Environmental Studies Centre - Landscape Forum of Vitoria-Gasteiz

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Set up in 2005 by the Environmental Studies Center in the city of Vitoria-Gasteiz, with the aim of promoting debate and reflection regarding the broad concept of landscape and, more specifically, the role of landscape architecture in town and spatial planning. The forum is held regularly, and comprises a variety of different events designed to promote the generation, dissemination and exchange of ideas and knowledge, such as technical seminars, competitions for new ideas, awards, exhibitions and workshops, among others.

6th Landscape Forum of Vitoria-Gasteiz (2018 edition)

Coinciding with the 25th anniversary of the Green Belt, the VI Landscape Forum was held in 2018, where current topics have been discussed, such as climate change, resilience of the territories, rural activity, energy systems and food and agriculture systems.

In this edition, the forum has consisted of 2 events: the Technical Conference "2050 Vision: Reconnecting the city with nature" and an International Landscape Workshop "2050 Vision: Re-thinking the Green Belt".

Landscape Sessions "2050 Vision: Reconnecting the city with nature" (30/31 May and 1 June)

During three days, a varied line-up of cities and universities, political representatives, technicians and professionals explained their experiences and works around the next thematic blocs:

Views and functions of the green belts

> The fragmented city(Opens in new window)

José Fariña. Urban and Land Management Professor, UPM.

> The nature in an expanding urban Europe(Opens in new window)

Dominique Richard. Director of the European Topic Centre on Biological Diversity. European Environment Agency.

> The Green Belt of Vitoria-Gasteiz: from a park network to a green system integrated in the biorregional area(Opens in new window)

Luis Andrés Orive. Head of CEA (Centro de Estudios Ambientales), Vitoria-Gasteiz Town Council.

> Reinventing green belts: lessons from the historical and international prespective.

Rebeca Dios. Architect and researcher specialized on green belts, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid – University College London.

> Global Biophilic Cities Network(Opens in new window)

Timothy Beatley. Department of Urban and Environmental Planning, School of Architecture, University of Virginia.

> Greening and conserving biodiversity in Singapore.

Lena Chan. Senior Director of the International Biodiversity Conservation division; National Parks Board of Singapore.

From belts to integrated green systems

> Green infraestructure as tool to integrate nature in Land Management(Opens in new window)

Antonio Serrano. President of Fundicot.

> Green infrastructure in North America: Otawa and Philadelphia(Opens in new window)

Emanuel Carter. Associate Professor, State University of New York, Syracuse.

> Territorial green systems: Nature integral managment(Opens in new window)

Eduardo Rojas. De an of the Proffessional Association of Forest Engineers; “Juntos por los Bosques” coordinator.

Functional agricultural belts at a city and territorial scale

> Food and agriculture systems and the city: a new paradigm?

Marian Simón. Grupo de Investigación en Arquitectura, Urbanismo y Sostenibilidad GIAU+S. Proyecto DIVERCROP.

> Bérgamo: from Colli Natural Park to the new atrigultural ring Parte 1(Opens in new window) // Parte 2(Opens in new window)

Renato Ferlinghetti. Profes s or at Università degli Studi di Bergamo, Ce nter on Territory Studies “L. Pagani”. Administra t or of the Coll i Natural Park.

Moris Antonio Lorenzi. Ar chitect, Ce nter on Territory StudiesL. Pagani”.

Carbon-free cities and regions

> Climate change and our cities, are we ready?(Opens in new window)

Claire Roumet. Director of Energy Cities

> Climate-Neutral region 2050, Hannover(Opens in new window)

Rainer Konerding. Proyect Manager, Climate Protection Unit

Future biorregions

> Land planning in the Basque Country(Opens in new window)

Ignacio de la Puerta Rueda. Director of Land Planning, Urbanism and Urban Regeneration.

> Euskadi, a living territory(Opens in new window)

Juan Requejo. Planning consultant, geographer and economist.

> Vitoria-Gasteiz in Centran Alava: living and working in a model bioregion(Opens in new window)

Fernando Prats. Urban architect, CCEIM consultant for the Global change program.

International Landscape Workshop "2050 Vision: Re-thinking the green belt" (from 28 May to 8 June)

During 2 weeks, people from different backgrounds and academic disciplines -mostly landscape architects, urban planners and graduates in Environmental Sciences- have worked on different alternatives and proposals for evolution of the Green Belt and its periphery, in order to enrich the debate and the discussion about the future of this emblematic place.

In addition to the CEA, Emanuel Carter, associate professor at the University of Syracuse, in the State of New York, has participated in the technical and academic direction; as well as José Fariña, Professor of Urban Planning and Territorial Planning of the Polytechnic University of Madrid; and Miriam García, director of the degree of landscaping at the Camilo José Cela University in Madrid.

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Previous editions

V Landscape Urban Forum 2017 – Green Infrastructure and Landscape

> Summary of the V Landscape Urban Forum (in spanish)

> V Landscape Urban Forum conclusions (in spanish)

IV Landscape Urban Forum 2012 – Network landscapes: towards an Urban Green Infrastructure integrated in the Bioregional scale

> Summary of the IV Landscape Urban Forum (in spanish)

III Landscape Urban Forum 2009 – Green Belt: living landscapes

> Summary of the III Landscape Urban Forum (in spanish)

> Conclusions of the workshop (in spanish)

II Landscape Urban Forum 2007 – Cities + Green

> Summary of the II Landscape Urban Forum (in spanish)

> Publicación Ciudades +Verdes

I Landscape Urban Forum 2005 – Peripheries: inwards, outwards

> Summary of the I Landscape Urban Forum (in spanish)

> Conclusions of the Landscape Sessions (in spanish)

> Conclusions of the workshop (in spanish)

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  • Buenas tardes, algún particular que tenga casa para alquilar para 6-8 personas, que se ponga en contacto.

    Beatriz Happy 21/10/2016 17:56:47

  • Le informamos que este Buzón ciudadano es un instrumento de participación, habilitado para plantear sugerencias y quejas relacionadas con el Ayuntamiento de Vitoria-Gasteiz.

    En esta ocasión, lamentamos no poder resolver su demanda al no estar relacionada con temas municipales.

    Vitoria Gasteiz City Council Logo The City Council 24/10/2016 08:25:36