Dr Shawn Lum received the President's Award 2017 for the Environment for his significant involvement in biodiversity projects in Singapore. Dr Lum has worked as an adjunct professor in Landscape since the inauguration of NUS MLA program.
Assistant Professor Yun Hye Hwang received several prizes of LI awards 2017 and IFLA ASIA-PAC LA Awards 2017 for her projects in NUS campus.
Award of Highly Commended under ‘Science, Management and Stewardship Award’ category
‘Less-maintained and high-diverse campus greenery in Singapore’
Award of Excellence under ‘Nature Conservation’ category – ‘From Lawn to Forest Garden’ (Ventus Naturalized garden)
Award of Excellence under ‘Skyrise Greenery’ category – ‘Nature Refuge on Five Centimetres of Soil’(SDE roof)
NUS MLA students won many prizes in different categories of the SILA Student Awards 2017. Congratulates all individual students and the winning team!
We announce the launch of our new Facebook Page. Through Facebook, we will share our activities in the Master of Landscape Architecture(MLA) program and connect among alumni, current students, and future students. To follow us on Facebook, simply click here; then click “Like” at the top of the Page.
“..Our modules mostly involved going out in the field; from getting our hands dirty digging soil and obtaining water quality samples, to birdwatching with binoculars, and even camping overnight in a wooden cabin in the woods. We learnt representational techniques using a combination of GIS, Rhino and Grasshopper scripting to create analytical diagrams and maps. Working together with other disciplines in our projects, an experience that broadens our perspectives on environmental design..” from Pearlyn & Qing Qing
“…I am a first-year PhD student in Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan, studying with Professor Joan Nassauer in the Landscape Ecology and Perception Lab. Currently, we are working on green infrastructure planning in the shrinking city of Detroit as a means of addressing problems and seizing opportunities associated with vacancy and aging urban infrastructure. Working in such a starkly contrasting urban context from Asia’s booming megacities not only broadens my knowledge, but also reveals to me the principles, concepts and approaches that are applicable across cultural and geographic boundaries….” from Yuanqiu
Smile Village, a community building project for 70 families evicted from slums was initiated in 2012 by Pour un Sourire d’Enfant (PSE) and Solutions to End Poverty (STEP). With the completion of shelter provision, the village moves towards the next stage of improving the livelihoods of beneficiaries through economically sustainable community development programmes. Five NUS MLA students participated in not only for plot design but also for hands-on construction process together with MyCorps, a Malaysian youth volunteering group.
We would like to invite you to the opening event of MLA exhibition 2016. The exhibition showcases students’ works containing individual portfolios over 2 years of the master of landscape architecture (MLA) programme in NUS and video of highlights of MLA activities for the 2 years.
Date: 13th May – 16th May 2016
Opening event: 13th May, 6-8pm
Venue: Department of Architecture
Exhibition Hall, SDE1
School of Design and Environment, NUS
We very much look forward to seeing you.
The graduating batch of MLA students completed a studio exploring the potential of landscapes to improve environmental quality and liveability for the walled city of Udaipur, one of the first twenty cities selected for the first phase of India's Smart Cities mission. Check out what the students have done in this video link (short film for the City of Udaipur). This studio was sponsored by the Ramboll Foundation.
This lecture will deliver the research results of some case studies in Indonesia, concerning on the following aspects:
The Gardens by the Bay is now receiving applications for its scholarship programme. B.Arch students in their third who intend to pursue Master of Landscape Architecture, and B.Arch students in their fourth year who are taking the preparatory year of the Master of Landscape Architecture programme are eligible to apply. Please note that terms and conditions apply and further information can be obtained from this link.
Enquiries should also be directed to Gardens by the Bay. Also see Scholarship page.
MLA students taking the class LA5303 (Urban Greening: Technologies and Techniques) visited Tokyo as part of a short-term exchange programme with Chiba University during the recess week. This is the third run of the joint programme with Chiba University’s Graduate School of Engineering, Graduate School of Horticulture, and Center for Environment, Health and Field Sciences.
Over the 10-day visit, students from both universities worked on a small design project for greening of Chiba University Hospital with the objective of improving the planning and design of green spaces in the hospital to encourage better healing spaces for patients, restorative spaces for staff, enhance the hospital identity, environmental performance, and social connection with surrounding communities. The design workshop culminated in presentation to hospital and university staff, including the Director-General (CEO) of the hospital and Vice President of Chiba University. In addition to the workshop, students visited notable greening projects in Tokyo, experimental and commercial plant factories in Chiba University, and traditional Japanese Gardens.
For AY2015/2016’s second semester design studio, fourth-year MLA students worked in Sukabumi, Indonesia, and considered design responses to peri-urban landscapes and oil palm plantations. In our first collaboration with landscape architecture faculty and students from Bogor Agricultural University (IPB), we worked on an urbanizing village (Desa Warnajati) adjacent to a large oil palm plantation.
Greenery and parks are not just places where one can enjoy nature, but they also provide us with fresh air and a pleasant living environment. The greening of Singapore has always been a crucial part of our nation building.
Like other infrastructure developments, the development of greenery needs to be sustainable and integrated with other developments for the greater good of Singapore. This presentation will share how greenery used to be like in Singapore, how it is now, and our aims for the future.
NUS and Chiba University students on a visit to study site at Changi Business Park for a joint design workshop undertaken as part of the module Urban Greening: Technologies and Techniques. A project sponsored by JTC Corporation, the workshop focused on the potential of landscapes in a conventional business park in Singapore by understanding hidden social and ecological connections between the site and adjacent land uses and communities, as well as the needs of office workers in the site.
12 students in NUS MLA program visited City of San Jose del Monte, as a part of the module MLA Studio: City - for proposing urban revitalization strategies for a low-income community. The Six-day field trip aimed to understand site context through intensive research activities including data collection, site observation, measurements, interviews, and mappings. Two local partners, the city of San Jose Del Monte and Enpraxis guided and provided grounded- perspectives that raised awareness of the economic, social, and cultural situations of low-income developments in the city.
Eleven second-year students from the MLA programme went for a 10-day field trip to Bali, Indonesia to study the effects of tourism and urbanization on the traditional agricultural landscape. This final-year studio was based in Canggu, a fast-urbanizing desa (‘village’) located near popular tourist destinations such as Kuta and Seminyak. The team sought to understand development patterns and their impacts, and offer realistic point solutions to the various landscape issues identified.
NUS students on a study visit to a research facility in Chiba University on intensive urban agriculture production systems, which showcases a range of production systems from conventional greenhouse to fully automated plant factories that are developed for production, retail and disaster relief operations. This visit is undertaken as part of the module Urban Greening: Technologies and Techniques, during which NUS students participate in joint workshop with students from Chiba University. Each university hosts a workshop in alternate years, allowing students to take advantage of cross-cultural and contextual learning in the approach to the design of urban landscapes.
Under the theme of ‘Food, Shelter & Livelihood’, twelve first-year MLA students left for Manila to conduct field work for their second-semester studio. The project site was set in BASECO, a landfill at the bay of the City of Manila, currently occupied by the urban poor as well as new rural immigrants living in difficult conditions. Facilitated by NGO partners such as Gawad Kalinga and Urban Poor Associates, students were able to gather detailed site information through interviews, mappings and photographic documentation. The collected data would in turn be used to inform landscape strategies for improving liveability in these conditions.
As part of the NUS Landscape bridging course, twelve MLA students visited the Pour un Sourire d’Enfant (PSE) school in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, along with other NUS participants. Students were tasked to develop an edible landscape concept for the PSE School, whose student population largely comprises the urban poor, living in and around a large dumpsite. Through field work and interactions with local students and partners, the NUS participants collected site information for their design work, and also gained awareness of the urgent socio-economic problems confronting the urban poor in Phnom Penh.