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APR Special Meeting

IFLA APR Delegates hosted to a dinner on the first night of the special meeting held in Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia

IFLA APR Delegates hosted to a dinner on the first night of the special meeting held in Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia

A special meeting of Executive Committee members and Chairs of working groups of the Asia Pacific Region was held on the 19th and 20th October.  The meeting called by Vice President Dato Ismail Ngah had an agenda to discuss a five year strategic plan for the Region to increase activity of the Regional Group.  Thanks to the local members of ILAM who organised the hosting of the meeting.

Student Creates Map Graphics

IFLA-APR-MAP

The new APR Region Map

You might have noticed the very evocative regional map and graphics for the Asia Pacific Region countries on the new website.  This graphic work was kindly done by a New Zealand landscape architecture student at Unitec, Dustyn O’Leary.

“My name is Dustyn O’Leary, I am in my third year of study in a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture course at Unitec, Auckland, NZ.  I am also a freestyle snowboard coach, summer time landscaper and enjoy to paint or sketch when time allows.  During my degree I have become very passionate about ecologically driven design, fascinated by how this field intersects with other disciplines and therefore have developed a keen interest in research on complex system dynamics. My current study aim is focused on discovering how symbiotic relationships, like those that enable high levels of diversity and resilience to be developed and maintained in natural systems, can be utilized as guiding models for multidisciplinary design processes and help develop greater resilience in other anthropogenic systems like economics”.

IFLA APR thanks Dustyn for her creative contribution to helping make our new website unique and reflective of our rich cultural history.

Asia Pacific Landscape Students Win Top Award at IFLA50

Photo of students receiving their award at IFLA50 in New Zealand

Photo of students receiving their award at IFLA50 in New Zealand

At the recent IFLA50 World Congress ‘Shared Wisdom in an Age of Change’ a group of Chinese landscape architecture students from the Beijing Forestry University won 1st Place in the Student Competition run as part of the World Congress.  Their project was titled “Blue Pray: restoration of Golbahar post-war zone by new water-centred planning mode”.  The winning student group included; Lin Chensong, Jia Ying, Liu Jijao, Xiao Yao, Zhang Haitian

The judges noted;

“This proposal has taken a very real and important issue and manifested a valid, well researched and very well resolved design proposal for a war-ravaged town in Afghanistan. The restoration and recovery of the subterranean aquifer system and the meshing of this with the war remains of bomb craters has produced a surprisingly elegant, appropriate and in some respects a delightful solution. Thoroughly researched, well-expressed through time, grounded in site, and expressed in a clear and accessible manner”.

The students (pictured) received their award from Past President of IFLA Dr Diane Menzies at the IFLA50 World Congress opening Powhiri held at Auckland Museum in New Zealand.

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