“IFLA Europe Yearbook 2018 - Valuing Landscapes”
”..When it comes to Valuing Landscapes, it appears as a living topic which encompasses all the cur-rent opportunities and difficulties together with many contentious issues and frequently with hidden surprises. Over time, the perception of space and its values changes. These changes can be extreme due to a change in the way of life and a different approach to the use of space. We are currently witnessing a reevaluation that seems to be occuring at an accelerated pace and no doubt the result of the processes initiated by subsequent industrial revolutions. The aspirations, momentum and scale of the industrial revolution and other major social and political upheavals prompted a reevaluation of the landscape (places, areas, localities) and the resources of the land-scape may thus be said to be continually reassessed. In contrast, for instance, to the development of the urban / industrial landscape, our interest, perhaps subconsciously is directed on the rich-ness of natural and cultural diversity.” (excerpt from 2018 IFLA Europe Yearbook)
“Brussels Two and a half centuries of public parks and gardens 1775-2020”
IFLA Europe has the pleasure to support the publictaion of the book ‘Brussels, Two and a Half Centuries of Public Parks and Gardens 1775-2020” edited by Eric Hennaut and Ursula Wieser Benedetti with foreword by Michael Jakob and published by CIVA.
The publication is a collection of materials presented at the exhibition “Designed Landscapes 1775-2020” which took place in Brussels from 16 November 2018 to 31st March 2019. The book contains a multiplicity of unique illustrations, plans and engravings of the most important designed landscapes of Brussels and its surroundings. This is not the only publication’s value. It was supplemented with a descriptive part that permeates the history of gardening in this part of Europe. All trends present in landscape design have been reflected in individual implementations here, which contributes to uniqueness of this region. As Michael Jakob writes in the introduction, “long before it became the capital of Europe, therefore Brussels functioned as a vast laboratory and a showcase in which different styles and methods, linked to a variety of national traditions could inspire experiments on a grand scale.” Also noteworthy is the broad conceptual background outlined in the first part of the publication. It introduces the reader to the issues of designed landscape and the relationship of this field with the etymology of the word landscape in particular languages. The method of presenting the topic makes the publication attractive and available to experienced professionals as well as keen gardeners and people interested in shaping space. I would like to recommend this publication and thank the authors of this undertaking for creating an important position in terms of shaping space and the history of the profession of a landscape architect.”
IFLA Europe Secretary General (2016-2020)
The book can be purchased through CIVA website https://civa.brussels/en/e-shop
Please note that in case that your National Association or University wishes to order 5 or more copies that can be delivered to a single address, the price of the book is 35€ and IFLA Europe will assist in the purchase and delivery.