LE:NOTRE Landscape Forum 2016 Pafos

The 5th LE:NOTRE Landscape Forum
Landscape: From Natural to Cultural took place
from 16th – 20th March 2016 in Pafos, Cyprus

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the 2016 LE:NOTRE Institute Landscape Forum! 

2016 Forum event host

The 5th LE:NOTRE Landscape Forum Pafos 2016  “From Natural to Cultural”, was successfully organized by Neapolis University in Cyprus,  from 16th to 20th March 2016 at Coral Beach Hotel & Resort.


Forum Programme (pdf)
Pre-Forum Excursion Programme (pdf)
Forum Speakers (pdf)
Thematic Group Speakers (pdf)
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The programme of the forum encouraged the exchange of contemporary critical thinking and provided the foundation for interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation. Participants from 20 different countries empowered the dynamic of the forum with main keynote speaker, Prof. Kathryn Moore, Birmingham School of Architecture and Design and President of the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA President) that for the first time participated in a LE:NOTRE Landscape Forum.  The 2016 Forum was coordinated by Prof. Julia Georgi, Head of the Department Architecture, Land and Environmental Science, Neapolis University in Cyprus, Board Member of LE:NOTRE Institute.

The day before the opening ceremony of the event on March 16th 2016, Prof. Jorgen Primdahl and Prof. Lone Kristensen, University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Science presented their lecture and a technical workshop on vertical gardens took place.

The opening of the Conference took place on March 17th 2016, where the vice president of Neapolis University, Mr. George Leptos  welcomed the participants. The opening was held by the President of the House of Representatives, Mr. Yiannakis L. Omirou.  Greetings to the participants were addressed by the Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment Mr. Nicos Kouyialis and the LE:NOTRE Institute Hon. President, Prof.  Richard Stiles, Head of Landscape Architecture, Vienna University of Technology, Austria. Finally the Neapolis Smart Ecocity project was presented, which strongly relates to all the topics of LE:NOTRE Landscape Forum (urban growth, cultural heritage, sustainable tourism and rural development).

The event was attended by Mr. Michel Leptos, President of Neapolis University of Pafos,  Mr. Costas Konstandinou, Member of Parliament of Cyprus (ΔΗ.ΣΥ), Mr. Neofytos Koursiotis, Mayor of Peyeia, Mr. Michael Pavlidis, Mayor of Geroskipou, Mr. Stelios Axniotis, President of ETEK, as well as Pantelis Pantelides, Chief Engineer of Peyeia Municipality  Mrs Myria Loizide, Civil Engineer of the Municipality of Peyeia, and Mr. Neofytos Zavridis, Chief Engineer of the Municipality of Pafos.

Next, the following keynote speakers presented their lectures: Prof. Simon Bell, Head of Department of Landscape Architecture, Estonian University of Life Sciences, ECLAS President, Marcο Visconti (http://www.mvarchitects.it/) architect, Sustainable Design Group, Torino, Prof. Spyros Amourgis, Professor Emeritus of architecture at California State Polytechnic University, President of Athens School of Fine Arts, Christos Christodoulou, Architect, President at Cyprus Architects Association. The afternoon was dedicated to the field trip to the urban areas and neighbourhoods of Pafos, the archaeological park of Kato Pafos and the waterfront of Pafos, Lemba and Peyeia. All participants enjoyed an evening at a traditional tavern in the village of Kathikas, Peyeia.

On March 18th 2016, the following keynote speakers presented their lectures: Prof. Stefano Della Torre, Head of the Department of Architecture (ABC), Milano Polytechnic, Hanne Bat, Danish Centre for Rural Research, Annita Demetriadou, Acting Director General of Cyprus Tourism Organization and Phaedon Enotiades, Department of Town Planning and Housing.

Furthermore short presentations were held at the thematic workshop “Sustainable Tourism: Waterfront and Hotel Resorts” by Dr. Andreas Masouras, Lecturer at Neapolis University of Pafos, and  Prof. Dr. Dominik Siegrist, Head of Institute, Institute for Landscape and Open Space HSR Hochschule für Technik, Rapperswil, Switzerland. During the thematic workshop session “Urban growth and peri-urban sprawl: Walkability in the everyday landscape of Pafos” short presentations were given by Aggelos Oktorides, Architect at The Leptos Group, and Prof. Sara Protasoni, Politecnico di Milano, ABC,  Architecture Built Environment and Construction Engineering.

On March 19th 2016, the following Keynote speakers presented their lectures: Prof. Kathryn Moore, Birmingham School of Architecture and Design and President of the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA President), Dr. Marina Solomonidou Ieronimidou/ Dr. Stathis Raptou, Director of the Department of Antiquity, Cyprus / Department of Antiquity, Dr. Andreas Christou, Head of Research Publicity and Silviculture Sector Department of Forests, and Dr. Costa Apostolides, University of Malta.

Next, the four thematic workshops took place.  During the thematic workshop session “Heritage and Identities” short presentations were given by Dr. Kyriakos Themistokleous/ Dr. Branka Cuca, Department of Civil Engineering and Geomatics, Cyprus University of Technology and Marios Christodoulides, Architect, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Simpraxis Architecture Design Studio. During the thematic workshop “Rural change: landscapes, circular economy and local food production: rural landscape in vernacular settlements” a short presentation was given by Antonia Theodosiou, architect, Environmental Engineer & Tourist Guide Project Director of the Akamas Peninsula Management Plan.

Event Themes

On March 20th 2016 the results of the four thematic workshops were presented:

The themes chosen for the four working groups reflected the growing importance of landscape at the European policy level and developed some of the key issues highlighted by the European Science Foundation’s Science policy Briefing: “Landscape: From Nature “

  1. Urban growth and peri-urban sprawl: Walkability in the everyday landscape of Pafos
  2. Sustainable tourism: Waterfront and Hotel Resorts
  3. Heritage and identities: Kato Pafos Archaeological Park
  4. Rural change: landscapes, circular economy and local food production: rural landscape in vernacular settlements


The event continued with the presentation of the 6th LΕ: NOTRE Landscape Forum in Munich, Germany by Prof.  Frieder Luz, University of Weilhensterphan, Triesdorf and the award ceremony for the student competition “Akamas Landscape – Between Science and Myth”.


Outcome Statement

The 5th LE:NOTRE FORUM PAFOS 2016 concluded with the round table discussion and the presentation of the LANDSCAPE MANIFESTO OF PAFOS to all interested participants of the Forum, citizens, students, academics, professionals and authorities.​



Doctoral colloquium

A doctoral colloquium was organised on 16th of March 2016, 1400– 1800 at the Auditorium Coral Beach Hotel, Paphos, Cyprus


Poster exhibition

More information coming soon


Cyprus Forum Student Competition – Winning Teams

Akamas- Between Science and Myth

The winning projects of the 2016 LE:NOTRE Institute Student Competition go to the University College Gent, the National School of Higher Studies in Nature and Landscape Architecture  Blois, France, the Harvard Graduate School of Design, USA, and to Sapiența Hungarian University of Transsylvania, Romania.

Visualiation of the Astropark in Kato Arodes, 2nd Prize

Visualiation of the Astropark in Kato Arodes, 2nd Prize

This LE:NOTRE Student Competition was part of the 5th Landscape Forum of the LE:NOTRE Institute. The forum was hosted by the Neapolis University in Paphos, Cyprus from 16th – 20th of March 2016. The forum focussed on the north-western region of Cyprus including the peri-urban landscape of Paphos and the natural areas of the Akamas peninsula.

The LE:NOTRE International Student Competition aims to support integrated and holistic landscape approaches through multidisciplinary student teams elaborating planning and design proposals at various scales

This first prize was awarded to Niels de Courvreur, Tobias van der Elst, Joren Jodts and Maarten Dox from the University College Gent for their ‘DNA 4 AKAMAS’ project.

Two second prices were issued. One to the team of Philippe Allignet from Blois and Sophia Geller fromthe Harvard Graduate School of Design. Another second prize went to Patka Zsuzsa-Kincső, Lorant Kovacs, Botond Szabo, Emöke Gereb and Julia Nagy from Sapiența Hungarian University of Transsylvania, Romania.

The third prize was issued for Guillaume Vanden Avenne, Thomas Dreesen, Gus van Hoeck, Robin Vangheluwe, also from the University College Gent.

Please download the full presentation of the finalists here.



Photos from the LE:NOTRE Landscape Forum 2016 student competition award ceremony

more photos: coming soon


Print media


Bookmark LLF 2016 double-sided PDF

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Bookmark LLF 2016 back JPG

Poster LLF 2016 PDF


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