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

In Memoriam: Dr. Diana Balmori

January 20, 2017 at 2:01 am

The quintessential thinker, master professional, and inspirational ecological designer, Dr. Diana Balmori, FASLA, IFLA, passed away on November 14, 2016 of lung cancer.  The brilliant, classy, and just wonderful lady transcended professional and even nationalistic labels; her design ethic metamorphosed fields of study and melded into one of a progressive yet sensitive sense of living architecture.

In Memoriam Dr. Diana Balmori Balmori Associates

Dr. Diana Balmori. Photo by Margaret Morton.

Based in New York City for over 20 years, Diana Balmori was the renown landscape designer and principal of Balmori Associates.  She received numerous accolades over the years, and was internationally recognized for her progressive body of work.

2015 Virtual Summit Keynote Video

We here at Greenroofs.com were very fortunate to have had Diana Balmori as a Keynote speaker for our 2015 Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 ~ Connecting the Planet with Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design.  We had known her elegant soul since 2002, when she and I had both spoken at the Earth Pledge Foundation (now defunct) in New York City.  Since landscape architecture is my own background, I had been inspired by her work for a long time and greatly enjoyed following her progress throughout the years as a truly thoughtful representation of female leadership.

In July of last year we released her Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 Keynote Video: “Green Roofs to New Cities” by Dr. Diana Balmori; please watch it below to see some of her recent work:

Regarding greenroofs, for her 2015 Keynote video Diana wrote:

“The big picture is that half of the world lives in cities; it will be 2/3 by 2025.  Cities are major producers of all the things which are feeding climate change. Green roofs are a simple tool we could us to change this effect, if used at the macroscale.  Green roofs can also play an urban role as open space and as connectors.” ~ Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015

Specifically, she explained why greenroofs are a revolutionary tool at these levels: Building – by altering the relation between landscape and architecture to the benefit of both; City – by reducing the heat island effect; River – by preventing floods and cleaning drainage water; and Living Being – by improving our health.”

A Global Perspective

Having been born in Gijón, on the Bay of Biscay in northern Spain, in 1932, she left with her parents to England in 1936 since her father, Clemente Hernando Balmori, a Spanish linguist and a Loyalist, needed to escape political persecution during the Spanish Civil War.  Her mother, Dorothy Ling Balmori, was an English pianist and composer who met her husband in Berlin while both were doing postgraduate work.  Right after the start of World War II, the family relocated to Argentina when her father obtained a teaching position.

Diana started her educational life in architecture; however, because of a student outbreak over a protest, her entire class was expelled.  She emigrated to the U.S. in 1952 with her Argentine-born husband whom she had met at university, the noted architect César Pelli.  She moved to Los Angeles in 1964 and in 1973 earned a doctorate in urban history at U.C.L.A.

Ms. Balmori championed a new understanding of landscape architecture and the built environment. She rejected the division between architecture and landscape, and the idea of landscaping as “shrubbing up,” as she sometimes put it: providing a beautiful backdrop for buildings. Instead, she saw the urban fabric as an interweaving of human activity, natural forces and designed settings and buildings.

“It’s bringing all the pieces together,” she told Guernica magazine in 2013, describing her concept of landscape architecture. “It’s not just buildings, it’s not just road; it’s also social factors, geological factors, climate factors — a much more complex mix.” The goal, she said, was a blending of “very clear human engineering with ecology and with landscape.” ~ The New York Times, 2016

Read the entire excellent “Diana Balmori, Landscape Architect With a Blending Philosophy, Dies at 84” by William Grimes of The New York Times for more on her life.

Recent Life and Times

In Memoriam Dr. Diana Balmori Balmori Associates

From Diana’s staff in 2015 for the Virtual Summit:

Diana Balmori founded Balmori Associates in 1990. The landscape and urban design practice is recognized internationally for designing sustainable infrastructures that serves as an interface between landscape and architecture. In 2006, she created BAL/LABs within Balmori Associates, to further push the boundaries of architecture, art and engineering: Green Roofs, Floating Islands, Temporary Landscapes, Forms of Representation, and Zero Waste City, among others.

Diana keeps an active voice in national policy and decision-making on topics that relate to landscape design, architecture and urban planning. She has served as: member of The United States Commission of Fine Arts in Washington, DC; a Senior Fellow of Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, DC; a member of the Allston Development Group at Harvard University, Boston, MA; on the Board of The Van Alen Institute, New York City; The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation for the World Trade Center Site, New York City; and as a Committee Member for the Comprehensive Design Plan for the White House.

Diana’s opinion-editorials and articles about her work have been featured in Dwell, The Architects Newspaper, Monocle, El Pais, PBS, WNYC, Design Observer, and Utne Reader, which named her one of fifty “Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World” in 2009. She was named Fast Company’s Third Most Creative People in Business (June 2013) and one of ten Innovators by Architectural Digest (September 2013).

Her book A Landscape Manifesto (Yale University Press, 2010) has received international attention and was recently translated into Chinese. Her most recent book is Drawing and Reinventing Landscape (Architectural Design Primer) [above] (A/D Wiley, 2014). Since 1993 she has been a Critic at Yale University in both the School of Architecture and the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

As noted above, Diana was voted one of 2013’s “100 Most Creative People in Business” from Fast Company – at # 3, no less.  She had been artfully leading the combined fields of landscape design, architecture and urban planning for decades:

In Memoriam Dr. Diana Balmori Balmori Associates

Diana was one of the early proponents of greenroofs and living architecture, and her 2005 research piece/inventory study on Long Island City – and its resulting “Asthma Alley” – demonstrated how living roofs could affect a direct health-oriented benefit in communities.  This research resulted in greenroofs being constructed atop Silvercup Studios and the Gratz Industries Company.

In Memoriam Dr. Diana Balmori Balmori Associates

In 2014 Diana and her firm Balmori Associates completed the enormous new governmental city of Sejong, Public Administration Town in South Korea.  Based on the previous natural attributes of the mountains and rivers on the site, her large masterplan introduced the idea of a landscape taking the primordial organizing idea to organize the architecture – the result is buildings interconnected with sweeping, continuous greenroofs.

In Memoriam Dr. Diana Balmori Balmori Associates

In Memoriam Dr. Diana Balmori Balmori Associates

Balmori Associates said, “We proposed a new approach to city-making, one that starts with landscape architecture. The master plan consists of a continuous linear park on a continuous roof joining all the ministries.” Dictated by the contours of the land that were once hilly but now flattened to make way for as many as 500,000 future residents, a grid of streets and transit runs through the center of the city within a network of green spaces. The connected buildings were designed to look like an Oriental dragon in flight from above and the superstructure on top contains a variety of planted sloping walkways, wide-open expanses, ramps, and corridors – with the government offices below. Three interconnected urban strategies were proposed: FLAT CITY, LINK CITY, and ZERO WASTE CITY. The beautiful greenroof equals 28 acres and the pitches vary considerably, allowing it to slope down to the ground in pedestrian-friendly inclines.

In Memoriam Dr. Diana Balmori Balmori Associates

A Celebration of Diana Balmori’s Life

Diana Balmori is survived by her husband, César Pelli; sons, Rafael Pelli and Denis Pelli; and granddaughters, Delia and Iris.  A Celebration of Diana Balmori’s Life will be presented on January 30, 2017 at The Morgan Library & Museum in New York by Balmori Associates who says that all are welcome to attend; please see more information at their website.

In Memoriam Dr. Diana Balmori Balmori Associates

Dr. Diana Balmori. Photo via Balmori Associates, by Kristin Gladney.

Dr. Diana Balmori was an exceptional bright shining star in our universe of ecological architecture and design, with decades of contributions in the form of thought leadership, outstanding projects, and education and will be greatly missed and remembered by design followers from across the globe.

By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher

Mother Earth, Every Day

May 12, 2009 at 3:35 pm

A Spring Garden

Spring is the Birthday of the World

“‘Tis like the birthday of the world,
When earth was born in bloom;
The light is made of many dyes,
The air is all perfume:
There’s crimson buds, and white and blue,
The very rainbow showers
Have turned to blossoms where they fell,
And sown the earth with flowers.”
– Thomas Hood

Spring is way sprung and we’re in full gear, knee deep in the season of birth and renewal, of laying the foundation  for the future, of nurturing and sowing our seeds within the season of perpetual  hope and new beginnings!  

I guess it’s no wonder, then, that events honoring the sacred feminine – the ying opposing the yang in the universe within  our spiritual and physical worlds –  are  observed during this time.     Holidays such as Easter and Earth Day occur during Spring in the Northern Hemisphere which runs from March into June.   According to Wikipedia, ying yang  describes “seemingly disjunct or opposing forces…interconnected and interdependent in the natural world, giving rise to each other in turn.”     The decidedly earthy, motherly Yin and masculine Yang are complementary opposites within a greater whole, each dependent of each other – sounds like  the  basis for a really good  relationship, right?

Yes, and wouldn’t you say that the greatest environmental maternal relationship of all has to be with Mother Earth?     I believe it’s no coincidence that late March was chosen to host Earth Hour,  at the beginning of Spring.     Earth Hour 2008 was held internationally on March 29 from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. local time, marking the first anniversary of the event.   This year it was celebrated on March 28 from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. local time and as a  company and as a family, this was our second  year  participating in  Earth Hour.

Although we  observe Earth Day on    April 22, Earth Day was initially celebrated on March 21, 1970, the equinox day.   Earth Day, now Earth Week, marked the beginning of the modern environmental movement.    Wikipedia says, “The equinoctial Earth Day is celebrated on the March equinox (around March 20) to mark the precise moment of astronomical mid-spring in the Northern Hemisphere, and of astronomical mid-autumn in the Southern Hemisphere.”   Margaret Mead added her support for the equinox Earth Day, and in 1978 declared:

“EARTH DAY is the first holy day which transcends all national borders, yet preserves all geographical integrities, spans mountains and oceans and time belts, and yet brings people all over the world into one resonating accord, is devoted to the preservation of the harmony in nature and yet draws upon the triumphs of technology, the measurement of time, and instantaneous communication through space.

EARTH DAY draws on astronomical phenomena in a new way – which is also the most ancient way – using the vernal Equinox, the time when the Sun crosses the equator making night and day of equal length in all parts of the Earth. To this point in the annual calendar, EARTH DAY attaches no local or divisive set of symbols, no statement of the truth or superiority of one way of life over another. But the selection of the March Equinox makes planetary observance of a shared event possible, and a flag which shows the Earth as seen from space appropriate.”

View of the Earth from NASA

Landscape Architecture Month  is also set in Spring, in April.   I chose  the field of landscape architecture for many reasons, but most definitely for the blending of creativity and ecology, stewardship of the land, and my simple passion for plants – I’ve always had a green thumb (my nurturing side also gave way to my three children) and love to draw.   Still dominated by men, the last  20-25 years or so has seen an incredible rise in female practitioners.   When I was at the SED at UGA from 1996-2000, enrollment was extremely  male-dominated – easily 4, if not 5, to 1.

As a planet, as a culture on a mega-grand scale, we are bound together as minuscule parts of a mutual whole…One of my favorite quotes is sometimes labeled as an Ancient Indian Proverb, or attributed to Antoine de St. Exupery, Ralph Waldo Emerson, David Bower or Andre Gide, but whoever wrote it obviously felt respect for our natural environment, promoting spiritual sustainability, too:

“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.”

In any case, I hope you’re enjoying Spring by having celebrated Earth Hour, Earth Day and Week, Landscape Architecture Month, and especially  Mother’s Day, a smaller scale but equally important celebration to honor the feminine.    

Mother's Day 2009
Happy Mother’s Day, from our Pahl/Velazquez family of four generations:
Top: My sister Alicia Pahl-Arritola; Bottom, left to right: my Mom Ellie Pahl; me; my daughter Anjuli and my grandson, Nicholas Joseph.

Let’s continue to  honor our mothers, ourselves, and Mother Earth, every day.

~ Linda V.