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No Time to Waste: Landscape Architecture and the Global Challenge of Climate Change

Left to right: Kongjian Yu, FASLA, Kotchakorn Voraakhom, ASLA, Hitesh S. Mehta, FASLA, and Andrew Revkin

Join us for three fast-paced, powerful talks from landscape architects doing inspiring work around the world to address the urgent challenges facing vulnerable communities in the era of climate change at the 2019 ASLA Conference on Landscape Architecture. Acclaimed science and environmental reporter and author Andrew Revkin will moderate. 


Kongjian Yu, FASLA, founded the College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at Peking University and Turenscape, the first private firm of its kind in China. The Chinese government has adopted the firm’s forward-thinking research on “ecological security patterns” and “sponge cities” as the guiding theory for national land-use planning. Yu has won numerous international awards for his ecologically and culturally sensitive projects, including several ASLA Awards of Excellence and Honor Awards.

Kotchakorn Voraakhom, ASLA, is a landscape architect who works on building productive green public space that tackles climate change in sinking cities. Her favorite childhood activity—boat paddling in floodwaters—would later become a catastrophic disaster for her hometown of Bangkok, Thailand. To save her city from rising sea levels, Voraakhom founded the firm Landprocess and the Porous City Network, a social enterprise working to increase urban resilience across Southeast Asia. Voraakhom is a TED Fellow, Echoing Green Climate Fellow, and Atlantic Fellow.

Hitesh Mehta, FASLA, has worked in more than 60 countries on six continents, including some of the most remote places in the world. National Geographic identified Mehta as a pioneer of sustainable tourism, and the United Nations awarded him the Outstanding Achievement Award for his work alleviating poverty and protecting sensitive ecosystems. Mehta founded HM Design, a holistic practice, in Nairobi, Kenya, in 1990. He is a Fellow of the Architectural Association of Kenya (AAK).

Learn more about the 2019 ASLA Conference on Landscape Architecture schedule, education and field sessions, workshops, and special events.

Earn all of your professional development hours in four days at this must-attend event.

  • New expo hours. New sketch demonstrations.
  • New learning labs. New carbon offset program.
  • More "explore the floor" tours and new conference format.

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