Deadline for submission of full papers: 14th March 2022
STOP PRESS: AAPME AWARDS 2022 - Aid for African entries
News just in from IFLA APR who are encouraging entries from Africa to this year's AAPME awards.
IFLA APR would like to highlight the support that they are granting to the developing economies of Middle East and Africa Region for AAPME Awards 2022.
They will be supporting the first 50 notices of intention from each of these regions to apply and submit for the AAPME Awards with their projects at zero cost. Each organisation/ company is allowed to submit maximum 2 projects under this grant. This is to encourage recognition and awareness of the fantastic work and development within these regions.
Please submit your intention to apply for an award here. Kindly note the criteria for the Awards here, but DO NOT submit an award until we have informed you of your successful application unless you want to continue and be guaranteed a successful submission by paying the USD $100 fee!
THANK YOU IFLA APR for your friendship and continued support!
IFLA Africa would like to join IFLA APR, SILA and the wider IFLA Community in honouring the life of Richard Tan past president of IFLA. We extend our condolences to this family, friends and colleagues.
In memory of IFLA former president, Mr Richard Tan, who passed away peacefully on 15 Feb 2022.
Mr Richard Tan was a Fellow member of Singapore Institute of Landscape Architects (SILA). He was the founder and owner of Envirospace Consultants, Garden & Landscape Centre and Garden Supplies Centre in Singapore. As a pioneer landscape architect, Richard started his landscape career in 1960s, and founded SILA together with a few other landscape architects in 1985.
Richard has been instrumental in shaping the landscape profession both locally and internationally. He was the former President of International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) in 2001-2002. He served in SILA and IFLA for more than 20 years holding several key appointments concurrently throughout his voluntary service and brought IFLA 4th Eastern Regional Conference to Singapore in 1991 and IFLA 38th Word Congress Singapore in 2001.
As a Landscape Architect, he made an unprecedented list of contributions in Singapore and promoted landscape education in the poorer region of Asia. He travelled widely on a constant lookout to support landscape schools in ASEAN region on pro bono basis. In 2012, Richard founded Landscape Academy in Cambodia a not-for-profit organisation to provide tertiary education in the field of landscape architecture in developing countries in ASEAN. He spent several years, including his own time and savings to develop the infrastructure and curriculum for the academy.
Richard’s passion in landscape and his generosity in contributions continued to inspire many. In 2010, he was conferred Honorable Member of Thai Association of Landscape Architects. He was also honoured by several IFLA Asia-Pacific Region’s national associations for the efforts and contributions he had made. Richard held the belief that it is a privilege to give and to contribute when he is able. I believe his spirit in generous giving and his unwavering dedication to landscape architecture throughout his lifetime will continue to serve as inspiring stories and memories for many of us.
Our deepest condolences go out to his family and friends. May his smile be remembered, may his passion continue to inspire, and may his legacy continue to echo into the hearts of landscape architects.
Morocco and Tunisia join the Med_net working group of IFLA Europe
Reported by Carey Duncan
It hasn't been for lack of effort the Med_net coordinator Uta Zorzi Mühlmann has not until now managed to hook up the southern edge of the Mediterranean to join forces and work on common issues affecting countries around the Mediterranean Sea. She has been a tireless advocate and has tried repeatedly to include the southern edge of the Mediterranean but until now, no one bit the line she has floated since the inception of the group.
Well, 2022 got off to a great start with the first Med_net meeting that includes two new members from Morocco and Tunisia: James MacGregor and Ikram Saidane respectively.
The spring meeting is planned for May 19th-22nd in Marseille. Crossing fingers that nothing will get in the way this time around! The current theme is Trees (not forests or woodlands, just Trees). More details can be found in the link below. The findings contributed from around the Mediterranean basin will be included in a booklet on the theme. This follows on from the successful booklet on Water that was produced by the group before the global pandemic hit us.
Thanks to Ikram and James for flying the north African flag in this group.
On the subject of Trees, I came across this graphic recently which sums up nicely the role of trees in our urban environments and elsewhere.
Source: Republique Française, Office national des Forêts:
The Med_net working group website tells us that the network was formed in 2017 bringing together countries bordering the Mediterranean or that share its climatic and environmental characteristics. The aim of the working group is to optimize the work of landscape architects on similar issues by concentrating their efforts, increasing awareness and ensuring more efficient communication, while saving energy and resources.
The constituent group was initially made up of delegates from Portugal, Spain, France, Greece (plus Cyprus) and Israel with Italy as coordinator. At the beginning of 2019 the delegates of Slovenia, Croatia and Turkey joined, completing the number of Mediterranean countries of IFLA Europe. Now the Mediterranean countries of IFLA Middle East and IFLA Africa or on board as well.
IFLA Africa is the custodian of two significant initiatives. The African Landscape Network (ALN) (https://bit.ly/ALNstorymap) and the African Journal of Landscape Architecture (AJLA) (https://www.ajlajournal.org/). I'll briefly discuss the ALN in this month's note and the AJLA in our March issue.
Image Source: Marike Franklin
The AFRICAN LANDSCAPE NETWORK is an online map-based interface that features a landscape-focused network of individuals and projects across the African continent. It is a joint project running with the support from the IFLA-ICOMOS Committee on Cultural Landscapes. The seed project, i.e., developing and populating a website, was financed through the UNESCO 2020 – 2021 Participation Programme. A grant of $14,000.00 was awarded to IFLA Africa (through IFLA) for the project, which is supported by the South African, Mozambican and Kenyan UNESCO Offices. In its conceptual development, a Core Team of landscape architects from South Africa and Morocco and their Advisory Panel plotted and planned the project. The panel comprised landscape architects, architects, archaeologists, and professionals in the tourism sector from South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Uganda, Eritrea, and Zambia.
To ALN project was launched at the 7th IFLA African Symposium: Health and Vitality, in association with the Urban Design Institute of South Africa (UDISA) and the Institute of Landscape Architects of South Africa (ILASA) in October 2021. A promotional video was shown at the conference and can be accessed HERE.
To date 36 individuals and 26 projects have been uploaded to the ALN site. The project description forms were designed to illustrate how each project has responded to the principles contained in the UNDP Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The site becomes a vital resource to access landscape-based projects that have aspired to balance social, economic and environmental sustainability.
To meet the ALN’s primary objective of fostering collaboration, communication, and sharing of best practices related to the landscape, we urge fellow professionals from across the continent to upload their details and projects completed in Africa.
Until next time …!
Graham A. Young PrLArch
18 February 2022
The African Landscape Network (ALN) :Project spotlight
In this edition of the ALN project spotlight, we feature
ANANTARA TOZEUR RESORT - TUNISIA
by Moez GUEDDAS, CEO Agora Architects and Nizar SAYARI, Senior Landscape Consultant
Anantara Tozeur Resort is a new luxury escape (opened in 2019) on a 123ha site in the southwest of Tunisia. It is located on the outskirts of the city of Tozeur, a hub of Tunisia’s Saharan tourism known for its brick architecture and vast palm groves.
Taking inspiration from the oasis villages that surround it, Anantara Tozeur Resort rises up out of the shimmering desert as a contemporary retreat amongst lush palm trees and meandering swimming pools. Located on the edge of the formidable Sahara, the resort provides the perfect base from which to explore the desert.
The landscape design was inspired by natural, typical and local landscapes for which the region of Tozeur is well known, applying a methodology that advocates sustainability. The design approach took as a departure point the principle that sustainable landscape design is the best way to combine aesthetic and psychological advantages while tapping into the enormous ecological and functional potential of living systems.
Submitted on behalf of the project team by Nizar Sayari, member of TALAE (Tunisian Association of Landscape Architects and Engineers), this project is focused on the ALN principles that understand that landscape shapes culture and identity at both a local and regional scale and recognises the importance of good quality sustainable landscape planning, design and management to ensure the ecological health, economic viability, social vitality and cultural expression of communities. In addition, the project aligns with the principle of creating well-designed, economically sound and resilient landscapes that sustain, enhance and revitalise physical, emotional, spiritual and cultural wellbeing.
You can read more about the project on the ALN website.
Every month we will be featuring projects selected from the ALN website; we encourage readers to submit their profiles and projects on the online map platform and to share with their networks. Beyond the aims of adoption of the African Landscape Convention and documenting landscape projects across Africa, the ALN also has the added benefit of increasing your visibility on an international scale. Also, for educators, this online map has the advantage of presenting a show and tell of real-life projects that address environmental issues in the African context.
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