ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO highlights

If you were not fortunate enough to be there – or even if you were, you can now catch up with the highlights from the 2015 Annual Meeting and EXPO here.

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2017 World Design Summit has IFLA as a partner

Now taking shape in Montreal: The World Design Summit

Liza Frulla, President of the World Design Summit Organization, announced today the creation of the Scientific Committees that will help prepare the agenda for the discussions that will lead to this exceptional gathering of the whole of “Planet Design”.

Heads of three major design, planning and landscape architecture organizations are in Montréal to set the stage for the work they will be performing in collaboration with their national and local associations.

Kathryn Moore, President

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Fragments of the Past

The Wolf House - Photo source: (Drexler, 1986: 103)

The Wolf House – Photo source: (Drexler, 1986: 103)

“A work of art does not wholly disappear with its physical dissolution. It persists as long as there are people to remember it; people to whom it is of significance even as a memory or as a concept”.

   _ Leo Schmidt

The Wolf House, a modernist villa designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe was located in Guben (Today’s Gubin) in Poland which was built in 1926, long before the Second World War. Sadly what remains today from the modern

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Mga Luntiang Lugar (Green Places): Landscape Architects provide farming opportunities for small neighbourhoods in the Philippines

Luntiang Barangay PALA-NCCA, 2014

Community planting. Photo by PALA-NCCA Luntiang Barangay Project Team, 2014.

Landscape Architecture and Sustainability

In a recent write up at The Dirt by the American Society of Landscape Architects, Patricia O’Donnell mentions the possible role that landscape architects can do in helping solve inter-connected problems faced by all. As part of the United Nations new sustainable development agenda formalised last September 2015 in New York, O’Donnell points out that landscape architects could co

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Lufasi Park, Lagos: an interesting find in a state with a need of functional urban green spaces

The word ‘urban’ according to the UN means different things relative to the geographical location and the continent. In Africa, Urban areas can refer to an agglomeration of 5,000 or more inhabitants where 75% of the economic activity is not agriculture as in the case of Botswana, or it could be district centres and or localities with 300 dwellings or 1,500 inhabitants or more as in the case of Equatorial Guinea, or places with some form of local authority as is the case of South Africa.

In gener

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Baubotanik: Botanically Inspired Biodesign

Trees are the tall, quiet guardians of our human narrative. They spend their entire lives breathing for the planet, supporting vast ecosystems, all while providing key services in the form of food, shelter, and medicine. Their resilient boughs both lift the sky and our spirits as well. Their moss aged grandeur stands testament to the shifting times, so much so, that imagining a world without trees is like imagining a world without life.

To move forward then, mankind must not only coexist with na

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Remembering victims under the National Socialist regime in Berlin through creative storytelling

Holocaust Memorial by Roberta CaldasBerlin is said to be a city of ghosts (Ladd, 1997). It has staged the most horrific political regime of the 20th century, which has left traces in the landscape. These traces remain even if the sites of terror have being torn down, reused as something completely different or memorialised in the city. This article will analyse traces of commemoration in urban spaces in Berlin for the victims of the National Socialist (Nazi) regime from 1933 to 1945. It will explore how these victims are remembere

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Landscape Architecture – a profession of ‘place’


It is understood that if you organise a ‘gaggle’ of designers or planners to solve a mutual task, the number of alternative outcomes would be directly proportional to the number of participants – that is, if it was initially agreed amongst the ‘gaggle’ that there were no restrictions on alternative options.   This does not mean that the participants would disagree on the alternative outcomes and that having multiple answers to a design problem is an issu

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Climate change – to adapt or not to adapt? A look at the Dustbin Estate, Ajegunle, Lagos State, Nigeria.

Sustainable development in the African continent and more specifically in Nigeria, has always been threatened by climate change impacts. These impacts will bring about ecosystem degradation and a disruption of the socio economic processes in the country. Lagos is a state in Nigeria which is a world accepted megacity due to its huge population. However, the coastal areas in the state are highly vulnerable to climate change impacts such as increased or heavy rainfall season which will trigger off

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Brief theoretical premise on landscape: definitions, descriptors, actions

In recent decades, landscape has become a central topic in the debate of territory management. The approach to landscape takes necessary multidisciplinary knowledge, which has never been sufficiently clear, trying to respond to that set of actions to ensure the government and to guide and harmonize its variations, caused by social development, economic and environmental processes.

To investigate landscape, therefore, it is possible to define both theoretically and through existing projects, a nu

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Damian Tang is the newly elected president for the Asia-Pacific region

IFLA Asia-Pacific Region
DTDear IFLA delegates and members of IFLA Asia-Pacific Region,
Thank you
Thank you very much for your nomination and elected me as your IFLA APR President for the term ahead. We are very fortunate to have many good leaders amongst us. With Dato Ismail, our beloved IFLA APR President, who humbly relieved his post to give opportunities for other successors, demonstrated generosity and vision for the growth of our profession. And with many keen support and nomination for Pr

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VIII International Festival «Imperial Gardens of Russia» and the 52th World IFLA Congress: festival winners and Russian landscape design.

11201164_918489874877640_8167095182579344224_nVIII International Festival «Imperial Gardens of Russia» in 52th World IFLA Congress have just happened in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. The festival occurs each year in Mikhailovsky Garden since 2008, nevertheless this year the festival also have had an extra responsibility in hosting Russian and international landscape architects as well as other festival participants. The exhibition proposals have been judged by the jury team as well by the IFLA participants, who expressed their opinion about the

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IFLA President sends a thank you letter to St Petersburg City Government

52nd World Congress, St Petersburg, Russia

Letter to the Major of St Petersburg, Georgy Poltavchenko and to the Head of Committee of City Planning and Architecture, Vladimir Grigorev


Dear Georgy Poltavchenko and Vladimir Grigorev,

I want to thank you formally for the tremendous support you gave to the IFLA 52nd World Congress. The whole city seemed to have been involved in the event, as though it had embraced IFLA. I have never experienced a congress that has had such impact on and presence i

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Play in the 21st century

In February 2015 I attended a week long workshop in Tokyo and Yamaguchi, Japan, as a British Council ‘ELEVATE’ Fellow.  Our focus was ‘Play in the 21st Century’.

Twelve people were selected, from the UK, Singapore, Vietnam, The Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia and Australia.  Over seventy applications were received.  We all had to produce a 2 minute you-tube clip about a play-based project and our visions and forecasts for the future of play in our increasingly urbanised world society.  Applicat

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In memoriam of Carlos Pellegrino

Carlos PellegrinoYesterday we had paid respects to our colleague Carlos Pellegrino. We thank all who have sent us their respects.

Tireless promoter of debates on  landscape, Carlos was an instrumental key player in the birth of the first degree  in Landscape Architecture in Uruguay as well as for AUDADP.

We have been fortunate to share many experiences with him in relation to landscape. We were able to enjoy his stories and reflections. We have had him in innumerable initiatives, projects and practices. With his

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Key Features and Possible Benefits of World Heritage Inscription for the Singapore Botanic Gardens

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A close up photo of the beautifully crafted Singapore Botanic Gardens’ Tanglin Gate. Photo by Gabriel Caballero.

Last 4 July 2015, during the 39th session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee in Bonn, Germany, the Singapore Botanic Gardens was successfully inscribed in the prestigious World Heritage List. It was a successful culmination point of three years of preparation work from different government agencies, specialist consultants and heritage conservation groups in Singapore that established the site’s ‘Outstanding Universal Value’. The World Heritage inscription serves as a timely reminder to Singapore that is celebrating 50 years of nationhood, that the remembrance of the past is part of its celebration of the future, where heritage sites and new developments can harmoniously co-exist side by side, as part of the vision of having a City in a Garden.

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An Engrossing Journey – IFLA 52nd World Congress St Petersburg

For the first time in the history of the International Federation of Landscape Architects World Congresses, the 52nd Congress was held in Russia. The dramatic heritage and history of the region gave the international landscape architecture world compelling examples of revitalisation and reconstruction of ‘lost’ natural, semi-natural and man-made landscapes. The “History of the Future” theme of the Congress catered for a wide range of interests on the challenges and opportunities of the past, the

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The New Whitney + the High Line: A change to the neighbourhood, or too much of a good thing?

The Whitney Museum of American Art opened May 1 2015. It has one of the best green infrastructure addresses: being at the southern end of the High Line, and just south of the contemporary gallery hub in Manhattan, Chelsea, home for high end as well as highbrow contemporary art galleries, not the least being Dia Foundation.
Renzo Piano Building Studio was the architect, producing a building form that presents asheer wall to the Hudson, with expansive views of the Hudson, and lower west side Manha

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Peter Jacobs inducted into the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts

The 135th annual general assembly of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts was held in Montreal from May 14 – 17. Peter Jacobs was elected to membership in recognition of his demonstrated excellence and innovations in landscape architecture. He has served as Professor of landscape architecture at the Université de Montréal for 44 years. He is Emeritus Chairman of the Environmental Planning Commission of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN); Chair, for

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The Landscape Architecture Realm: a need for deliberate inclusion of landscape architects in the building industry for progress of the profession in Africa

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Africa is a continent of over 30.3 million square kilometers, more than three times the size of the United States. Interestingly the picture mostly painted by the National geographic channel, of a beautiful land with its expansive landscapes teeming with wildlife innocently excludes the picture of the rapidly urbanizing cities and large population of the communities fighting AIDS and poverty.

African countries are among the fastest growing in the world. In 2010, five African

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Design Ideas Competition – A Public Park for the 21st Century: A celebration of the work of Joseph Paxton.

Design Ideas Competition 
A Public Park for the 21st Century:
A celebration of the work of Joseph Paxton.
Public Park for the 21st Century
The Landscape Institute North West Branch and the MMU Landscape Architecture Department in conjunction with the Landscape Institute have launched a design ideas competition to celebrate the work of Joseph Paxton.Joseph Paxton was the designer of some of the earliest public parks in the world, in Birkenhead and Liverpool. As such, he is one of the most influential figures for the landsc

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Designing Landscapes for Insects

Insects and other invertebrates account for over 90% of all living species, building the basis for most ecosystems. In fact, they often dominate their landscapes through both sheer number and volume, providing many key services, either directly or obliquely, as pollinators, recyclers, pest control and as food for a host of animals.

Keeping this in mind, the responsibilities of the modern design practitioner are more challenging than ever before. Due to the effects of climate change, habitat loss

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Community-based Conservation of the Sacred Living Heritage at the Bauddhanath Monument Zone, Kathmandu Valley World Heritage Site, Nepal

Repainting the Bauddhanath Stupa – the author’s photograph

Repainting the Bauddhanath Stupa – the author’s photograph

The case study data used in this article is part of the outcome of 9 weeks fieldwork undertaken in Kathmandu Valley World Heritage Site in the summer 2012. In this article I specifically look into conservation practices of the local community of the Bauddhanath Monument Zone and the challenges faced in its conservation and management. Bauddhanath Monument Zone is one of the significant sacred sites and pilgrimage destinations in

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Recent Discussions on Cultural Landscapes in the Philippines

Mts. Iglit-Baco is a cultural landscape that has been shaped by centuries of human activity by the Tau-Buid and Buhid Mangyan communities. Copyright: Bojer Capati

The grasslands at the base of Mts. Iglit-Baco has been shaped by centuries of human activity and tamaraw (native buffalo) grazing. Copyright: Bojer Capati.

The world contains a vast variety of landscapes that represent a myriad of regions, cultures, and different approaches of man’s adaptation to the natural world. Since 1992, these particular landscapes were termed as ‘cultural landscapes’, recognised by UNESCO to be the combined works of nature and man. These places give a glimpse of the ev

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Scapeworld – Landscape architects under an almond tree, 21 June 2015, at Parque de la Quinta de los Molinos, in Madrid

Scapeworld flyer

Scapeworld – Landscape architects under an almond tree, 21 June 2015, at Parque de la Quinta de los Molinos, in Madrid

IFLA Europe launched SCAPEWORLD Programme 2015 as action group whose objective is to raise awareness about landscape architecture engaging LA students, young practitioners, general public and all those interested in landscape architecture. The main objective is to create initially a virtual space, an area understood as a playground, where LA professionals, young LA practitione

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