ELASA is European Landscape Architecture Student Association which promotes cooperation, exchange and mobility of the students within the association and also gives support for developing landscaping ideas and concepts across Europe. The association itself has around 1000 members and operates in a close connection with the IFLA, IFLA Europe and the European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools (ECLAS).

Each year an annual meeting (summer) and a smaller mini-meeting (spring) are organised. Every meeting is organised in a different country by landscape architecture students of a university from that country.

ELASA shapes landscape architecture students from all over Europe. Each country is represented by a country representative. ELASA meetings are really important for the association because this is one of the main ways of keeping communication, sharing information and planning the next meetings. For this reason, a big welcome and thank you
for being part of this team.

IFLA Europe provides funds each year for ELASA representatives to join IFLA Europe Delegates and Executive Council at the General Assembly and present the Association and their activities.

Next ELASA mini meeting is taking place in Croatia with the slogan “Go with the Flow”.

Culture, cultural heritage & landscapes

Croatia – such a small country, but incredibly full of life. In terms of culture, today we say that Croatian territory was influenced by three different cultural impacts – the Mediterranean, Central European and Balcanic. As a result of that, during 14 centuries of existence, it changed numerous governors, from Roman empire, Austro – Hungarian
Monarchy to Yugoslavian Federation, until it became a sovereign Republic. This variety resulted in a melting pot of different cultures and it’s likely to reflect on its landscape.

ELASA’s aim is to take all on a journey – a journey where we will be going back in time and explore the dry stone heritage with hilltop burgs our ancestors left to us till we don’t return in present and walk on crowded streets between ex – industrial sites of the European Capital of Culture 2020.

Go With The Flow

This slogan invites to meet Croatian cultural landscapes, follow an imaginary pathway which connects them and take the possibility for their exploring. In the same time, it presents a bunch of young enthusiastic people who want to boost their knowledge. The term Flow also presents any water feature – river, lake, underground stream, sea – which enabled city development nearby.

All locations we plan to visit are situated nearby a water feature. First of them is the capital of Croatia, Zagreb. Situated along river Sava, it has a specific longitudinal shape which was conditioned because of its position between a mountain on north and a river on south. It gets a special charm during spring when magnolia trees are in bloom and many people, especially students, use green spaces as picnic areas. Recently Croatia took over the presidency of the Council of EU.

After the city comes the countryside – In an old – mill site in Istria, a river formed hollows in karst and fulfilled them. The site represents a specific scenery thanks to the white karst which gives turquoise color to the water in hollows. Next to the mills partially inside a cave is situated an artificial lake, used for recreation and leisure during summer period. Before leaving the central Istria, possibly we’ll have a traditional lunch in a romantic hilltop town in very heart of Istria. Situated on western Istrian coast, Rovinj is well – known as a tourism oriented town. From the traditional urban pattern eventually pops out a contemporary designed hotel with its surroundings where sustainable development with usage of native plants are cornerstones of every landscape design.

The last destination is European Capital of Culture 2020, city of Rijeka. Famous for its industrial heritage, it offers possibilities for rethinking and new usage of such sites. Getting the title of Capital of culture, many lectures and workshops has been held to gain the main goal – give a new identity to the city. Same aim has the final landscape design workshop
which is going to be placed right in Rijeka.

For more information please visit ELASA Croatia meeting

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