ILASA CONFERENCE 2018
13 & 14 August 2018
Champagne Sports Resort, Drakensberg
Call for Submissions
Landscape, medium for Connectivity
Landscape, an ephemeral concept whose meaning draws as much from the experiences of the beholder as it does from its tangible attributes. One quality remains constant, connectivity. In all interpretations the sense of connectivity is intrinsic to its meaning. The landscape is complex, multi-layered, and constantly in the process of being re-created through the interaction of ecological, physical and social processes.
The ILASA 2018 Conference explores the multiple expressions of connectivity embedded in the idea of landscape. How can we emulate this quality of connectivity to develop our practice?
The importance of connectivity will be explored in the 2018 ILASA Conference through sub-themes in terms of:
1. Connecting the African continent: A map of Africa suggests the continent is comprised of a jigsaw of distinct pieces. The reality is a continent traversed by a fluid tapestry of cultures, ecological habitats and geological landscapes at odds with geopolitical boundaries. The conference plans to explore case studies, business cases and research that demonstrate how the African continent is being and can be reconnected.
2. Connecting through cultural identity: Over the last century there has been an obsession with improving the quality of life primarily by increasing financial wealth; at a global, sovereign and individual level. With it has grown the view that all exchanges, material and services, between people and the landscape can be and should be monetised. This conference wishes to explore examples where the preoccupation with economic value chains has changed cultural and traditional value systems or where communities have found ways to reconnect to their cultural identities through their landscapes.
3. Connecting to ecology: Ongoing social well-being is tied to the positive synergy between ecological functioning and how we interact and connect within the landscape. This vital connection to the landscape is integral to who we are and how we operate as people. The conference will explore this reconnection between human activities and ecological systems at all scales within and beyond urban centres.
4. Connecting through technology: The way projects are envisaged, planned, designed and implemented is changing rapidly as new technologies enable a deeper understanding of the hidden interconnectedness of biophysical and social attributes in the landscape. At the same time citizen science and positive activism has mushroomed, enabled by social platforms that encourage a deeper community participation. The positive influence of electro-mechanical and social technologies in understanding and transforming the landscape will be explored.
5. Connecting through transdisciplinary: Project teams involved in the transformation of the landscape are increasingly required to address new areas of landscape complexity. This requires a transdisciplinary approach that necessitates the incorporation of ecological and social knowledge to complement the technical expertise. The conference will explore how a transdisciplinary approach can achieve a deeper understanding and provide access to research and problem-solving methods that would not otherwise have been considered.
Call for Submissions
The ILASA 2018 Conference seeks demonstrative design projects, business cases and presentation proposals that exhibit positive interventions and methodologies that strive to express the Landscape as medium for Connectivity. The conference aims to attract landscape practitioners; both within the Landscape architectural profession and from the broader range of professions that interface with the land and landscape at all scales, including also the natural and social sciences disciplines.
There will be two types of moderated and respondent sessions: paper and case study. Submissions for each type will go through a panel review process. Speakers should submit an abstract, highlighting presentation outcomes, of no more than 350 words and 5 keywords. Indicate which of the five conference subthemes the work is intended to be presented in. The abstract should clearly state the main topic or purposes, methods, principal findings, key implications and recommendations (300 words). It should additionally clearly state why the submission is relevant to connectivity through the landscape in a novel way (50 words).
Deadline for submissions:
Proposals should be submitted between 23 February and 16 April 2018 to the conference website where the requested format and with all required information can be found.
The sessions of the conference will work as follows:
1) Paper sessions (15-20 minutes) presenting informative theoretical work with clear demonstrative practical implications and outcomes – designated respondents will comment. Following many back-to-back presentations there will be a moderated general discussion.
Final papers for the conference proceedings should be no more than 2500 words in length. At least five images/ graphics should be included and a 200-word biography submitted.
Papers must contain an introduction, the methods, results, discussion and conclusion and be submitted in accordance with the conference style and layout template.
2) Case and business study presentations (15-20 minutes) a critical focus on examples with technical detail and learning content – designated respondents will comment. Following many back-to-back presentations there will be a moderated general discussion.
Final presentations for the conference could take one of two options below:
a) Be no more than 2500 words in length. At least ten images / graphics should be included and a 200-word biography, [like paper sessions]
b) Have an image on each slide with minimal text but include a 1000-word executive summary (main points associated with each image that reads as a unified narrative) and include a 200-word biography, [a more visual based presentation]
The case and business study presentations must explain the project focus, effectiveness, lessons learned and innovative approaches or technologies employed and be submitted in accordance with the conference style and layout template.
23 February 2018: Submission of abstracts on website opens:
16 April 2018: Extended Deadline for abstracts
30 April 2018: Notice of acceptance
22 June 2018: Deadline for first draft of papers / visual presentation
2 July 2018: Returned to authors
27 July 2018: Authors’ resubmission for proceedings
3 August 2018: Final programme