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The New Landscape Declaration Documentary Film

The New Landscape Declaration is a critical, provocative, and inspirational examination of the role of landscape architecture in addressing the challenges of our time, including equity, climate change, public health, rapid urbanization, and more.

This 20-minute documentary features exclusive interviews and recorded footage from the Landscape Architecture Foundation’s 2016 Summit on Landscape Architecture and the Future. With music, landscape imagery and stark text animations, filmmakers Michael Rubin, Joanna Karaman and Sahar Coston-Hardy skillfully weave together thought-provoking clips from the summit and interviews, imbuing the documentary with a spirit of urgency and opportunity. A must-see for anyone interested in parks, public space, or global urbanization.

The New Landscape Declaration [Documentary]

Running time: 20:28
Language: English
Release Date: 9/12/16
Produced by: Landscape Architecture Foundation
Filmmakers: Michael Rubin, Joanna Karaman, and Sahar Coston-Hardy
Additional footage: Amon Focus, Visual Sound
Music: Michael Smith
Special thanks to: PennDesign, OLIN

Available on demand on Vimeo

Trailer 1 [1:55] - For landscape architecture audiences

Trailer 2 [2:12] - For general audiences

Full documentary [20:28]



What is the role of landscape architecture today?

On the eve of its 50th anniversary, the Landscape Architecture Foundation asked a diverse group of the world’s leading landscape architects to reflect on the last half-century and present bold ideas for the future. Well beyond the public conception of the profession as “gardener” or “park designer,” these landscape architects discussed their role in addressing weighty issues like climate change, urbanization, management of vital resources like water, and global inequities.

Through exclusive interviews and summit footage, this documentary highlights key themes from this critical, provocative, and inspirational examination. It features over 30 global leaders in landscape architecture including:

  • James Corner, designer of New York City’s the High Line
  • Kate Orff, innovator and design activist
  • Martha Schwartz, pop art park public space designer turned climate activist
  • Mario Schjetnan, designer of Mexico City’s Xochimilco Ecological Park and Chapultapec Park rehabilitation
  • Kongjian Yu, influencer in China’s “sponge city” movement

Selected Screenings

2016 International Festival of Landscape Architecture in Canberra, Australia
2017 LABash Conference in College Park, Maryland
2017 International Conference on Landscape Architecture Education in Beijing, China
Several American Society of Landscape Architects regional chapter events

LAF is grateful to the many individuals and organizations that provide financial support towards fulfilling our mission to support the preservation, improvement, and enhancement of the environment.

Much of what LAF is able to accomplish would not be possible without the thought leadership and financial investment of our major supporters, including ASLA, which provides over $125,000 of in-kind support annually.