With the world rapidly urbanizing and the demand for resources on the rise, landscape architecture, and resource management are becoming increasingly crucial. Landscape architects play a pivotal role in designing sustainable and practical spaces that enhance people's quality of life while also preserving natural resources and ecological systems. Landscape architecture is a multidisciplinary field that blends art, science, and technology to create functional, aesthetically pleasing, and sustainable environments. By balancing the needs of people and nature, landscape architects design outdoor spaces such as parks, gardens, plazas, and streetscapes that are both environmentally responsible and visually appealing.
On the other hand, resource management involves the sustainable use and conservation of natural resources, including water, soil, and energy. Its primary objective is to strike a balance between the needs of human society and the finite resources available on the planet. Resource management is critical to sustainable development and the creation of resilient, healthy communities.
The benefits of well-designed outdoor spaces, such as parks and green areas, cannot be overstated. These spaces have been demonstrated to have a positive impact on both physical and mental health, promoting relaxation, reducing stress, and improving overall well-being. Furthermore, landscape architecture and resource management are essential components of sustainable development. By designing energy-efficient, water-efficient, and environmentally responsible buildings and outdoor spaces, we can reduce our environmental impact and promote sustainable development.
Climate change is a significant challenge that communities around the world face. It is causing more frequent and severe weather events, such as flooding and droughts, which can have a profound impact on our communities. Landscape architecture and resource management can help promote resilience and adaptation to these challenges by designing spaces that are resilient to these impacts and by managing resources sustainably.
IEREK is organizing the “Landscapes Across the Mediterranean (CrossMED)” conference to bring together scholars, experts, and academics to discuss sustainable development issues related to landscapes and natural resources. The conference will focus on the theme of “Landscape Architecture and Management” and aims to highlight the importance of landscape architecture and resource management in promoting sustainable development.
The “Landscapes Across the Mediterranean (CrossMED)” conference focuses on the critical role of landscape architecture and resource management in sustainable development. Landscape architecture involves designing outdoor spaces that are aesthetically pleasing, functional, and environmentally responsible, and resource management refers to the sustainable use and conservation of natural resources. This conference aims to explore the relationship between landscape architecture and resource management and their role in promoting sustainable development. The conference will provide a platform for scholars, experts, and academics to discuss innovative ideas and best practices in landscape architecture and resource management, with a particular focus on the Mediterranean region. It will promote interdisciplinary discussions and collaborations on issues related to sustainable development, natural resources, and landscape architecture.
Statement of Purpose
The “Landscapes Across the Mediterranean (CrossMED)” conference aims to bring together scholars, experts, and academics from different fields to discuss the importance of landscape architecture and resource management in promoting sustainable development. The conference seeks to explore the relationship between these two fields and their role in creating healthy and resilient communities. By sharing innovative ideas and best practices, the conference aims to promote interdisciplinary discussions and collaborations to address the challenges facing the Mediterranean region and beyond.