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Many times when some of us are at the top running an association or serving as a Chair leading a committee or working group, we would feel the pressure to perform and get things done. When the going gets tough, it is natural to feel the temptation to quit or even be idle when overwhelmed. But we often know that quitting is not an option. For any leader to quit, it means abandoning the ship ...

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The environmental impact of climate change on the world’s cities will be an enormous challenge to landscape architects. The atmosphere is warming, increasing the capacity to hold more water and causing more rainfall. Widespread flooding will be the result.

The increase in air temperature is also leading to the melting of the ice caps. This will have the effect of rising sea levels. According to ...

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Technology that manages manmade disasters, is site specific. It is specific to geology and specific to geographies because of legal and financial frameworks. With climate change concerns in the forefront of development, the role of Landscape Architects is well documented. Various projects, especially those in countries with marginalized communities, appear to be more effective in accommodating and ...

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The 2021 report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) described the looming crisis in global warming, and the resultant impacts it will have on environments and communities throughout our world. IFLA believes that the key to solving the climate crisis is vested in the reduction of emissions, in the resilience and transformation of human society and in the sustainability of the ...

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Most of you would have heard about the Sixth Assessment Report or AR6, published recently by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. IPCC has been releasing these climate assessment reports since 1990. However, the agreement like its predecessor, lacks concrete subsequent climate mitigation actions by governments who signed the climate pledge. The world is currently not on track to ...

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What do we really know about contemporary Asian landscape architecture? From outside of the region, knowledge is sporadic, gleamed from project descriptions on websites or the rare presentation at a conference. Within Asia, there has been limited exchange, complicated by the relative youth of the discipline, along with the fact that a collective notion of an Asian identity is new. With so many ...

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Today marks the 10th year of the Great East Japan Earthquake of 11 March 2011.

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Jane Jacob’s ecosystemic approach in understanding urban design anticipated many widely recognised principles of sustainable city, such as accessibility, compactness, connectivity, walkability, and diversity.

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In Hong Kong Government’s Policy Address 2019, the target of providing 10,000 units of transitional housing units has been increased to 15,000 within a year to accommodate low-income individuals and families with urgent housing needs who have been waiting for public rental housing for over three years and are living in deplorable conditions.

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Sociologist Aaron Antonovsky’s Theory of Salutogenesis (1979) advanced the concept of salutogenesis as a juxtaposition to the concept of pathogenesis. The former focuses on factors that promote human health and well-being, while the latter focuses on what causes disease. It was found that people who find their environments manageable, develop a “Sense of Coherence” and are better able to sustain ...