ILASA – COROBRIK 2018 CONFERENCE

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SAVE THE DATE – 13 & 14 August 2018

ILASA is pleased to announce the date of the ILASA – Corobrik 2018 Conference which takes place in the picturesque Champagne Valley in the central Drakensburg a few hours drive from either Johannesburg or Durban.

 

Landscape medium for Connectivity

Landscape, an ephemeral concept whose meaning draws as much from the experiences of the beholder as it does from its tangible attributes. One quality remains constant, connectivity. In all interpretations the sense of connectivity is intrinsic to is meaning. The landscape is complex, multi-layered, and constantly in the process of being re-created through the interaction of ecological, physical and social processes.

While drawn to its vibrant beauty, humanity is fundamentally reliant on the health of its ecological processes. Our rich cultural tapestry is formed through our interactions over millennia with our landscapes. Ongoing social well-being is tied to the positive synergy between ecological functioning and how we interact and connect within the landscape. This vital connection to the landscape is integral to who we are and how we operate as people.

Our understanding of the hidden landscape interconnectedness, biophysical and social, is rapidly advancing through new technologies. The financial cost and effort to map, survey and analyse the landscape processes, sensitivities and social value has dropped dramatically. Drone mounted cameras, mobile applications that enable on site mapping and review, social platforms that encourage citizen science, and deep community participation are changing the way projects are envisaged, planned, designed and implemented.

The integration of ecological functions through landscape connectivity has become a fundamental building block of systems thinking that underpins all proposals for development and improvement. Transdisciplinary approaches to project development promise to knit together natural and social scientists with community participants in a manner that integrates different types of knowledge.

On a national and continental level we are connected by land and landscape, shaping our culture and our identity. How can we emulate this quality of connectivity to develop our practice as landscape practitioners?

The importance of connectivity will be explored in the 2018 ILASA Conference in the spheres of:

  • Connecting the African continent
  • Connecting through cultural identity
  • Connecting to ecology
  • Connecting through technology
  • Connecting through transdisciplinarity

 

 

 

Keynote Speakers

Local and international keynote speakers have been invited to speak at the conference. This page will be updated and announcements will be distributed to registered delegates as keynote speakers are confirmed.


Eckart Lange

Eckart Lange

Prof. Eckart LangeDepartment of Landscape, University of Sheffield

 

Eckart Lange is Professor of Landscape at the University of Sheffield. He holds a Dipl.-Ing. in Landscape Planning (TU Berlin), a Master in Design Studies (Harvard University) and a Dr. sc. techn. (ETH Zürich). His research on linking landscape architecture and environmental planning with innovative methodologies in landscape visualization and modeling has been published widely. He is a member on several editorial boards, including e.g. Landscape and Urban Planning (Elsevier) and Landscape Journal (CELA, University of Wisconsin Press).

From 2008 to 2016 he served as a member of the scientific committee of the European Environment Agency. He held visiting appointments e.g. at the University of Tokyo and since 2017 is Adjunct Professor at the College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Tongji University, Shanghai.

He is an elected Academic Fellow of the Landscape Institute and a recipient of prestigious research awards from the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) and the European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools (ECLAS).

https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/landscape/staff/profiles/elange


Joshua Zeunert

Joshua Zeunert

Joshua ZeunertSenior Lecturer at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia

 

Joshua Zeunert is a Registered Landscape Architect (AILA) and Senior Lecturer at UNSW. He has previously held Lecturer positions at Deakin University (2015-18), Writtle School of Design (2012-15), and the University of Adelaide (2010-12), as well being a casual academic at UNSW (2007-09), and University of South Australia (2010). Joshua has published three books including the award-winning Landscape Architecture and Environmental Sustainability: Creating Positive Change through Design (Bloomsbury, London, 2017) and The Routledge Handbook of Landscape and Food (Routledge, London, 2018), in addition to book chapters, journal articles and other research outputs.

Zeunert hails from a practice background of award-winning design offices including Taylor Cullity Lethlean (Adelaide/Melbourne, 2010-12) and McGregor Coxall (Sydney, 2006-09) and Peter Stutchbury Architecture (2005). His multidisciplinary tertiary qualifications span landscape architecture, architecture, built environment design and environmental studies. He is currently finalising his PhD (by Publication), Multidimensional sustainability, landscape and food, and public urban agriculture in landscape architecture.


Yolandi Schoeman

Yolandi Schoeman

Yolandi SchoemanFounder and currently the Managing Director of Baoberry / Ecological Engineering Innovations

 

Yolandi is a globally recognized innovator in Ecological Engineering that plays a critical role in repairing, designing and building Ecological Infrastructure for the benefit of the environment and the people living in that environment. She is the runner up in the 2015 Green City Start-Up Challenge and the winner of the 2016 Eco-Logic Eco-Innovation award and also the overall winner of the 2016 Global Cleantech Innovation Programme-SA Programme for Small and Medium Enterprises with my innovation “awetbox”. She also received the reward as the most promising Women Led Business in the GCIP-SA 2016 programme for Small and Medium Enterprises. She is a runner up in the International Global Cleantech Innovation Programme 2017. She was named 1 of 200 Mail and Guardian’s Young South African’s for 2015. She was also included in the 2017 Austrian Leadership Program (ALPS) as selected by the Austrian Ministry for European, International and Foreign Affairs that took place during November 2017. She continues to strengthen networks across Africa towards one common goal: Africa’s sustainability.


Geoff Nichols

Geoff Nichols

Geoff Nichols

 

Geoff Nichols worked in the Durban Parks Department for 21 years and has diplomas in agriculture, horticulture and parks and recreation administration. He pioneered the growing of indigenous medicinal plants at the Silverglen Medicinal Plant Nursery. His interest in indigenous gardening and reintroducing native plants to the urban environment resulted in the birth of his own horticultural consultancy in 1996 and the development of the habitat gardening concept.


Presenters

 

Graham Young

Graham Young

Christina Breed

Christina Breed

Carey Duncan

Carey Duncan

Donovan Gillman

Donovan Gillman


Cecilia Chinga

Cecilia Chinga

Lucas Uys

Lucas Uys

 

Heloïse Pieterse

Heloïse Pieterse


Pawel Gradowski

Pawel Gradowski

Bernard Oberholzer

Bernard Oberholzer

Dayle Shand

Dayle Shand


Sbu Dladla

Sbu Dladla

Nadia Funke

Nadia Funke

Helge Mehrtens

Helge Mehrtens

Dario Schoulund

Darío Schoulund


 

 

 

 

 

Registration

Cancellation Terms and Conditions

  • Early Bird and other discounted registration or activity fees that may be offered are subject to payment in full within 30 calendar days of booking where after the Standard registration or activity fees will be charged, unless alternative payment arrangements have been agreed in writing with ILASA.
  • Booking and payment for accommodation, meals and drinks remains the delegate’s responsibility.
  • Payment of the full registration fee is due in the event of cancellation after 03 August 2018 or where the delegate is a ‘no-show’ at the conference.
  • Should you not be able to attend, you are welcome to inform ILASA that you have elected someone to attend in your place.

Online registration for the 2018 Conference is now closed. Late registrations will be welcome at the venue.

Programme

The Conference programme has been finalised. Should any changes be necessary this page will be updated and announcements will be distributed to registered delegates.

Select from the daily programme titles below to find details of daily events.

Pre-Conference Welcome Gala Dinner : 12 August 2018

Conference Day 1 : 13 August 2018

Conference Day 2 : 14 August 2018

Venue

Champagne Sports Resort

Set in the Champagne Valley of the Central Drakensberg region of KwaZulu-Natal of South Africa, the venue is quickly, safely and easily reached on tarred roads all the way from all major business centres.

  • 4 hours from Johannesburg on tarred roads (using Freeway)
  • 2 hours from Durban on tarred roads
  • Close to an airstrip for those wishing to fly in by light aircraft or helicopter
  • Close to a petrol filling station

Location

Find directions from metropolitan centres and more on Champagne Sports Resort on their website http://www.champagnesportsresort.com/

Activities near the venue

Drakenberg Boys Choir (5km)

http://dbc.nutickets.co.za/events/?PageNum=2
Drakensberg Boys Choir – Live In Concert

Wednesday, 15th August at 15:30
Drakensberg Boys Choir Auditorium, Winterton
Tickets from R135,00

Golf Champagne Sports Resort

http://www.champagnesportsresort.com/champagne-sports-resort-golf.html

Gooderson Monks Cowl Golf Resort

http://www.goodersonmonkscowl.co.za/en-gb/golf

Canopy tours (6km)

https://www.canopytour.co.za/locations/drakensberg/

Hiking/Birding/Horse Riding

http://www.monkscowl.com/

Helicopter Rides

www.berghelicopter.co.za/dragon-peaks-mountain-resort

Mountain Bike Park

www.adventurecentre.co.za/mountain-biking-mtb

Champagne Castle Adventure Centre (6km)

Adventurous activities e.g. zip-line course, abseiling, paint-balling, whitewater tubing and mountain biking trails
http://www.adventurecentre.co.za/

Four Rivers Rafting and Adventures (8km)

http://www.fourriversadventures.co.za/leisure.htm

Bird of Prey Centre (6.8km)

http://www.drakensbergmountains.co.za/falcon-ridge.html

Dragon Rock Reptile and Nature Park (8km)

Nature and reptile centre
https://www.facebook.com/dragonrockreptilecentre

Drakensberg Brewery (1km)

https://www.facebook.com/DrakBrew/

Cathedral Peak Wine Estate (25km)

Enjoy wine tasting and buy wines to take back with you.

http://cathpeakwines.com/

Thokozisa Lifestyle Centre (11km)

Small shops, galleries, playground, restaurant, bar and a tea garden
https://www.wheretostay.co.za/topic/3649-thokozisa-lifestyle-centre

Spa facilities at The Nest

www.thenest.co.za

Spa at Cayley

www.cayleyresort.co.za

Ardmore Guest House Ceramic Art Museum (9km)

Traditional Arts, Crafts and Furniture
http://www.ardmore.co.za/hello-world/

KwaZulu Weavers

www.kwazuluweavers.com

CHAMPAGNE SPORTS RESORT ACCOMMODATION

Accommodation is available at Champagne Sports Resort. ILASA has arranged special rates for delegates and their partners attending the conference. Complete the booking form, see link below, and email to Hester Heron management@champagnesportsresort.com . Visit their website http://www.champagnesportsresort.com/ to find out more about the venue.

Single: R1 409.00 person (delegate) per night, Breakfast Included
Twin/Double: R925.00 per person (delegate) per night sharing, Breakfast Included

ILASA ACCOMMODATION BOOKING FORM

Accommodation alternatives

There are a number of other choices for accommodation in the Champagne valley catering for a range of budgets, sharing options, convenience and luxury. Scroll down for a map of accommodation options centered around Champagne Sports Resort. Contact alternative accommodation options with the phone numbers provided on the map.

Daily Programmes

Pre-Conference Welcome Gala Dinner : 12 August 2018

The ILASA – Corobrik Gala Dinner takes place on Sunday Evening starting at 18:00.

Dress code is smart casual or traditional.

Venue Champagne Sports Resort.

Conference Day 1 : 13 August 2018

The Conference programme has been finalised. Should any changes be necessary this page will be updated and announcements will be distributed to registered delegates.

 

ILASA 2018 Conference Programme: Day 1
07:00 - 08:00Registration & Tea/Coffee
08:00 - 08:10Opening & Welcome
ILASA President
08:10 - 08:30Plenary Speaker: Carey Duncan
IFLA Africa President
08:30 - 09:30Keynote speaker: Joshua Zeunert
Multidimensional Sustainability and Landscape Architecture
This talk presents the concept of a multidimensional approach to sustainability in landscape architecture, and uses variety of case studies to illustrate this approach.
09:30 - 10:10Session: Connecting through technology
2 presentations of 20 min
- Lucas Uys
A case study which exemplifies the amalgamation or connection between science and art. Sculpture work combined with modern technologies become the language of expression.
- Bernard Oberholzer
Corridors of power: Visual and scenic considerations in Electricity grid infrastructure
10:10 - 10:30Plenary Speaker: Cecilia Chinga
SACLAP Registrar
10:30 - 10:50Tea Break 20 minutes
10:50 - 11:50Session: Connecting to Ecology
3 presentations of 20 min each
- Christina Breed
Plant palettes that can increase biodiversity and ecosystem services in the city of Tshwane
- Nadia Funke & Helge Mehtens
Landscapes of Integration, The Piesangs River Open Space Project - A Case Study
Authors - Nadia Funke, Angela Baker, Helge Mehrtens, Nompilo Buthelezi
- Graham Young
(Nothing but) flowers - urban ecological design
11:50 - 12:50Keynote Speaker: Geoff Nichols
12:50 - 13:50Lunch
13:50 - 14:50Keynote Speaker: Yolandi Schoeman
Innovative Ecological Engineering Solutions for open space and rehabilitation projects.
Ecological engineering can be applied to various open space and rehabilitation projects that makes economics sense, are environmentally sound and socially acceptable. By applying ecological engineering design principles, sustainable ecosystems are created- with communities integrated- resulting in a mutualistic symbiotic relationship promoting long term ecosystem sustainability and resilience.
14:50 - 15:10Tea Break 20 minutes
15:10 - 16:00Session: Connecting through Transdisciplinarity
2 presentations of 20 min each
- Donovan Gillman
Innovation in ecological landscape and planting design 2 Cases in Practice
- Pawel Gradowski
Water crisis solutions, an interdisciplinary problem that requires multilateral skills
16:00 - 17:00ILASA AGM


17:00 - 17:15CPD sign-off & Close for the day
18:00 - 20:00Cocktail Party
ILASA Braai

 Conference Day 2 : 14 August 2018

The Conference programme has been finalised. Should any changes be necessary this page will be updated and announcements will be distributed to registered delegates.

 

ILASA 2018 Conference Programme: Day 2 Co-hosted with LaRSSA
07:00 - 08:00Registration & Tea/Coffee
08:00 - 08:20Opening Address
Mr Eamonn O’Rourke and Mr Piet Smit
ILASA – President & LaRSSA - President
08:20 - 09:00Keynote Speaker: Dr Hugh Pringle
Ecosystem Management Understanding (EMU)
Restoring South Africa’s Largest Estuary- A Regional Ecological and Economic Driver
09:00 - 09:30Plenary Speaker: Nick Booth
Corobrik
09:30 - 10:00Plenary Speaker: Ms Georgina Avlontis
Greenprop
The Power of Civic Lead Greening and Reforestation Interventions through Facilitated Connection and Celebration
10:00 - 10:30Tea Break 30 minutes
10:30 - 12:30Session: Connecting through Culture
4 presentations of 30 min each
- Dario Schoulund
The role of urban design in connecting people with their cities promoting a culture of urbanism
- Dayle Shand
A place-based landscape approach to community parks
- Sbu Dladla
The impact of modern urban parks in the communities of Soweto
- Heloise Pieterse
Mutualism: The antidote to exploitation on a former manufactured gas plant
12:30 - 13:30Lunch
13:30 - 14:30Keynote speaker: Eckart Lange
Virtual representation and the landscape-human connection
This presentation focuses on how we sense landscapes and how we represent landscapes for making decisions in planning and design
14:30 - 14:45Conference evaluation and CPD sign-off

LaRSSA Conference 13-16 August 2018

The LaRSSA Workshop has moved to Monday the 13th August. Read more about the LaRSSA Conference.

Download the LaRSSA Programme.