55th IFLA World Congress | Singapore
ZAA attended the 55th IFLA World Congress in Singapore, which focused on the themes of Biophilia, Smart Cities and Resilience.
Returning to Singapore for the second time, the 55th International Federation of Landscape Architects 2018 is the largest and most significant event for landscape professionals in the world. 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. 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. Find out more about the IFLA conference on this link.
This theme examines our discipline and the practice of 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.”