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Nurturing a greener environment

The region's leading event for urban design, landscape and greenery returns and will run in conjunction with 2 conferences.
Thursday, November 5, 2015 - 05:50
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Industry specialists will share insights into arboriculture as well as playgrounds and parks, among other things.
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Industry specialists will share insights into arboriculture as well as playgrounds and parks, among other things.

GREENURBANSCAPE Asia returns to Singapore for the second time as the region's leading event for urban design, landscape and greenery. Held on Nov 5-7 at the Singapore Expo Convention and Exhibition Centre, the biennial event aims to connect business, government and organisations to shape the future for a sustainable urban environment in Asia. It is jointly organised by SingEx Exhibitions, the National Parks Board (NParks), Landscape Industry Association Singapore and the Singapore Institute of Landscape Architects.

"Greater environmental awareness is required in planning and development as cities face increasing pressure from competing uses of scarce land. We are fortunate that in Singapore, our leaders recognised this early and gave priority to greenery as a means of ensuring environmental quality and making our city highly liveable," said Leong Chee Chiew, NParks deputy chief executive officer, professional development & services cluster, and commissioner of parks & recreation.

"Today, our City in a Garden is characterised by pervasive greenery, from the business district to the residential heartlands. We are happy to host GreenUrbanScape Asia to help further the global and regional commitment to urban greenery through the sharing of successful approaches and technology."

Visitors can expect more than 170 companies and brands at the exhibition, a 25 per cent increase from 2013. The exhibition will feature new markets such as Bahrain, Finland and Japan, as well as showcase new segments including hydroponics, smart gardens and arboriculture. There is also increased participation from emerging growth sectors such as playground equipment, horticulture equipment, turf management and equipment, green walls, irrigation systems and timber decking.

Established brands such as ACCOYA (Netherlands), Neugro AOS (Singapore), Instrumenta Mechanik/Labor/IML and Karcher (Germany), Makita (Japan), Norwell (Denmark), Playdale (UK) and Reka Setia Playground (Malaysia) will be participating for the first time.

One unique display is the launch of the Plantui Smart Garden, a fully automated, patented growth process that uses soil-free capsules, aided by intelligent light source and watering systems to grow plants through the germination, seedling and harvesting stages.

GreenUrbanScape Asia 2015 also marks the launch of the inaugural GreenUrbanScape Asia Congress 2015 on Nov 6. The focus of this year's congress is The Science of Greening the City in a Garden. More than 20 international industry specialists are expected to share insights in four primary segments: arboriculture, playgrounds and parks, turf management and urban biodiversity.

Keynote speakers include Paul Raymer, a professor of the College of Agriculture & Environmental Sciences at the University of Georgia (US), Fran P Mainella, former director of USA National Parks, co-chair of the US Play Coalition and visiting scholar from Clemson University (Canada), Julian A Dunster from Dunster & Associates Environmental Consultants (US), and Kenneth Er, CEO of NParks.

The aim is to provide tailored content that addresses the needs and challenges of industry players and facilitate in-depth knowledge exchange among the participants, says one of the joint organisers, Adrian Sng, director of projects management at SingEx Exhibitions.

Adding to greater industry support is the third International Skyrise Greenery Conference (ISGC) held alongside GreenUrbanScape Asia 2015. Over 30 renowned architects, landscape architects, developers, city planners and academics from around the world will discuss global best practices, strategies and explore ideas of innovative solutions in view of the rapidly growing urban greening, landscaping and design industry. In 2013, this event was attended by over 600 local and international delegates with shared interest on planning and engineering sustainable environments.

Delving deeper into the technology, business, policy and management aspects of skyrise greenery, ISGC will feature four keynote speakers: Adam Greenspan, partner of PWP Landscape Architecture (US); Emilio Ambasz, founder of Emilio Ambasz & Associates (US), Kai-Uwe Bergmann, partner of BIG (Denmark), and NParks' Mr Er. Delegates can also expect three plenary and three parallel sessions from a line-up of industry speakers.