Call for Abstracts

Topics of Interest

a. Biophilic City

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?

Keywords: ecosystem services, landscape urbanism, green infrastructure, therapeutic garden, urban farm

 

b. Smart Nation

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?

Keywords: augmented and visual reality, geo-design, point cloud modeling, urban informatics, social media, cloud sourcing

 

c. Future Resilience

Understand 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 operate and 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 thematics of resilience within the city?

Keywords: mitigate the impacts of climate change, multi-layered defense, biodiversity loss, drought, flooding, pollution, extreme heat, disaster management

 

Technical/Scientific Paper Abstract Submission

The Call for Abstracts is open to all professionals, researchers, academics and advanced university students (studies related to Landscape Architecture, final year students or post-graduates). We encourage you to submit your abstracts based on the congress themes. The author may choose to submit a technical or scientific paper. Authors should focus on no more than two of the three themes and clearly state key words and themes addressed in their abstract and paper.

Important Dates

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Abstract Requirements

  1. A maximum of 2 papers per author will be accepted.
  2. The abstracts, with a maximum of 500 words, must be written in English. It is expressly stated that the official language of the Congress is English. No translation will be provided in the technical or scientific sessions.
  3. Submission has to be made online, and according to the congress themes.
  4. Abstract / Paper should be:
    • Original, otherwise to obtain the necessary copyright releases;
    • Not predominantly commercial in nature;
    • Based on recent substantial results, developments and achievements.
  5. The heading must include the title of the work, name of the author or authors, qualification, affiliation or institution they represent (if necessary), and e-mail address. If submitted by a student, he/she must present the name of his/her university and study programme.

 

Paper Requirements

  1. Once the abstract is accepted, the author would be required to submit a full paper by 15 March 2018.
  2. The full paper, with a maximum of 2500 words, must be written in English.
  3. The author must submit a short CV of no more than 200 words.
  4. All authors will need to register for the Congress by 30 March 2018 to ensure inclusion in the programme. Full papers will not be published if the author does not register for the Congress.
  5. The editor of the Congress proceedings reserves the right to make editorial changes to the papers, but will seek to consult the author/s prior to publishing.
  6. Even if an abstract is accepted, the full paper will not be published if it does not meet the requirements (deadline, format, number of words, etc.).

 

Presentation

Papers accepted are expected to be personally presented during the Congress. The presentation should be no more than 15 minutes.

 

Distribution and Publications 

The accepted abstracts will be printed and distributed during the Congress. The full papers will be published on the official website after the Congress.