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SILA Build With Heart 2019: Pre-Planning

In collaboration with Epic Homes, learn more behind the problems of Kampung Gurney, a Temuan village located in the district of Batang Kali, Malaysia. And moreover, the solutions that helped drive the pre-planning of the SILA Build With Heart 2019 initiative.

Kindly click the download button (below) to get access to the PDF that gives you the low-down, and stay tuned next month post-event highlights and final outcome!

Renascence Water Bank, IFLA AAPME Project 2018

This project restored a 1.5km long wetland on the eastern riparian edge of the largest lake of Yunnan Province–Dian Lake which has been heavily polluted for decades. After completion, the water discharged to Dian Lake was purified and pollutants were reduced to a larger extent. Meanwhile, based on site vegetation, wind speed, aquatic habitats requirements and human activities, the breakwater which blocked the material and energy exchange of land-wetland-lake ecosystem was demolished in 3 landscape-dominated ways. Thus, the riparian edge habitats were rehabilitated, biodiversity increased, existing heritage trees were reserved and public space for recreation and ecological education was created.

The wetland system is capable of treating 60,000m ³ wastewater per day and CODs,BODs,NH4-N,TP,TN were reduced by 46%,40%,16%,32%,8% respectively. Black-headed gull and other wildlife have returned which is a testament and compliment to the restored natural systems, wetland systems, and habitats of the site.

This project is unique and pioneering due to collaboration between landscape architects and other specialists and also the role of landscape architects leading it to an eco-friendly and human-friendly landscape-dominated project rather than an engineering-dominated project. Innovative wetland rehabilitation and water treatment are paired with integrated public realm design which restored the ecological system, raise the awareness of protecting Dian Lake and engaged the public in the Dian Lake protection campaign.

Project Name: Renascence Water Bank, Dounan Wetland Park
Landscape Architecture Firm: Tsinghua Holdings Human Settlements Environment Institute and Beijing Tsinghua Tongheng Urban Planning & Design Institute

How Landscape Might Influence…The Way We Advertise

Written by Chrystal Cheng (HKILA, Young Landscape Architects’ Group)

The Tembusu Condo, Singapore
Image Courtesy of Tierra Design (S) Pte Ltd.

The world’s current sustainable development model based on a low carbon economy has changed the way we advertise- and landscape is caught up in this green lifestyle trend that has become fashionable. The new engine of real estate development is centred on green marketing strategies in response to homebuyers seeking quality of life beyond the material. Where there used to be a sole emphasis on the building, real estate advertisements now highlight connectivity to landscape and people comfortable in natural elements. In this third edition of Landscape Influence, a prominent residential condominium in Singapore “The Tembusu” is featured. Praised for not only having an organic living façade that brings landscape closer to residential units, a rainforest environment is established on its lush grounds as well, where water features capture and retain rainwater through meandering streams. This project was awarded President*s Design Award, Design of the Year 2018.

By infusing nature and water in our urban framework, this residential sanctuary allows one to experience the complementary tones of landscape in a built development. Not to mention, landscaping helps increase a property’s market value, hence protecting buyers’ investment in the future. If this inspires you, then the artist’s impressions used for advertising has done its job and like the legacy of a Tembusu tree, this trend is not going anywhere, anytime soon.

Project Info:

ARCHITECT
Arc Studio Architecture + Urbanism Pte Ltd

CIVIL AND STRUCTURAL CONSULTANT
P&T Consultants Pte Ltd

CLIENT
Wing Tai Holdings Limited

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT
Tierra Design (S) Pte Ltd

MAIN CONTRACTOR
Shimizu Corporation

MECHANICAL AND ELECTRICAL CONSULTANT
United Project Consultants Pte Ltd

QUANTITY SURVEYOR
Rider Levett Bucknall LLP

WATER SENSITIVE URBAN DESIGN SPECIALIST
Enviro Pro Green Innovations (S) Pte Ltd

IFLA-APR Industry Newsletter Issue No. 7

We’re nearly approaching mid-year with many activities to update you on. Our panel of judges for the IFLA APR LA Awards will be aiming to complete the assessment of all projects over the next few weeks. This means we will be ready to announce outstanding awards, awards of excellence and honourable mentions for each category as they come to hand.

In other news, APR elections are just around the corner. We have open positions available for President and Honorary Secretary, and three standing committee Chairs: Landscape Without Borders, Finance and Business Planning, and Communications and External Relations. We will keep you posted in regard to the outcomes of these elections; the notice for nominations has already been distributed to our eligible IFLA APR delegates.

SILA Charity Project: Build With Heart 2019

Singapore Institute of Landscape Architects (SILA) is looking for volunteers* to come together and build a home in Malaysia for low income indigenous families from 4 – 7 Jul 2019.

The objective is to improve the quality of life for families in the needy community of Orang Asli in Kampung Gurney Temuan Village, located in the district of Batang Kali approx 42 km from Kuala Lumpur.

Be part of this wonderful opportunity!

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Kopupaka Reserve Project

The IFLA Asia-Pacific LA Awards 2017 honoured the Kopupaka Reserve an Outstanding Award under the Infrastructure category thanks to the efforts of Grant Bailey and his team at Isthmus Group Ltd. for the Auckland Council.

“Kopupaka Reserve is a locally responsive environmental design that integrates engineering, ecological, cultural and community outcomes. It challenges expectations around the design and use of stormwater reserves to intertwine culture and infrastructure with the creation and ecological restoration of a new public space.” – Isthmus Group Ltd., Project Statement

Be inspired, see more about what makes this project a deserved winner in our industry. Read More

AILA presents ‘Foreground’

Foreground provides news and analysis on cities, places and the people who create them. It aims to advance debate on the design and development of our cities and public places with engaging, knowledge-based journalism and expert opinion, supported by evidence.

A New Graduation Law in the Philippines!

The House of Representatives have approved a bill requiring all graduating elementary, high school, and college students to plant at least 10 trees each before they can graduate.

With over 12 million students graduating from elementary and nearly five million students graduating from high school and almost 500,000 graduating from college each year, this initiative could ensure that at least 175 million new trees would be planted each year. Read More

Video: Minami Ikebukuro Park Project

Although new skyscrapers are constantly being built, work is also underway to make Tokyo a sustainable city. Buildings are surrounded by green and forests are being planted near communal housing, with the city getting a plant-led transformation . Landscape architect Tatsuya Hiraga, and gardener and landscape designer Michio Tase both explore the new cityscape of Tokyo as it evolves an innovative co-existence with plant life. Watch Video

Perspective – June Issue

In this women’s issue, we feature leading female design creatives such as Patricia Urquiola (on the cover), Tara Bernerd and Dara Huang. We also take a look at the gender gap in the architecture and design fields, and speak to Martha Thorne, Pritzker Architecture Prize executive director and dean of the IE School of Architecture & Design in Madrid. She discusses the problem and what it will take to change the situation. Though the business remains mainly a man’s world, there’s reason to believe the gap is narrowing.

For free access to the issue, click on the button and key in IFLA1808.

Best regards,

Damian Tang President, IFLA Asia Pacific region

Kopupaka Reserve, IFLA APR LA Awards Project 2017

Kopupaka Reserve is a locally responsive environmental design that integrates engineering, ecological, cultural and community outcomes. From an infrastructural need to attenuate and detain stormwater run-off from the streets and buildings of the town centre, Kopupaka challenges expectations around the design and use of stormwater reserves to intertwine culture and infrastructure with the creation and ecological restoration of a new public space distinctly bespoke to Aotearoa.

The humbleK strawberry is an unlikely victim of the changing face of Auckland city yet, in west Auckland, the acres of strawberry fields that once defined the landscape are being replaced with the infrastructure of a new town centre at Westgate, part of an Auckland Council strategy to cope with a predicted population boom. The notion of weaving histories and overlapping functions together is the dominant design narrative of the park articulated in physical form through the merging tributary and constructed wetlands of the park.

This is a hybrid park, an integration of infrastructure with the natural. A stormwater reserve is combined with an urban park, playground and skate park, all made possible by dovetailing the masterplanning of the streets with the green infrastructure of the 22-hectare stormwater reserve.This is a new type of civic infrastructure, where traditional boundaries and functions overlap it, has a tight overlay of cultural, ecological, community and (mostly unseen) engineering objectives.

Project Name: Kopupaka Reserve, Auckland
Landscape Architecture Firm: Isthmus Group Ltd.
Landscape Architects: Grant Bailey & Co.
Client: Auckland Council

IFLA-APR Industry Newsletter Issue No. 6

It has been a month since our IFLA APR LA Awards submissions closed. We thank you for your patience as we have been in the process of judging each and every project with great attention to detail, thanks to our new Jury panel.

In other news, “World Landscape Architecture” month featured an article by IFLA APR President Damian Tang in IFLA News #100. Based on his community resilience building project (Project Sidara) in Timor Leste, the article is based around a conversation with an elderly villager who discusses what landscape architecture really means to him.

Moreover, we would like to thank our sponsors for their kind contribution to the project. We are pleased to announce that we have successfully received more than SGD25,000 for this ground-breaking initiative. We are honoured to have Mr Guru, Landscape Engineering and Mr James Lim, Uniseal as the anchor sponsors for this resilience building project in Timor Leste. 

The following is the breakdown of contribution by each sponsor.

2019 IFLA Asia Pac Regional Congress: Call For Papers [CLOSING FRIDAY]

THIS FRIDAY is the last time to submit your topic for consideration to the Programme Committee for the 2019 IFLA-APR conference.

All you need to do is email your summary to the secretariat. Please click here for details.

IFLA APR Awards 2019: Meet the Jury

We are proud to announce our IFLA APR LA Awards 2019 Jury Panel.

Learn more about the judges of this prestigious competition over here.

World Landscape Architecture Month: A Villager’s View

The rich question of “What is landscape architecture” is one I have probably tried to answer countless times to many different people. It has come to a point where I believe that what we practice and do are more important than what we think or say and what people think about what has been given is ultimately more important than what we have done. Landscape architecture as we (landscape architects) understand it embodies complexity. But to most people, it should be simple.

A recent encounter I had with some people in a village in Hera, Timor-Leste, probably summed up for me the essence of what landscape architecture really is…  Read More

How Landscape Might Influence…The Way We Camp

When we talk about camping, we probably have a sense of how camping might look like and the kind of outdoor ‘roughing it’ experience that happens in a pitched tent. In this second edition of landscape influence, we shall take a look at Tiarasa Escapes Glamping Resort in Pahang, Malaysia and how it has redefined camping in a glamorous way. This is also a project that won the ‘Project of the Year’ in the recent Malaysia Landscape Architecture Awards 2019. Read More

MLAA 2019: Event Summary

The Malaysia Landscape Architecture Awards gala was officiated by Federal Territories Minister Khalid Samad and also attended by Kuala Lumpur City Hall executive director of planning Datuk Mahadi Che Ngah.

This year saw 141 entries from Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam and Philippines with a total of 62 awards presented. The categories included best projects, lifelong achievements, landscape design, green initiative, best landscape contractors, best government researchers, landscape study and best international participation.

IFLA APR congratulates all winners and participants of this prestigious competition.

REMINDER: Call For Contemporary Projects

Project submissions end on 30 May 2019.

How to submit your work
Using the simple online submissions portal, you will be asked to respond to several questions to identify the contribution of your work. Based on your submissions, the authors will select the best range of projects for the book. The deadline for project submissions is 30 May 2019.

Using the simple online submissions portal, you will be asked to respond to several questions to identify the contribution of your work. Based on your submissions, the authors will select the best range of projects for the book. The deadline for project submissions is 30 May 2019. Submit Now

UN Climate Action Summit 2019

The UN Climate Action Summit, being convened by UN Secretary-General on 23 September 2019 provides an opportunity for redefining people’s relationship with nature. ‘Nature-Based Solutions’ can harness nature’s capacity to reduce emissions, enhance resilience, and can offer a crucial response to climate change and sustainable development at the scale and pace that is needed: To make this transformation possible, the necessary actions must be clearly identified…Read More

Perspective – May Issue

It’s all about awards right now, with the call for entries to the annual A&D Trophy Awards and A&D China Awards, now open until June 30. Since 2004, the A&D Trophy Awards have celebrated the best in architecture, interior design and product design across the Asia-Pacific region. 2018 was a landmark year that saw the inaugural A&D China Awards, which proved to be an instant success. This year’s awards promise to be bigger and better than ever.

The winners of the 40 Under 40 Awards 2019 will be announced this month. They acknowledge the best efforts of architects, interior designers, product designers and artists who are under 40 years of age.

For free access to the issue, click on the button and key in IFLA1808.

Best regards,

Damian Tang President, IFLA Asia Pacific region

IFLA APR Awards 2019: Meet the Jury

We are proud to announce our IFLA APR LA Awards 2019 Jury Panel.

Brad Coombs, New Zealand
President, New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects (NZILA)

Carey Duncan, Morocco
President, IFLA Africa

Damian Tang, Singapore
President IFLA Asia Pacific

Mr Damian Tang is the Asia-Pacific region President of International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) and immediate past president of Singapore Institute of Landscape Architects (SILA). He is also the Senior Design Director of NParks with more than 15 years experience in landscape architecture and multi-disciplinary design practice.

Damian has been instrumental in shaping the landscape architecture profession during his presidency tenure with SILA. Under his leadership he has created greater awareness for the professional practice, raised design standards, and grew the institute with greater capacity and better recognition in Singapore. Damian has been involved in many inter-agencies master planning and design for parks, streetscapes, corridors, waterways, and civic districts from public spaces, infrastructure to township planning. He currently sits in the URA Design Advisory Panel for strategic projects; a PUB ABC Waters Monitoring Committee member advising and reviewing water sensitive design guidelines and standards; and BCA Universal Design Advisory Committee member to reviewing standards and design to create better built environment for elderly and everyone.

David Fletcher, United States
Principal of Fletcher Studio, Landscape Architecture + Urban Design & Associate Professor at California College of the Arts, Department of Architecture

David Fletcher is a landscape architect and urban designer. He is the founding principal of Fletcher Studio, an innovative and award winning collaborative practice based in San Francisco. The firm is a small and local business enterprise (LBE & SBE), and provides comprehensive professional services in landscape architecture, urban design and physical planning and works on a range of projects including: parks, civic spaces, multi-family housing, and master planning projects. Fletcher Studio is committed to a collaborative and contextual approach to spatial design practice and to the design of unique and sustainable landscapes, urban spaces and living infrastructures. Design and planning solutions come from the interaction with the many people, processes, histories, policies, economies and ecologies that are specific to a place. Fletcher Studio received 2016, 2015 and 2013 national honor awards from the American Society of Landscape Architects. The Studio also received an award in 2017 from the Northern California Chapter of the ASLA.

Gillian Lawson, New Zealand
Associate Professor and Head of School of Landscape Architecture at Lincoln University

Gillian (Gill) is Associate Professor and Head of the School of Landscape Architecture at Lincoln University in Christchurch, Aotearoa New Zealand, but originally from Australia. Her work has focused on the sociology of education, social practices in public/private open spaces, green infrastructure and waterfront communities in landscape planning and design. She has supervised a large cohort of PhD students to completion within these areas in Australia. Her publications range from investigating the struggles of emerging landscape architects to the vulnerability of flood-prone communities in cities in an era of social and environmental change. Her current interests are in national learning outcomes for landscape architecture programmes in Australia, New Zealand and other Asia-Pacific countries, and on water as a catalyst for improving the adaptation of our cities to climate change.

Gill has worked and studied in landscape architecture at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane, Australia, for over twenty years where she received her PhD in 2007. Prior to this, she attended the University of Sydney and the University of New England, Armidale, in Australia, where she studied agricultural and horticultural science. She has been a postdoctoral fellow at Tongji University in Shanghai, PR China, working on large waterfront redevelopment projects across China, and a visiting scholar at the OPENspace Research Centre in Edinburgh, Scotland. Gill is currently a registered landscape architect in New Zealand and registered previously in Australia since 2001.

Herbert Dreiseitl, Germany
Professor at NUS Singapore

Herbert Dreiseitl, Harvard GSD Loeb Fellow, and Fellow of the Center of Liveable Cities in Singapore is a landscape architect, urban designer, water artist, interdisciplinary planner, and currently at Professor at NUS Singapore. He lectures worldwide and has authored many publications including three editions of Recent Waterscapes, Planning, Building and Designing with Water.

He is an internationally highly respected expert in creating Liveable Cities around the world with a special hallmark on the inspiring and innovative use of water to solve urban environmental challenges, connecting technology with aesthetics and encouraging people to take care and ownership for places. For his work he received many awards in the United States and around the world. He has founded Atelier Dreiseitl in1980 (today Ramboll Studio Dreiseitl), a globally integrated design firm with a long-standing history of excellence in urban design, landscape architecture and resilient ecological planning. During the last 5 years he developed the “Liveable Cities Lab” (LCL), a thinktank at the Ramboll Group International, now based in Boston.

Eric Villanueva Estonido, Philippines
President, Philippine Association of Landscape Architects (PALA)

Eric Villanueva Estonido is currently serving as President of the Philippine Association of Landscape Architects (PALA) for the third time. He is set to continue the advocacy to heighten public awareness on the importance of the profession through programs that highlight the benefits of sustainable and responsible design practices.

In 2018, he founded the Triune Landscape Architecture Studio to advocate for better outdoors and its impact to a healthier, happier life. The studio believes that landscape architecture is for everyone and that everybody deserves a quality, well-balanced outdoor spaces. He was also a founding partner of ASEA Design Group (2010-2017), a studio of dynamic and forward-thinking design professionals who are involved with numerous noteworthy projects with some of the leading developers in the Philippines. His works take influence from the modernist design movement but is still rooted to the traditional landscape architectural design principles. In 2017, he was the recipient of the Haligi ng Dangal (Post of Honor) award for Landscape Architecture given by the Philippine National Centre for Culture and the Arts (NCCA).

Kuang-Yu Wang, Taiwan
President, Taiwan Institute of Landscape Architects (TILA)

Dr Wang, Kuang-Yu is the President of Taiwan Institute of Landscape Architects(TILA) and associate professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture, Chung-Yuan University, Taiwan.

After received a bachelor degree in Economics in Taiwan, Dr. Wang went to the US and received a bachelor(BLA) and a master degree(MLA) from the landscape architecture department of University of Oregon. Returned to Taipei, he worked for more than fifteen years in landscape architecture professional practice and teaching part-time in universities. After he received a PhD degree in Geography from National Taiwan University, Dr. Wang turned to full time teaching in the landscape architecture department of Chung Yuan University while maintaining close professional contacts.

Linda Corkery, Australia
Immediate Past President, Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA)

Linda Corkery is a Professor of Landscape Architecture in the Faculty of Built Environment at UNSW Sydney.  Her professional experience and academic activities focus on public landscapes, parks and open space; the provision of green infrastructure in high density cities; and collaborative, inclusive planning and design processes. Linda is a Director of Corkery Consulting, Landscape Architects based in Sydney. She is a Registered Landscape Architect, Fellow of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, and immediate past AILA National President.

Mohammad Motallebi, Iran
President, IFLA Middle East

Mohammad Motallebi as co-founder and interim president of  IFLA Middle East is a practitioner- lecturer Iranian environmental and landscape designer. He earned his Bachelor of Landscape Engineering from University of Tabriz and Master of Environmental Design from University of Tehran.

Environmentally-responsible design and sustainable urban development have been Mohammad’s core focus throughout his career. He has worked on more than 30 Landscape, Urbanism and Tourism projects in local to national levels.

In 2012 he was elected as ISLAP’s President.  In recent years he was juror for Singapore national Landscape Awards and IFLA Asia Pacific Landscape Awards.  He is a member of jury for IFLA Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Gold Medal.

Monica Kuo, Taiwan
Chair and Dean of Environmental Planning & Design College Chinese Culture University

Prof. Monica Kuo is the chair & dean of Environmental Planning & Design College, Dept. of Landscape Architecture, Chinese Culture University. She is also the honorable president of Taiwan Institute of Landscape Architects (TILA) and the winner of Outstanding Achievement on Landscape Planning for Tung-Yuan Award, Taiwan.

After received the MLA from U. of Penn., she started her professional practice in Philly. Then she returned to Taiwan joining the first frontier task , working on the survey and planning of six National Parks in Taiwan. Following the public services, she was invited as the chair of the Dept. of Landscape Architecture in C.C.U. Since then, with her great interest and passion on research, practicing and teaching, she devoted most of her effort on the promotion of the status of Landscape Architects as well as wide range of Eco-Urbanism, Wetland Protection, Coastal Zone Management, Public Arts and Nature Conservation in Taiwan.

Prof. Kuo is one of the few scholars persistently dedicated in the wide spectrum of public policies on the environmental protection, landscape education as well as nature and culture conservation. Currently, she is ready to publish her new book — Formosa’s Landscape in Transition & Adaption.

Osman Mohd Tahir, Malaysia
Immediate Past President, Institute of Landscape Architects Malaysia (ILAM)

Associate Professor LAr. Dr. Osman Mohd Tahir, has been actively involved in the field of landscape architecture since 1984. Currently, he is the Dean of the Faculty of Design and Architecture, Universiti Putra Malaysia, the President of the Institute of Landscape Architects, Malaysia (ILAM) and the Deputy Chairman of the Dean Council for the Built Environment, Malaysia.  Concurrently, he is an Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture in the Department of Landscape Architecture, Faculty of Design and Architecture Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM).

He holds a Bachelor of Agriculture Science from the UPM; Master in Landscape Architecture and Doctor of Philosophy in Sustainable Urban Landscape Management from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom.  He is a Professional Landscape Architect and a Certified Arborist.  His research interests include Sustainable Landscape, Sustainable Landscape Management, Landscape Identity and Iconography, Arboriculture, Permaculture and Sustainable Living, Park and Landscape Plant.  He is the Group Leader of Park and Landscape Plant Research Group.  He previously served as the Editor in Chief for Nature Yield and Wonders of Art (NYAWA) and Sustainable Tropical Environmental Design Exhibition (STEDex). Dr. Osman currently is an International Scientific Committee for Asian Journal of Environment-Behaviour Studies (ajE-Bs) and Journal of ASIAN Behavioural Studies (jABs), and the Chief Editor of the Landscape Bulletin and the Editor in Chief of the Malaysia Landscape Architects Awards Yearbook.

Pei Zhu, China
Dean of Central Academy of Fine Arts

Zhu Pei, one of the leading Chinese architects, received his Master degree in Architecture both from Tsinghua University and UC Berkeley, he founded Studio Pei-Zhu in Beijing in 2005.

Zhu Pei won The Architectural Review Future Project Awards in 2017, Honor Award from the AIA in 2015, he was named one of “the 5 greatest architects under 50” by the Huffington Post in 2011, DFA Grand Award and Special Award for Culture, Hong Kong, in 2008, the Design Vanguard Award by Architecture Record in 2007, China Award from Architectural Record in 2005, WA award in 2004, Special Merit Award by UIA and UNESCO in 1989.
In 2006 and 2007, Zhu Pei was commissioned by Guggenheim Foundation to design Guggenheim Art Pavilion in Abu Dhabi, the Guggenheim Museum in Beijing. His built works include CaiGuo-Qiang Courtyard House Renovation (Beijing, 2007), Digital Beijing, Olympics Control Center (Beijing, 2008), OCT Design Museum, Minsheng Museum of Modern Art (Beijing, 2015), Taimiao Art Museum etc. He is currently working onJingjing Cultural Center, Dali Museum of Contemporary Art, Himalaya Culture Center in Tibet, YangLiping Performing Arts Center and Imperial Kiln Museum in Jingdezhen etc.

Perry Lethlean, Australia
Director of Taylor Cullity Lethlean

Perry Lethlean is one of Australia’s leading contemporary urban and landscape designers. His work is widely published, particularly his successful entries for major national and international design competitions including the National Arboretum in Canberra and the University of Sydney.

Perry has led the successful implementation of complex landscape and urban projects such as The Forest Gallery at the Melbourne Museum, the National Arboretum Canberra, winner of the 2014 World Architecture Festival’s ‘Landscape of the Year’, Auckland Waterfront – North Wharf Promenade and Silo Park, winner of the 2014 Rosa Barba Landscape Prize, and the Australian Garden, Cranbourne, which won the 2013 World Architecture Festival ‘Landscape of the Year’ Award.

His experience varies from the preparation of large-scale urban design frameworks and masterplans to the detailed design of urban and landscape spaces. Perry’s commitment to quality design outcomes permeates his work at all scales resulting in urban environments that are both beautiful and vital.

Pongsak Laomanacharoen, Thailand
President, Thai Association of Landscape Architects (TALA)

Raquel Penalosa, Canada
Immediate Past President IFLA Americas

A practicing Landscape Architect for more than 30 years, Raquel Peñalosa works at the encounter of Landscape Architecture, Urban Participatory Design, Active Citizenship and Social Innovation. Through her practice, she has developed public space projects, and consultancies in the fields of planning, design and construction, directing multidisciplinary teams, with private and public sectors, in Canada, California and France. She has acquired a distinctive practice and a fine sense of Landscape and its diversity of expressions. She developed a unique experience designing, implementing and promoting events that feature landscape architecture and garden design, putting forward the value of the green in today’s cities and urban life through sustainability, Flora Montreal 2006-2007. She is currently, practicing participatory design and integrating collaborative processes to bring into the design conversation the active citizenship practice for more thriving and human oriented cities. As part of her engagement in the community, she has dedicated her time and efforts to advance organizational and citizen governance as well as the involvement of the younger generations. Instrumental on the candidature to host IFLA World Congress 2017 in Montreal, she is co-chair of the Landscape Architecture Scientific Committee. As the CSLA IFLA Delegate since 2011, she chaired the development of the Canadian Landscape Charter. As IFLA AMERICAS President since 2014, she is leading a movement – BRIDGING THE LANDSCAPES OF THE AMERICAS to envision an AMERICAS LANDSCAPE CHARTER

Ricardo Riveros, Chile
President IFLA Americas

Ricardo Riveros Celis , President of IFLA AR (Americas Region), studied Landscape Architecture at INACAP Chile. Later he graduated as a Master in Urban Planning at the Universidad de Chile. He is currently enrolled in the Doctorate in Architecture and Urbanism of the Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina.

President of the Chilean Institute of Landscape Architects ICHAP, member of IFLA, Executive Secretary of the Forums of the Latin American Landscape Initiative LALI and Director of the NGO Patrimonio y Paisaje in Chile. Professor for 14 years in schools of Landscape Architecture in Chile, currently at the School of Landscape Architecture of the Universidad Central in Chile. Researcher and international keynote speaker in Landscape, professor of international workshops on Landscape, public space and community participation. Collaborator in the platforms The Nature of Cities and Ladera Sur.

Ronnie Tan, Singapore

Ronnie Tan is President of Singapore Institute of Landscape Architects (SILA) and national delegate to the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA).  He leads SILA’s Education and Research Strategic Thrust and the Landscape Architects Accreditation Advisory Committee. He is also member of the government’s Future Economy Council (FEC) Built Environment (BE) Cluster Sub-committee.

Currently teaching Environment Design at the School of Design, Temasek Polytechnic in Singapore, he focuses on landscape architecture, sustainable design and the applied confluence of landscape and the built environment in the programme.

Shaun Walsh, Australia
President, Australian Institute of Landscape Architects

Shaun has a professional background in Town Planning, Environmental Management and Landscape Architecture with various roles in local, state and federal government and well as a design manager in a private practice. He studied Landscape Architecture as a post graduate at a later age and has established his landscape architecture career at a management level. He is the Chief Executive Officer of City Parklands P/L in Brisbane which is a commercial entity that manages South Bank and Roma Street Parklands and its 12 million visitors a year on behalf of the Brisbane City Council and the Queensland Government. Shaun is also a Director of Oxley Creek Transformation P/L which is overseeing $100 million open space renewal of the Oxley Creek Corridor on behalf of Brisbane City Council. Shaun is very interested in bedding down the new corporate governance structure introduced by AILA’s new Constitution. He is also interested in financial sustainability, in particular implementing measures to ensure ongoing financial prosperity of the organisation. On a personal level Shaun is a keen gardener, having established a large estate garden in the Sunshine Coast hinterland over 16 years, with previous smaller gardens being open to the public. He is also a committed volunteer of Landcare and organiser of “Great Noosa Trail Walk” which raises profile of the local landscape and fundraises for local community groups.

Tatsuya Hiraga, Japan
Vice President, Japan Landscape Architect Union (JLAU)

Tony Williams, Ireland
President, IFLA Europe

Tony Williams is Senior Landscape Architect at Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII).  He is a graduate of Natural Science (Moderatorship in Botany) from Trinity College Dublin and holds a Masters in landscape Architecture from University College Dublin. He has been on the council of the Irish Landscape Institute (ILI) since 2005 and held the position of Hon. Secretary from 2008 to 2011 and President from 2013 to 2016. He has been the Irish delegate for the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) since 2007 and has been on the executive council of IFLA Europe since 2011 first as Vice President Education until 2015 and currently as President of IFLA Europe (since 2015). He is a member of the ICOMOS Ireland National Scientific Committee on Cultural Landscapes and chair of the ICOMOS Ireland World heritage Reflective Working Group. He is involved in a number of IFLA and ILI initiatives.

World Landscape Architecture Month 2019

We keep celebrating World Landscape Architecture Month. And for IFLA it is also a celebration: we have reached IFLA News issue  #100 . It represents the work and efforts of many voluntary people that are behind every number.

We want IFLA News to be the means to keep promoting the profession, as well as to be a window to the world to show what we do. Many things in the landscape architecture field happen around the world, please share them with us. We want you to make IFLA News yours, so do not hesitate on sending your contributions to be published here.

There is an innumerable list of names of all the ones that have participated with their collaborations to make IFLA News possible. Thanks to all!

Monica Pallares
Chair IFLA Committee on Communications and External Relations

The rich question of “What is landscape architecture” is one I have probably tried to answer countless times to many different people. It has come to a point where I believe that what we practice and do are more important than what we think or say and what people think about what has been given is ultimately more important than what we have done. Landscape architecture as we (landscape architects) understand it embodies complexity. But to most people, it should be simple.

A recent encounter I had with some people in a village in Hera, Timor-Leste, probably summed up for me the essence of what landscape architecture really is. I was there in Timor to lead a resilience building project for some of the communities under the IFLA Asia Pacific region’s new initiative. Prior to that I needed to visit the village to understand the issues, problems and constraints that the villagers are facing, bearing in mind that the community probably has little idea about what we do and the kinds of education we have all enjoyed. They live in absolute poverty with a lack of water, surviving and managing their lives on a daily basis, with limited resources and sometimes skills to maintain their livelihood.

There was one conversation I had with an elderly man that I will never forget. He lived in the Sidara village and looked like he was observing me from afar, talking to the villagers. It took some time before he was willing to open up and feel comfortable to have a conversation with me. He spoke in Tetun but a local person who also speaks English kindly translated our conversation. Below is part of that conversation (DT = Damian Tang; V = villager):

DT: What is important to you here? What do you need?

V: Water. Water for drinking. For food.

DT: I see. Does it rain much here?

V: No water for many months. Rain one time, two times. One week or two-three weeks. Then no more. River water when rain cannot use. Dirty and make children sick.

DT: I understand. You grow vegetables? Farming?

V: Yes I help a little. But vegetables here die when no water. Sometimes can grow. Sometimes cannot grow.

DT: Understand. We can help. We are here to help.

V: Young man, what you do?

DT: We are landscape architects…like architects design building..but we design with the land and for the people. We try to understand your land, understand your problems, and then try to find solutions.

V: Oh I don’t know there is such people like you. Obrigado! Obrigado!

DT: What do the children do here?

V: Many have no money to go school. So they wander around. They play around the dry river, the hills and everywhere. Some very naughty. They break things and even steal things.

DT: We will try to help you find water. Help your farming. Even try to help the children. Give them some meaningful things to do and make them happy if we can.V: What you say you are? Whatever you do, thank God for having you people! Obrigado Maromak!

Project Sidara in Timor-Leste is the pilot project for community resilience building in our regions. It is a new initiative undertaken by IFLA Asia Pacific region sponsored by the landscape industry. It is a project that demonstrates landscape without borders and the professional spirit behind that concept. Being able to lead this project personally is a privilege. The project has successfully completed its first stage where clean water was found at a depth of 72m in the beginning of this month through a water boring contract. The project received support of more than USD18,000 from several sponsors. It now enters into second phase when we will improve the micro-farming conditions and impart skills to the community for their livelihood. There is also a sponsor who will be bringing in children’s play equipment for the community. This project is made possible with the generosity of partners and sponsors from the industry and profession who share the same vision and desire to use what we know and what we have to help those who are less privileged than us.

For me, this project has truly become an event that fully celebrates the month of World Landscape Architecture!

How Landscape Might Influence…The Way We Camp

When we talk about camping, we probably know how camping might look like and the kind of outdoor roughing out experience in a pitched tent. In this second edition of landscape influence, we shall take a look at Tiarasa Escapes Glamping Resort in Pahang,Malaysia and how it has redefined camping in a glamorous way. This is also a project that won the ‘Project of the Year’ in the recent Malaysia Landscape Architecture Awards 2019.

The landscape architecture consultant from WHZ Environmental Design project not only successfully fulfilled the client brief in design and implementation for the beautiful sets and settings of the resort as a luxurious escape in a kampung setting. More importantly the project won the heart of the jury panel for many other reasons.

One of it was how the landscape architects respected the environment, “touched the earth” lightly by fitting the buildings into the site with minimum disturbance but embracing the terrains, trees and rocks as part of the natural landscape. The landscapearchitects preserved the nature with finesse in crafts and beauty integrated, making both landscape and architecture services look seamless and effortless. This is one camping experience that would leave you pampered and totally immersed in nature.

You may also check out their video at the following link: https://youtu.be/erNH872UhA0

Project Info:

  • Client: Enfiniti Vision Media Sdn. Bhd.
  • Landscape Architect: WHZ Environmental Design Sdn. Bhd.
  • Contractor: WHZ Environmental Design Sdn. Bhd.
  • Planner: R Shankar Planning
  • Architect: SK Fong Architect
  • C&S Engineer: TC Lim & CO.
  • M&E Engineer: KSD & Associates Sdn. Bhd.
  • Land Surveyor: Allan Tung
  • Photography Credit: Wong Sze Ming @Creative Clicks Photography

IFLA-APR Industry Newsletter Issue No. 5

A new record has been established in our region, as today marks the end of the IFLA Asia-Pac LA & Luminary Awards entry period in which we reached over 250 submissions! We’d like to thank each and every one of you for your contributions leading up to this great milestone.  It is heartening to see the industry strive for recognition; now it is up to our team of judges to commence their in-depth assessment according to each of the given categories. We wish you all the very best on the outcome of your submission.

As you are aware, this month is “World Landscape Architecture” month! Join us in celebration with social media posts of your country’s landscape architecture works with #WLA2019 tags. Let us spread the distribution and appreciation of diverse landscape designs across the world!

Check out some examples by Singapore Institute of Landscape Architects

Tohoku Post-Disaster Research Meeting with APR President

What do we really know about the landscape dimensions of reconstruction works in the aftermath of disasters? Mr Damian Tang, President of IFLA Asia Pacific Region, had the privilege of being invited by Assoc. Prof. Misato Uehara from Shinshu University and Japanese delegate to IFLA to the former disaster site in Tohoku prefecture, stricken by a devastating earthquake and tsunami. Read more!

How Landscape Might Influence…The Way We Travel

Landscape architecture is so diverse that its influence and reach never fails to amaze us. It can surprise us with outcomes that we may not be aware of. It could even impact us in ways we live, move and co-exist in this world. Here is a glimpse into how landscape might influence the way we travel with a feature on the Jewel at Changi Airport Singapore. Read more!

IFLA-APR Regional Congress: Call For Papers

The IFLA-APR Regional Congress encourages you to submit your Abstracts based on the Congress theme of “Commons+Sense: Linking the commons by engaging the community and re-imagining the landscape”. Deadline of Abstracts submissions is 3 May 2019.

IFLA World Congress 2019: Programme Launched

The 3-day programme overview of the IFLA World Congress 2019 has just been launched. The congress will be held in Oslo, Norway from 18-20 September 2019. For those who are interested and want to be inspired, click here for registration details.

Bangkok’s Flood-Proof Spectacle

In the city of Bangkok it frequently floods. And when it does, this oasis of green in this hyper-developed city has an important job: it can contain one million gallons (more than 4500 cubic metres) of flood water. Here’s how.

Timor Resilience Building Project Update 

roject Sidara finally achieved its goal of providing water for people of the local village on 27 March when artisian water came flowing from the well which had been sunk to a depth of 72m. The children, women and elders of the village were overjoyed. This project will proceed to the next phase soon, where we will do farm land improvement works and teach the villagers some livelihood skills with input from our landscape fraternity. View video.

Perspective – April Issue

Excitement about new building projects in Hong Kong appears to be at an all-time peak. After a three-year redevelopment programme, they welcomed the reopening of the Avenue of Stars, a cultural landmark and promenade along the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront. The refreshed and updated walkway has an aesthetic vision of which Hong Kong is surely in need.

And, as Perspective enters the 20th year of providing vital and insightful information on global architecture and design for the industry professionals, they would like to hear your thoughts about how they might serve you better. They greatly appreciate your feedback.

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Best regards,

Damian Tang President, IFLA Asia Pacific region

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