Technology and Sustainable Landscape Design
The inaugural Green in Future Conference was held on 3rd March, in Singapore. The theme of the event was “Technology and Sustainable Landscape Design” and Mike Shilton was invited to present on “BIM for Landscape Design”.
As Chair of the LI Working Group, Mike provided the UK perspective, what the LI are doing to support the profession and reviewed how the BIM for Landscape book provided a useful signposting for those researching BIM and taking the first steps on their BIM journey. Other presentations covered, the benefits of green walls and structures and how to maintain these, how science and art interact in landscape design, a review of landscape accreditation programmes, such as BREEAM and LEED, and the use of GIS as a landscape tool.
Singapore provided a great setting for the event given its commitment to the creation of sustainable landscapes, such as the impressive Gardens of the Bay, and creation of landscapes where space is at a premium, using green roof and green wall technology. These not only provide places to enjoy and offer respite from the heat of the day but have a functional purpose as, amongst other benefits, they: reduce the urban heat island, filter harmful pollutants from the air, reduce noise and reduce the building’s energy consumption.