Environmental Policy and Landscape Architecture
Workshop, March 23-25, 2011
Environmental Policy and Landscape Architecture – An Introduction (Excerpt)
Hubertus Fischer, Gerd Michelsen, Joachim Wolschke-Bulmahn
The conference "Enviromental Policy and Landscape Architecture" has been initiated by The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute and the Center of Garden Art and Landscape Architecture. The basis of contact were two preceding conferences: "Jewish Horticultural School Ahlem" (September 2006) and "Gardens and Parks in the Lifes of the Jewish Population after 1933" (October 2008). The conference "Environmental Policy and Landscape Architecture", developed with assistance of the Institute for Environmental Communication (Institut für Umweltkommunikation), Leuphana University of Luneburg, deals with a topic of immediate interest. It brings together scholars of various disciplines such as Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning, Environmental Planning, Ecology, Technology Assessment and Philosophy of Science, Sociology, Communication Science and Political Science. The participants are scholars from various countries including Israel and Palestine, USA, Norway and Germany. Some of the scholars have experience in Israel, Palestine, Gaza, South Asia and the Middle East, as well as the German Federal Foundation for Environment (Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt, DBU), which is joining in this conference and which has recently sponsored research projects in Cyprus, Israel and Lebanon. They therefore are particularly interested in the problems and strategies for solution presented by their colleagues from Israel and Palestine.
In the sessions "Sustainable development – how it affects planning and technology", "Mentalities and the shaping of the landscape", "Politics andsustainable development", "Nature conservation and environmental planning", "Sustainable landscape design in arid climates ", "Environmental policy and the contribution of landscape architecture at a local level" and, finally, "Landscape architecture in Israel – Case studies" the conference will deal with appropriate issues. One objective is to find out issues of joint interest and to develop an international research program with the focus on the Near East.
The workshop has been published as volume 18 of the series CGL-Studies.
The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute
43 Jabotinsky St., Jerusalem