Nanjing Forestry University's Perspective on the 47th IFLA World Congress
by Yang Rui, ASLA, and LI Xiaoying

The 47th International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) World Congress was held in Suzhou, China from May 28 to 30, 2010. The theme of the congress was: “Harmony and Prosperity - Traditional Inheritance and Sustainable Development.” About 3,000 delegates from various landscape and related industries around the world attended the event.

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Opening Ceremony of the 47th IFLA World Congress, Suzhou. Copyright © 2010 Li Xiaoying, all rights reserved, used by permission.

The pre-congress IFLA events included meetings of the IFLA executive committee, an IFLA world council meeting, a round-table conference by presidents of Society of Landscape Architecture from various countries, and a student charette of the IFLA international landscape architecture camp.

Highlights of the congress included keynote speeches, session forums, experience exchanges from representatives of various Chinese cities, and a presentation ceremony of National Garden City, Chinese Landscape Architecture Exhibition. All delegates were also invited to visit the Suzhou traditional Chinese Gardens and Shanghai Expo at the end of the congress.

The College of Landscape Architecture, Nanjing Forestry University (NFU) sent 34 faculty members and 20 graduate students to the congress. The college encouraged teachers and students to participate in the relevant parts of the congress, such as the IFLA student design competition, and also to submit papers. Over 10 of the school’s papers were picked. Two undergraduate students and three exchange students from Sweden also joined the IFLA student charrette.

NFU also presented an exhibit with the theme: “International Perspective, Local Activity, and Modern View.” It depicted examples of NFU’s teaching, research, and international cooperation.

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Exhibition area of College of Landscape Architecture, Nanjing Forestry University. Copyright © 2010 Wei Yunran, all rights reserved, used by permission.

Associate Dean Professor Zhang Qinping, spoke on behalf of the college on the topic: “Strengthen Foundation, Gathering Together, and Open Mind” in a landscape education session. The presentation summarized the practical experience of NFU’s National Teaching Group on Landscape Planning and Design.

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Professor Zhang spoke at an education session that summarized practical experience of NFU’s National Teaching Group on Landscape Planning and Design. Copyright © 2010 Li Xiaoying, all rights reserved, used by permission.

Associate Professor, Zhu Zunling, gave a talk entitled, “Comparison of Urban Traffic Noise Attenuation Effects by Different Plant Communities” in a landscape planting session.

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Associate Professor, Zhu Zunling compared urban traffic noise attenuation effects by different plant communities. Copyright © 2010 Li Xiaoying, all rights reserved, used by permission.

Finally, Assistant Professor, Yang Rui, spoke on the topic: “Research on Adaptive Management Model for Chinese Landscape Architecture Firms” in a landscape stewardship and management session.

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Assistant Professor Yang Rui spoke about research on the adaptive management model for Chinese landscape architecture firms. Copyright: © 2010 Yang Rui, all rights reserved, used by permission.

It is the first time that China hosted an IFLA world congress, and the Chinese representatives used this opportunity to highlight achievements in Chinese landscape architecture. The congress also provided the following practical effects for the whole industry:

1. Enhanced the influence of Chinese landscape architecture
Various levels of the Chinese government, enterprises, and institutions each contributed significantly to the preparation of the 47th World Congress. This not only impacted the society, it also further enhanced the importance and social awareness of the landscape architecture profession in general.

2. Exhibited the achievements of Chinese landscape professionals
There were many Chinese landscape architecture exhibits at the congress, including the IFLA Development Exhibition, World Cultural Landscape Exhibition, IFLA Student Competition Exhibition, China Landscape Architecture Education Exhibition, and the Landscape Architectural Industry Fair. The presentation ceremony of National Garden City also highlighted Chinese achievement in landscape architecture.

3. A great opportunity for communication
Participants came from a wide variety of backgrounds, including government officers, landscape architects, research scholars, and entrepreneurs. There were 81 presenters in 7 session forums. These provided a great opportunity for professional communication and enhanced the development of the landscape architecture profession throughout the world.

There were, however, a few shortcomings of the congress:

1. Inadequate academic discussion
There were 7 sub-forums, but they all occurred in one day. The schedule was very tight, so participants could not listen to many of the lectures and join the academic discussion.

2. Few international scholars
Many delegates had hoped to learn more about new professional trends and concepts around the world. Unfortunately, while over 80 presenters were scholars and experts, only 21 of them were from the international community. This is insufficient for a “world” congress.

Despite these few limitations, the congress provided a lot of inspiration and influence on the global landscape architecture industry.

Yang Rui, ASLA, is an Assistant Professor in the College of Landscape Architecture at the Nanjing Forestry University, in Nanjing, China, and can be reached at: r_young66@msn.com.                                                       

LI Xiaoying, is an Assistant Professor in the College of Landscape Architecture at the Nanjing Forestry University, in Nanjing, China, and can be reached at: Kird888@sina.com.

 
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