IFLA Student Design Competition 2011

Landscape Architecture

From HSR

Prior 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 G?decke. Overall 360 design concepts were submitted which was clearly above the expectation of 250 concepts.

1st Place: Layers of Time

Title Layers of Time
Award IFLA Group Han Prize for Student Landscape Architecture
Authors Vasiliki Nikoloutsou, Isavella – Ines Oikonomopoulou- Paraskeyopoulou
University National Technical University of Athens
Department School of Architecture
Country Greece

This project deals with Kotichi Lagoon, an aquatic biosystem of international significance and the most important ecosystem of Peloponnese in Greece. The transition of the lagoon from gradual natural evolution, but mostly from unsustainable exploitation, as well as insufficient management, have irreversibly degraded the landscape. This proposal considers the borders through a new definition of time, and considers protection of the fauna and flora of the area, together with human movement, circulation, education and framed views.

The jury commended the clear and strong narrative, and the contemporary approach of dealing with the landscape as well as cultural issues. This is a very convincing project that pushes the boundaries between many disciplines and is not afraid to touch on the ephemeral and intangible concept of time. It is subtle, and could be realized with minimal intervention. The presentation is graphically very strong and poetic.

Le Corbusier


Le Corbusier was born in 1887 in a small city in Sitzerland. He was an architect, an urbanist and a writer. Pioneer of modern architecture and creator of the Radiant City are his most famous identities. La Ville radieuse (The Radiant City) which is published in 1935, delineated an urban utopia which encompassed with skyscapers in the middle of an urban park. The high density land uses were intentionally conceived as a solution to urban congestion.