The th IFLA APR Awards for Landscape Architecture by jennyyingdi


									The 9th IFLA-APR Awards for Landscape Architecture

I.            Background
It has been more than nine 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
The Asia Pacific region occupies a unique place in the world. It has the world’s oldest
civilizations with a diversity of races and religions, the world’s most populated areas, and a
vast range of bio-diversity. It is the home of agricultural practices which have been
responsible for nurturing several civilizations.
The profession is undergoing rapid change in several parts of the world and the
Asia-Pacific region is no exception to this world phenomenon. The profession has
now become broad based involving various disciplines connected with the
environment, human settlements and related human activities. The scope of
professional activities extend from saving one unique tree to the design, planning,
management and protection of our environment and our planet’s natural resources at a
world level.
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.

II.          Objectives
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 2012 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
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          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 2008 to
15 December 2011.
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.
1.1.3     Submissions supporting entries must include details of the Project Brief
          andbudget (in equivalent US dollars only).
1.1.4 Submissions should, where appropriate, include statements in regard to the
ecological rigour adopted for the project, (eg. biodiversity, energy conservation, water
management, use of local materials, local craft traditions, community benefits,
protective measures taken during construction and the long term management
1.1.5 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:

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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
andtheeducation 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
         landscape component of urban development, residential and
         communities, local community and regional landscape planning.
2.1.2 Projects must be completed and accepted and approved by a client from 1
January 2009 to 15 December 2011.
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:

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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
      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;
      b) Incorporates effective community engagement and fosters broad support and
         understanding of landscape architecture and / or landscape planning;
      c) 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 2009 to 15 December 2011.
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
          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
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

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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
      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
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

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,
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.

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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 2012 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
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
            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
        • Improves biodiversity by converting a degraded site into useful outdoor

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       Landscape Materials
        • 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
        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.
Number of Awards
There are three Awards in each category, as follows:
       1.    President’s Award
       2. Award of Excellence
       3. Merit Award
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 I FLA 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: 8January 2012
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Stage 2.
Deadline: Receipt of entries by courier, by post or by e-mail: 29February 2012
Stage 3.
Dispatch of entries to various Jury members: Before 31March 2012
Stage 4.
Receipt of report from Jury members: Before 30April 2012
Stage 5.
Communication to the winning entrants: Before 1 June 2012
Stage 6.
Award ceremony IFLA APR Conference: Shanghai, China, 21October 2012

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 CD and 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,
      2. Maximum number of slides in PPT allowed is 16 (Fifteen) 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
      4. All legends / key explanations etc. must only be in English.
      5. Entries which do not meet the above requirements will be disqualified.

VII.         Address for submission of entries
For e-file:
For CD:
The Secretary
IFLA Asia Pacific Region
Prof. Xiaoming Liu
Box 223,Beijing Forestry University
35 Qinghua East Road, Haidian District,Beijing 100083, China
Tel: +86-(0)10-51733985;Fax: +86-(0)10-51733618;Email:

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