Digital Landscape Architecture Conference DLA

next DLA 2022 “HYBRID: Analog + Digital = The next normal” in Boston

Boston and Bernburg, September 15, 2021:
Review System for JoDLA 7-2022 and DLA 2022 in Boston is active

 The 23rd Annual International HYBRID Digital Landscape Architecture Conference will be held at Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD), Cambridge Massachusetts USA (public health considerations allowing), and simultaneously / asynchronously on-line.

The Main Theme and Suggested Topics: “Hybrid Landscapes”

“We live in an increasingly hybrid world. Hybrid plants; hybrid cars; hybrid teaching and learning; hybrid workplaces; hybrid landscapes…. What “hybrid vigor” can the hybridization of the analog and the digital offer to landscape architects, urban/environmental designers, and planetary citizens?”

We invite you to contribute to this conference on all aspects of technologies in landscape architecture. The “Extended Abstract” should have a minimum of 1200 and a maximum of 2000 words of unpublished findings including key references. As your submission will be reviewed blind, you are asked to avoid names of your authors and organizations in your text. Your contribution will be identified only by the submission number.

Additionally we are asking you to upload a file with your extended abstract, key references and selected graphics as pdf file. Please make sure that this upload is also anonymous. The review system is allowing only one upload; the latest upload is always replacing the earlier upload of your submission.

Submission date line for extended abstracts: November 1, 2021

Please submit direct at

You’ll find the link to the JoDLA Review System also on the home page of the DLA 2022 conference

Accepted abstracts will be invited to submit a full paper by Jan. 10, 2022, for a second-round fully blind peer-review process. Accepted papers will be published as papers in JoDLA Journal of Digital Landscape Architecture 7–2022 by Wichmann VDE Verlag, Berlin-Offenbach. See last year’s JoDLA 6-2021 at

Bernburg, July 30, 2021 – A short report on the DLA 2021

The Digital Landscape Architecture Conference DLA21, held May 26-28 at Anhalt University, remains very popular

We are very happy that this year’s second virtual DLA, organized in Germany, had 780 registrations and close to 400 active participants from 56 countries, keeping the level of participation of last year’s DLA at Harvard University.

Map with the 56 countries of DLA 2021 participants

We offered a compact format moderated through the entire conference by live moderators.

We learned that Digital Landscape Architecture offers tools needed to contribute to the extensive challenges of Resilient Landscape Architecture and Global Change. After the first day of very well received workshops on UAF, Geodesign, and BIM, the second day focused on Resilient Landscape Architecture. The final day was devoted to standardization in landscape architecture, such as Building Information Models – BIM.

Prof. Dr. Dirk Messner, President of the German Environmental Agency, UBA Umweltbundesamt, in his Welcome Address defined the role of technical tools such as digitalization, Artificial Intelligence, machine learning and digital twins, addressing the objectives of the United Nations’ Agenda 2030. The opening keynote speaker, landscape architect Kotchakorn Voraakhom from Thailand, introduced the problem of rainwater management in the completely sealed city of Bangkok. Keynote speaker Mohan S. Rao landscape architect from India introduced his work on integrating all involved parties in addressing issues of global change. The keynotes on the final day focused on Building Information Models and the need for further development towards Landscape Information Models that address environmental factors more adequately.

The DLA offered three parallel sessions with eight different topics in addition to the keynote lectures. The forty-five lectures are already published as open access paper in

Please see the video documentation of the

  • keynote lectures and the panel discussions and the
  • presentation files of the fifty lectures and workshops

on the 2021 DLA web page

The documentation of the conference is organized by the eight main topics and in the sequence of conference.  You also find the two lectures from the conference on virtually teaching landscape architecture studios, by Prof. Dr. Travis Flohr and Prof. Dr. Jörg Rekittke.

Some of this year’s DLA pictures: The live panel – here during handing over the DLA 2022 to Harvard at the end of the conference, and a snap shot of the communication tool.

The closing moderators from left Prof. Dr. Stephen Ervin, Prof. Dr. Matthias Pietsch, Prof. Erich Buhmann, Jeanne Colgan and Prof. Dr. Jörg Rekittke

A snap shot of the communication tool by the DLA 2021 video conference system

And a big thank you to all authors, speakers, reviewers, moderators, technical supporters,sponsors and supporters!
The DLA team is already preparing to accept the next abstracts by the dead line of November 1, 2021. Accepted papers will be published in May 2022 for the section of presentations in Boston in June 2022.
Please submit your extended abstract to our review system by November 1:


The annual international Digital Landscape Architecture DLA addresses all aspects of digital technologies, applications, information, and knowledge based on research, education, and practice pertaining to landscape architecture and related fields. 

While the conference is frequently hosted on the Anhalt University Campus adjacent to the Bauhaus World Heritage Site in Dessau; Germany or on the nearby campus in Bernburg, the DLA has also been hosted by landscape architecture faculties in Valletta, Zürich, Istanbul, Munich and Boston.

Papers are selected by a two-phase peer review process. Accepted papers are published in the Journal Digital Landscape Architecture JoDLA. Authors of outstanding papers are then invited to speak at the conference. The journal publishes original papers that address theoretical and practical issues, innovative developments, methods, applications, findings, and case studies that are drawn primarily from work presented at the annual DLA conference. Its intent is to encourage the broad dissemination of these ideas, innovations, and practices. The JoDLA is listed in the international citation database Scopus.

The JoDLA has an open access policy. Past issues are available at

We encourage you to participate in the DLA.

130 Landscape Architects from thirty countries attending the 20th Digital Landscape Architecture Conference DLA

June 18th, 2021

The Journal of Digital Landscape Architecture JoDLA is listed in the international citation database Scopus, where it is in the 65th percentile among architecture journals.



June 16th, 2021
Jury Report DLA Poster 2021

The three winning DLA 2021 posters from three continents!

Read more

JoDLA invites 56 authors from 19 countries to submit to Full Paper Review by January 10, 2021 – Congratulations to the Authors! The results of the abstract review:
next: DLA 2021 May 25-28 in Dessau
Digital Landscape Architecture by Stephen Ervin

Participating countries (as of May 2020)

Participating Organizations (as of May 2020)

Real World Works by Jörg Rekittke

Important Dates for the review process for DLA 2022 Boston

Opening Call for Abstracts Sep. 1, 2021
Abstracts due Nov. 1, 2021
Notification of acceptance Dec. 1, 2021
Full manuscript submission due: Jan. 10, 2022
Opening of Call for posters Feb. 1, 2022
Manuscript reviews returned: Feb 15, 2022

Revised/ final manuscriptur due:

March 1, 2022
Posters and Art submissions due May 1, 2022
Conference June 6 – June, 2022 (final date TBA)
Post-Conf. Activities / Field Trips June 8 – 11, 2022 (TBA)


Main Theme and Suggested Topics:
For the 23 rd Digital Landscape Architecture Conference, the Editors and the Editorial Board of the Journal of Digital Landscape Architecture cordially invite you to submit abstracts for original, unpublished presentations focusing on the conference’s main theme

“HYBRID: Analog + Digital = The next normal”

Abstracts, posters and panel proposals are encouraged on one or more of these topics:
1) Post-Pandemic Hybridization in Life, Landscapes and Practice
2) Algorithmic Design and Analysis of Landscapes
3) Mobile Devices, Internet-of-Things, and 'Smart' systems in the Landscape
4) Data Science and Landscape Information Modelling
5) Drone/UAV Imagery and uses
6) Digital Fabrication in Landscape Architecture
7) Visualization and Animation of Landscapes
8) Mixed reality (AR / VR) and Immersive Environments
9) Geodesign Approaches, Technologies, and Case Studies
10) Digital Landscape Architectural Responses to Climate Change
11) Teaching Digital Landscape Architecture
12) Digital Landscape Architecture in Practice

JoDLA Review Process:
The author’s fee for the publication will be 350 Euros for the standard 8 pages of print
with the option of publishing up to 4 extra pages for 50 Euros per additional page.
The conference language is English. The DLA 2022 conference will be held at the Graduate
School of Design, Harvard University, Cambridge Mass, USA
For further information please contact:
Stephen Ervin, Conference Chair
DLA Conference Local Chair 2020: Stephen Ervin, Harvard GSD
DLA Conference Scientific Director: Prof. Erich Buhmann, Hochschule Anhalt

DLA 2021 supported by

Impressions from DLA Dessau, 2015

DLA | Digital Landscape Architecture