The new lay of the land.
Calling all Landscape Architects! Be there and speak up when the WDS Congress brings together 6 major design disciplines with the mission of charting a new way forward for a future driven by design.
Programming features keynote addresses from Landscape Architecture’s leaders and luminaries, such as Timothy Morton, Colleen Mercer-Clarke, Dirk Sijmons and Nina-Marie Lister, while delegates are invited to speak up and take an active role in the Congress by submitting a proposal in answer to the 108 provocative topics. Panels, workshops and sessions will focus on the transformative power of design and explore a new vision of the designer as a creative leader in society, business, culture and governance.
With the participation of the International Federation of Landscape Architects, International Council on Monuments and Sites, Landscape Architecture Foundation, Canadian Society of Landscape Architects and the Association des Paysagistes professionels du Québec, the Congress promises to be the world’s premier gathering of visionaries and trailblazers in landscape architecture and design.
“A good city is like a good party - people stay longer than really necessary because they are enjoying themselves.”
“There is no going back. Welcome to the Anthropocene!”
H+N+S Landscape Architects
“Ecological architecture and art means: no more -isms!”
Be there when the industry gets together to address global issues through design.
Landscape Architecture Topics
108 open and provocative questions drive the Congress program and have been designed to stimulate answers from all design-related disciplines.
Beyond sustainability: Regenerating large-scale degraded landscapes
Regenerative design poses a viable method to improve single-use landscapes created by processes of commodification, through large-scale industrial production, extraction or industrial agriculture. These processes have led to environmentally/ecologically challenged or degraded landscapes. What regenerative design strategies can be employed to improve these landscapes? How can ecological processes begin to reverse these damaging impacts, or be integrated into large-scale landscapes?
Empowering landscapes: Designing for democratic energy ownership
The use of non-renewable fossil fuels for generating electricity, a major contributor to global warming, must now give way to the creation of renewable, democratic and local energy systems. In consequence, the obsolete infrastructural landscapes we have created for the extraction, transformation and distribution of these resources will face a dramatic transition. Which spatial-ecological and socio-political strategies can we foresee in this transitional era?
Educating for the future: Landscape as the common thread
Through design, imagination and foundational knowledge and skills, landscape architects have the unique capacity to synthesize diverse, controversial or opposing positions and creatively translate them into informed landscape change. What are the pedagogical strategies that education must employ to empower future landscape leaders with a critical understanding of transformational landscape phenomena, to foresee, create, and provide landscape stewardship imbued with greater ecological and social concern?
Landscapes of Power: Designing for spatial justice
With the advent of global warming, sustainable development practices and the energy/food/water/waste question, landscape architecture must embrace new, non-urban scales, adjacencies, systems and complexities. Design must be placed at the core of this first interdisciplinary design summit, addressing current political realities: the landscapes of power, questions of spatial complexity and social equity, and the balanced distribution of social, environmental and landscape values.
In praise of tree huggers: Forests as balance of power
Most urban centers have adopted policies for increasing the urban canopy, acknowledging the added economic value, improved spatial and experiential qualities and environmental welfares associated with trees. But, at regional and global levels, what is the potential contribution of extra-large, new tree plantations to larger scale systems benefits? What is their potential role in addressing global warming? Can trees help create landscapes for spatial justice?
Urbanization beyond cities: The hinterland, extended
The cities of classical Greece and Renaissance Italy evolved as dense, compact centers in symbiotic relationships with their local regional hinterlands. As city-states combined into larger entities, their hinterlands expanded in parallel, first to national scale and, today, to global scale, as proliferating world trade creates a “planetary system of production”. What are the implications for cities and hinterland landscapes of this revolutionary development?
From the margins to the center: Global warming and human habitats
Climatic events draw development toward fringes and edges, often near large bodies of water, dramatically affecting local communities and ecologies, disrupting economies, and forcing resettlement. How often have projects designed to mitigate or adapt to climate change instead affected areas where people could live? Through which spatial/ecological and socio-political strategies can resilience be achieved to better empower local communities in disaster-prone zones?
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Official hotel of the Landscape Architecture Discipline
In the heart of downtown Montreal, The Hotel Bonaventure Montreal is a true urban oasis.
Located over the top two floors of the Place Bonaventure, a 17-storey commercial and business complex, the hotel combines the benefits of a working environment and a resort. An architectural gem in terms of judicious space planning, The Hotel Bonaventure Montreal offers first-class conference rooms for organising large and small meetings, exhibitions, conventions and weddings.
Offering 397 spacious rooms including 5 luxurious suites, with stunning views of the gardens or the city. All rooms at the hotel have an ergonomic work area and free high-speed Internet access.