IFLA APR Talk & Share

This series of activities aims to enhance landscape education and connect it with international standards, and to encourage countries to develop their own characteristics of landscape education. The geographical and cultural diversity of the Asia-Pacific region makes it important to focus on the development of national competitiveness, geographic self-identity and competitiveness. In the coming year, Talk and Share will invite a wide range of scholars to share different topics in order to contribute to the development of landscape design in the Asia Pacific region.

Look out for upcoming Talk & Share sessions throughout the year and watch recordings from past sessions below!

2024 IFLA Talk & Share

IFLA APR Feb 2024: A Collaborative Vision
The Landscape Architect’s Role in Elevating Landscape Developments

Date: February 22, 2024, 19:00 - 20:30 (GMT+8)
Presented by Sandino Guinto and Shashank Mittal

This session, titled "A Collaborative Vision: The Landscape Architect's Role in Elevating Landscape Developments," will shed light on community engagement and the multidisciplinary approaches by Landscape Architects to create sustainable landscape developments. Successful planning and design of public spaces hinges on active community involvement and the seamless collaboration between landscape architects and a diverse array of professionals.




2023 IFLA Talk & Share

IFLA APR Talk & Share 5

Climate Change & Transformation of Education in Landscape

How do we teach in a time of Climate Change?

Date: January 17, 2023, 19:00 - 20:05 (GMT+8)
Presented by Elisa Cattaneo, Dr Rosalea Monacello, Claire Martin and Monica Kuo

"Climate Change & Transformation of Education in Landscape" sheds light on approaches to consider for teaching in a time of climate change. The sharing by Elisa Cattaneo will talk about the aestheticization of landscape data-scapes with regard to climate change, and shortcomings of landscape-related education in Europe. Dr Rosalea Monacello will share from her recent book Designing Landscape Architectural Education, with attention to climate change, and shortcomings of landscape-related education in US-Australia. Claire Martin, our IFLA APR Climate Change Working Group Chair, will share advocacy and initiatives from the IFLA World and Asia Pacific Region Climate Change Working Groups and the opportunity of landscape architectural education to deliver climate mitigation and adaption design impact. To wrap up the session, Monica Kuo, our IFLA APR President will end with a Q&A and summary of the sharing.


Watch the session recording!

IFLA APR Talk & Share 4

Potential of design science in the new century as climate change and large-scale disasters become the norm

Date: November 30, 2022, 19:00 - 20:20 (GMT+8)
Presented by Dr Misato Uehara and Monica Kuo

The possibilities of theories that integrate science and landscape design, as well as specific examples of regional planning and research will be shared. In the 40-minute talk, Mr. Uehara will explore the following themes, The Tohoku Great Earthquake and global catastrophes; Research "Design science and natural disasters"; Planning "Ecological planning and compound disasters"; Sharing the experience in Japan with the world, hoping to bring Japan's experience under the spotlight for vibrant discussion.


Watch the session recording!

IFLA APR Talk & Share 3

To lead as lived - Empowering our role in professional association

Date: July 29, 2022, 19:00 - 20:35 (GMT+8)
Presented by Damian Tang, Ricardo Riveros, Graham Young, Dr. Sridevi Rao and Monica Kuo

With more than 18 years of voluntary services in the professional organisations and design industry, grassroots and marginalised communities, both local and international, Mr Damian Tang has gained tremendous breadth and depth of experiences on what it means to serve in different context of communities, and to lead as lived.

In this July edition of IFLA APR Talk and Share, Damian will share his insights in leading a professional organisation and what it means to serve as a volunteer with very little time to spare. He will distill his years of experience into applicable knowledge and easily comprehensible trends that can prepare you and your organisation for future challenges.

For the panel discussion, we have also invited:

  • Ricardo Riveros, President of IFLA Americas Region
  • Graham Young, President of IFLA Africa Region
  • Dr. Sridevi Rao, President of Indian Society of Landscape Architects

Who should attend

  • Anyone who is the in the position to lead an association, organisation, committee, working group or a small team
  • Volunteers who are part of a community including student volunteers who aspire to excel in both their full time work/job and any voluntary services they chose.

Watch the session recording!

IFLA APR Talk & Share 2

Landscape Architecture in Hong Kong

Date: May 25, 2022, 18:30 - 20:00 (GMT+8)
Presented by Iris Hoi, Lenren Lee and Monica Kuo.

Hong Kong has been inhabited for over 30,000 years, since before the Qin dynasty in 221BC. It has experienced many upheavals but the most pronounce recent history would have to be the handover of sovereignty by the British Government to China and the formation of a Special Administrative Region of China in 1997. It is the only city in the world where it swears allegiance to China and the Chinese Communist Party yet has its own rule of law based on the western Common Law. Together with Macau, it is one of two places where One Country Two Systems is being implemented.

Hong Kong's history has influenced its city development and nature protection. Only 25% of Hong Kong is built upon, and nearly 40% of Hong Kong is completely natural - country parks – and protected by Ordinance. There are 263 islands and together with the Kowloon peninsula, they form a coast line that is 1,178 km long.

There is much for a landscape architect living in Hong Kong to be proud of. In this session, Iris Hoi, President of HKILA, will explore the history of urbanisation in Hong Kong, its challenges due to climate change, and other outlooks to the future. Lenren Lee, Principal and Regional Director of Masterplanning, Asia, AECOM will join us as another panelist for a more lively discussion.


Watch the session recording!

IFLA APR Talk & Share 1

Accreditation of Landscape Programs: IFLA APR

Date: March 25, 2022, 17:00 - 18:30 (GMT+8)
Presented by Monica Kuo and Mike Barthelmeh.

The first session of this series will feature Mike Barthelmeh, who was the chair of IFLA APR EAA, and Monica Kuo, IFLA APR President, sharing on the planning of the certification program.


Watch the session recording!