Landscape Architecture Europe (LAE) is a foundation that seeks to enhance the dialogue in landscape architecture on a European level by publishing a triennial yearbook. Produced for the LAE Foundation and the European branch of the International Federation of Landscape Architecture (IFLA Europe), the books aspire to be the definitive critical review of the state of the art of European landscape architecture.
The first book, Fieldwork, was published in 2006 and explores the tendency in Europe for new urban forms built on former agricultural land to make use of the patterns and land forms created by the former agricultural practices.
The second book, On Site (2009), explores attitudes to place or locus. The book posits that, in Europe, function and form are generally derived from the site and the landscape architect’s sensitivity to its intrinsic geographical and historical characteristics and processes.
The third book, In Touch (2012), received the DAM Award for ‘Best Book on Architecture 2012’. The book argues that landscape architects in Europe build upon a common horizon of understanding, yet produce works of differing expressions and styles. Like the first two books, it discusses outstanding projects created within the European mindset. It dives below the surface of forms in an attempt to uncover the common values that bind European design work – and which are continuously evolving.
The fourth book, On the Move (2015), develops an expanded understanding of landscape architectural design, the development of new competences, and a mindset for professionals who work in disparate social and economic contexts. Projects and reflections published in this book sketch out paths along which the profession can move away from outdated habits, conventional aesthetic language and fallacious institutional frameworks.
The fifth book, Landscape Architecture Europe #5 - To care, to create, to act (2018), calls for a redefinition of the scope of landscape architecture as a creative practice where society, politics, ecology and economy meet, at micro or macro scale, whether long term or ephemeral.