About IFLA WC 2018

Returning to Singapore for the second time, the 55th IFLA World Congress 2018 will be 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.

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. Participants can look forward to connecting with a comprehensive community including government bodies, business leaders, industry representatives, academics, and thought-leaders on conversations that surround potential strategic innovations to adapt to the changing environment.

Singapore as The Host City

Occupying 700 square kilometers with a population of close to 6 million, 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. The city-state continually strives to develop its infrastructure and house an ever growing population in tandem with maintaining its ‘green’. In many ways, Singapore is an example of an ideal biophilic city aptly befitting the title “City in a Garden”. International delegates will not only learn but also experience first-hand the wonders of what the city has to offer.


For more information on Destination Singapore, please refer to the Venue and Hospitality section.

Congress Theme

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a. Biophilic City


This theme examines our discipline and the practice of landscape 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.”

We invite speakers to submit papers that present case studies on how these ‘biophilic cities’ are expressed. How do we frame landscape architecture's necessity and its leading role in improving our urban and natural environment in the context of a biophilic city?

Keywords: ecosystem services, landscape urbanism, green infrastructure, therapeutic garden, urban farm

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b. Smart Nation


Positioning landscape architecture in the context of an increasingly digitalised society, we aspire to extend our ability to measure and assess our environments beyond our physical senses through the aid of remote sensors and probes. The advent of information technology and data analytics may provide insights into how we may enhance our design processes by better quantifying our understanding of our landscapes. How can landscape architecture contribute to an interdisciplinary approach and appropriate the use of technology and in so doing, offer practical solutions and new concepts to address the many daunting challenges brought about by climate change, urbanisation and new social aspirations?

Keywords: augmented and visual reality, geo-design, point cloud modeling, urban informatics, social media, cloud sourcing

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c. Future Resilience

Understand how landscape architects play a role to overcome compromised critical infrastructure systems within the city. Increasingly, landscape architects work beyond their disciplines to develop frameworks, concepts and tools with other fields of expertise to overcome challenges that threaten loss in biodiversity, inundation, and other environmental conflicts. How do we ensure that these systems continue to operate and stay robust despite increasing threats? How can we design with limited resources and recover after a big hit? How instrumental is the field of landscape architecture in the ongoing conversation that surrounds issues that deal with the thematics of resilience within the city?

Keywords: mitigate the impacts of climate change, multi-layered defense, biodiversity loss, drought, flooding, pollution, extreme heat, disaster management

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