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Climate KIC funded Doctoral Studentship available

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Make Transitions happen: HS2 Landscape Vision


Birmingham City University and Climate-KIC are pleased to announce the availability of a fully funded PhD studentship and stipend for a January 2014 start.


This proposal concerns transforming the design process of the High Speed 2 rail link into an iconic city-to-city, low carbon landscape infrastructure planning demonstrator that will play a significant role in shaping the UK’s response to major environmental and carbon reducing challenges. Drawing on international expertise and a new way of thinking about landscape, development and regeneration, the project aims to change the identity of the greater Birmingham region and provide a holistic and integrated design and planning model for regional transformation.


Research aims to investigate the interrelationships between quality of life, social circumstances, economic viability and landscape of the region, establish a high level spatial/visual low carbon vision to sit above strategies of various stakeholders and guide regional development. It will examine the implications of this work for design philosophy, theory, pedagogy and practice through the HEI sector and in education more generally and will make connections between governance, culture, health and economics. Using a different base line, with a different mindset, working practices and economic models it will consider the long-term cost of outdated 19th and 20th century practices and the benefits of taking a more holistic approach to development and change, replenishment and restoration to create quality environments that would attract further investment.


Set within the context of emerging international policy, the outcomes of the project will advance the idea of landscape as a driver for change, inform strategies to develop a strong conceptual basis for arts led, low carbon education and contribute to an expanded field of design practice. It will make policy recommendations to underpin a more holistic, sustainable and integrated approach to the conceptualisation, development and delivery of low carbon, major infrastructure projects, produce research papers and conference presentations.


The project will be supervised by Kathryn Moore, Professor Landscape Architecture, Birmingham City University.


Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates from a range of disciplines including, geography, landscape studies, environment, visual and cultural studies, anthropology, sociology, or a related area where candidates are able to demonstrate the application of their existing knowledge and discipline to the research aims.


For further information about eligibility and the application process please visit: http://www.bcu.ac.uk/biad/research/news


The award provides support for three years of full-time study leading to a doctoral degree including tuition fees, maintenance grant and mobility payments. The maintenance grant will meet the National Minimum Doctoral Stipend level set by the UK Research Councils, for 2013/14 this is £13,726.


Enquiries should be directed to [email protected]

The deadline for applications is: Monday 9th December 2013

Interviews for those shortlisted will take place on Friday 13th December 2013

Call for Entries: Landscape Architecture Europe

Posted on October 18, 2013 at 4:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Please send in your best plans and projects Submitted projects must have been designed or completed in the period from 1 January 2011 to 31 December 2013. Priority will be given to plans that have been implemented and to strategic and research plans. The projects must be commissioned and be of landscape architectural interest, and may be designed by one or more professionals of any nationality and from any discipline.

We particularly welcome projects that contribute to the expanded agenda of landscape architecture in Europe, redefining the playground of creative practice where society, politics, ecology and economy meet, at micro or macro scale, long term or ephemeral. We are also interested in receiving proposals from the fields of strategic, social and ecological design and from the arts that explore design innovation in the making and shaping of all kinds of spaces, public and private, urban and rural, local and global. Individuals may submit a maximum of three projects. Entries must consist of no more than 6 A4 pages of text (in English), drawings, images and photographs. Please submit these by email (as a pdf file, maximum 12 MB). A project data form must be submitted separately (as a pdf file). The entry fee is € 50 for the first entry and € 40 each for subsequent entries. Each participant will receive one LAE book free of charge.

More information and a project data form can be downloaded from the website www.landscapearchitectureeurope.com. A selection jury will select projects for inclusion in the book from those submitted. Authors of selected projects will be asked to provide comprehensive material in printable high-quality formats and recent, royalty-free photographs.


Closing date 1 December 2013

Please send your entry by email to [email protected]



About the Landscape Architecture Europe:

Landscape Architecture Europe (LAE) is a foundation that seeks to enhance the dialogue in landscape architecture on a European level by publishing a triennial yearbook. Produced for the LAE Foundation and the European section of the International Federation of Landscape Architecture (IFLA Europe), the books aspire to be the definitive critical review of the state of the art of European landscape architecture.

The first book, Fieldwork, was published in 2006 and explores the tendency in Europe for new urban forms built on former agricultural land to make use of the patterns and land forms created by the agricultural land uses. The second book, On Site (2009), explores attitudes to place or locus, given that in Europe function and form are generally derived from the site and the landscape architect’s sensitivity to its intrinsic geographical and historical characteristics and processes. The third book, In Touch (2012), received the DAM Award for ‘Best Book on Architecture 2012’. The book argues that landscape architects in Europe build on a common horizon of understanding and yet produce quality works of very different expression and style. Like the first two books, it discusses outstanding projects created within the European mindset. It dives below the surface of forms in an attempt to uncover the common values that bind European design work – and which are continuously evolving. The fourth book will again observe the current world views and corresponding design approaches in European landscape architecture. It is now entering the production phase and will be published at the beginning of 2015.

As always, an independent jury of practicing landscape architects from different European countries will select the projects and a team of experienced European design critics will structure the book and write the texts.