Dear Friends and Colleagues,
It is with great pleasure that I invite you to join me in Minneapolis for the first joint ASLA Annual Meeting/EXPO and IFLA World Congress. This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to experience the qualities you have come to expect from ASLA-excellent education sessions, invigorating field sessions, convivial gatherings-amidst the excitement of an international audience in a welcoming heartland city.
In keeping with our gathering's theme of "Green Solutions for a Blue Planet," we will focus on global efforts at sustainability. James Lovell coined the phrase "blue planet" in 1968, when Apollo astronauts left earth orbit for the first time and were able to photograph the planet as a whole. From that moment on, we have been aware of the beauty and fragility of our small planet. Landscape architects have always paid heed to the stewardship of their surroundings, but as we enter this new, green century, we need to take a firm leadership role in caring for the whole of our shared home.
Our keynote speakers and education session lecturers will examine the challenges of and solutions to many thorny issues facing landscape architects in every corner of the world every day. These include the issues of smart urbanization, community health maintenance, water resource management, open space preservation, and garden design, to name just a few. We will have a decidedly international flavor to our speaker roster, so the learning and networking opportunities will be unprecedented. You will learn how landscape architects and other allied professionals from across the planet are applying principals of sustainability in ways large and small that may enrich, enlighten, and inspire your practice.
Our field sessions will delight you with a dazzling array of historic and contemporary works of landscape architecture. Minneapolis is a superbly walkable city with works by Cleveland, Halprin, Friedberg, Van Valkenburgh, and Schwartz-all within walking distance of the two major hotels that will host us for this event. The city's extensive greenways, great restaurants, and rich cultural facilities combine to form a haven for pedestrians.
Our EXPO of products and services will also have an international flavor. Come see the latest designer furnishings, paving, and lighting from around the world alongside a wealth of other items and ideas that can help give your practice a cutting edge in today's competitive market.
Please join me in Minneapolis to meet your fellow landscape architects from across the globe. I look forward to seeing you there!
Dennis B. Carmichael, FASLA
IFLA President's Message
The International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) takes great pride in its Annual World Congress. This gathering is the centerpiece of the organization's efforts to bring together and mobilize all those who are involved in transforming and preserving the landscape. All landscape architects, planners, architects, environmentalists, artists, students, governmental authorities, and non-governmental organizations are welcome to the World Congresses.
This year, I am delighted to invite you to share in a remarkable and unique experience-the joint American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Annual Meeting and EXPO and 43rd IFLA World Congress. We will meet in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in the United States, for an exciting opportunity for face-to-face exchanges framed by the meeting theme, "Green Solutions for a Blue Planet."
Our world is in a process of continual change that affects our urban as well as our rural environment. Societies worldwide need adequate responses to problems arising from population explosion, encroachment of farmland, and deterioration of water, air, and land resources. Environmental crises represent threats to the very existence of humankind. In what condition shall we hand over the landscape to our children? In what ways can landscape architects contribute to the future of human civilization through planning and design?
The answers to such questions demand complex and time-consuming tasks of all professionals dealing with land management-especially for landscape architects. Only those professionals who are armed with the very best skills and knowledge will be able to provide appropriate solutions for shaping tomorrow's environment. Thus, the future of our profession must be one in which landscape architects are broadly educated in natural, technical, and social disciplines as well as intensively trained in design and planning techniques ranging from local to regional scales.
With ASLA's enthusiastic help in coordinating this gathering, our goal is to provide this year's Congress with a wide variety of content and presentational forms focused on innovative and proactive contributions and projects, especially from international, well-known professionals, allied organizations, and experts from other disciplines. I am confident that you will find this Congress to be a truly stimulating and rewarding experience, and I look forward to seeing you in Minneapolis in October.
Martha Cecilia Fajardo