IFLA World Congress 18 – 19 July 2018, Singapore

July 9, 2018 at 8:12 pm

IFLA World Congress 2018 Singapore

IFLA World Congress 2018 Singapore

As our Media Partners, Greenroofs.com shares the latest on the IFLA (International Federation of Landscape Architects) World Congress 2018 Singapore with its readers, this year held in the fabulous island nation:

Biophilic Cities, Smart Nation and Future Resilience

The IFLA World Congress 2018, the largest and most significant event for landscape professionals in the world, returns to Singapore for the second time from 18 to 21 July 2018 at Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.  Themed “Biophilic City, Smart Nation, and Future Resilience,” the 55th ILFA World Congress is jointly organised by IFLA and Singapore Institute of Landscape Architects (SILA), and managed by SingEx Exhibitions.

This event will examine how landscape architecture can inspire future urban designs to be more meaningfully connected to nature, bridge social connections and reinforce community resilience. The FLA World Congress Singapore 2018 will also serve as a dedicated platform for participating professionals, government bodies and academics to engage in meaningful and in-depth discussions regarding industry trends and challenges, as well as explore business opportunities and collaborations.

“Latest UN projections expect the world’s population to grow by 2.9 billion – equal to another China and India, in the next 33 years.” ~ The Guardian, 19 March 2018

The need for cities to transform into smart, sustainable and liveable spaces of the future prodded a change in terms of how “landscaping” is perceived around the world.  Landscape architects now have wider professional reach to take on more than merely landscaping.  In concert with urban planners and technologists, landscape architects are progressively making significant contributions to how cities look and function, making platforms such as the IFLA World Congress 2018 timely and apt for governments, academia and industry.

Hear from the industry experts at the 55th IFLA World Congress Singapore 2018 on 18 July – 19 July 2018, and be a part of the thought-provoking exchange on building a Smart Nation!

IFLA World Congress 2018 Singapore

IFLA World Congress 2018 Singapore

Featured Speakers

Featured speakers and paper presenters for the Smart Nation track include:

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Aaron Tham, Director
JTC Corporation, Singapore

Punggol Digital District – A New Approach to Designing Singapore’s Next Generation Business and University District

Han Weijie
Beijing Forestry University,
People’s Republic of China

Applications of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Remote Sensing Technology in Landscape Architecture

Wolfgang Kessling, Partner and Principal
Trassolar, Germany

Climatecture – Outdoor Comfort in Tropical Climates

Gong Fangying
Chinese University of Hong Kong,
Hong Kong, China

Tree Canopy Quantification of Street Canyons in High-Density Urban Environments using Google Street View

IFLA World Congress 2018 Singapore

All Members of the following associations are entitled to CPD Points for the 2-say conference:

Australian Institute of Horticulture: 6 CPD Points
Hong Kong Institute of Landscape Architects: 4 CPD Points
Institute of Landscape Architects Malaysia: 6 CPD Points
Singapore Institute of Architects: 4 BOA-SIA CPD Points
Singapore Institute of Landscape Architects: Up to 18 CPD Points including Technical Tour
Taiwan Institute of Landscape Architects: 20 CPD Points

IFLA World Congress 2018 Singapore

IFLA World Congress 2018 Singapore

Who Will Be at the Congress?

Join these attendees who have confirmed their seats:

Bogor Agricultural University (Indonesia) · Changi Airport Group (Singapore) · Chulalongkorn University (Thailand) · Deakin University (Australia) · Delft University of Technology (Netherlands) · Frasers Property Singapore · GuocoLand Singapore · Harbin Institute of Technology (China) · Housing Department, Hong Kong Housing Authority · Huayi Ecological Landscape Architecture (China) · Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (Kenya) · Parks and Recreation Foundation (Japan) · Seibu Landscape (Japan) · Sentosa Development Corporation · Seoul National University (Korea) · Singapore Polytechnic · Singapore University of Technology and Design · STX Landscape Architects (Singapore) · Surbana Jurong Consultants (Singapore) · Sydney Olympic Park Authority (Australia) · University of Cambridge (UK) · Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology (China)… and many more

Exciting Line-up of Fringe Events

IFLA World Congress 2018 Singapore

Join us as we celebrating the winners of the first-ever AAPME Awards 2018 (Africa, Asia Pacific & Middle East) and the IFLA Asia-Pacific LA Luminary Awards 2017.

The AAPME Awards is a cross regional collaborative platform created to showcase single and multi-disciplinary projects grounded in urban landscapes. IFLA Asia-Pacific region will also be awarding the IFLA Asia-Pac LA Luminary Award 2017 to the CEOs of Gardens by the Bay, Housing & Development Board, National Parks Board and Urban Redevelopment Authority for their achievements in shaping our city and strengthening communities.

This inaugural international award is specially curated to commemorate outstanding landscape design and planning works and practices, and it is open to all IFLA regions and practitioners around the world for projects within the Africa, Asia Pacific and Middle East regions.  Secure your Awards Gala seat here.

The accompanying IFLA World Congress Singapore 2018 sponsor showcase will feature an inclusive display of landscaping solutions and innovations in the region, creating a platform for attendees to connect and collaborate, paving the way for better and more sustainable living.

Held in conjunction with IFLA World Congress 2018 is the Singapore Garden Festival (SGF).  A biennial event, positioned to be amongst the top flower and garden shows on the international calendar, SGF is the first garden show to showcase creations from the world’s top award-winning garden and floral designers under one roof, to be held from 21 July to 3 August 2018.  This is the seventh time the NParks-organised event will enchant local and international visitors alike.  Key highlights at this year’s festival include the highly popular landscape and fantasy show gardens and the floral windows to the world displays.

IFLA World Congress 2018 Singapore

IFLA World Congress 2018 Singapore: Contact Us

Congress Registration: ifla2018.reg@singex.com
Sponsorship and Exhibition: emily@singex.com
Marketing and PR: amy.tan@singex.com

IFLA World Congress 2018 Singapore

We hope to see you at the IFLA World Congress 2018 Singapore!

~ By the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) / SingEx

IFLA World Congress 2018 Singapore


A truly global federation, International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) currently represents 76 national associations from Africa, the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific, and a newly emerging region in the Middle East.  Our mission is to create globally sustainable and balanced living environments for the benefit of humanity worldwide.

IFLA officially represents approximately 25,000 landscape architects across the world – the actual number of landscape architects is estimated to be about three times that.  We have just been through a significant transformation to create a new, forward-thinking and more effective organisation.

Our strategic aim is to become more indispensable through the excellent services we provide to our members and through leadership that raises the profile of the profession and increases advocacy via national and international governments and NGO’s.

For more information, please visit http://iflaonline.org.

IFLA World Congress 2018 Singapore

SingEx Exhibitions is a subsidiary of SingEx Holdings, which is wholly owned by Temasek Holdings, Singapore’s investment company. SingEx Exhibitions harnesses insights and its strategic networks to organise and manage a series of trade exhibitions and conferences in various industries, including automotive, education, environment, e-commerce and logistics, technology, healthcare and lifestyle. These events aim to connect businesses in Asia and globally, and facilitate business matching with opportunities along with knowledge sharing.

For more information, visit www.singex.com.

Enjoy the Early-Bird Rate Until May 31 for the IFLA World Congress 2018 in Singapore

May 24, 2018 at 5:32 pm

IFLA World Congress 2018 in Singapore

IFLA World Congress 2018 in Singapore

How about visiting the luscious and very green island nation of Singapore this July and staying at the fabulous Marina Bay Sands?  Come and attend the IFLA World Congress 2018!

And, as Media Partners, Greenroofs.com wants you to not miss this chance to enjoy a discounted rate when you register by May 31, 2018.

The 55th IFLA World Congress 2018 will be the largest and most significant event for landscape professionals in the world, held on July 18-21.  Supported by 5 regions – Americas, Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific, it sets the stage at the ‘City in a Garden’ for professionals, government bodies and academics to be part of the in-depth discourse on trends, challenges, and business opportunities on a global scale.

Biophilic Cities, Smart Nation and Future Resilience

Held in conjunction with the Singapore Garden Festival, the IFLA World Congress 2018 is the key platform that champions landscape architecture as a major contributor to the development of attractive, liveable, equitable, and sustainable environments of the future through the themes of Biophilic City, Smart Nation, and Future Resilience.

IFLA World Congress 2018 in Singapore

The Congress promises an enriching experience that will feature the most inclusive exhibition showcase involving landscaping solutions, innovations, and products in the Asia Pacific region.

IFLA World Congress 2018 in Singapore

“Singapore is a country that has made tremendous efforts in infusing nature into the heart of all urban developments. Boasting an impressive network of trails and pathways that connects parts and green spaces, the city-state has made considerable efforts to also integrate nature into its vertical spaces. Join us for a first-hand experience in exploring the deep wonders of what the city has to offer!

Delegates can look forward to be part of our specially curated Technical Tours, where we go on to explore award-winning sites right in this garden city.” ~ IFLA World Congress 2018

IFLA World Congress 2018 in Singapore

The tours are just one key event at IFLA 2018, and I’m sure they will be awesome!  See the Events at a Glance.

Speakers & Research

Internationally-renowned speakers include:

Studio Roosegaarde

Artist, innovator and a creative thinker Daan Roosegaarde work explores the relation between people, technology and space, such as the Smog Free Project (the largest outdoor air purifier in the
world) and the Smart Highway (roads which charge from sunlight and glow at night).

Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities, in the Department of Urban and Environmental Planning, School of Architecture, University of Virginia

Timothy Beatley’s work mainly focuses on the subject of sustainable communities, and creative strategies by which cities and towns can
fundamentally reduce their ecological footprints, while at the same time becoming more liveable and equitable places.


Principal Investigator, Ecosystem Services in Urban Landscapes, Future Cities Laboratory & Principal Investigator, Cooling Singapore, Singapore-ETH Centre

Peter Edwards has always had a strong interest in the application of science and technology for better policy. In Singapore, he led his teams to find means to maximize ecosystem benefits in urban
environments, and ways to mitigate the urban heat island effect in the tropics, to make cities more resilient and liveable.


The congress also features pioneering research in paper presentations across the Biophilic Cities, Smart Nation and Future Resilience tracks, some of which include:

Ecological Urban Placemaking, Hawaii
Materialising Microclimate: Designing with data for thermal effect, Australia
Foresting Parking Lots, Italy …..and more.

Visit and Register Today for the Early Bird Discount

Click here for the IFLA World Congress 2018 in Singapore conference program.  Book your passes at the link below now to take advantage of early bird rates up until May 31!

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I can’t imagine a better venue than the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore with its spectacular Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort SkyPark® by Safdie Architects, Arup and so many more.

IFLA World Congress 2018 in Singapore

The views are spectacular, and I’m sure the IFLA World Congress 2018 will be, too.

By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher & Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summits Host

World Green Infrastructure Congress 2018 Bengaluru – Rethinking Sustainability: June 4-6

May 6, 2018 at 12:30 pm

World Green Infrastructure Congress 2018 Bengaluru

World Green Infrastructure Congress 2018 Bengaluru:

Rethinking Sustainability with Green Walls, Green Roofs and Greening the City

The World Green Infrastructure Network and Indian Green Infrastructure Network (IGIN) present the World Green Infrastructure Congress (WGIC) 2018 Bengaluru on June 4th and 5th.  The WGIC will be hosted in Bangalore, officially known as Bengaluru, India for the first time in its 11-year history.

And, this is the first time an event of this scale is being hosted in the Indian sub-continent.

World Green Infrastructure Congress 2018 Bengaluru

Bangalore city skyline showing UB City to the left and Richmond Town area to the right. Photo by Muhammad Mahdi Karim – Own work under GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 via Wikimedia Commons.

The Venue

The WGIC will be hosted in The LaLiT Ashok Hotel Bangalore, a 5-star property centrally located in Bengaluru.

World Green Infrastructure Congress 2018 Bengaluru

The WGIC 2018 brings together expert speakers and researchers from around the world to share their immense knowledge and experience on sustainable practices such as development of Green Roofs, Vertical Gardening, Urban Agriculture, Sustainable Green City Planning, Water Sensitive Urban Design, Policies, and more.

In its illustrious 11-year history, the WGIC has previously taken center stage in 10 different countries.  Most recent was Berlin, Germany in 2017.  Every year, prospective organizers of the event engage in a competitive bidding process to secure the privilege of hosting the event.

World Green Infrastructure Congress 2018 Bengaluru

The Hesaraghatta Lake in Bangalore. By The original uploader was Nikkul at English Wikipedia (Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons.) CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The event is organized by the Indian Green Infrastructure Network (IGIN) an NGO whose vision is to enable World Class Sustainable Practices to be adhered to in India and the Sub continent.

“We are bringing together the core stakeholders like Architects, Urban Planners, Landscape Architects, Green Planners and Engineers, Builders and Developers, Business Leaders, Environmentalists, Research Students, Institutions, Related Government Departments, Decision Makers, etc., from 40 plus countries and the Indian Sub Continent.”~ IGIN

Prominent International Speakers

World Green Infrastructure Congress 2018 Bengaluru

More than 60 speakers and 40 exhibitors will feature on the program agenda.  Delegates will get the opportunity to interact and share ideas with some the leaders of modern green architecture, including the highest level of the government responsible for urban planning and development.

Some of the prominent speakers are:

  • Manfred Kohler, President – World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN)
  • Patrick Blanc, French botanist – French National Centre for Scientific Research
  • Steven Peck, President – Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC)
  • Prof. Dr. Julian Briz, Emeritus Professor, President of PRONATUR
  • Rick Thomas, Founding Director and Principal Arborist – ArborCulture Singapore
  • Matthew Dillon, President – Green Roofs Australasia, & eVP WGIN
  • Aslan Jonoubi, President – IGIN (Iranian Green Infrastructure Network)
  • Wang Zhaolong, Shanghai Jiaotong University, China
  • Andres Ibanez, School of Architecture and Urban Design, National University of Colombia
  • C. Chandrashekaran, Team Leader – M&E Uttarakhand Decentralised Watershed Development Project
  • Raosaheb Borgude, Senior General Manager – Reliance Industries in Horticulture department
  • Sunil D. Gorantiwar, Professor and HOD Irrigation and Drainage Engineering Mahatma Phule (Krishi Vidyapeeth) Agricultural University, Rahuri
  • Maria Boey, Planner, Architect Urban Designer and Landscape Designer
  • Nisha Mathew Ghosh, Founder – Mathew and Ghosh Sustainable Creationcare Foundation
  • Dr. C. Subesh Ranjith Kumar, Assistant Professor (Horticulture) – The Horticultural College and Research Institute (HC&RI) Tamil Nadu Agricultural University
  • Dr. Chellaiah Sellamuthu, Director (Hort.) – New Delhi Municipal Council
  • Isabel de Felipe, Professor – Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM)
  • Ms. Nur Faezah Mohd Sanif, Deputy Director – National Parks Board (Singapore)
  • Martha Weber, President – Polish Green Roofs Association
  • Kishore N, Principal – The Concise Desines, Landscape Architecture Planning Studio
  • Jeffrey Bruce, Owner – Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company (JBC)
  • Chitra. K. Vishwanath, Managing Director – Biome Environmental Solutions

Why WGIC 2018?

The objective of the WGIC is to empower attendees with the latest technologies and developments and offer plausible solutions for important environmental issues.

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Hema Kumar, Founder of IGIN, says,

“Make Green As Much As You Can
Save Green As Much As You Can
Give Green As Much As You Can

Topics such as maintaining natural biodiversity, ecological building designs, Green architecture and sustainable urban planning will be discussed in the international congress. The event will show the world that India, can and will, lead the way for green infrastructure development in South East Asia.”

~ Hema Kumar, Indian Green Infrastructure Congress

Visit WGIC 2018 Bengaluru

To know more regarding your trip, visa info and more, write in to info@wgicbengaluru.com or visit the website – www.wgicbengaluru.com.


~ Indian Green Infrastructure Network

World Green Infrastructure Congress 2018 Bengaluru

The Indian Green Infrastructure Network (IGIN) is an NGO set up to create and develop World-Class Green Sustainable cities in India. IGIN is a membership driven NGO set up to develop and carry out nation-wide environmental education programmes and activities. We believe India is a country whose people are its greatest resource. To implement our ground breaking ideas, we need the help of the interested and qualified public. Here in India we have the resources for every possible idea. Now along with IGIN, we have the knowledge and experts, too. It is time we harnessed our strengths.

IGIN is associated with the World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN), which is the association of National Green Building Organisations.


Greenroofs.com Project of the Week for April 2, 2018: HDB BLK 667B, Singapore

April 2, 2018 at 10:43 am

Greenroofs.com Project Week HDB BLK 667B Singapore

Punggol, Singapore
6,997 sf Greenroofs

Greenroofs.com Project Week HDB BLK 667B Singapore

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: April 2, 2018

Known for its credo “City in the Garden,” beautiful Singapore is an island nation where land is at a premium.  We’ve had the privilege to visit twice, in 2010 and 2015, and continue to be amazed at the sheer number of living roofs and walls on a wide variety of building typologies.

Since the great majority of Singaporeans live in highrises, the city-state’s public housing authority has greened as many multi-family structures as possible.  New ones are now designed with greenroofs, and when feasible, older facilities are refurbished with lightweight systems.

Greenroofs.com Project Week HDB BLK 667B Singapore

Mini Description & Details

Singapore has been actively greening its urban landscape for many years with sky gardens, living walls, and world-class gardens.  The Housing & Development Board (or HDB) is Singapore’s public housing authority and today, more than 80% of the population is living in HDB’s 1 million plus flats in 23 towns across the island.

Located in the northeast region of Singapore, Punggol was developed to be its first eco-town.

Greenroofs.com Project Week HDB BLK 667B Singapore

The HDB BLK 667B is a retrofit of three highrise residential blocks at the Punggol housing estate whose rooftop equipment and piping had been covered by a “second” roof of sorts.  Made of large concrete tiles, they were laid in shingled fashion, and the Town Council wanted to cover them with greenery to improve visual appeal and reduce interior temperature.

Because the only access to the 23rd floor rooftop was up one staircase from the elevator, plus the equipment obstacles, the project required a system that was light and clean to transport and easy and quick to install, with minimal maintenance in the long term.

Greenroofs.com Project Week HDB BLK 667B Singapore

Greenroofs.com Project Week HDB BLK 667B Singapore

Designed and installed by Xero Flor Singapore, the mineral wool-based XF309 Light buildup now covers the large concrete shingles.  Perfect for retrofits, the roll format soil-less system weighs only 33 kg/m2 (or 6.6 psf) when fully saturated, which is one of the lightest weight systems on the market.

Greenroofs.com Project Week HDB BLK 667B Singapore

Greenroofs.com Project Week HDB BLK 667B Singapore


The pre-vegetated Xeroflor mats contain small low-profile tropical succulents including Sedum sarmentosum, three types of Portulaca, and Plectranthus prostratus.  Pre-grown in local nurseries to a minimum vegetation coverage of 80%, they provide an instant green effect with seasonal visual interests.  Shade cloth was used to cover the entire green roof initially to allow the plants to root firmly into the water retention fleece underneath.

The colorful lightweight Xeroflor/ Low & Bonar green roofs add greenery, lower the interior temperature, reduce reflective glare and create a pleasant view for the neighboring blocks.

Greenroofs.com Project Week HDB BLK 667B Singapore

Year: 2016
Housing & Development Board (HDB)
Punggol, Singapore
Building Type:
Multi-Family Residential
Single Source Provider
6997 sq.ft.
Accessible, Private

Greenroofs.com Project Week HDB BLK 667B Singapore

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Green Roof Designer: Linus Wong, Xero Flor Singapore
Installation Team Leader: Anita Wong, Xero Flor Singapore
Architect: ADDP Architects LLP
Green Roof System: XF309, Xeroflor/ Low & Bonar
Green Roof Manufacturer: Xeroflor/ Low & Bonar

Greenroofs.com Project Week HDB BLK 667B Singapore

All the Info:

View the HDB BLK 667B project profile to see ALL of the Photos and Additional Information about this particular project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

Greenroofs.com Project Week HDB BLK 667B Singapore

Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the HDB BLK 667B Project of the Week Video below or see it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 4/02/18 video photo credits: Courtesy of Xero Flor Singapore; 1 bishan park panorama 2012.jpg By chensiyuan (Self-photographed) GFDL or CC BY-SA 4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0, via Wikimedia Commons; Punggol Waterway Park 2013.jpg By Erwin Soo licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license, via Wikimedia Commons; Sedum sarmentosum 01.JPG By Dalgial, own work, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license, via Wikimedia Commons; and © Linda S. Velazquez.

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By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher & Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summits Host