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C'EST QUAND LES TEMPS SONT DURS...

LESSONS LEARNED

8

Many engineers, for example, may see landscape
architects as a bunch of arty gardeners trying
to save the world without doing the necessary
calculations. We need to keep their values in mind
before they will listen to us. Stay humble and be
patient, and let them know about the science at the
heart of our profession, and our evidence-based
approach to our work. If we don't build mutual
respect, our fondest visions will be lost, becoming
only imaginings of our own desire. (See sidebar,
Lessons Learned.)
ONE PER CENT INSPIRATION
As Einstein famously said about genius - and
indeed any other great ideas - "I see a worthwhile
need to be met and I make trial after trial until
it comes. What it boils down to is one per cent
inspiration and ninety-nine per cent perspiration."
Personal inspiration does nothing, except to
stimulate your own thinking.
Get this. Transformation can only be inspired by
sharing, never by telling. Only then can we create
a common vision, and make great outcomes
possible. Perhaps sharing my experiences will help;
I hope you will be inspired to take action. What can
you first change in the way you do things?
p.asiapacific@iflaonline.org
www.iflaonline.org / www.iflaapr.org
5 EGRETS HAVE COME BACK TO THE RIVER 6 BISHAN-ANG MO KIO
PARK7 + 8 A WATERWAY GIVEN BACK TO THE COMMUNITY
BISHAN-ANG MO KIO PARK WAS FURTHER DESIGNED AND
DEVELOPED BY ATELIER DREISEITL ASIA (NOW RAMBOLL
STUDIO DREISEITL) ENGAGED BY PUB AND NPARKS.

1. Mindset needs to be respected before
it can be influenced. First I needed to listen
hard. It is never comfortable when others
think differently than we do, particularly
when they are totally against our ideas.
But we need to accept the discomfort, hear
opposing views, and read what lies beneath
them before we can find ways to bridge those
differences. Only then can we break down
new ideas in a manner that is respectful of
those who are comfortable with the status
quo, and help them visualize what the
changes mean.
2. Process becomes your pathway to
change. Internally first. I came to realize that
I could change only what I could control: the
way I work. Slowly, that altered how the team
worked...then, the organization. No matter
what our commitment is or how impatient
we can be, it is necessary to start small. I saw
that everyone was unsure. Frankly, so was I.
3. Values are non-negotiable. Real change
can begin when you devise a pilot project
shaped around values you hold in common.
We can negotiate the manner in which things
are done - but the moment we begin to
negotiate values, we will continue to make
wrong decisions down the line.
4. Narratives are like storytelling: they turn
complex concepts into engaging scenarios
that people and communities will buy into.
Keep the stories even simpler for politicians.
Without strong narratives and clear
visualizations that everyone can understand,
even our values and what we stand for will get
lost in translation.

PHOTOS COURTESY DAMIAN TANG

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Landscapes - Spring 2018

To Begin With
Our Writers
Upfront
Essay
THE TRIAD OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE
CHANGZHI WETLAND PARK
AFTER THE DESIGNERS LEAVE THE ROOM
YOU CAN ONLY DESIGN A RIVER ONCE
CONVERSATION
A “PUF” OF INSPIRATION: TOWARD NET ZERO NEIGHBOURHOODS
THE TOUGH GET GOING ON THE WAY TO TRANSFORMATION
THE HALIFAX EXPLOSION: A STORY ONLY THE LANDSCAPE CAN TELL
INTERVIEW
CRITIQUE
PARTING SHOT | UNE DERNIÈRE SALVE
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Landscapes - Spring 2018 - AFTER THE DESIGNERS LEAVE THE ROOM
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Landscapes - Spring 2018 - YOU CAN ONLY DESIGN A RIVER ONCE
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Landscapes - Spring 2018 - A “PUF” OF INSPIRATION: TOWARD NET ZERO NEIGHBOURHOODS
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Landscapes - Spring 2018 - THE TOUGH GET GOING ON THE WAY TO TRANSFORMATION
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Landscapes - Spring 2018 - THE HALIFAX EXPLOSION: A STORY ONLY THE LANDSCAPE CAN TELL
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Landscapes - Spring 2018 - INTERVIEW
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