EMF – Estudi Martí Franch won LILA – Landezine International Landscape Award 2016. EMF is practicing excellent scientific and technical work, but most importantly also proves that visiting landscapes must mean a culturally fulfilling experience. In the times, when ecosystems are constantly being challenged by the consequences of human activities, preservation and restoration of nature are vital for the wellbeing of all species. Martí Franch is aware that promoting subtle change in order to emphasise overwhelming natural forces and features left ‘as they are’ plays a very important role in establishing a bond between the user and the landscape – people and environment.
– LILA 2016 Jury
Martí Franch gave speech at the first Landezine LIVE that took place at the Old Power Station in Ljubljana, Slovenia on January 20th 2017. He also received the first LILA – Landezine International Landscape Award.
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Landscape Architect by the University of Greenwich and Horticulturalist by ETSAB in Barcelona, is the founder & principal of ‘EMF landscape architecture’. EMF is an interdisciplinary practice of independent experts in the field of urban and environmental design, exercising internationally. ‘EMF’ was settled in 1999 after professional and academic training in Amsterdam, London and Berlin. Ever since, Franch explores hybrid ways between ecological systems & cultural constructs to inform projects and build up new realities. Since 2001 Franch teaches in ETSAB Barcelona, and has been visiting teacher at ENSPV Versailles, RMIT Melbourne or LU Lund. Representing ETSAB Barcelona, Franch contributed to the conception of EMiLA, the European Master in Landscape Architecture a join Master Degree between ENSPV Versailles, AvB Amsterdam, LUH Hannover, UE Edinburgh and ETSAB. His work has been internationally published and awarded with an ASLA American Society of Landscape Architects Honor Award 2012 , European Landscape Biennal – Rosa Barba Prize 2012, as well as selected finalist in FAD 2012, Rosa Barba Prize 2010, CCCB European Prize of Public Space 2012 among others. Currently Franch is doing a Design Practice Research PhD by RMIT Melbourne (Europe) and is an ADAPT’r fellow at GSA for a period of 18 months.