Landscape Online Seminars

A series of online lectures on landscape themes for students, adult learners and professionals

The LE:NOTRE Institute is organising a series of thematic  online seminars exploring  different perspective on landscape planning ranging from the participatory approach to sustainable food planning.

The e-lecture format is flexible allowing passive or active (by carrying out a set of assignments) involvement from participants. The registrations for and the detailed planning of the seminars will start in February 2021.

Teachers who want to include the seminars in their own studios or project work for a group of learners are asked to contact the LE:NOTRE Team by mail:

Sustainable Food Planning

Start: April 1, 2021    End: May 20, 2021

When: Weekly on Thursday afternoons 17h-18h30 CET

Partner: AESOP Sustainable Food Planning Group

Number of sessions: 7 sessions

More information on the presenters, the slides of the presentations and the recordings of the sessions here.

Registration: just follow this link.

Since the last decades conventional food system challenges in an increasingly urbanised environment become obvious, forcing reflection on improving its resilience through an interdisciplinary approach, different methods at different scales on issues like reducing the distance between producers and consumers, consolidation of a network of productive areas and facilities along the urban-rural transect, finding the best management practices for maintaining soil quality, productivity, and climate change mitigation by promoting multi-functionality, co-governance, re-localization, and agroecology.

This lecture series provides a global overview of the social, environmental, and spatial aspects of sustainable food planning while challenging its status quo through hybrid and innovative approaches such as agroecological urbanism. The Spring Seminar tackles domains like food governance (food councils) and policies, land management, urban agriculture, urban agroecology, local food networks, foodscapes, metropolitan food planning. A set of case studies give further insight into the state of the arts.

The AESOP sfp group will plan a second series later this year.

LED2LEAP – Landscape Education for Democracy

Leap to Learning Empowerment Agency Partnership

Start: 31st of March 2021

Wednesday afternoons 17h-18h30 CET

Number of sessions: 13 sessions

More information will follow on:

The landscape belongs to everyone. We should all have equal access to it and a voice in how it is used, valued, and maintained. However, spatial planning education rarely includes considerations of democratic processes, participatory planning, community design and landscape stewardship. Furthermore, it does not fully prepare young practitioners to become leaders in promoting democratic landscape change and work effectively in partnership with communities.

The idea behind the LED2LEAP (a further implementation of the Landscape Education for Democracy) project, a partnership between five European landscape architecture faculties, the LE:NOTRE Institute, and three local NGOs is to promote awareness and empower young design and planning professionals to become more active in shaping democratic change. Our goal is to fill a gap in design and planning education and give learners the opportunity to confront themselves with pressing issues of landscape democracy, right to the landscape and participation.

The seminar group meets only online; one can participate by just attending the lectures or in an active mode by carrying out the assignments.

Community engagement is of course very much challenged by the pandemic. This course will therefore also be an opportunity for you to share, study, test and reflect digital engagement methods and tools.

Here is what you will need:

  • find a few students from your programmes interested in advancing democratic landscape transformation within your community
  • find a community/NGO or local group to work with, and identify a landscape democracy challenge you want to tackle and impact though your work
  • Ideally, find a faculty advisor or tutor to follow your work

If you are interested in joining the program, contact us via

It is important that you engage with a local partner for the course of the semester, and there is the expectation that you will meet with them outside of class times to develop a process for addressing a defined landscape democracy challenge.

Jean Monnet lectures on Landscape and the European Union

Start: 31st of March 2021

When: Weekly on Friday afternoons 14h-15h30 CET

Number of sessions: 8 sessions

More information on

The Jean-Monnet-Module Landscape, democracy and the European Union bridges knowledge gaps between the objectives of the Europe 2020 strategy, relevant EU policies, programmes and instruments in the fields of environment and regional development and the actual professional practice of landscape and urban planners, designers, agronomists and regional developers on the ground. Examples of the themes that we address are food policies, climate change, water management & flooding, environmental impact.

The seminar group meets only online; one can participate by just attending the lectures or in an active mode by carrying out the assignments.

Keep in touch

More lecture series may follow, in you are interested, please subscribe to the LNI / ECLAS Newsletter here. For questions you can contact the LE:NOTRE Institute Team: