Making Cities Pretty Green, Resilient and Smart

Jul 10, 2018


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 Gardens by the Bay


Can landscape architecture make our cities more resilient against natural disasters like flooding and earthquakes? How can landscape architects in smart cities tap disruptive technologies and big data to offer practical solutions for the many challenges we face?


These are some of the questions that the 55th International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) World Congress will address when it takes place in Singapore on 18 and 19 July 2018.


Organised by IFLA and the Singapore Institute of Landscape Architects (SILA), the congress will zoom in on the themes of “The Biophilic City”, “Smart Nation” and “Future Resilience”.


“The three themes are not only topics close to the heart of landscape architects but they also align with our national agenda. We aim to emphasise the urgency in overcoming the challenges in these areas,” says Damian Tang, President of of IFLA Asia-Pacific Region.


This year’s conference, which will be at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre at Marina Bay Sands, will feature prominent speakers such as Professor Timothy Beatley of the Biophilic Cities Project, Professor Peter Edwards of the Future Cities Laboratory, artist and innovator Daan Roosegaarde and landscape architect Rachel de Lambert of Bobba Miskell.


Professor Timothy Beatley, who is the founder of the Biophilic Cities Project, will be the opening keynote speaker. The project aims to advance the theory and practice in planning for biophilic cities, through a combination of collaborative research, dialogue and exchange.


Rachel De Lambert, who is from the leading New Zealand landscape architecture firm Boffa Miskell, will be the keynote speaker for the “Future Resilience” track. She will be sharing on the Christchurch blueprint and post-earthquake Christchurch. It is a high profile spatial masterplanning project and a milestone for the profession. 



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 Bishan Ang Mo Kio Park, President*s Design Award - Design of the Year, 2012


Speakers from local landscape architecture firms include Ramboll Studio Dreiseitl and ICN Design International, which will share their design philosophies, inspirations and well-known projects.


Ramboll Studio Dreiseitl is the leading landscape architecture firm in water related landscape design and they have worked on projects like the Bishan Ang Mio Kio Park, Jurong Lake Gardens West and Kampung Admiralty. ICN Design International have a number of high profile projects such as Changi Airport’s Jewel, Marina One and Resorts World Sentosa. 


The conference may be primarily attended by landscape architects, but its topics and themes are certainly valuable to other designers and industry sectors that are involved in creating a liveable sustainable environment.


“We are confident that our themes and topics will be eye-opening and serve as inspiration to many who would begin to look at the works of landscape architects with a whole new perspective,” added Mr Tang. “Hopefully, we will inspire and foster partnerships with a collective call for action across the world.”