NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 28 – The International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) World Congress, in collaboration with the Architectural Association of Kenya (AAK), held the 8th ILFA African Symposium today at the Safari Park Hotel.
Themed ‘Emergent Interaction’, this year’s event sought to strengthen the architecture landscape in relation to Agenda 2030 through collective problem-solving and borderless strategies.
Another is possible networks of ideas and cooperation while keeping the issues of climate change, social inequality, and biodiversity loss at the forefront.
Swedish Ambassador to Kenya, Caroline Vicini, lauded the efforts made by the built environment professionals of both countries on climate change.
“It is important to build smart, healthy and efficient cities where people can integrate, communicate and move freely. Landscape architecture plays an important role in shaping sustainable development,” she said.
According to the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, by 2015, most of Africa’s population living in urban areas rose from 27 percent in 1950 to 40 percent in 2015.
The population is projected to rise by 60 percent in 2050. Consequently, this worsens the climate change crisis.
President of AAK, Florence Nyole, stressed the significance of cooperation within the built environment as it enabled professionals to reach shared environmental goals that rest on a foundation of social sustainability.
“This world congress will be an opportunity to promote learning and collaboration among built environment professions to find solutions to the major global challenges. The city of Nairobi relates very closely to the congress theme, with rapid urbanization, dealing with climate change, and adequate housing as priority issues,” said Florence Nyole, President, Architectural Association of Kenya.