ELASA is the European Landscape Architecture Student Association, which promotes the support, cooperation, exchange of ideas and understanding between landscape architecture students throughout Europe. Each year an annual meeting (summer) and a smaller mini-meeting (spring) are arranged. Every meeting is organised in a different country by landscape architecture students of a university from that country. After the spring meeting in Belgium, we are organising this mini meeting in Italy.
These meetings are really important for our association because this is one of the main ways of keeping communication, sharing information and planning the next meetings. For this reason, a big welcome and thank you for being part of this team.
ELASA shapes landscape architecture students from all over Europe.
Each country is represented by a country representative. Leaded by a Representative in meetings of the European and global professional and educational landscape architecture organizations like IFLA (International Federation of Landscape Architects), EFLA (European Federation of Landscape Architecture) and ECLAS (European Counsel of Landscape Architecture Schools).
Welcome to Italy! As you maybe already know, we are carbohydrate-addicted, and we live in a territory that looks like a boot. In pasta and pizza we trust, and so will you at the end of this journey. By the way, Italy is actually a nation located in from Central to South-Europe, in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea. Due to its central geographic location in Europe and the Mediterranean, Italy has historically been home to a myriad of peoples and cultures. As a reflection, is home to 54 World Heritage Sites.
Italy’s geological structure, including the Alps and the Apennines, Central Italian woodlands, and Southern Italian Garigue and Maquis shrubland, contributes to high climate and habitat diversity. For centuries divided by politics event until its unification in 1861, Italy’s culture has been shaped by a multitude of regional customs.
We decided to prepare for you a South-oriented tour that, as landscape architects, will be really interesting for the landscapes we can see and discover together. Then, to understand our controversial culture can be sometimes a bit difficult so we will give you some tips about how to interact with efficacy using the body language in the following pages. We really hope that you will enjoy this trip!