Singapore's Salad Dressing: Building Urban Resilience

Singapore's Salad Dressing: Building Urban Resilience

Salad Dressing : Building Urban Resilience

Monday 4th December 2023 | 12:30-2pm 
Tas Chapter, 1/19A Hunter St, Hobart



Salad Dressing is an award-winning Singapore-based landscape architecture studio who are world renowned for bringing together art, design and technology to create groundbreaking and challenging projects. Their design philosophies, which are numerous and encompass multiple fields of research, have a primary focus on creating resilient, contemporary self-sustaining urban forests. 

They have created and fostered multi-faceted design philosophies such as ‘Rewilding the sky’, considering umwelt, Square Forest and a theory of the ‘third light’, which contribute to a world where humans, nature and technology seamlessly exist and evolve together.

With changes in biodiversity and the increasing impacts of climate change, they are becoming leading practitioners in designing innovative and thoughtful responses which will benefit our future cities. Their work is intrinsically woven into the urban fabric and they are strong proponents for a collaborative approach between design professions. They have worked extensively with WOHA, including the award-winning Singapore Pavilion at the World Expo 2020 in Dubai which embodied the theme of Nature.Nurture.Future. 

Haui-Yan, Founder, Yu Han, Design Director and Wong Mee Na, Senior Landscape Architect and Head of Horticulture will be delivering the presentation and Q&A in both Hobart and Launceston.


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Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course participants should be able to:

  • Communicate to a variety of stakeholders, the impacts and benefits of landscape architecture/architecture/urban planning & design collaborations
  • Identify multifaceted critical and philosophical design approaches to the urban environment
  • Define the concepts of “rewilding”, “umwelt”, and a theory of “third light” that the firm have developed
  • Enumerate the qualities of nature reserves in the sky and describe Gondwana

NSCA 2015 Performance Criteria

This course will deliver outcomes related to the following Competencies from the 2015 National Standard of Competency for Architects:

Design: Project Briefing
Establishment, analysis and evaluation of client project requirements and objectives.

Design: Pre-Design
Identification, analysis and integration of information relevant to siting of project. 

Design: Conceptual Design
Application of creative imagination, aesthetic judgement and critical evaluation in formulating design options.
Design response incorporates assessment of the physical location and relevant wider regional, contextual and environmental issues.
Exploration and application of ordering, sequencing and modelling of three-dimensional form and spatial content.

Design: Schematic Design
Evaluation of design options in relation to project requirements
Evaluation of design options against values of physical, environmental and cultural contexts.
Application of creative imagination aesthetic judgement to produce coherent design.


NSCA 2021 Performance Criteria

This course will deliver outcomes related to the following Competencies from the 2021 National Standard of Competency for Architects:

Be able to apply creative imagination, design precedents, research, emergent knowledge and critical evaluation in formulating and refining concept design options, including the exploration of three dimensional form and spatial quality.
PC25 Be able to draw on knowledge from the history and theory of architecture as part of preliminary design research and when developing the conceptual design.
PC 26 Be able to undertake site, cultural and contextual analysis as part of the preliminary design research.
PC 28 Be able to draw on knowledge from building sciences and technology, environmental sciences and behavioural and social sciences as part of the preliminary design research and when developing the conceptual design to optimise the performance of the project.
PC 29 Be able to develop and evaluate design options in terms of the heritage, cultural an d community vaules embodied in the site, and in relation to project requirements.
PC 30 Be able to explore options for siting a project, including integrating information and analysis of relevant cultural, social and economic factors.
PC 31 Be able to identify, analyse and integrate information relevant to environmental sustainability - such as energy and water consumption, resources depletion, waste, embodied carbon and carbon emissions - over the lifecycle of a project.



Goh Yu Han is the Director of Design at Salad Dressing. She is a Malaysian-born landscape architect with a background in Arts and has been associated with the practice since its inception.
Yu Han’s design philosophy is driven by her intrinsic interest in art history and eastern literature. As a polymath, she inhabits the definition of a generalist and flirts with concepts of a post humanist driven ecology through her work. She believes that any inequality in this period of time will be the
main value change - from slavery, to the fight against sexism, to the current ecological struggle against speciesism



Chang Huai-yan is the founder of Salad Dressing, an award-winning design studio based in Singapore. He leads a practice that leverages on the flux of humanity during this post-Anthropocene transition.
Huai-yan is inspired by contemporary culture that is defined by information technology, genomic science and cosmic explorations. Through magnifying human’s original limited cognitive ability through machines, the studio challenges a change in bio-ethnics



Wong Mee Na is a Senior Landscape Architect and Head of Horticulture at Salad Dressing, with over 10 years of experience. Her passion for plants is demonstrated in her collection of over 300 plant species within the office's Sky Garden.
Through her extensive knowledge of individual plant species found across the globe, Wong has developed an understanding of phytogeography, emphasizing the interconnectedness of plants and the earth as a whole. This knowledge led to her deep interest in bio-art, ecosystems, and forming relationships
with other living things. Wong's expertise in on-site planting and garden curation is evident in her work for award winning projects such as the Enabling Village, Singapore Pavilion in Expo 2020 Dubai, Alila Dalit Bay, and Jurong Lake Gardens


Members $30
AILA Members: $30
Students: $15
Non Members $60

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