Pop-Up Urbanism, a Future for Southeast Asia

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One of many Eric Zacharevic murals in Penang. Photo Source: Arrestedmotion.com

The urbanisation of metropolitan areas and the character of cities have taken a new dimension in recent years. There is an increasing focus for local residents to have an active role in developing the cities of the world. Such trend is seen as an important step in promoting sustainable practices and improving planning policies in urban areas (Yuen, 2009).  With the emergence of the “Maker Movement” from DIY (Do-It-You

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ICON LA International Conference: Open urban space and landscape architecture – searching for new solutions

ICON LA International Conference

8 June‐9 June 2016

St. Petersburg (Russia)

Open urban space and landscape architecture: searching for new solutions

The main objective of this international scientific conference is to raise the attention and awareness among landscape architects, city administrations and other appropriate stakeholders, as well as researchers about design, planning and social aspects of different open urban spaces.  St. Petersburg is especially known for its historic landscapes as

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Ngā Aho, Indigenous Design Conference Whakapara Marae, Te Tai Tokerau, Aotearoa. 26 – 29 February, 2016

Indigenous Design Conference

26-29 February 2016
Whakapara, Te Tai Tokerau, Aotearoa New Zealand

Calling all indigenous architects, landscape architects, urban designers, design thinkers and public art practitioners. Ngā Aho, Māori Design Professionals network, invites you to join us in Aotearoa. I Te Timatanga is a multidisciplinary indigenous design conference, for any indigenous person who helps to shape the public realm. Discuss an

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CLAV 4 Exhibition – 40 best landscape architecture projects from V4 countries

CLAV 4 Exhibition

Association of Landscape Architecture opened on 24 November 2015 in Krakow, Poland the international exhibition called “Contemporary landscape architecture in Visegrad Countries”.

The presentation of 40 best landscape architecture projects from all V4 countries is intended to draw attention to the problem of landscape shaping in Central Europe countries, where the understanding of common space is changing. The presentation of the exhibition will be combined with a cycle of semi

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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.

Watch ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO Highlights from ASLA on Vimeo.

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

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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