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3/7/2017

Sign LAF’s New Landscape Declaration

At the 2016 ASLA Annual Meeting in New Orleans last fall, the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) released the New Landscape Declaration, a bold vision and 21st century call to action for landscape architecture. LAF is now encouraging landscape architects across the globe to sign on to this ambitious vision, discuss, share, and work to turn the ideas into concrete actions.

Available in over 12 languages, the declaration asserts the vital role of landscape architecture in solving the defining issues of our time. It calls upon landscape architects to commit and act:

“As landscape architects we vow to create places that serve the higher purpose of social and ecological justice for all peoples and all species. We vow to create places that nourish our deepest needs for communion with the natural world and with one another. We vow to serve the health and well-being of all communities.”

The declaration is the synthesis of the ideas from LAF’s historic Summit on Landscape Architecture and the Future, which brought 700 landscape architects from around the world to the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia last June. The event was inspired by LAF’s 1966 Declaration of Concern drafted by Ian McHarg, Grady Clay, Campbell Miller, Charles R. Hammond, George E. Patton, and John O. Simonds, who decried the burgeoning environmental crisis and heralded landscape architecture as critical to help solve it. The New Landscape Declaration builds on this legacy.

“In this time of political and cultural shifts, the New Landscape Declaration is a powerful reminder of the common values that we share as designers,” says LAF Executive Director Barbara Deutsch, FASLA. “We hope that the declaration will serve to guide our work collectively and as individuals, firms, civil servants, educators, non-profit leaders, mentors, and the many other capacities in which we work. Together, we can amplify our voices at this critical time when the talents and services of the landscape architecture community are so vitally needed.”

To read the New Landscape Declaration and join the growing list of over 1,000 signatories, visit www.lafoundation.org/declaration.

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