The Congress will bring together landscape architects, allied professionals, academics, and scholars from the Asia-Pacific region and the rest of the world, and engage them in conversations with government and civil society organizations on social and environmental sustainability, and how landscape architecture can contribute to the achievement of local and global development agendas.

Registration
Opening Ceremony

Opening by Congress Chair | Rosanne Marie Aldeguer
Welcome Remarks by Department of Tourism VII Director | Shahlimar Tamano
Address by PALA President | Eric Estonido
Address by IFLA APR President | Damian Tang

Opening Keynote | Community for Landscape and Environment with focus on Green Space for the Community
Yossapon Boonsom
  • Yossapon Boonsom (Director, Shma Company Limited)

    Yossapon Boonsom

    Director, Shma Company Limited

    Day 1 - Keynote Speaker
    Community for Landscape and Environment with focus on Green Space for the Community

    Yossapon Boonsom is a Thai landscape architect and the director of Shma Company Limited. He received a degree in Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Chulalongkorn University and continued his studies at a postgraduate level in Master of Arts in Urban Management & Architectural Design at the University of Wales (Domus Academy, Milan).

    After completing his studies, he worked as a Landscape Architect in Singapore for 5 years before establishing Shma Company Limited along with two partners. Shma Company Limited is a Landscape Architectural design and research practice which aims to transform the territory through landscape design with projects across Thailand and Asia pacific. Their works include transforming abandoned areas into public spaces, meeting the resident's needs through creative and inclusive spaces, improving the connection between the people and the environment, and collaborating with communities to come up with solutions tackling the current environmental challenges. Shma’s projects has been awarded and shortlisted World Architecture Festival (WAF 2012 - 2018) and International Federation of Landscape Architects Congress.

    At a larger scale of the public agenda, Yossapon Boonsom is the co-founder of Friends of the River (FOR) which is established as a non-profit organization, aiming to be a creative force which stimulates social awareness and participation to creatively develop Chaophraya River with the principle that encourage sustainable relation between city, community and the river through public participation process.

    His talks and books tackle landscape resilience, city transformation through a human-centered approach, city revitalization, and public green spaces in the community and their ability to improve the quality of residential living spaces.

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Plenary Session | Community Spaces as Integral Component of Green Infrastructure for Biodiversity Conservation
Plenary Session | Marine and Coastal Resources Management in the Philippines
Panel Discussion
Address by Guest of Honor
Lunch
Parallel Sessions

PARALLEL SESSIONS

1A - Paper Presentation Session: Impacts on the Public
1B - Paper Presentation Session: Community Identity
1C - Forum on Trans-border Practice in the Asia-Pacific Region

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2A - Paper Presentation Session: Impacts on the Public
2B - Paper Presentation Session: Learning Environment
2C - Forum on Trans-border Practice in the Asia-Pacific Region

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3A - Paper Presentation Session: Impacts on the Public
3B - Paper Presentation Session: New Public
3C - Forum on Trans-border Practice in the Asia-Pacific Region

Congress Welcome Dinner
Registration
Parallel Sessions

PARALLEL SESSIONS

1A - Paper Presentation Session: Studio System
1B - Paper Presentation Session: Human Settlement
1C - Professional Practice: Projects that Impact the Community

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2A - Paper Presentation Session: Collaborative Design
2B - Paper Presentation Session: Livelihood
2C - Partner's Forum: Food Tourism

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3A - Paper Presentation Session: Data Driven Design
3B - Paper Presentation Session: Community Healing and Renewal
3C - Partner's Forum: Mainstreaming Biodiversity in Landscape Development

Lunch
Plenary Session | Community Empowerment and Economic Improvement through Landscape with focus on Best Practices Locally
Closing Keynote | Landscape architecture: What does the future hold? Challenges and Opportunities in a Changing World
Simon Bell
  • Simon Bell (Associate Director, OPENspace Research Centre, Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh)

    Simon Bell

    Associate Director, OPENspace Research Centre, Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh

    Day 2 - Keynote Speaker
    Landscape architecture: What does the future hold?
    Challenges and Opportunities in a Changing World

    Simon Bell is a forester and landscape architect, having taken his bachelor's degree in Forestry at the University of Whales, his M.Phil in Landscape Architecture at the University of Edinburgh and his PhD in Landscape Architecture at the Estonian University of Life Sciences. He is currently a professor and the head of the landscape architecture department at the Estonian University of Life Sciences. He is also the Associate director of OPENspace Research Centre at the Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh, which primarily researches the full benefits of having access to outdoor environments.

    He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Foresters in UK, a Chartered Member of the Landscape Institute in UK and a member of the Estonian Union of Landscape Architects. He was awarded the Travelling Fellowship by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science to Japan. Simon Bell also engages in numerous international activities; he was president of the European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools from 2012 to 2015 and 2015 to 2018. He was also Chair of the Cost Action E33 Forest and Recreation and Nature Tourism from 2004 to 2008.

    His researches focus mainly on how accessibility to forests and other green spaces as well as blue spaces (his current field of active research) impact health, well-being, and quality of life in peri-urban regions. His books and publications include case studies of park spatial accessibility and its relationship with the park's use patterns, regeneration of deteriorating urban areas, landscape value and perspectives on future land use, and innovative approaches to researching landscape and health. He is a great believer in the potential of landscape architecture to play a much more leading role in solving the many problems facing us, since it can connect to many other disciplines in ways that once seemed unlikely.

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Closing Ceremony

Closing by Congress Chair | Rosanne Marie Aldeguer
Closing Remarks by PALA President | Eric Estonido

IFLA APR Flag Turn-over Ceremony
Free Time

Take time to see the city and prepare for Awards Gala. Registration starts at 18:00.

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