The IFLA Student Charrette is an intensive workshop open to students of Landscape Architecture Programmes from around the world, sponsored by Nava Polman-Gerson Foundation, Netherlands. This year’s Student Charrette was planned by the IFLA 2024 Student Charrette Organizing Committee and organized by the UCTEA Chamber of Turkish Landscape Architects.

We welcome undergraduate and postgraduate students of landscape architecture to apply for participation in a four-day workshop exploring the power of historic and cultural layers of the Historic Peninsula of İstanbul.

Students from diverse cultural backgrounds will get the chance to come together, interact, share ideas, and, most importantly, have fun. Participants in the Student Charrette will be divided into teams, and the teams will get mentoring from academia and professionals to generate original and unique ideas.


As we search for solutions that can prevent many of the developments we are discussing today that are hurting the viability of human life in the world, can look at how ancient cities solved these problems be a way forward?  How can we design more resilient “urban metabolisms” - by using the infra-world and its nested landscapes of our cities together - in the face of growing inequality and runaway climate change?
Mediterranean geography has many important references in terms of urban history, and we know that ancient cities, whether inhabited or abandoned, offer us many possibilities for how our cities can become more resilient. When we look at the compact lifestyles of cities of the past, we see an urban metabolism where infrastructures and life-support systems were thoughtfully designed to be self-sufficient for days in case of disaster or war. Underground waterways, fountains, arches, vaults, cisterns, bostans, urban farms, sanctuary gardens, city walls, gates, gateways, underground tunnels, socially inclusive public networks, and their public spaces, and many other components of the urban system are perfectly designed to sustain life under all conditions throughout the history.
The Historic Peninsula of Istanbul has also preserved its layers of different eras in one form or another as an ancient city that has managed to survive by closing in on itself in the face of the threats it has faced throughout history.
The area we will be studying in this year's IFLA 2024 Student Charette, located at the north-eastern corner of the historic peninsula, is an urban sample where many layers belonging to different periods of an ancient city try to coexist with the landscape. It includes a variety of land uses that serve different purposes. The most significant are residential, commercial, and green areas. A landscape is created by the 1600-year-old walls and their surroundings, which reflect the city’s history and the numerous complex cultural activities that have occurred there. Cemeteries, open spaces like parks, historical orchards/vegetable gardens-bostans-, courtyards of traditional Turkish Houses, city walls, fortifications, gates, towers, monuments from various historical periods, and buildings like traditional homes are some of the multi-layered tangible features of the cultural landscape.
We expect that the IFLA 2024 Student Charette will produce design models that attempt to address the questions we have tried to open above from the potentials of Istanbul and the historical layers of the natural and cultural landscapes of the Historic Peninsula, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site!
We hope You are interested in joining this journey!

Program duration: 31 August - 3 September (4 days)
Venue: Department of Landscape Architecture at ITU Taşkışla
Sponsor: Nava Polman-Gerson Foundation

Northern Landwalls of Istanbul



Students majoring in landscape architecture all over the world (including graduate students). Students must be active students/enrolled in a program when the charette takes place. Proficiency in the English language, ability to use drawing and visualization programs, etc. is crucial to apply for student charrette.
The participants should have a valid registration for the IFLA World Congress, in order to be eligible to participate at the Charrette.

For applications from Turkiye:
If you are an undergraduate student of Landscape Architecture, you must be a member of PMOGenç (the Chamber of Turkish Landscape Architects Student Member Commission). If you are a graduate student, you must be a member of the UCTEA CTLA (TMMOB Peyzaj Mimarları Odası).




March 22, 2024

Deadline for Questions

Until March 29, 2024

Answers for Questions

Until April 12, 2024

Submission Deadline

May 12, 2024, at 23.59 (GMT)

Selection Notification

June 12, 2024. The selected students will be contacted individually

Award Ceremony

September 6, 2024, at IFLA World Congress



Three awards will be given; 1st, 2nd, 3rd prize.
1st place: 1,500 USD / 2nd place: 1,000 USD / 3rd place: 500 USD
In addition to the above-mentioned awards, the 60th IFLA World Congress 2024 organising committee has agreed to present a special prize in the name of the UCTEA Chamber of Turkish Landscape Architects.
The final results and the projects will be displayed at the IFLA 2024 Congress Venue.


The fee includes lunch, coffee breaks, accommodation, site visit(s), and program participation. (The fee does NOT include personal expenses such as flights, travel insurance, shopping, touristic visits, breakfast, dinner, etc.)
The payment method for the participation fee will be notified to the selected applicants at a later date.


The Student Design Competition of the IFLA 2024 60th World Congress is sponsored by the Nava Polman-Gerson Foundation.