February/March 2010  



Full steam ahead for 2010 ILASA conference

Early-bird registrations for the 2010 ILASA conference – scheduled from May 13–14 2010 at the Wanderers Club in Johannesburg - closed on Friday February 19. ILASA is excited to announce that over 60 delegates have booked their seats so far. Projections indicate that as many as 200 landscape architects, other built-environment professionals, clients, contractors and suppliers will be in attendance at the conference.

Registration for the conference will remain open until the end of April 2010. Delegate rates are as follows:
ILASA members: R1750
Non-members: R3000

The conference delegation fee includes access to all presentations and panel discussions during the two day conference, as well as teas and lunches. The fee also includes attendance to the closing cocktail function that will take place on Friday May 14.

Please click here for the conference registration form.

Cocktail function to mark close of
2010 ILASA conference

Conference delegates are advised to plan their travel arrangements carefully in order to be able to attend the highlight of the 2010 conference. The presentation by an internationally-renowned landscape architect (name still to be confirmed) will be followed by a cocktail function on the deck at the Wanderers Club from 17:00 – 20:00 on Friday May 14 2010.

The event will present conference delegates with an excellent business networking opportunity.

Sponsorship and exhibition opportunities available

With ILASA’s growing membership and significant delegate registrations for the 2010 ILASA conference many businesses within the field of landscape architecture should be keen to promote their brands at the conference. Various sponsorship and exhibition opportunities are available alongside the conference. Enquiries can be directed to Gerald Garner at e-mail: gerald@ilasa.co.za

UWC Life Science Department building
discussed at 2010 conference

The building of the Life Sciences Department (LSD) of the University of the Western Cape will feature on the programme of the 2010 ILASA Conference. On the agenda for the first morning slot – Green cities: green buildings in the context of green cities – the presentation by OvP Associates will feature the landmark LSD building which, in its designed landscape context, seeks to reflect a commitment to sustainable design.

Project construction commenced towards the end of 2007, with completion in December 2009.
Six different departments exist within the building, with two major components of the building, being the “machine for learning and research” (laboratory building) and the natural, organic interactive learning centre, placed on either side of two gathering spaces.

Energy efficiency and resource efficient design were specific elements required in the architectural design of these buildings. The integration of soft landscape around, through and over the buildings will play a vital role towards achieving sustainable results for numerous aspects. Dynamic landscape precincts, such as the succulent roof gardens, educational display garden, planted earth embankments, and a rehabilitated nature area will all contribute to promoting a sustainable and ‘green’ environment.

Focus on urban forestry at 2010 conference

Also on the programme for the 2010 ILASA conference is a presentation by Dr Hennie Stoffberg on landscape architecture and urban forestry. This talk is scheduled for Friday May 14 in the afternoon session, themed “sustainable cities – urban greening and ecological systems within cities”.

Stoffberg will talk about the amelioration of global warming and the opportunities presented for urban forests to act as carbon sinks, and thereby be included in the carbon trade industry. “The City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality anticipated a strategy in 2002 to plant 115 200 indigenous street trees in the period 2002–2008. These trees hold a monetary carbon value in their future growth. My case study will present the results of the projected total quantity of carbon to be sequestrated by the street trees over a 30-year period (2002–2032). These carbon quantities are translated into monetary terms and the implications for landscape architecture are discussed,” Stoffberg imparts.

ILASA's CPD programme confirmed

ILASA's proposal for a continuous professional development (CPD) programme has been approved by the South African Council for the Landscape Architectural Profession (SACLAP). The finalised CPD programme which indicates the points that can be earned per category for participating in ILASA activities is available on the ILASA website (www.ilasa.co.za)

Within the next month ILASA will start to issue its members with “CPD certificates” for ILASA events attended. However, it is up to each individual to submit these certificates to SACLAP on an annual basis in order to maintain their professional registrations. SACLAP has indicated a deadline of May 2010 for professional landscape architects to submit proof of their CPD activities.

IFLA World Congress takes place
in China at the end of May

The International Federation of Landscape Architects’ (IFLA’s) 47th World Congress is scheduled for May 28 – 30 2010 in Suzhou, China. The theme of the congress is "Harmony and prosperity - traditional inheritance and sustainable development."

Seven sessions will focus on:
(1) Protection of natural and cultural resources
(2) Eco-system rehabilitation/restoration/development
(3) Landscape planning and design
(4) Landscape architectural education
(5) Sustainable landscape construction and technology
(6) Landscape stewardship and management
(7) Landscape planting.

Keeping in mind that ILASA will host the 2012 IFLA Congress in Cape Town, ILASA president, Stuart Glen will be in attendance in China. Of course other South African landscape architects are encouraged to also attend.

2011 Awards of Excellence: submission of intent to enter

The 2011 ILASA Awards of Excellence will take place in Durban, early in 2011. Professional firms are encouraged to enter the Awards of Excellence as it offers a significant opportunity to gain publicity for their work and for the profession in general. Official documentation that will detail the entry requirements and process will be circulated in the next quarter. In the meanwhile landscape architects are requested to register their intent to participate in the 2011 Awards of Excellence season.
(click through to registration page).

New sponsors welcomed

ILASA is excited about its growing membership and sponsorship base. The following companies have joined ILASA as sponsors in the last month:

- The Built Environment Professions Export Council (BEPEC) has signed up as an institutional sponsor

- Stone Age Concepts has signed up as a supplier sponsor

- Red Landscape Architects has signed up as a company sponsor

In addition, Stone Age Concepts and Insite Landscape Architects have booked exhibition space at the 2010 ILASA conference. Insite will also be sponsoring two of its clients to attend the conference.

Patron sponsors



The Institute for Landscape Architecture in South Africa (ILASA)
Telephone: (011) 789 1384
Fax: (011) 789-1385