The opening sentence of Geoffrey and Susan Jellicoe’s book ‘The Landscape of Man’, published in 1975, reads: “The world is moving into a phase when landscape design may well be recognized as the most comprehensive of the arts.” The 42nd IFLA (International Federation of Landscape Architects) World Congress will explore past examples and future forecasts of how this may come to pass worldwide. Themes include Urban Growth and Decline; Safer Cities and Towns; Rural Growth and Decline; and Quality, Aesthetics and Economics.