Kamis, September 29, 2011
IFLA Student Design Competition 2011
rior to the 48th IFLA World Congress, the annual student competition was conducted by the HSR University of Applied Science in Rapperswil. The topic’s guiding principle was "Urban Boundaries", because dealing with land as a resource in a sustainable way is a globally recognized goal.

A record number of entrants submitted their concepts dealing with landscape architectural responses to conflicting values for land, and showing that urban boundaries can be positive transitional elements between the urban landscape and the open landscape. The entrants were undergraduate and master students from all over the world.

A jury under the chair of Prof. Beverly Sandalack appraised and selected the winners by mid April. The competition office led by Prof. Joachim Kleiner and Dipl. Ing. Kerstin Gödecke. Overall 360 design concepts were submitted which was clearly above the expectation of 250 concepts.

The jury was composed of five members:

Andy Cao, Vietnam/USA, Loeb Fellow 2010-11, Harvard University, Graduate School of Design
Maike van Stiphout, the Netherlands, DS Landschapsarchitecten, Amsterdam
Prof. Christoph Jensen, Denmark/Germany, Hochschule Weihenstephan-Triesdorf, Fakultat
Landschaftsarchitektur, Freising
Prof. Joachim Kleiner, Switzerland, Hochschule Rapperswil
Prof. Dr. Beverly Sandalack, Canada, Faculty of Environmental Design, University of Calgary,Chair of the Jury

Award Winners IFLA Student Design Competition 2011

1st Place : Layers of Time

Title ; Layers of Time
Award ; IFLA Group Han Prize for Student Landscape Architecture
Authors ; Vasiliki Nikoloutsou, Isavella - Ines Oikonomopoulou-

University ; National Technical University of Athens
Department ; School of Architecture
Country ; Greece

2nd Place: Vibrant Land

Title ; Vibrant Land - shifting (urban) boundaries in Coastal North

Award ; IFLA Zvi Miller Prize
Authors ; Jorrit Noordhuizen, Inge Kersten
University ; Wageningen University
Department ; Chairgroup Landscape Architecture
Country ; the Netherlands

3rd Place: Vertical Densities

Title ; “Vertical Densities: productive landscapes at the urban edge”
Award ; Merit Award
Authors ; E. Scott Mitchell, Amy Whitesides, Chen Chen
University ; Harvard Graduate School of Design
Department ; Landscape Architecture
Country ; United States

Jury Awards
In addition to the three prizes, the Jury identified seven additional projects for acknowledgement of achievement:

Title; Fishpondscape - Urban Transition Zone Landscape Planning and Design in Deep Bay of Hong Kong
Authors; Liu Tong, Yu Cong, Zhang Yang, Zhang Yin, Bi Rutao
University; Beijing Forestry University
Department ; Landscape Architecture
Country; China

Connecting Worlds
Title; Connecting Worlds
Authors; Marius Ege, Christian Zink
University; Universität Stuttgard
Department ; Institute of Urban Planning/Department of International Urbanism, Institute of Landscape Planning and Ecology
Country; Germany

Rooting Rural Communities
Title; Rooting Rural Communities
Authors; Emily Miller, Kelly Bergeron
University; University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Department; School of Architecture and Design
Country; United States

Cell Engineering
Title; Cell Engineering - the Rescue of Moribund Urban Boundary
Authors; Yue Xu, Jinmu Li, Yezhou Fan, Ke Liu, Tingting Li
University; Suzhou University of Science and Technology
Department ; Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning, Architecture, Interior Design
Country; China

[E]merging Landscapes
Title; [E]merging Landscapes: a comment on urban boundaries
Authors; June Paaskesen, Rikke Welan
University; Copenhagen University
Department ; Landscape Architecture
Country; Denmark

Growing Boundary
Title; Growing Boundary: sustainable recovery of the mangrove at Pearl River Delta
Authors; Chen Yan, Ran Wu, Min Xue, Yang Li, Chengjiang Hu
University ; Beijing Forestry University
Department ; Landscape Architecture
Country; China

Border on the "implantable landscape"
Title; Border on the "implantable landscape": pondering on the transformation of a flying dust arena
Authors; Xin Man, Jing Li, Minyu Zhang, Jinqing, Hua Zhao
University; Beijing Forestry University
Department ; Landscape Architecture
Country; China


Slovakia 9 - England 6 - Germany 9 - Scotland 2 - Netherlands 8 - Ireland 1 - Denmark 6
Switzerland 5 - United States 28 - Lithuania 4 - Canada 5 - Poland 4 - Argentina 2
Italy 3 - Chile 1 - Russia 3 - Brazil 1 - Iceland 3 - Turkey 3 - China 203 -Austria 2
Taiwan 14 - Belgium 1 - Australia 7 - Spain 2 - Malaysia 5- France 1 - India 4
Croatia 1 - Korea 3 - Hungary 1 - Japan 2 - Romania 1 - Greece 1 Iran 7 - Sweden 1 - Israel 1
Saudi Arabia 1

Total submissions: 361 from 38 countries,
Total ineligible:82

The jury makes the following general comments:

- there were a large number of ineligible entries (82) due to multiple reasons - either incomplete or missing declaration form, submissions in a format other than what was specified (e.g. portrait
rather than landscape), excessive text in the description far exceeding the specified character
count, or lacking in endorsement by the dean/head of school. In order for students to avoid this
occurring, it is essential to carefully read the brief (it contains all of the necessary details), and to
ask questions if the instructions are not clear.

- the jury was happy to see that there were so many exciting submissions that push the boundaries of conventional materials and topics - e.g. sand, space, time.

- however, the jury was surprised that there were not enough high quality projects that addressed
the very important issue of urban/rural interface. The jury believes that this is a critical issue that
the profession, and schools, must address. As well, the agricultural edges did not seem to be
dealt with in an effective way, although this is another important topic.

- the jury appreciated the projects that discussed about cultural history, and especially the analysis, however convincing responses to these issues are still not being proposed.

- the jury noted that many of the projects arose from some interesting issues, and in some cases
from some beautiful and complex human and cultural stories, even if the resolution was not always successful.

- many of the projects exhibited a mature way of working with ecological problems, and tackled thesolutions in a technically competent way, however in many cases the design aspect of the project was not nearly as developed or successful. Students (and schools) are urged to consider both analysis and design.

- the high number of submissions is a very positive indication of a strong interest in the IFLA
competition, and it was noted that there were entries from many countries, including places that
have not previously been represented in the competition. The jury strongly encourages the
schools and students to consider entering the competition, as this is excellent experience, as well
as an interesting barometer regarding the state of the programs.

- consideration of an additional duty for jury members while they are present at the host country, for example lecture, panel, symposium or studio review, could make good use of these guests and enrich the school and/or professional enrichment programs.
(source: http://www.hsr.ch/IFLA.7109.0.html )

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