IFLA2014 Asia Pacific Congress


The Institute of Landscape Architects Malaysia (ILAM) warmly invites you to be a part of the IFLA2014 Asia Pacific Congress in Kuching, Sarawak on the Borneo Island of Malaysia from 28 – 30 April 2014. Sarawak, full of cultural and natural heritage offers you many new experiences!

The IFLA 2014 Asia Pacific Congress is themed – “A Greener Tomorrow”, and is looking to achieve more sustainable and quality living environments through the perspective of landscape architecture. The sub-themes of the congress explore in more detail three aspects: Technology, Tourism and Heritage.

Sarawak is the biggest state in Malaysia, offering a rich biodiversity and natural environment, making this an ideal spot to host this congress.  Participants of the congress will not only benefit from the paper presentations, but will also be exposed to Sarawak’s multi-ethnic culture, culinary delights, arts & crafts, wildlife and botanical habitats, and all the rich biodiversity it has to offer.

Visit the website for more information: www.ifla2014.asia


ECOCITY, the World Summit on sustainable cities

Ecocity, the World Summit on Sustainable Cities, will be held from 25 to 27 September 2013. It will be followed by the Summit of the Mexico City Pact Signatories on Saturday 28 September. The two events are very complementary.
ECOCITY will take shape over the 3 days with the Summit and the Exhibition designed as «the ideal place to showcase solutions for sustainable cities» and innovation.  
A new approach, around a collaborative work, will make it possible for all the contributors to co-build the programme.

The Summit will propose various types of meetings and exchanges:

  • Plenary sessions,
  • Keynote session
  • Theatre-style room
  • workshop
  • round tables
  • Vico demonstration
  • Global village
  • Solutions exhibition and B to B meeting

Because of the voluntary systemic approach and cross-disciplinary plurality, it will be essential to propose a thematic tour to facilitate the choices of delegates and visitors when attending ECOCITY 2013.

A project built jointly with all the international networks of sustainable city players.

The Nantes Métropole political ambition is to make ECOCITY 2013 the collective place and moment to build a common culture among all sustainable city players. The project governance is organized around this task:

Find more at http://www.ecocity-2013.com/en/project-ecocity

Mexico City Makes Smart Use of Its Underpasses


Mexico City, one of the world’s biggest metropolises, is getting creative about using the leftover spaces under its bridges. After the success of a pilot program called Bajo Puentes (or Under Bridges), which turned four previously trash-strewn, vacant underpass spaces into vibrant shopping plazas, playgrounds, and cafes, the city is expanding the program, adding another five and targeting 30 more as candidates.

Earlier this summer, The Washington Post reported that urban planners in Mexico City “have found a way to add thousands of square feet of new commercial and recreational space. And it isn’t costing local government a cent.” This new private-public sector model for reusing underpasses is a smart one: Get local developers to pay for the construction and upkeep of the spaces.

This is how it works: the city government’s department of housing and urban development (SEDUVI) asks business owners and developers to take on leases for these…

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From the Future: A Smarter Highway


While Google is racing ahead to create a data-driven, self-driving car, one Dutch designer is working on the opposite end: designing a smart highway that will communicate with your car. As one of the winners of this year’s Index awards, which comes with a €100,000 prize, Daan Roosegaarde, collaborating with Hijmans Infrastructure, will test out a road that will “communicate with its drivers in order to promote both traffic safety and efficiency.”

Roosegaarde writes: “We live in cities of endless gray concrete roads, surrounded by steel lamps and they have a huge visual impact on our cities. But why do the roads remain so rough and without imagination? Why not turn them into a vision of mobility – a symbol of the future?”

His smart highway concept is pretty mind-bending. He wants to embed highways with technology that can “visually communicate when the road is slippery,” actually charge…

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An Interesting Approach to a Huge Problem

Passing Through . . . .

How the Fukushima Ice Barrier Will Block Radioactive Groundwater
Japan plans to stop leaking radioactive groundwater at Fukushima with an underground wall of ice. Here’s how it would work.

By Peter Fairley on August 30, 2013


Contaminated groundwater remains a huge problem at Fukushima.

Cold storage: A freeze wall created for a construction project by the company SoilFreeze.

Japanese officials desperate to contain an ever-growing crisis at the Fukushima nuclear power station are looking to use artificial permafrost to stop radioactive water from leaking. The idea is to build a mile-long wall of frozen earth around Fukushima’s toxic reactor buildings to stem the groundwater contamination; the most experienced specialists in the field say the plan should work.

The Japanese firms involved appear to be taking a go-it-alone approach. Two weeks ago, a top official at Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) signaled that the utility behind the Fukushima disaster…

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