10 June 2016

Martha Schwartz delivers a Declaration at the Summit on Landscape Architecture and the Future.


  1. Scientific consensus that climate change is humanly produced is indisputable;
  2. We are nearing the tipping point of run-away climate change and the situation is becoming an emergency;
  3. All our best practices as landscape architects cannot produce the change required now to avert catastrophe;
  4. As landscape architects, we must continue to employ our best practices;
  5. As landscape architects we must get active, become activists and go beyond landscape architecture practice in order to broach this critical environmental crossroad;
  6. As landscape architects we must arouse our profession to engage and urge our government to take actions to cut greenhouse gas emissions, to start-up a new ‘Manhattan’ Research Project into technological means to buy us time to reach Zero-emission economies.


Organized by the Landscape Architecture Foundation, the summit will critically reflect on what landscape architecture has achieved over the last 50 years and present bold ideas for what it should achieve in the future. Over the course of two days, 70 established and emerging leaders will present their declarations and engage in lively debate about realizing landscape architecture’s potential and effecting real world change. It is being held at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia June 10 -11th.