Today, the urban environment already contains more than half of the world's population, and demographic forecasts predict that by 2020, 80 % of Europeans will be living in urban areas (Laroche et al., 2006, Cavailhes, 2004). The central role of the landscape in the strategy of resistance and sustainability of urban agriculture, vineyards, forests, etc. is therefore essential. Landscape architects, project managers, architects, historians, artists, engineers, elected officials, etc. are constantly questioning themselves in the light of contemporary landscape practices and, more generally, the major challenges of land use planning in the face of this change in people's lives.
Anxious to promote links and bridges between landscape colleges, young graduates and the world of professionals, the French Landscape Federation organizes, for the third consecutive year, the competition entitled "Landscape Diplomas: new talents" edition 2015.
Landscape jobs require a high level of technical skills. Professionals are increasingly qualified, whether they work in private landscape companies or in public services in charge of green spaces.
The profession of landscape gardener goes beyond the idea that we often have of it. From the creation of interior gardens, green spaces or green walls and roofs, to maintenance, through the realization on the ground, the range of activities is wide. Not to mention the growth of sustainable development with organic farming, renewable energies, recycling, eco-construction, etc., which are transforming professional practices: not polluting the soil, respecting biodiversity, etc.
On average, there are 15,000 new hires in the Landscape sector each year. And the numerous and varied training courses available make landscaping a promising sector. The majority of young landscape architect graduates are hired quickly after their training, mainly in landscape agencies. Landscape gardeners are not to be outdone. The demand for professionals is constantly increasing, especially among private individuals for gardens, interior landscaping and maintenance.
Landscape Diplomas: the new talents. 2015 Edition
Tuesday 9 June 2015, at 7pm, at the Maison de l'Architecture (Couvent des Récollets, in Paris Xème) the results of the 3rd edition of the French Landscape Federation (FFP) Landscape Diplomas will be announced.
Out of a total of 37 files examined, only six finalists remain today who will present their final works to a Grand Jury chaired this year by urban planner Jean-Pierre Charbonneau.
A sharply increasing number, which testifies to the registration of this annual event as a now well-recognized event for young graduates and landscape colleges.
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Following an analysis carried out by a jury of about ten professional landscape designers, six finalists were chosen to present their work before a Grand Jury. Namely (in alphabetical order) :
– Luc Dalla Nora (School of Nature and Landscape of Blois), for his work entitled: "La plaine des Monges-Launaguet (31). What city/countryside relations for a sustainable future? »
– Mathilde Garro (Lille School of Architecture and Landscape), for his work entitled: "Promesses d'Îles. Lagoon and large ensemble, the current events of a utopia. »
– Sylvain Huot (School of Nature and Landscape of Blois), for his work entitled: "Energy heritage: the reconversion of a former nuclear site in Brennilis".
– Julie-Amadéa Pluriel (School of Nature and Landscape of Blois), for his work entitled: "Le Massif de Crussol. Scout of the Mediterranean ".
– Magali Risler (Landscape School of Versailles), for his work entitled: "Hospital Territory, a halt in the crossing".
– Maxime Soens (Landscape School of Versailles) for his work entitled: "Another look at the Petite Camargue: sketch of a landscape plan for Aigues-Mortes and its salt marshes".
Coming from three landscape colleges, these six finalists, through their approaches, question territories as much as they do practice.
Neither neglecting substance nor form, their works are often illustrated by the space they leave to time. They also demonstrate the landscape designer's ability to position himself as a true instigator, at the interface of different systems, often complex, which both melt and modify the landscape.
Urban planning, architecture, heritage, agriculture, environment, risk management, climate change... are all disciplines that underpin the making of the landscape. They are, by their very nature, the object of their concerns, which they encounter, question and use to write their projects.
All that remains now is for them to support their final projects on 9 June 2015, at the Maison de l'Architecture in Île-de-France, in front of the demanding members of a Grand Jury, composed of personalities such as Liliane Pays (IDF regional councillor and President of NatureParif), Marie-Christine Vatov (editor-in-chief of the magazine Traits Urbains) and Jean-Marc Bouillon (landscape designer and President of the French Landscape Federation).
At the end of this day, the Grand Jury will decide to award prizes to up to three works, which stand out for the seriousness of their approach, their exemplary quality or their innovative character.
The winners will be rewarded with a prize (financial reward and training), thanks to the sponsorship of two companies: CEA (professional insurance broker) and Sopranature (roof waterproofing and greening systems).
All the finalists of this edition will be promoted through the publication of a catalogue and a dedicated website.
Maison de l'Architecture d'Ile-de-France - Couvent des Récollets, 148 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Martin, 75010 Paris
Free entrance, from 7pm.