Situated in the hyper-density of Bangkok, the 2017 IFLA APR congress will be the first landscape architectural event to focus on the potential for landscape architects within the Asia Pacific region to expand their role in determining the future of our cities and rural landscapes in the face of market-driven economic pressures, climate change, unprecedented urban population shifts, food security, and dwindling reserves for accessible public open spaces.
Bangkok is a natural point of convergence for landscape architects from the region that contains more than half of the world’s “megacities”. While recent focus has been on the magnitude of these urban agglomerations, the Bangkok 2017 IFLA APR congress will also explore the consequent complexity, beauty, and issues facing peri-urban and rural landscapes that must not be left behind in the pursuit of unchecked and often unplanned development.
Landscape architects are in a unique position to bring design intelligence to a host of development issues that require an appreciation of ecological, social, technical, and economic factors. The speaker series and workshops will provide practitioners and allied professionals an opportunity to learn, collaborate, and explore real-life solutions to landscape and planning issues.
The organizing committee is excited to launch the 2017 IFLA APR Congress and its theme of “Blue, Green, and Culture” that will be held in Bangkok, Thailand this year. We are now calling for abstracts in two categories: Papers and Ideas.
Both categories should engage with the themes of “Blue”, “Green”, and “Culture” in landscape architecture. We encourage you to interpret the congress themes yourselves as one of the goals of this years’ congress is to explore different interpretations of “Blue”, “Green”, and “Culture” and how they intersect in our respective home countries and practice methods.
Download the official “Call for Papers” and “Call for Ideas” PDF briefs using the links below for more detail about the theme, submission requirements, and key information.CALL FOR PAPERS CALL FOR IDEAS
Design is an act of integration. This idea has been a personal pursuit of mine with each new landscape presenting itself as a canvas to explore this idea. As the Chairperson for the 2017 IFLA APR Regional Congress, it is an honour to invite speakers and delegates from around the world to share their ideas about landscape architecture, urbanism, and art and design in the contemporary world. Landscape Architects are, in my opinion, an indispensable profession that is able to research, contemplate, and posit new approaches to global warming, loss of biodiversity, liveable cities, rural welfare, and related issues facing blue, green, and cultural landscapes across Asia Pacific and the world.
The IFLA APR group includes some of the most populous, dense, and diverse countries in the world and I believe that we have more that connects us than separates us. My home city of Bangkok is a rapidly changing and cosmopolitan city faced with its own unique challenges but I believe that collaboration with a mind to learn from each other can create a strong body of knowledge that professionals across the region – and the world – can draw from.
Together with the organising committee and the Thai Association of Landscape Architects (TALA) we look forward to welcoming you to Bangkok and the 2017 IFLA APR Regional Conference in November.
Wannaporn Pui Phornprapha
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