ILASA 2016 Conference

Global conditions and awareness are changing the value people attach to landscape in unprecedented ways. Central to the concept of landscape are visual and spatial dimensions that form the basis of human experiences but also affect ecological functions. In urban and rural areas how we regard and respond to the landscape in our daily activities are altered as we face approaching social and environmental challenges. With these challenges interrelated disciplinary fields are expanding and sharing arenas of interest involving aspects of the landscape such as natural resources, land use and land-cover.

The 2016 ILASA Conference considers the re-interpretation of landscape significance in the spheres of ecosystem benefits; social meaning; global changes; and regeneration. The conference inquiries about how perceptions of landscape are changing in the African context and beyond, and how these manifest in the projects executed in South Africa and other countries.

The re-interpretation of landscape in theory and practice will be considered through four subthemes:

1.    Landscape as provider: employing a broader palette of landscape interpretation, and re-discovering landscape value, to inform design for a reciprocal exchange of resources, e.g. fresh water; food security; energy fields.

2.    Landscape as cultural system: incorporating overlooked cultural and social values and recent understandings/design approaches to increase the social and cultural relevance of landscapes, e.g. psychological/ spiritual enrichment; cognitive development/ education; or community cohesion.

3.    Landscape as transformer: applying re-discovered and innovative technologies/design approaches to regenerate both ecological and cultural systems as multifunctional green infrastructure, e.g. microclimate control; storm/ flood water regulation; or pollution control/ recycling and rejuvenation.

4.    Landscape as life-support: innovative design with emphasis on the regeneration of lost or degraded ecological functions and values, e.g. habitat creation; biodiversity protection/ enhancement or natural systems



Important Dates

Submission of abstracts on website opens 

25 November 2015 

Deadline for abstracts 

1 February 2016 

Notice of acceptance 

18 March 2016 

Deadline for first draft of papers/ case study presentation 

30 April 2016 

Returned to authors 

30 June 2016 

Authors’ resubmission for proceedings 

1 August 2016

Final programme

1 September 2016

Past Conferences

ILASA 2014 Conference

4-5 September 2014

University of Cape Town, South Africa

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The 49th IFLA World Congress came to Africa in 2012 —  Cape Town, South Africa, 5-7th September!

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2010 ILASA Conference

The event took place on Thursday and Friday May 13 – 14 2010 at the Wanderers Club in Johannesburg.

Click here for the event presentations