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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.

Please complete the following questionnaire: www.perspectiveglobal.com/questionnaire.

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

Best regards,

Damian Tang President, IFLA Asia Pacific region

How Landscape Might Influence…The Way We Travel

Jewel Changi Airport, Singapore
Images Courtesy of Safdie Architects

Landscape architecture is so broad and diverse that its influence and reach never fails to amaze us. Sometimes it surprises 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 the Jewel at Changi Airport Singapore due to open on 17 April, this 135,700 sq.m complex filled with lush greenery and a stunning water feature integrated with a seamless shopping experience has many travellers altering their travel plans just to make a stop or transit here. Travellers are looking for a more meaningful and experiential journey when they travel,and it looks like landscape and greenery is an answer that moves way beyond the usual retail and shopping experiences. Hong Kong International Airport, for example, is developing the 25ha SkyCity mega -ntegrated development. It is set to be completed in phases in the coming decade

So the next time you have a plan to make a stop or transit at an airport in any part of the world, you may be consciously making a choice to stop at one where it offers you lush greenery and a memorable experience.

Project Info:

  • Project name: Jewel Changi Airport
  • Client: Jewel Changi Airport Trustee Pte Ltd
  • Location: Changi Airport, Singapore
  • Building area: 134,000 sqm
  • Program: airport operations, indoor gardens, leisure attractions, retail offerings, hotel facilities
  • Design architect: Safdie Architects
  • Project design: Moshe Safdie
  • Project principals: Jaron Lubin, Charu Kokate, Greg Reaves
  • Design team: David Foxe, Seunghyun Kim, Benjy Lee, Dan Lee, Reihaneh Ramezany, Laura Rushfeldt, Isaac Safdie, Damon Sidel, Temple Simpson, Andrew Tulen
  • Executive architect: RSP Architects Planners & Engineers Pte Ltd
  • Landscape design: PWP Landscape Architecture
  • Executive landscape architect: ICN International Singapore
  • Structure: RSP Architects Planners & Engineers Pte Ltd
  • Façades: Buro Happold
  • Engineering ESD: Atelier Ten
  • MEP: Mott Macdonald
  • Signage/wayfinding: Pentagram and Entro Communications
  • Retail interiors: Benoy
  • Water feature: WET design
  • Lighting: Lighting planners associates

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. The two days of research and knowledge exchange was held in early March, a fruitful trip with some insightful site visits. The invaluable exchanges and understanding of the breadth and depth of reconstruction works undertaken by government agencies, volunteers and the survivors opened up a new chapter of empathy and great admiration for the courage, effort and human spirit expressed by all participants.

Some of the key learning points came from later reflection by Damian on his experiences in Japan. For example:

  • Time pressure called for rapid civil engineering solutions, leaving ecological and landscape strategies as secondary considerations. But is that a necessary consequence of a disaster response? If, at a planning stage, ecological buffers are zoned for phase two or later reconstruction, these buffers could possibly act as future tsunami protection by providing first wave breaks and slowing down flow speeds, allowing a prolonged evacuation period especially for elderly people. Buffers could also even offer possible multiple defence lines, using fallen trees for survival buoyancy. There are many uncertainties and also many possibilities. A call for further research is needed in such areas.  
  • Is a bottom-up planning process important even when time is tight? Yes it is. But it is important to understand the psychological readiness for engagement of these community consultation platforms. As shown in Tohoku case study, victims and survivors want to vent their anger, frustration and sadness at someone. The first two sessions were more about listening, with just a few simple objectives. Subsequent sessions became more collaborative. Simply put, ground-up workshops are about communication and education both ways. It is a time where trust needs to be built before real conversations can be fostered. 
  • Different municipalities use different methods and have different protocols because they have different resources. What is important is to understand the constraints and see which level can fill the gaps. What can different experts and volunteers lead or contribute in their respective areas?
  • Disaster victim recovery stages are critical and choices are important during, for example, resettlement. Some in Tohuku wanted to face the sea again; some just don’t want to see or hear the sounds of waves ever again. This takes planning considerations to a deeper psychological level, which again, Tohoku has brilliantly and successfully undertaken to help the survivors in their progressive recovery. 

There are many more findings and learning points from this trip. IFLA APR will be announcing key plans to support more climate change initiatives and resilience building research exchanges on an international level. We may not be able to save the world, but we can positively impact communities.

IFLA-APR Industry Newsletter Issue No. 4

We urge all participants to register and submit your company’s most outstanding projects as soon as you can, but no later than Sunday, 31 March 2019.

IFLA AsiaPac Registration Instructions

1. Click on LA Awards to register your project(s), or Luminary Awards button to nominate someone worthy of this.
2. Click on the ‘REGISTER’ button and fill in all necessary details
3. Make your online payment via Credit/Debit Card to complete your registration
4. Compress your folders for submission into a single zip file
5. Upload your file for submission here

50% Corporate Membership Discount: LAST CALL!

With great benefits, reward your company with a 50% discount on corporate membership for your first IFLA LA Awards submission.

Hurry, this exclusive promotion ends on 31 March 2019!

2019 Student Design Competition

In conjunction with this year’s IFLA World Congress in Oslo, the organisers invite students in small groups to interpret the concept of “common ground”. The challenge is to develop a new identity for the proposed Grønvold Park as a new sustainable link in Hovinbyen’s larger transformation.

Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award

The IFLA Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award is the highest honour that IFLA can bestow upon a landscape architect. It recognises one’s unique and lasting impact on the welfare of society and the environment and on the promotion of the profession of landscape architecture. The nominee must be an academic or practitioner whose merit, talent and actions are respected internationally.

Tohoku Reconstruction Project

Following the major 2011 Tohoku disaster in Japan, Dr. Misato Uehara planned a research meeting on March 14-16 2019, to discuss the possibility of a future Landscape Architect CPD programme and 2021 APR programme in Japan. The meeting will be held in Fukushima Prefecture Shinchi Town, a site that once hosted the AAPME Awards.

Professor Uehara expects that the exchange of ideas will lead to a new proposal for CPD. This would promote international education and collaborative research on landscape architects in the Asia Pacific region.

Timor Leste Building Project

Dear Sponsors,

Thank you for your kind contribution. We are pleased to announce that we have successfully received more than SGD25,000 for Project Sidara in Timor Leste.

Following the on-site feasibility studies and site investigation undertaken by myself and Mr Terence Tan, from Greenearth Landscape Designers & Planners, in Oct 2018, the water boring contract has now been signed with H2O. H2O is a Australian professional water drilling company in Timor Leste. The water drilling works will commence in mid March 2019. 

Following is the breakdown of contribution by each sponsor. We are pleased to have Mr Guru, Landscape Engineering and Mr James Lim, Uniseal to be the anchor sponsors for this resilience building project in Timor. 

Name Company Amount
Mr B Gurumurthy Landscape Engineering Pte Ltd SGD 5,000.00
Mr James Lim & Ms May Choo Uniseal Global Pte Ltd SGD 5,000.00
Mr Tay Kerk Khong SGD 2,000.00
Mr Siah Hung Wee CPC Construction Pte Ltd SGD 2,000.00
Mr Cheong Yow Kin SGD 1,000.00
Mr Eng Lam Goh BNL Services Pte Ltd SGD 1,000.00
Mr Jason Sim Playpoint (Singapore) Pte Ltd SGD 1,000.00
Mr Eng Tok Ching Kenny Nyee Phoe Flower Garden Pte Ltd SGD 1,000.00
Mr Eng Tok Ching Kenny Gardenasia Pte Ltd SGD 1,000.00
Mr Kenny Tan LINK (THM) GROUP SGD 1,000.00
Mr See Hwa Neo TENarchitects SGD 1,000.00
Mr Simon Kong SD ARCHITECTS & ASSOCIATES PTE LTD SGD 1,000.00
Mr Terence Tan How Moh Greenearth Landscape Designers & Planners SGD 1,000.00
Mr Kenneth Tong De Electrical  SGD 1,000.00
Mr Damian Tang SGD 1,000.00
TOTAL
Additional contribution 
Mr Damian Tang Up to SGD 2,000.00 to cover flight, accommodation and on-site management & supervision; personal contribution
Mr Terence Tan Up to SGD 2,000.00 to cover flight, accommodation and on-site management & supervision; personal contribution
Mr See Onn Yeow  USD 500.00 to cover additional tank cost and surface piping works; personal contribution
Mr Lim Kok How SGD 100.00 to cover farming basic tools, seeds and supplies; personal contribution

We will continue to update on the progress of the project in April.

For the latest Project Sidara updates this month, click on ‘Download’ below.

Best regards,

Damian Tang President, IFLA Asia Pacific region

IFLA-APR Industry Newsletter Issue No. 3

IFLA World Congress 2019

The Norwegian Association of Landscape Architects (NLA) will be hosting the 2019 IFLA World Congress at the Oslo Congress Centre. The 3-days congress aims to inspire, challenge and intrigue you to share and reflect on the knowledge that is developed, presented and discussed.

Landscape Architecture & Luminary Awards Reminder

We’d like to remind everyone about the IFLA Asia-Pacific Landscape Architecture (LA) and Luminary Awards. We recently opened the awards for online submissions where you have the option to enjoy a 50% corporate membership discount. Send us your best company projects to stand a chance to win among the many categories.

IFLA 50% Corporate Membership Discount

Reward your company with a 50% discount on corporate memberships for your first IFLA LA Awards submission! Benefits will enable you to promote your company values, expand your business reputation and network, and participate in regional initiatives as an events partner along with other privileges!

2019 IFLA World Congress – Walks & Talks

As part of the IFLA World Congress, there will be WALKS + TALKS to some of the most interesting areas of development in Oslo on 20 September 2019. Join the trail along the seafront and the main waterways where some of the main transformation-areas are found. Expect theme walks on urban ecology and green mobility, and visits to historical and contemporary parks and urban open spaces. Consider planning your trip to Oslo!

UNESCO Award – Kaomi Estate

UNESCO Asia Pacific has awarded a Thai cafe for the first time under the Cultural Heritage Conservation for New Design in Heritage Contexts 2018 to Kaomai Estate 1955, a hipster cafe with an unforgettable design.

IFLA-APR Industry Newsletter Issue No. 2

IFLA AsiaPac Landscape Architecture Awards

IFLA APR is proud to host its 11th IFLA Asia-Pacific Landscape Architecture (LA) Awards and an inaugural LA Luminary Awards Ceremony to be held on 8-10 November 2019 in Cebu City as part of the 2019 IFLA Asia Pacific Congress.

The prestigious IFLA Asia-Pac LA Awards aims to create a stronger awareness and recognition of landscape architecture as one of the professions that have played a key role in shaping our cities and our environments towards a better, more resilient future.

Submit your project today!

Entries to the awards provides you and your company with significant opportunities for recognition of excellence. Give your project the attention it deserves by giving it a chance to be rewarded in our prestigious ceremony. Don’t forget to deliver all your project submissions by 31 March 2019.

IFLA 50% Corporate Membership Discount

Register for your first IFLA LA Awards submission and automatically receive a 50% discount off your membership for at least one year. We enable you to promote your company values, expand your business reputation and network, and participate in regional initiatives as an events partner, with priority access to the sponsorship of specific event-related activities as well as other opportunities!

Timor Leste Building Project

Following the inaugural AAPME Resilience by Design Awards 2018, IFLA APR launched the first pilot resilience building project for communities in Timor-Leste. Project Sidara was personally led and project managed by our IFLA APR President Mr Damian Tang and co-managed by Mr Terence Tan, Greenearth Landscape Designers & Planners. It is now gaining traction with the sponsor’s funding for the project. Preliminary site investigation and feasibility studies are also completed. The project aims to provide sustainable water sources and improve the micro-farming provisions and infrastructure for the community.

Volunteers, we need your help!

ExCo would like to continue giving opportunities to each delegate and/or national association to nominate a person responsible for collating relevant national information of interest to the wider regional community and forward this to our secretariat at ifla.apr@mci-group.com. This would be much appreciated to enrich our community with regular newsfeeds and give you a chance to share your activities and achievements over time.

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