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Competition topic

"Tasting the Landscape: Samples of New Smart Landscape Architecture"

The aim of the competition is to promote reflections on challenges and opportunities of the past, the present and the future for the landscape architecture profession.

In our global society, landscape architecture presents the opportunity to foster collaborative learning, integration of knowledge, and innovative solutions.

We also call for exploration of good examples which reinforce connections among different potentialities of territories and different needs of communities, eco-systemic services and resilient elements, new economies and strategies.

Students are invited to propose creative smart solutions involving micro and macro scales.

“Smart” has recently become a pervasive adjective that evokes new innovative processes, and is today an “umbrella term”, covering different sectors of public life and applied research.

Students are invited to present ideas showing the capabilities of landscape architecture as a generator of urban or rural smart spaces. These spaces can be considered “smart” through the application of new knowledge, technologies, and/or understanding to lead to social interaction, easy accessibility, the wise and spare use of materials, consideration of the natural environment, and low costs.

Students are invited to present their solutions to contemporary landscape issues, facing the challenges of emerging internationally relevant problems, and to communicate the pleasure of landscape.

The goal is to take on landscape architecture as a real and fundamental intersection of all characteristics, uses and purposes, and to show how the landscape design process can play a role of mediation among different needs. Students are encouraged to explore rural and urban landscapes to suggest new scenarios for the sustainable development of human habitats.