March/April 2010  



Use ILASA's CPD programme for SACLAP submissions

Professional members of ILASA should take note of the continual professional development (CPD) programme listed on the website (  – click on “events” on the top bar and follow the link to “CPD points”). The South African Council for the Landscape Architectural Profession (SACLAP) has announced that professional landscape architects have until May 2010 to submit proof of their CPD activities and points earned.

As a voluntary association recognised by SACLAP, ILASA is delighted to be able to assist its members with a tailor-made CPD programme – by participating in various ILASA events such as the upcoming 2010 conference or the 2009 Awards of Excellence ILASA members qualify for substantial CPD points.

International speaker confirmed for ILASA conference

The international keynote speaker for the 2010 ILASA conference is the landscape architect, John Hillier of the firm Du Toit Allsopp Hillier in Toronto, Canada. He will speak about “a public realm for Toronto, Canada.” Hillier is the principal in charge of Du Toit Allsopp Hillier’s waterfront public realm design for Toronto’s central waterfront in joint venture with West 8 of Rotterdam.

His recent urban design work includes the Public Realm Plan for the West Don Lands, a new community for 10 000 on Toronto’s waterfront, the Gardiner East Expressway Dismantling in the Toronto Port Lands, and urban design for the Ottawa Light Rail Transit Environmental Assessment.

Large scale inner-city park achievable in Jo'burg?

Another exciting slot on the 2010 ILASA conference programme is a panel discussion on five proposals, submitted by consortiums that include landscape architects, for the development of a large-scale inner-city park in Johannesburg. The proposals were submitted following a request by the Johannesburg Development Agency and five consortiums were shortlisted after an extensive design competition. At this stage the work remains theoretical as the municipality does not own an appropriate site for the development of a large park. However, the panel discussion will focus on the merits of an inner-city park and attempt to help develop a road map to see this concept come to fruition.

The five consortiums that have submitted proposals are:
1. Urban Solutions, Arup, studioMAS and African Environmental Design
2. MMA Architects, Fiona Garson, Cohen & Judin, Newtown Landscape Architects and Rhizome Management Services
3. Co-Arc International Architects, Consultium Project Planning & Management, Landscape Architects Uys & White, MPA Consulting Engineers and BTKM Quantity Surveyors
4. Albonico Sack Mzumara and Green Inc
5. Insite Landscape Architects and ADA Urban Designers

The proposal preferred by the JDA’s independently-appointed adjudication panel is that of MMA Architects, Fiona Garson, Cohen & Judin, Newtown Landscape Architects and Rhizome Management Services.

To read more about the five proposals read the April 2010 print edition of Urban Green File magazine.

2010 ILASA conference: Registration still open

Over 100 delegates have already registered for the 2010 ILASA conference themed “landscape architecture... adding value...” The conference is scheduled for May 13 – 14 at the Wanderers Club in Illovo, Johannesburg. ILASA is expecting about 200 delegates from industry and 50 students to attend the conference.

The rate for ILASA members is R1750 and for non-members R3000. It covers full access to the conference and exhibition for two days, including all teas, lunches and the cocktail function on the Friday night. Prospective delegates are urged not to wait any longer to register for the conference as the venue can only accommodate a limited number of people.

Please click here for the conference registration form

2012 Congress planned

ILASA’s organising committee for the 2012 International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) Congress – to be held in Cape Town in September 2012 - is in the process of appointing an event organiser. ILASA president Stuart Glen will promote the congress at the 2010 IFLA Congress in China. Details of the congress theme and a call for papers will be issued in the second half of 2010.

Book on shadow casting structures

Peter Petschek, a lecturer in landscape architecture at HSR in Switzerland, has contacted ILASA about his next book. Shadow Casting Structures, authored by Petshek, will be published by Birkhäuser Publishing Company. It follows on his previous book, Grading for Landscape Architects.

“The emphasis of my new book will be on detailing and I plan to feature projects from all over the world, but unfortunately I do not have any projects from Africa yet. I wondered if any ILASA members could point me to interesting, recently-built shadow casting structures,” Petsheck asks.

Landscape architects who want to contact Petschek can e-mail

New sponsors

ILASA is excited about its growing membership and the many new corporate sponsors coming on board. Since the distribution of the last newsletter, ILASA has welcomed the following sponsors:
- African Environmental Design
- Corobrik
- Golder Associates Africa
- Top Turf

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