IFLA World Congress 2018
Organised by the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) and Singapore Institute of Landscape Architects (SILA), the 55th IFLA World Congress will be held in Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore on 18 - 21 July 2018.
IFLA 2018 will be held in Singapore, the ‘City in a Garden’, which is also recognised as a Biophilic City. This vision reinforces the importance of landscape architecture, in partnership with other disciplines, in the continuous shaping of our living environment.
IFLA 2018 will bring the industry together to reflect on the interaction between urban and natural environments. The Congress will host a privileged field for conversation in the context of greening strategies within rapidly growing cities, application of potential technologies to provide insight into design processes and capacities to adapt to changing environmental conditions. IFLA 2018 will also continue to investigate emerging questions in the practice of landscape architecture with communities, architecture and engineering through the themes of Biophilic City, Smart Nation and Future Resilience.
About the Congress Theme
This theme examines our discipline and the practice of landscape architecture in the context of rapidly growing cities. Citing Singapore as an example of a Biophilic City, Timothy Beatley rhetorically questions “Exactly what is a biophilic city, what are its key features and qualities?”. “Perhaps the simplest answer," he suggests "is that it is a city that puts nature first in its design, planning, and management; it recognises the essential need for daily human contact with nature as well as the many environmental and economic values provided by nature and natural systems.” We invite speakers to submit papers that present case studies on how these ‘biophilic cities’ are expressed. How do we frame landscape architecture's necessity and its leading role in improving our urban and natural environment in the context of a biophilic city?
Positioning landscape architecture in the context of an increasingly digitalised society, we aspire to extend our ability to measure and assess our environments beyond our physical senses through the aid of remote sensors and probes. The advent of information technology and data analytics may provide insights into how we may enhance our design processes by better quantifying our understanding of our landscapes. How can landscape architecture contribute to an interdisciplinary approach and appropriate the use of technology and in so doing, offer practical solutions and new concepts to address the many daunting challenges brought about by climate change, urbanisation and new social aspirations?
This theme seeks to explore how landscape architects play a role to overcome compromised critical infrastructure systems within the city. Increasingly, landscape architects work beyond their disciplines to develop frameworks, concepts and tools with other fields of expertise to overcome challenges that threaten loss in biodiversity, inundation, and other environmental conflicts. How do we ensure that these systems continue to stay robust despite increasing threats? How can we design with limited resources and recover after a big hit? How instrumental is the field of landscape architecture in the ongoing conversation that surrounds issues that deal with the theme of resilience within the city?