It has been more than 11 years since the IFLA-Asia Pacific Regional Congress (then known as the Eastern Region of IFLA) was held at Riga, Latvia (October 2002). It was during this Congress that a major decision was made to establish an annual award for excellence in the practice of landscape architecture within the Asia Pacific Region.
The basic premise that ‘the award program will promote the landscape profession and increase its visibility’ is still valid and crucial to the profession. The competition is perhaps the most important vehicle for conveying the message of new responsibilities to all concerned. Competitions must continue to honour the best practitioners and the work they have done but also should use the occasion to help members of the profession, to participate, to experience and understand the changes, which are taking place in professional practice. Collective knowledge and experience gained, is our greatest resource and thus it becomes our responsibility to share this knowledge not only with our members, but with others who are interested in the profession of landscape architecture.
The objectives of establishing the First Award Program in the year 2002 are still highly valid and it will be our endeavour to see that a greater number of landscape architects participate in this annual event and that we reach a large number of landscape architects in the APR and throughout the world
The objectives of the IFLA-APR Awards Program for 2014 are:
To encourage and recognize outstanding examples of work by landscape architects in IFLA-APR, especially in the cultural landscapes field.
To take suitable steps to enhance the recognition of the landscape architecture profession and the practice of landscape architecture in the Asia Pacific region.
To encourage and promote the design, conservation and management of the environment.
To promote greater awareness of the goal of creating a healthy, sustainable environment through the active participation of the IFLA-APR members.
III. Award Categories
The awards will be given for three categories, as follows:
1. Landscape Design
2. Landscape Planning
3. Landscape Management
1. Category- LANDSCAPE DESIGN (Code word LD)
1.1 Competition criteria
1.1.1 The Design must have been completed/constructed, from 1 January 2010 to 15 December 2013.
1.1.2 If the project is scheduled, to be completed in stages, then the stages need to be defined clearly with the submission.
1.1.3 The size of the project will not be a critical criterion for selection. Small sized projects where the landscape architect’s design role can be well defined and which demonstrate innovative approaches are just as valid as large scale projects and are encouraged. Practices may submit a group of small projects in order to demonstrate innovation across a range of projects.
1.1.4 Submissions supporting entries must include details of the Project Brief and budget (in equivalent US dollars only).
1.1.5 Submissions should, where appropriate, include statements in regard to the ecological rigour adopted for the project, (e.g. biodiversity, energy conservation, water management, use of local materials, local craft traditions, community benefits, protective measures taken during construction and the long term management regime).
1.1.6 The types of projects for consideration in the Design Category include (the list is only indicative):
Design of Urban/Civic Spaces (streetscapes, plazas, urban renewal); Residential (single/multi-dwelling/estates); Landscape with buildings;
Infrastructure (landscape of any nature around or within non residential buildings; e.g. institutional, commercial, industrial, educational, health related buildings, resorts);
Public open spaces and recreational facilities; Heritage landscapes (conservation, management and interpretation); Transportation and infrastructure (road, cycle and rail corridors, civil works); Landscape Art (temporary or permanent works, memorials, sculptures, lighting).
1.2 Judging Criteria
The main criteria for judging are:
1.2.1 Design excellence and functional quality:
a) Innovative design or demonstration of a new direction in the profession.
b) Clarity and legibility of expression of design concept.
c) Appropriateness to function.
d) Response to brief.
e) Sensitivity to social, cultural, historical, physical and natural context.
f) Quality of implementation of built work.
1.2.2 Environmental responsibility and sustainability
a) Employs or promotes sustainable policies or practices.
b) Promotes biodiversity and supports local ecosystem.
1.2.3 Relevance to the profession of landscape architecture, the public and the education of future professional:
a) Expands the scope of the profession in formative, forward looking and thought provoking ways.
b) Demonstrates fusion of theory and practice.
c) For multi-discipline/collaborative projects: the role and influence of the landscape architect.
2. Category- LANDSCAPE PLANNING (Code word LP)
2.1 Competition Criteria
2.1.1 The category includes strategic design and guiding policy documents for landscape component of urban development, residential and planned communities, local community and regional landscape planning.
2.1.2 Projects must be completed and accepted and approved by a client from 1 January 2011 to 15 December 2013. 2.1.3 The projects may be over 30 hectares in size. But smaller sized projects in which design role can be well defined and which demonstrate innovative approaches are encouraged. Practice may submit a group of small projects in order to demonstrate innovation across a range of projects.
2.1.4 The types of projects for consideration in the planning category include (indicative only):
Master Planning (landscape /site planning); Detailed Planning
Conservation Planning (heritage/landscape related);
Urban Planning/Public Domain.
2.2 Judging Criteria
The main criteria for judging are:
2.2.1 Planning excellence and functional quality:
a) Demonstration of a deep understanding of planning processes and methodologies;
b) Innovative planning or demonstration of new directions for the profession;
c) Effective and strategic use, presentation or programming of landscape architectural inputs;
d) Functionality for purpose; and
e) Response to brief.
2.2.2 Environmental responsibility and sustainability:
a) Establishment or promotion of sustainable policies and environmental best practice.
b) Opportunities for landscape architecture to generate significant beneficial outcomes for the environment or to positively influence environmental decision making processes.
2.2.3. Relevance to the profession of landscape architecture, the public and the education of the future practitioners:
a) Recognizes and incorporates community values;
a) Incorporates effective community engagement and fosters broad support and understanding of landscape architecture and / or landscape planning;
b) Demonstrates adoption and/or implementation of recommendations.
3. Category – LANDSCAPE MANAGEMENT (Code word LM)
3.1 Competition Criteria
3.1.1 Submissions to this category should include the outcomes of work by landscape architects whereby landscape management techniques have been applied on site starting from 1 January 2011 to 15 December 2013. 3.1.2 Submissions could include plans or strategies for the restoration, conservation, enhancement or maintenance of landscapes.
3.1.3 Projects that are eligible to apply include (indicative only);
Brown field rehabilitation; Stream rehabilitation;
Heritage preservation; Maintenance or management guidelines; Cultural management, Preservation and interpretation; Conservation, landscape and biodiversity preservation and management;
Development projects which demonstrate the use and success of integrated land management practices and techniques
3.1.4. Submissions should include any relevant documentation or visual evidence that demonstrates the progress as well as the results of application of the land management techniques.
3.1.5 Project submissions related to ecological land management must include statements in regard to the ecological rigour adopted for the project (e.g. biodiversity, energy conservation, water management, use of local materials, community benefit)
-measures taken during construction and the long term management regime.
3.1.6 Project submissions related to cultural and historical land management must include statements in regard to the investigative and interpretative rigour adopted for the project (e.g. demonstrated understanding of cultural/historical context, innovative and appropriate methodologies for interpretation, protection and understanding of the landscapes/sites in question).
3.2 Judging Criteria
The main criteria for judging are:
3.2.1 Excellence and functional quality:
a) Contribution to the stewardship of ecological and/or cultural land systems;
b) Demonstration of a deep understanding of the science of landscape architecture and founded on robust environmental/cultural land management principles;
c) Demonstration of innovation or establishes new directions in land management best practice;
d) Effectively responds to, and extends, intention of the brief in land management matters.
3.2.2 Employs or Promotes sustainable policies or practices:
a) The extent to which sustainable ecological and/or cultural principles have been identified and adopted;
b) Evidence of effective and programmed applied research;
3.2.3 Relevance to profession of landscape architecture, the public and the education of future practitioners and the wider community:
a) Demonstrably expands the scope of the profession in informative, forward looking & thought provoking ways;
b) Raises the awareness & understanding in the community of environmental / cultural values and processes;
c) Provides a tangible, successful example of the use and application of environmentally and culturally appropriate landscape management practices.
IV. General Instructions for Participants
IFLA-APR conducts the awards to recognize the work of the full/registered members of its member associations/institutes (AILA, CHKILA, CHSLA, CTLAS, ISOLA, ISLA, ILAM, ISLAP, IFLA JAPAN, KILA, NZILA, PALA, SILA, SLILA and TALA).
The awards are open to Landscape Architecture practices with members who are full and financial members of their relevant landscape architecture institutes/associations that are current members of IFLA APR.
The award submission must be made by the office directly involved in the delivery of the project nominated – not by another branch or overseas office.
The project being nominated must have been directly overseen by a full association/institute member; that is a full member must be the landscape architect in charge of the landscape architecture project or the aspect of the project being submitted for the award.
The lead project landscape architect must be so nominated, and any other landscape architectural input such as consultancy advice specified and attributed.
Any project which previously won any categories in IFLA APR Awards for Landscape Architecture is not eligible for the 2014 awards.
In cases where practitioners of other professions have been the principal consultants, the award will be awarded to and attributed to the landscape architect members’ practice/government agency in recognition of their role as part of the design or planning team. As appropriate, the principal consultant, the clients and/or partners may be also attributed on the award certificate.
All correct attributions must be included in the submission – including where possible, names of the photographers.
Decisions on attribution and eligibility will be decided on by IFLA-APR. Where necessary, variations and queries will be referred to the IFLA-APR Awards Committee.
All projects should address some or all of these criteria as well as the particular category of criteria as set out under Landscape Design, Landscape Planning, and Landscape Management Water sensitive Urban Design (WSUD)
Project demonstrates water sensitive urban design (WSUD) practices e.g. bio-swales, swales, detention systems, dry creek beds, reed beds, wetlands.
Demonstrates effective water usage design and implementation practices (e.g. gray water harvesting etc.).
Reduces amount of resource intensive landscapes via appropriate plant selection and placement.
• Xeriscape plant practices used – grouping plants according to their water needs.
Employs permeable surfaces (which allow water to filter through ground).
Other Sustainability Principles
• Promotes biodiversity and supports local ecosystems by using locally occurring plant material that provides habitat for local fauna, extends existing patches of remnant vegetation.
• Maintain healthy sites (e.g. stockpile soils, protect remnant vegetation & water ways).
• Improves biodiversity by converting a degraded site into useful outdoor space.
• Uses recycled or re-used landscape materials from the local region (e.g. mulch from green waste, crushed brick or concrete, re-used timber, pavers) or materials from sustainable sources (e.g. bamboo). Minimizes use of materials from non-renewable sources.
• Uses materials that can be re-used and recycled in the future. • Improves existing soils by the addition of locally sourced organic materials such as compost, animal manures (avoids materials like peat).
Uses appropriately sized trees and other plants to improve microclimate around buildings and reduce need for air-conditioning and heating systems.
Food Growing & Waste Recycling
• Facilities provided for organic food growing and recycling of household organic waste.
Energy Use & Maintenance
• Reduces the need for intensive maintenance using machinery powered by fossil fuels.
Uses lighting efficiently – use night lighting only where necessary for safety.
There are three Awards in each category, as follows:
1. President’s Award (for one entry)
2. Award of Excellence (for two entries)
3. Merit Award (for three entries)
Entries will be assessed by a representative Jury comprising:
At least 3 and up to 9 judges from the IFLA Asia Pacific Region delegates/members as determined by IFLA-APR Executive Committee.
The IFLA Asia Pacific Region Secretary
• All decisions of the Jury are final. • Entries will not be returned to the authors. IFLA-APR retains the right of duplication and publication of the material submitted.
V. Timetable for the competition
Stage 1. Announcement of the Programme: 4 March 2014
Stage 2. Deadline: Receipt of entries by e-mail: 24 March 2014
Stage 3. Receipt of report from Jury members: 5 April 2014
Stage 4. Communication to the winning entrants: Before 12 April 2014
Stage 5. Award ceremony at IFLA APR Conference will be at the Pullman Hotel Kuching Sarawak just before lunch 28 April 2014, Kuching, Malaysia
VI. Submission Requirements
All entries shall be presented in Windows Power Point (PPT) format. No other format will be accepted. All entries must carry the Category on the first slide in the PPT: Landscape Design (Code word LD), Landscape Planning (Code word LP)Landscape Management (Code Word LM)
1. The first slide must be the cover of the PPT including name of the project, name and full address (postal address, e-mail, telephone and Fax) of the participant.
Please indicate name in bold letters, as you would like to appear on the Trophy, should you win the Award. The second and third slides must be project description. The last one must be the photocopy of the participant’s member certificate of its member associations/institutes (AILA, CHKILA, CHSLA, CTLAS, ISOLA, ISLA, ILAM, ISLAP, IFLA JAPAN, KILA, NZILA, PALA, SILA, SLILA and TALA)
2. Maximum number of slides in PPT (including cover) allowed is 16 (sixteen) only. Entries that have more than 16 slides will not be accepted. All images shall be in 300 dpi.
3. There shall not be any audio signals and/or any promotional material on the C.D./D.V.D on entry submitted for the Award. Such entries will not be accepted.
4. All text, legends / key explanations etc. must only be in English.
5. Entries which do not meet the above requirements will be disqualified.
VII. submission of entries
Only e-files may be accepted to e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Prof. Xiaoming Liu, IFLA APR Award Program,CHSLA delegate to IFLA
School of Landscape Architecture, Beijing Forestry University
35 Qinghua East Road, Haidian District，Beijing 100083, China