7th Landscape Architecture Congress
06 – 08 November 2019 Antalya
30th IFLA Europe General Assembly 09 – 10 November 2019 Antalya

As the Chamber of Turkish Landscape Architects, we will hold the 7th edition of the Congresses, which will shed light on the future of the profession, in its 25th anniversary of foundation, with the theme of “LANDSCAPES AS A COLLECTIVE MEMORY”, between the dates of November 06-08 with international participation in Antalya.

Following our congress, the IFLA European General Assembly will be held on November 9-10, which will host 34 European countries of the European Region of IFLA this year. We believe that our Congress, which will be held second time with the  international participation and IFLA Europe meetings, will be useful to support each other and provide a meeting and communication environment for our colleagues from home country and from abroad.

Landscape Architecture should integrate the perception of place into a historical continuum of art and culture, and bring people, society and human habitats closer to each other for a peaceful world.

The change and transformation of time and space, elements  and events creating identity and image,  the natural-cultural-historical-heritage are the patterns and processess that make up the characteristics of our cities and our lands, of all the landscapes. Foloowingly, those patterns and processes constituting the landscape are attached to our memory as a layer in all the intermediate sections that are experienced, lived and to be lived in the future.  Memory carries life-long learnings and their relationship with the past. This relationship is sometimes accompanied by a sound, sometimes a smell, sometimes a color, sometimes a feeling, sometimes a space. As a result memory connects with the past and helps us to edit the future. One of the most important tasks of the landscape architects in this context should be to reveal the morphological changes and transformations in the cities and in the countryside, and to offer the methods that will enable the next generations to benefit. Natural, cultural and historical legacies form the collective memory itself.

The memories that contribute to the collective memory over time are altered or lost, and as result, part of the social memory and urban culture are lost, they are deleted from our memories. Today, technologies that can be used with the new, without destroying the past, can allow us to capture and protect common memory.

“Collective memory” means that,  the cultural and social memories accumulated in the process are transported as different layers, which often form collective memories in the form of urban space, public space, and rural landscapes.

Landscape can also be considered as a scene, where interaction between people and their surroundings is realized in a particular place. This scene is not only the scene of events, but also the events are formatted effectively. So the scene is no longer a frame, but it evolves the performance itself. Events and daily activities that occur repeatedly in a landscape tend to be part of the landscape’s features over time. In the historical process, landscape creates “the space of collective memory”, which is also known as the identity of the space, influencing the behavior and lifestyles of individuals and societies, and is now a part of social ontology. Thus, the landscape to be defined is full of signs of the past, which can be defined as the values ​​of today and the guidance documents.

Memory is heritage …Memory is identity… Memory is history…From the perspective of natural, cultural and historical heritage, we see that the past has become commoditized. It is important to understand how natural, cultural and historical heritage have a vital impact on memory and identity structures. How far can our memories go back in time? How much we can carry our inherited legacies to the future? Can we protect our heritage? How can we carry the traces of the past to the present and the future? After the 7th Landscape Architecture Congress, which will be discussed with the international participation, we attach importance to revealing the tools and methods that reflect the value of the role of collective memory, as the value of natural, cultural and historical heritage, in shaping the future.

Landscape Architecture theories, which have been produced with the accumulation of thousands of years of human history, in all areas related to design, planning, management, practice, protection, education, nature, city, environment and life and  how to transfer to the practice interactively with social, cultural and political dynamics, will be examined in the Congress.

In this context, we adopted the theme ‘LANDSCAPE AS COLLECTIVE MEMORY” which is the subject of the IFLA European General Assembly and CTLA Congress 2019, as the special theme of our 7th Congress. The 7th Congress will be enriched by these special theme publications covering many sub-titles, as well as national and international presentations on the problems of our profession and current developments.



with congress presentations in above sub-headings; and also with local symposiums, workshops, panels, interviews, workshops, discussions etc. will be held.

7th Congress of Landscape Architecture Organizing Committee