landscape matters. It will stress individual and collective responsibility in the transformation, management and use of tomorrow’s landscapes, whether consciously designed or not.