CIVA in partnership with the René Pechère Committee and the European Institute of Gardens and Landscapes is organizing an International Conference (EN/FR) on the theme « Exchanges in European Landscape Design, 1945-1975 » from June 20 to 22, 2024.

The symposium Exchanges in European Landscape Design, 1945–1975 assembles a group of leading scholars from Europe and North America and asks them to examine the relations and transferences that influenced the course of landscape architecture in the postwar period.

Thursday, June 20, 2024Saturday, June 22, 2024
CIVA, Rue de l'Ermitage 55, 1050 Brussels


The causes and aftermath of the Second World War firmly established that life in the 20th century was truly global, and that no nation today can exist in isolation. In many countries the principal task facing landscape architects was the reconstruction and recovery from the deprivations resulting from the war. In other countries, providing access to green space for play and recreation, and the shift to suburban living, acquired increased prominence. Among many others the key questions for landscape architects were: How to best shape the rebuilding of cities and the form of suburban development—in particular, how to address the acute need for housing ? How can landscape architecture positively affect the health and lifespans of its citizens? And in what way should old manners of garden and landscape design be superseded or discarded in favor of aesthetic ideas adopted—and adapted—from painting, sculpture, architecture, and engineering, to embody a new relationship between designed and natural environments? To these must be added the impact of international exchange through education and training, garden expositions, and professional conferences and societies such as the International Federation of Landscape Architects founded in 1948.