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The New Landscape Declaration Book

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The Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) and Rare Bird Books are proud to release The New Landscape Declaration: A Call to Action for the Twenty-First Century. This landmark book features the 32 “Declarations” written for LAF’s 2016 Summit on Landscape Architecture and the Future, along with excerpts from panel discussions and an opening essay by Richard Weller of the University of Pennsylvania School of Design.

The New Landscape Declaration: A Call to Action for the Twenty-First Century

ISBN: 9781945572692
Hardcover, 240 pages
Author: Landscape Architecture Foundation
Publisher: Rare Bird Books
List price: $29.95

This extraordinary book reflects a remarkable breadth and depth of thinking by landscape architecture’s most creative minds, and is in itself an assertion that landscape architecture has a central role to play in shaping the world of the 21st century.

2019 ASLA Professional Awards Jury

The book received an Honor Award in Communications as part of the American Society of Landscape Architects' (ASLA) 2019 Professional Awards.

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The book offers a unique opportunity for landscape architects to step back from their day-to-day work, affirm values, and think big. It has inspired ongoing conversations within and among design firms and academic departments. Faculty have assigned the essays as readings, using them to prompt discussions or have students draft their own declaration of values.

Get your copy and use it to engage, provoke, and inspire!

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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 what the discipline should achieve in the future. Well beyond the public conception of the profession as “gardener” or “landscaper,” these preeminent designers discussed their role in addressing weighty issues like climate change, urbanization, management of vital resources like water, and global inequities.

The New Landscape Declaration brings together their ideas and experiences in essays from a powerhouse of 33 thinkers and leaders, including:

  • James Corner, designer of the High Line in New York City
  • Randy Hester, founder of the modern participatory design movement in landscape architecture
  • Kate Orff, researcher, innovator, and design activist
  • Martha Schwartz, acclaimed landscape architect and artist turned activist
  • Carl Steinitz, Geodesign pioneer
  • Richard Weller, prolific design researcher and author
  • Kongjian Yu, celebrated designer, dean, and author from the People’s Republic of China

The New Landscape Declaration asserts the vital role of landscape architecture in helping to solve the defining issues of our time. Relevant to designers across the globe, the ideas cross disciplinary boundaries and challenge current silos of thought and practice, underscoring the need to diversify, innovate, and create a bold culture of leadership, advocacy, and activism.

The book received a 2019 Honor Award in Communications from the American Society of Landscape Architects.


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.