World Expo 2017 | Astana Kazakhstan | HOK

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In the early summer of 2013, HOK was invited to participate in a design competition for the 2017 Expo Design in Astana – the rapidly developing capital of Kazakhstan.   The theme for the expo; “Future Energy”, challenged entrants to demonstrate the use of innovative technologies capable of affecting people’s perception of energy and green development.
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Masterplan for Dubai’s Expo 2020 bid led by HOK

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Dubai has been chosen as the site of the 2020 World Expo. HOK led designer of the team that developed the master plan for the Expo, which is expected to draw more than 25 million visitors from October 2020 through April 2021.  Dubai’s selection – themed “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future” – was announced Nov. 27 by representatives of the 167 Bureau of International Expositions (BIE) member nations. Selected over three cities in Brazil, Russia and Turkey, Dubai will become the first Middle Eastern city to host the event in its 160-year history.

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Path Garden | Beijing China | Christopher Counts Studio with Jay Lee

Path Garden | Beijing China | Christopher Counts Studio with Jay Lee
The ‘Path Garden’ is designed to inspire visitors with a playful sense of wonder, excitement, and discovery. The engine of this design is a vertically and horizontally exaggerated path that guides visitors through a cinematic arrangement of bold chromatic juxtapositions of plants, water, topography, and garden structures typically experienced in larger landscapes.
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2011 IFLA World Congress | Interview with Bruno Marques, organizer of EFLA Regional Congress

Laure Aubert is a landscape architect working in Germany who attended the 2011 IFLA Congress in Zurich. Laure interviewed various Congress attendees which we will feature over the next two weeks.

Bruno Marques at EFLA stand at 2011 IFLA Congress Zurich ©Laure Aubert

Bruno Marques is responsible organizer of the upcoming EFLA Regional Congress “Mind the Gap. Landscapes for a New Era”.and answers on behalf the Estonian Landscape Architects‟ Union. The EFLA Regional Congress is being held in Tallinn-Estonia, from 2-4 November.

Why was it important for you to attend the IFLA Congress? 
The importance of attending the IFLA World Congress in Zürich relies in the biggest event of our profession that gathers professionals from all over the globe, with different backgrounds, different cultures, but at the same time connected by only one thing: the profession. I think these events are really important, for one hand to learn something new and to see what exciting has been done over the last years in the field, for other hand to reunite with friends and colleagues. In Zurich, I especially enjoyed the amazing organization, the wide range of events and above all, to see lots of students. That gives me some trust that our profession will continue to exist and develop in the future.

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‘Scales of Nature’ 2011 IFLA Congress in Zurich, an incredible gathering of landscape professionals

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MFO Park at Zürich Oerlikon, chosen as representative of Swiss Landscape Architecture for the Congress (Design by Burckhardt + Partner AG & Raderschall Landschaftsarchitekten AG)

‘What a beautiful organization in a beautiful city with a beautiful audience’. All these ingredients mentioned by IFLA President, Desiree Martinez, contributed to a successful 48th IFLA Congress in Zürich between the 27 and 29th of June 2011 . . .

More than 1320 landscape architects from 75 nationalities attended the congress. About 30% were students, and most came from Switzerland, all the continents were represented with colleagues from Pakistan to Australia, USA, China (where the last IFLA congress took place), Estonia (the location of the next EFLA congress) and many more…
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