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Public Art in Urban Landscapes highlight

FLORIA 2012 Putrajaya Flower & Garden Show education

Sian Kong San Religio-Cultural Park Design


IFLA Asia Pacific Regional

Cultural Landscape Symposium INCULS 2012

IFLA Asia Pacific Congress 2014 Kuching, Sarawak

Published By: Institut Arkitek Landskap Malaysia (ILAM) | Institute of Landscape Architects Malaysia (ILAM) KDN No : PQ/PP1505(16609) | ISSN : 2180-0944




May-Aug 2012

Institute of Landscape Architects Malaysia (ILAM)

Message from the President Art in Landscape Edition Salam One Malaysia, greetings to all ILAM members, and faithful readers, from your new Council Members 2012/2014. First of all, I would like to express my highest appreciation to all members for your trust and belief in my ability to continue as ILAM President for a second term, until 2014. Congratulations also to those who were elected to their office, during the Annual General Meeting on 30 June 2012. I believe the newly formed Council, consisting of strong forces from the previous term, alongside the introduction of young and energetic faces from the profession will create a positive and hard working team. While Kuala Lumpur and other towns and areas of Malaysia are very “green”, with parks and public spaces a priority,

at times it seems as though we neglect visual art and public creativity within that same landscape. Hence, in this issue, we highlight the importance of the latest trend in the landscape architecture scene in Malaysia, with a look at public art. The work is not merely a stand-alone creation by an individual artist but also a participative event as members of the public help to create places which belong to them. I hope you will be inspired by the articles in this issue. The second half of this year promises those within the profession the opportunity to display the best they have to offer with the calling for entries for the Malaysia Landscape Architecture Awards 2012 and the chance to participate in a number of international events. These include the IFLA World Congress in Cape Town, South Africa from 5-7 September 2012, the IFLA Asia Pacific Congress in Shanghai, PR China from 22-25 October 2012 and the IFLA Asia Pacific Regional Cultural Landscape Symposium (INCULS) on our shores from 7-10 December 2012. Not to mention, our CPD Course and excursion to China from 19-25 October 2012.

LAr. Mohd Fadrillah Mohd Taib President

Institute of Landscape Architects Malaysia (ILAM)


Corporate Communication & Promotion Division

03 | Update: Council Members 2012/2014 05 | Profile: Dato’ LAr. Ismail Ngah 06 | Highlight: FLORIA 2012

Editors LAr. Charles Teo LAr. Sharon Lee Chee Wee LAr. Dr. Nor Atiah Ismail Copywriters LAr. Charles Teo | Raymond Martin Designed by Design218 | Printed By Atlas Cetak (M) Sdn. Bhd.

Photos courtesy of Charles Teo

Lastly, on behalf of all ILAM Council Members, past and present, I would like to wish all Muslim friends, Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri, Maaf Zahir Batin, and to all fellow Malaysians, Happy Merdeka Day and Malaysia Day. May God bless us all.

Editorial Board

Chief Editor LAr. Mohd Fadrillah Bin Mohd Taib

Front Cover The artwork by up-and-coming artist from Lithuania - Ernest Zacharevic at Lebuh Ah Quee, George Town, Penang for the George Town Festival 2012.

Continuing this international trend, we at ILAM would like to show our full support to our fellow member, Dato’ LAr. Ismail bin Ngah, who has been nominated as a candidate for the position of International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) Asia Pacific Vice President. This position will be announced during the IFLA World Congress in Cape Town, South Africa. We wish him all the best and we know, if elected, he would bring IFLA Asia Pacific Region to new heights and make Malaysia proud.

Special Thanks LOCUS-Art without Boundaries Dato’ LAr. Ismail Ngah Chua Sin Yee & LAr. Dr. Ismail Said (UTM) Mohd Fabian Hasna Assoc Prof. LAr. Dr. Osman Mohd Tahir EMKAY Group Photography Credits Tourism Malaysia Sarawak Convention Bureau Sarawak Tourism Board

08 | Cover Story: Public Art in Urban Landscapes 10 | Product: LOCUS-Art Without Boundaries 12 | Showcase: Gardens by the Bay 14 | Education: Sian Kong San Religio-Cultural Park Design 16 | Event: IFLA APR Cultural Landscape Symposium 2012 MLAA2012:Calling for Entries 18 | ILAM Update 19 | IFLA Update

Institute of Landscape Architects Malaysia (ILAM)

ILAM Council Members 2012-2014

ILAM Working Committees

President LAr. Mohd Fadrillah Mohd Taib

Finance and Asset Committee Chaired by: LAr. Sharipah Mohamed Member: LAr. Danial A. Hasan

Vice President Assoc. Prof. LAr. Dr. Osman Mohd Tahir Honorary Secretary LAr. Dr. Nor Atiah Ismail Assistant Honorary Secretary LAr. Charles Teo Kae Siang Honorary Treasurer LAr. Sharipah Mohamed Assistant Honorary Treasurer LAr. Danial A. Hasan Council Members LAr Mohd Nazri Saidon LAr. Abu Hassan Wahab LAr. Abd. Aziz Othman LAr. Zainudin Ya LAr. Sabarudin Buang LAr. Noriah Mat LAr. Sharon Lee Chee Wee LAr. Meor Saadon Sofian Mior Razali LAr. Sahar Samsuri Auditors LAr. Samsul Rohaizad Mohd Jemoner LAr. Wan Salamatul Juita Wan Hashim Immediate Past President Dato’ LAr. Ismail Ngah

Education and Professional Training Committee Chaired by: Assoc. Prof. LAr. Dr. Osman Mohd Tahir Members: LAr. Mohd Nazri Saidon LAr. Abd. Aziz Othman LAr. Abu Hassan Wahab Membership Committee Chaired by: LAr. Meor Saadon Sofian Mior Razali Members: LAr. Sabarudin Buang LAr. Sahar bin Samsuri Corporate Communication and Promotion Committee Chaired by: LAr. Charles Teo Kae Siang Members: LAr. Sharon Lee Chee Wee LAr. Dr. Nor Atiah Ismail International Relations Committee Chaired by: LAr. Mohd Fadrillah Mohd Taib Members: Dato’ LAr. Hj Ismail Ngah LAr. Charles Teo Kae Siang

Council Member LAr. Zain udin bin Ya

Council Member LAr. Noria h binti M at

Council Member n Lee Che e Wee LAr. Sharo

Honorary Treasure LAr. Dani r al bin A. Hasan


Assistant Honorary Secretar LAr. Cha y rles Teo Ka e Siang

Vice of. LAr. D President r. O bin Mohdsman Tahir Immedia te Past Pr esident Dato’ LA r. Ismail b in Ngah Assoc. Pr

Presiden d Fadrilla t h bin Moh d Taib LAr. Moh

Honorary Secretar LAr. Dr. N y or Atiah binti Isma il

Honorary Treasure r ah binti M ohamed LAr. Sharip

Council Member LAr. Saba rudin bin Buang

Council Member LAr. Meo r Saadon Sofian bin Mior Razali Council Member LAr Moh d Nazri b in Saidon

Council Member Hassan b in Waha b LAr. Abu

Council Member LAr. Saha r bin Sam suri Council Member LAr. Abd . Aziz bin Othman LAr. Wan Auditor Salamatu l Juita binti Wan Hashim

Council Members 2012-2014

Auditor LAr. Sam su bin Mohdl Rohaizad Jemoner


Public and Private Practice Committee Chaired by: LAr. Noriah Mat Members: LAr. Samsul Rohaizad Mohd Jemoner LAr. Meor Saadon Sofian Mior Razali Welfare & Social Activities Committee Chaired by: LAr. Hj. Danial A.Hasan Members: LAr. Sahar Samsuri LAr. Sabarudin Buang CPD Programme Committee Chaired by: LAr. Wan Salamatul Juita Wan Hashim Members: LAr. Zainuddin Ya LAr. Charles Teo Kae Siang LAr. Sharipah Mohamed LAr. Dr. Nor Atiah Ismail Landscape Architect Act Committee Chaired by: LAr. Mohd Fadrillah Mohd Taib Members: Assoc. Prof. LAr. Dr. Osman Mohd Tahir LAr. Abu Hassan Wahab ILAM Office Administrative Officers Senior Administrative Officer: Norbaizura Baharudin Asst. Administrative Officers: Siti Hawa Baharum Nurazlinda Mohd Noor Madi


Get to know him


dibn Dato’ Ismail bin Ngah


For the past 24 years, as a member and Past President of ILAM, Dato’ LAr. Ismail bin Ngah has given a great deal of his time to the active promotion and development of landscape architecture in Malaysia. With his nomination for the position of IFLA Asia Pacific Regional Vice President, we would like to take this opportunity to get to know the man and recount his many contributions to the profession. From 1996 to 2009, as a principal advisor to the the government of Malaysia, Dato’ Ismail had the opportunity to formulate policies, regulations and guidelines on matters related to landscaping and park development, such as the National Landscape Policy, the National Landscape Guidelines and the Tree Conservation Strategy. The family

Early Years

Hailing from Terengganu, an area of stunning natural beauty situated on the east coast of Malaysia, Dato’ Ismail Ngah grew up with a first-hand knowledge and appreciation for the environment and its interconnectedness with the human experience. He came to understand how the communities in his home state relied upon the land, in terms of agriculture and organised farming, and how, in a simple way, a Bougainvillea might bring a dash of colour and cheer to a quiet home garden.

As the Chairman of Landscape Master Plans for all capital cities of Malaysia, Dato’ Ismail was instrumental in the establishment of numerous state wide Public Parks and Botanical Gardens, including The Bukit Kiara Recreational Park in Kuala Lumpur. He also contributed immensely to the preparation of the landscape master plan for Putrajaya, the new garden and intelligent administrative capital city of Malaysia. As if Dato’ Ismail was not busy enough, he was brought in to be an advisor for the landscape master plan for Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and the surrounding area of Sepang. Initiating the first Malaysia International Landscape and Garden Festival (LAMAN) in 2004 was another feather in his cap.

Architects Malaysia (ILAM). Since 1998, he has been the country’s representative to the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) and was appointed by IFLA Asia Pacific as the Chairman of the Design Selection Committee for the Jinzhou China Landscape and Garden Festival, which is to be held in 2013. At the international level, he served as the Asia Pacific Chairman for the International Federation of Parks and Administration (IFPRA) from 2005 to 2008 and, since 2002, he has been the IFPRA Commissioner for Malaysia.

Outstanding Achievements

Dato’ Ismail’s name is synonymous with the National Landscape Department, having served the department for 14 years. During his tenure as DG, he organised the momentous planting of 101,042 trees in one minute, all across Malaysia, under the Millennium Tree Planting Campaign in the year 2000. This effort entered the Guinness Book of World Records. Malaysia Green Forum 2010


The hobby

Tree planting ceremony with former Prime Minister, Tun Abdullah Ahmah Badawi during the World Landscape Architecture Month celebration in 2009.

Career Achievements

After successfully completing his secondary school studies, this thoughtful and determined man obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Town and Country Planning in 1981 and later, his Masters in Landscape Architecture, from Sheffield University, in 1988. During the early stages of his career, he first served the government as a Town Planner in the Federal Department of Town and Country Planning, and later, in 1990, became the Director for Public Parks and Landscape. In 1996, he was appointed as the first Director-General of the newly established National Landscape Department, which was responsible for transforming Malaysia into the beautiful Garden Nation it is today.

Tree planting ceremony with former Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad during the National Landscape Day, 3rd March 1997.

Post Career

After retiring from the government as the Director General in 2010, Dato’ LAr. Ismail bin Ngah was appointed as the CEO of Landskap Malaysia, a not-for-profit organisation chaired by the former first lady, The Honorable Tun Jeanne, which was aimed at inculcating a love for landscape and the environment among Malaysians. He was actively involved in social and community activities such as the community reforestation program “Hutan Kita” or “Our Forest” programs, namely in Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Johor Bahru.

Contributions at Home and Abroad

For two consecutive sessions, 1996 to 2010, Dato’ LAr. Ismail bin Ngah was the President of the Institute of Landscape

For IFLA, he filled many roles; as delegate, keynote speaker and paper presenter at international conferences. He was also chairman to numerous committees, namely, the organising committee for IFLA World and Regional Congresses in Malaysia, the Symposium on Landscape Architecture Education and as a judge on numerous panels for design competitions. He also proposed the celebration of World Landscape Day, during the IFLA World Congress, Latvia in 2002, following the successful celebration of National Landscape Day in Malaysia on the 3rd of March, 1998. We now mark our calendars and look forward to Landscape Architecture Month, which is now celebrated throughout the world each year, thanks to Dato’ Ismail’s groundbreaking idea.

Inspiration to all

Throughout his career, this insightful man has contributed immeasurably to the positive public profile of the landscape architecture profession. An inspirational example, Dato’ LAr. Ismail bin Ngah has set a clear pathway for the young and enthusiastic landscape architects of tomorrow to follow.

May-Aug 2012


a splash a night of colourful of magical flora lights This is FLORIA PUTRAJAYA 2012

Photos by: Charles Teo

The stunning colours of the ubiquitous Bougainvillea flower took centre stage at the Putrajaya Flower and Garden Festival (FLORIA) this year. With the theme Bougainvillea — Enduring Beauty, this 9 day event, held from June 30 to July 8 at the Waterfront in Precinct 2, Putrajaya, brought over 800,000 people to the exhibition grounds. This event has fast become one of the federal administrative capital’s marquee events. Prime Award winner of Johor Bahru Tengah City Council

Judges from ILAM at work: Assoc. Prof. LAr. Dr. Osman Mohd Tahir (left); LAr. Dr. Nor Atiah Ismail & LAr. Nurulhuda Hayati Ibrahim (right)

Indoor Floral Art Showcase

This year, the show, comprising more than 100 bougainvillea cultivars, was vying for a spot in the Malaysia Book of Records for the “Largest Cultivar of Bougainvillea Assembled”. On display were seven outdoor gardens, including roses, annuals, bonsai, temperate flowers, intriguing heliconia, leafy plants and, of course, bougainvillea. Fifteen international garden designers, including many first time participants, came from as far away as the United States of America, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and People’s Republic of China. Numerous prizes were presented to participants who created themed gardens, with the FLORIA Garden Prime Award 2012 going to the Johor Bahru Tengah City Council. ILAM, represented by LAr. Sharon Lee, with the garden design theme of “Bougainvillea – In Different Perspectives” being awarded the Bronze Award in the International Garden Showcase Category.

77 This annual Putrajaya Garden and Flower Show never ceases to promote unique and competitive ideas and designs and the event itself leads to economic growth and job opportunities in the nation’s landscape and horticultural industries. This year’s FLORIA Putrajaya showcase also proved to be a lucrative enterprise for its many participants, with a turnover of RM2.06mil from the sale of flowers, decorative plants, handicrafts, food and drinks.

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Showcase Gardens

Besides garden displays, Floria 2012 also featured more than 200 daily activities such as a watercolour painting competition, a photography competition and a special performance from the Australian Brass Band.

Bronze Award

International Garden Showcase

Bougainvillea-In Different Perspectives Landscape Architect: LAr. Sharon Lee

Outdoor showcase garden by the organiser Perbadanan Putrajaya

The landscape architect interpreted the Bougainvillea for many different uses in a small garden space. Bougainvillea can be used as climbers, hedges and also in potted plants. The garden design creatively explored the versatility of the theme flower which is actually one of the more commonly found flowering plants in the tropical environs of Malaysia.

Creative indoor floral art depict the characters from famous cartoon animation’ Finding Nemo”

From Taiping with Love

Laman Seri Melaka

The Taiping grown Landscape Architect, LAr. Sharipah Mohamed, invited visitors to experience her childhood memories via a garden design based on the metaphor of everyday use of landscape elements such as decorative and ritual ceremonies items and ingredients for daily cooking and homespun backyard medicines. The garden was presented in 3 parts; the delightful arrival garden, the fragrant garden and the backyard herb corner.

A colourful, traditional Melaka house took centre stage in this garden. The profusion of Bougainvillea and herbs reflected the rich culture of Melaka – a unique blend of Malay and Chinese heritage. The abundant flowers, well placed garden furniture and verdant hedges growing at the front of the well constructed wooden house all reflected the natural glories of a bygone era.

Landscape Architect: LAr. Sharipah Mohamed

Environmental friendly garden solutions at Growers Garden showcase. “Magic of the Night” a showcase of floats and fireworks at Putrajaya Lake by Tourism Malaysia

In celebration of FLORIA2012, the Tourism Ministry hosted a daily Tourism Floral Parade 2012, themed “Magic of the Night” on the Putrajaya Lake. Beautifully decorated boats met the visitors each night during the nine-day event from 8pm to 11pm, alongside thrilling fireworks displays.

Landscape Architect: LAr. Danial A. Hasan

cover story

Malaysia is blessed with a rich social cultural pattern and diversity. Hence public art is one of the elements that could blend in with our urban landscape. Its existence could break the mundane urban environment and at the same time generate positive social deeds towards the public spaces. The sustainability of the public art depends upon the synergy of the sites, the art and the public as one amalgamation.

Local graffiti artwork by local young artist at PUBLIKA.

Children participate in art installation, using LEGO, in Georgetown, Penang.

publ:c art

in urban landscapes By: Mohd Fabian Hasna, Osman Mohd Tahir Faculty of Design and Architecture, Universiti Putra Malaysia Photos by: Charles Teo & Sharon Lee

Sculptures can reflect the history and culture of their location.

Thought and feeling, an expression of art.

Public Art? Public art is an artwork specifically commissioned to engage, interact and harmonise with the public or the community at large in public open spaces. It is for the public to use or enjoy the beauty of the artwork in different perspectives of visual appreciation. Therefore it is any form of artistic expression such as sculpture, mural, street furniture or cultural event, which is located in a freely accessible site as opposed to museums, galleries or homes. Landscape Architecture and Public Art Landscape architecture is a multi disciplinary profession. The nature of this profession ranges into the creation of urban design, ecological conservation, reclamation and others. However changes have transpired in recent years where landscape architects have started to intersect landscape, art and urbanism together and integrated art and experimental approaches into landscape design. This eventually inspires enhanced memory of a place and reveals the beauty in such appropriateness.


“Celebration of Sarawak”, a sculpture by Ramlan Abdullah in Kuching, Sarawak

Functional Elements In our modern world, we look forward to solving multiple problems via a single method. A diversity of functionalism can therefore be interpreted in public art. It could function not only as visual indulgence but also as street furniture or even play equipment for the children. Knowledge to the Public In terms of educating the community, an informative plaque could be used so as to outline the idea of the artist to the public. In addition, the location of public art in outdoors spaces is perfect for educational purposes.

‘Kucing kucing’ by Gaye Porter at Kuching Waterfront Promenade evokes the idea of Kuching’s local moniker of Cat Town.

A visual treat - a retaining wall, an eyesore for some, is covered in a stunning palette of colours at PUBLIKA, Dutamas.

Promote Sense of Community & Places Public art could contribute through several functions and value such as; increase the sense of community; promote a sense of place; capable of addressing community needs; avoiding social exclusion as well as adding value to education. This can be noticed when a commissioning of public art involves the public in its development. The cooperation among the public clearly reveals the community spirit which is important for adding value to their quality of life. Improve Quality of Space By introducing public art, the quality of public places could be transformed while local history and events would be celebrated. Furthermore, the existence of public art in the heart of cities has given a different impact in terms of promoting and globalising a nation’s culture. It serves the purpose of addressing the community needs by its utilitarian function.

Modern play structure in art sculpture form at PUBLIKA, Dutamas.

What do you think the boy is reaching for?

Public Art Celebrates its Community Study shows that the impact of public art towards the community is invaluable. It could be a distinctive contributor towards a quality urban living environment which celebrates its community, underlines past memories and boosts the economical impact of a city, through activities such as tourism.

Improving Aesthetical Value In terms of aesthetical value, public art carries the basic notion of being able to beautify spaces. More often than not, public art has been situated in the public realm for reasons of aesthetic enhancement and as a memories container. It is seen as a way to rejuvenate cities by enhancing public spaces. The Mirrors George Town was painted by international artist Ernest Zacharevic for George Town Festival 2012 in the heart of the UNESCO Heritage Core Area, Armenian Street. According to the artist, the art work has no fixed meaning; it is open to interpretation, recreation and narratives. This is street art at its best - when it stops being an individual painting and becomes part of the public imagination.

Quest for Creating More Inspiring Public Art for Malaysian

Public art could offer more than aesthetic value in the urban landscape. It provides an enhanced ambiance and can help to create a quality living environment. Public art informs place identity and inspires community aspirations, stimulating a positive aura among the public and creates a cordial urban landscape. As a whole, the integration of public art in urban landscape should consist of the combination of meaning, local culture, utilitarian purposes, place distinctiveness and people’s engagement with art. It is our task as landscape architects to creatively fabricate the notion of public art within the Malaysian urban landscape and collaborate with artists in order to create further favorable urban environments which also keep an eye on future sustainability.

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Water Photographer Mustaffa Ahmad Hidzin spent a great deal of time taking photos of Kuala Lumpur’s many fountains. As a result, he captured the beauty of flowing water through his lens. The entire collection is now available at LOCUS.

Dry Handmade Flowers These amazing 100% handmade flowers are crafted with products from nature such as seeds, fruits and even husks from the Pong Pong, Lotus, Remang, Pinang, Casuarina and Pinang Pecah plants. The creative recycling of natural materials into decorative items is the brainchild of artistic duo, Benji and Sam.

Funky Bean Bag

Nature’s Motifs Fine Ceramics

Produced in a range of shapes, colours, prints and materials, the bean bag has comfort to spare for every member of the family. Made to order or ready made, each piece is designed and handmade by local artist, Wayne.

The artist known as Roshfin captures nature’s motifs and shapes within each body and surface decoration of his fine ceramic creations. Roshfin brings studied fineness and effortless artistry to his craftsmanship, and all inspired by the rich tropical flora of Malaysia and Asia.

Lot No. 46, Level G2, Publika Shopping Gallery, No. 1, Jalan Dutamas 1, 50480 Kuala Lumpur Tel:+(60)3-6207 9823 | Email:


May-Aug 2012

A new kid on the block, LOCUS is a fresh new concept store, inspired by ISOFU at Publika Solaris Dutamas. LOCUS provides a space for local artists to display their work publicly and gain exposure for themselves, and their work. Within this space, shoppers can discover art made specifically to serve as decorative items for the home. One can find handmade stools painted with original floral patterns. Intricate hand-painted details abound on beautiful vases and, the star attraction at LOCUS has to be their range of bespoke, super comfortable, bean bags. Come to PUBLIKA and find all that LOCUS has to offer or simply browse the store and be inspired!

VOILET Plant Basket This beautiful weave basket comes in a variety of colours and delightful wicker patterns which can be changed accordingly to individual tastes. The various sizes of the product will suit any space and any size plant you desire.

Floral Pillow

Terusi Ceramics

Check out the variety of floral patterns on these delightful pillows. The artists responsible want you to spice up your living room sofa with touches of bright colours and rich designs.

Bizarre shapes and whimsical styles are what sets this collection apart from the ordinary. These contemporary Terusi ceramic pieces are handcrafted from stoneware clay and fired at 1280oC in a gas kiln. The striking appearance is completed by the addition of various materials within the clay, including sand and glass, which make every piece unique.

Whether straight off the shelf or made to order, the artists at LOCUS will be glad to listen to what you have in mind and create your dream piece.

Doggy The handmade doggy is another fine piece from artist, Wayne. It comes in many types of fabrics and colours, perfect for a birthday gift for a dog lover or as a decorative pillow on a comfortable sofa.

* product shown not to scale


Gardens by the Bay Photos by: Charles Teo

Singapore’s Marina Bay’s newest attraction, Gardens by the Bay, is a cutting-edge horticultural mega project featuring 50-meter high solar-powered “Supertrees” and climate-controlled biomes. The entire project is estimated to have cost more than S$1 billion. The 54-hectare section of the garden features cooled flower domes, multiple heritage-themed outdoor gardens and two lakes. With the opening of the Gardens by the Bay, we no longer have to travel to Kew Gardens to see amazing collections of the world’s rarest plants.

The Cool-Dry Conservatory Step into the Flower Dome and you’ll be standing in awe of nature. Spectacular and innovative in design, it is one of the icons of Bay South Garden. The Flower Dome replicates the cool-dry climate of Mediterranean regions such as California, parts of Spain and Italy and the more southerly regions of Africa. Home to a collection of plants collected from deserts all over the world, this living tableau showcases the incredible adaptation of plants within arid environments. Visitors can enjoy a cooling and leisurely stroll through the conservatory and experience the eerie profile of the baobabs, surrounded by fascinating succulents. Discover amazing plants and flowers from different corners of the globe, and be amazed by how different parts of the trees are used.


The Cool-Moist Conservatory Enter the Cloud Forest and be pleasantly surprised with a different experience from the Flower Dome. Comprising a 35-metre tall mountain complete with the tallest indoor waterfall covered in lush vegetation, the Cloud Forest portrays plant life from about 2,000-metres above sea level, equivalent to the top of numerous mountain ranges, to around 1,000-metres; the bottom of a treacherous ravine. Visitor may ascend to the mountain top comfortably via a lift and descend through two walkways. Experience and learn about the unique biodiversity and geology of cloud forests, and the environmental threats that they face within the nine unique zones in this cool-moist Conservatory.

Supertrees Ranging in height from 25 to 50 metres, the Gardens’ 18 Supertrees are basically vertical gardens covered in bromeliads, ferns and tropical flowering climbers. Two of the trees are connected via an aerial walkway. The innovative structures mimic the ecological functions of real trees through their environmentally sustainable features. Some have photovoltaic cells on their canopies to harvest solar energy and thereby light up at night while others are integrated with cooled conservatories and serve as air exhaust receptacles. All these attractions are just some of the main features of the Garden besides other attractions such as the Heritage Gardens, World of Plants, Dragonfly and King Fisher Lake. Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay is truly a destination not to be missed.

May-Aug 2012


By: Chua Sin Yee, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM)

For the first time in Bulletin Landskap, we are delighted to introduce a showcase of design projects, completed by local landscape architecture students. We are delighted that LAr. Dr. Ismail Said has stepped forward to share with us one of the excellent pieces completed by a final year student on cultural landscape design at UTM.

Sian Kong Sun

Religio-Cultural Park Bukit Bakri, Muar, Johor

Sian Kong San Park is located at Bukit Bakri, Muar District, Johor. Here, a beautiful Taoist temple sits peacefully on a hill in a large Chinese temple park and represents a significant cultural monument for Bukit Bakri. Over the years, due to a lack of awareness about the importance of this religio-cultural site, especially in the younger generation, there has been a slow degradation of Sian Kong San Temple Park. A declining number of activities and a disappearing identity have impacted upon the overall landscape quality of the park. Via a detailed study of the early history of the temple, its religious and cultural context, Chua formulated a number of strategies within the landscape design which would promote religious cultural awareness. Chua believed the area could be developed into a social-cultural space, with an enhancement of the cultural landscape’s physical appearance, and by designating the temple park as a tourist attraction. The study, undertaken with an understanding of Taoist principles, allowed Chua to combine the concept of 1,2,3 in Taoism to inform the design. This philosophy applies to the overall planning and development of the site. ONE= Tao is a united system - Man and Nature coexisting as one (harmony between man-made structures and landscape elements) TWO= Two components - YIN and YANG - in perfect balance (creation of high and low levels) THREE= The co-existence of the three realms of Heaven, Earth and Man (creation of different spaces)


Sian Kong San Main Shrine

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The main shrine, located at the highest point, acts as the focus of the site and symbolises respect for god while the vertical plantings represent the rigidity and formality of heaven.

Deities Garden

Garden with different deities creates a sense of holiness and an opportunity for religious appreciation.



Calling for Entries

Malaysia Landscape Architecture Awards 2012 This year, ILAM presented the outstanding Malaysia Landscape Architecture Awards to Malaysian landscape architecture consultancy firms, developers and government agencies for projects completed in Malaysia and abroad. These awards honour the best in landscape architecture from various aspects of the industry. The awards are open to all project submissions, completed at least ONE YEAR previously, and which have not won any previous ILAM Awards.

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Developer Category

Developer Category



The award recipients receive featured coverage in ILAM’s Bulletin Landskap and a special publication in conjunction with the award - Landscape Architecture Malaysia Yearbook and a Special Edition in the local press following the award ceremony. Award recipients will be honoured at the Awards Presentation Ceremony during ILAM’s Annual Dinner, scheduled in April each year. The Awards are also part of the activities held in conjunction with the World Landscape Architecture Month Celebrations. The Award Categories 1. Landscape Consultant Categories • Landscape Design & Planning Awards • Landscape Analysis and Study Awards • Landscape Innovation Awards

Professional Category

Professional Category

2. Property Developer Category • Property Developer Awards in Landscape Planning & Development 3. City Council & Government Agency Category • Green City Awards

HONOUR AWARD Professional Category

4. Researcher Category • Landscape Research Awards 5. Student Category • Student Design Awards Typical entries include: Public, institutional, or private landscape projects of all kinds; residential planning, historic preservation, reclamation, conservation, green roofs, storm water management, sustainable design; design for transportation or infrastructure; landscape art or installation; interior landscape design; green community, waterfront, streetscape and more.



Government Category

Professional Category

Criteria: The jury will consider the quality of design and execution; design context; environmental sensitivity and sustainability; design value to the client and to other designers, planting design, plant selection and nightscape (landscape lighting). This criteria does not apply to Researcher Category.


How to Enter? To Enter: Complete and return this ENTRY FORM with payment (non refundable) for each project to be submitted. Upon receipt of your entry form, you will receive an official, numbered entry kit for each project to be submitted. Each entry kit includes forms and instructions. Please note that each project must be submitted along with the unique entry number given by ILAM. Schedule & Timeline 1 September 2012: 29 November 2012: 29 November 2012: 31 December 2012: 11-13 January 2013: 19 January 2013: 6 April 2012: 6 April 2012: 7 April 2012: For Participation

Professional Category

Announcement of Malaysia Landscape Awards 2012 MLAA Entry Form Submission deadline MLAA Submission Course MLAA Submission Close, before 5pm Jury Review Session Honour Awards Site Inspection Publication of Malaysia Landscape Architecture Yearbook 2012 Malaysia Landscape Awards and ILAM Annual Dinner Special MLAA Publication in local media

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Landscape Architecture Month 2013

ilam update ILAM Annual General Meeting 2012 Date: 30 June 2012 | Lecture Hall, Faculty of Design & Architecture, UPM The Annual General Meeting for ILAM and election for the new session council members 2012-2014 was held at the Faculty of Design & Architecture, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM). This year the meeting was attended by some 130 members, inclusive of corporate and graduate members. The election witnessed LAr. Mohd Fadrillah Mohd Taib maintaining his position as the ILAM President for a second term, and, alongside a mixture of old and new faces, they will guide ILAM for the new session of 2012-2014. A full list of ILAM’s new council members is available in the front section of this publication.

President’s speech during the ILAM AGM 2014

FLORIA Putrajaya 2012 Date: 30 June – 8 July 2012 Lakefront, Precinct 2, Putrajaya The fifth edition of the Putrajaya Flower and Garden Show – FLORIA - was held in Precinct 2 Lakefront Promenade, Putrajaya. This year showcased a high level of participation from international garden and flower designers. Among the gardens not to be missed were the Designer Gardens created by ILAM members; LAr. Sharon Lee, LAr. Sharipah Mohamed and LAr. Danial A Hasan. Congratulations to LAr. Sharon Lee for winning the Bronze Award for the International Designer Gardens Category. More details and coverage of the show is available in this publication.

International Symposium on Sustainable Low Carbon Asia Research & Policy Dialogue Date: 9 July 2012 Assoc Prof LAr. Zainul Hakim attended the International Symposium on Sustainable Low Carbon Asia Research and Policy Dialogue on behalf of ILAM. The symposium was aimed at establishing a research network among interested parties by offering a platform to share knowledge and experience in low carbon studies, building capacity with Asian governmental agencies, as well as promoting policy dialogues between researchers and policy makers.


The editorial board of Bulletin Landskap would like to apologise to LAr. Michael Lip Yoke Cheong for missing out his name in the list of ILAM Fellowship recipients 2012 in our Bulletin Landskap No 11 edition. Congratulations on your achievement, Michael.

The new ILAM Corporate Members 2012


IFLA update

Shanghai Shanghai IFLA Asia Pacific Regional Congress Date: 22-25 October 2012 Venue: Shanghai International Convention Center, Shanghai, China Website: Theme: Better Landscape, Better Life The Congress theme, “Better Landscape, Better Life” presents landscape architects in our region with an opportunity to focus on, and publicise, what we as landscape architects inherently believe – that one of the key elements in creating enhanced quality of life is enhancing the quality of the landscape in which we live, work and create. The last ten to fifteen years, especially in the Asia Pacific Region, have seen an amazing transformation of the world. Nowhere on Earth has this transformation been as marked as in China, and other parts of our region are undergoing the same sorts of changes. This Congress will examine such issues, among others, and will aim to present examples of and solutions to creating “Better Landscapes, Better Lives” throughout our region.

International Student Charette 19 -21 October 2012

International Student Design Competition Entries submitted: by 31 August 2012 Adjudication: 19 October 2012 Awards presentation: 21 October 2012

May-Aug 2012



Landscape Architecture Study Trip + Congress



in conjunction with

organised by Institute of Landscape Architects Malaysia

IFLA Asia Pacific Regional Congress 2012 Shanghai, China

19-25 Oct 2012

Twin Room (Full Board, excluding Congress Fees): RM 3,400/pax Single Room (Full Board, excluding Congress Fees): RM 3,750/pax Price valid until 30th September 2012, Registration closed on 30th September 2012, Limited to 45 pax only Day 1 (19/10): KUALA LUMPUR TO HANGZHOU 6.00am: 8.10am: 1.00pm: 8.00pm:

Gather at LCCT Flight to Hangzhou (Air Asia) Arrive at Hangzhou, China & Lunch | Visit to Westlake, Huagang Park, Chinese Mart Dinner, Free & Easy


Day 2 (20/10): HANGZHOU TO SUZHOU 7.00am: 8.00am: 1.00pm: 8.00pm:

Breakfast Depart to Suzhou by coach Arrive at Suzhou, Lunch and visit to Wave Surging Pavilion Garden, Panmen Water Gate, Silk Factory Dinner, Free & Easy

Day 3 (21/10): SUZHOU TO SHANGHAI 7.00am: 8.00am: 10.00am: 1.00pm: 8.00pm:

Breakfast Depart to Shanghai by coach Arrive at Shanghai, visit to The Bund, Pudung, Old Shanghai Street and Yu Yuan Lunch and Friday Prayer at Xio Dao Yuan Mosque and visit Nanjing Street (shopping st in Shanghai) Dinner & Cruise on Wangpu River

Day 4 & 5 (22-23/10): SHANGHAI 7.00am: 8.00am:

Breakfast Option 1: IFLA APR Congress* (packed lunch provided) (The Shanghai International Conference Center) *Congress Fees not include in this package, participants are required to register at, Congress Fees USD 400

Wave Surging Pavilion Garden SUZHOU

Option 2: Free & Easy (packed lunch provided) 8.00pm:

Dinner, Free & Easy

Day 6 (24/10): SHANGHAI 7.00am: 8.00am: 8.00pm:

Breakfast Option 1: IFLA APR Congress - Technical Visit* Option 2: Free & Easy (packed lunch provided) Dinner, Free & Easy


Day 7 (25/10): SHANGHAI TO HANGZHOU TO KUALA LUMPUR 7.00am: 8.00am: 1.00pm: 7.00pm:

Breakfast Depart to Hangzhou Lunch and flight back to Kuala Lumpur Arrive at LCCT

To register your interest, kindly contact Institute of Landscape Architects Malaysia (ILAM) 1-10-3, Presint ALAMI, Pusat Perniagaan Worldwide 2, Persiaran Akuatik, Seksyen 13, 40100, Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia. T : (603) 5523-4638 / (6013) 2020827 F : (603) 5519-0827 E :

ilam calendar 1 Sept 2012: 4-5 Sept 2012: 5-7 Sept 2012: 11-12 Sept 2012: 18-19 Sept 2012: 2-3 Oct 2012: 19-25 Oct 2012: 3 Nov 2012: 29 Nov 2012: 2-6 Dec 2012: 31 Dec 2012:

MLAA 2012 Call for Entries Technical Workshop for Universal Design, Kuala Lumpur 49th IFLA World Congress 2012, Cape Town, South Africa National Symposium ‘City with a Thousand Fountains’ (CPD 4) Technical Workshop for Landscape Character Assessment and Evaluation Workshop to Finalize Malaysia Landscape Architecture Education Standard (LAES) IFLA Asia Pacific Congress Tour (Shanghai, Hangzhou & Suzhou), China (CPD 5) ILAM Lecture Series (CPD 2) on Green Technology MLAA Form Submission deadline + course (CPD 2) INCULS 2012 (IFLA Asia Pacific Regional Cultural Landscape Symposium) MLAA 2012 Submission Deadline

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