The New Landscape Declaration

The Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) has released the New Landscape Declaration, a bold vision and 21st century call to action for landscape architecture to make its vital contribution in solving the defining issues of our time. 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.

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 and five others who decried the burgeoning environmental crisis and heralded landscape architecture as critical to help solve it. Building on this legacy, the New Landscape Declaration asserts the critical role of landscape architecture in addressing the challenges of our time.

“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,” said 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 signatories, visit:www.lafoundation.org/declaration

For information about the New Landscape Declaration and the landmark Summit on Landscape Architecture and the Future (including recordings from the full two days and a 20-minute documentary), visit: www.lafoundation.org/summit

About the Landscape Architecture Foundation

The Landscape Architecture Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Washington, DC. Established in 1966, LAF invests in research, scholarships, and leadership initiatives to increase our collective capacity to achieve sustainability and cultivate the next generation of design leaders.