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IFLA to hold 54th congress in Montreal

on Friday,May 28,2010 19:05

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Montreal will be the site of the 54th World Congress of the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA), which will be held in 2017. IFLA is the international body representing landscape architecture professionals from 62 countries.

Delegates from 32 countries unanimously voted for the Canadian city at the recent IFLA World Congress in Suzhou, China.

"I am thrilled by the delegates' decision. Creativity, innovation and knowledge are in Montreal’s DNA," said Helen Fotopulos, the executive committee member who is responsible for culture, heritage, design and the status of women of the City of Montreal.

The 2017 congress will see IFLA celebrate its 50th anniversary, Canada its sesquicentennial and Montreal its 375th. These interrelated events are expected to attract thousands of designers, architects and urban planners to the city.

The driving force behind bringing IFLA to Montreal was Mission Design, an organization that works to bring attention to Quebec architecture and design on a national and international scale. Its executive director, Alain Dufour, was part of the Suzhou delegation.

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