Yazid Ninsalam

Dr Yazid Ninsalam

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   DSC | School of Architecture and Urban Design


  Emailyazid.ninsalam@rmit.edu.au


    Phone: +61 4 3257 9603


   Campus: Melbourne City


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Profile photo of Yazid Ninsalam smiling at camera, standing in front of a white wall.

Contact details

   DSC | School of Architecture and Urban Design


  Emailyazid.ninsalam@rmit.edu.au


    Phone: +61 4 3257 9603


   Campus: Melbourne City


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Yazid's work is underpinned by an interdisciplinary approach in unpacking the impacts of landscape transformation driven by competing pressures of urban development and climate variability.

Overview

Yazid Ninsalam is a landscape architecture academic at RMIT and a geospatial environment designer at McGregor Coxall. He previously worked as a landscape architect for the National Parks Board and served as Council Member in the Singapore Institute of Landscape Architects. He was conferred a doctoral degree in architecture by the National University of Singapore and was a researcher at the Future Cities Laboratory, established by ETH Zurich and Singapore National Research Foundation.

His work has been disseminated across exhibitions in various locations including Melbourne, Singapore, Jakarta, Zurich, and notably in Rotterdam and Munich - at the Urban by Nature, Sixth International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam and Draussen | Out There Landscape Architecture on Global Terrain, Architekturmuseum der TU München, Pinakothek der Moderne respectively.

His recent published works appear in the Routledge Book of Teaching Landscape Architecture, Journal of Landscape Architecture, Journal of Digital Landscape Architecture, International Journal of Architectural Computing, Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia, Journal of the American Water Resources Association, Journal of Sustainable Cities and Society, KERB Journal of Landscape Architecture, and Archives of the International Society of Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Sciences.

CITYX VENICE - Ata Tara & Yazid Ninsalam: Oceanic Cities

As part of a multidisciplinary team, landscape architects from RMIT University are working on a large-scale project funded by the UNFCCC Adaptation Fund and administered by UN-Habitat. Through a range of co-designed initiatives, the project team aims to bring into focus the challenges of climate change on Honiara, the fast-growing capital city of the Solomon Islands.

They are currently providing scientific support and capacity building for actions to be implemented. The designs are driven by a participatory approach which involves local people in the prioritisation of community needs and the co-design of climate adaptation actions.

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Industry experience

McGregor Coxall, Australia

National Parks Board, Singapore

Singapore ETH Centre, Singapore

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Research

He brings his training in landscape architecture and expertise in geospatial technologies to unpack environments, revealing insights that enable design decision making. Through his academic and professional experiences, he has worked with a range of stakeholders to mitigate the impacts of landscape transformation, and competing pressures of urban development and climate variability, on the management of natural and built assets.

Research keywords

Landscape Architecture

Research output summary

28

Publications

$912,246

Projects

2

Awards

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Supervisor interest areas

  • Landscape architecture

Supervisor projects

  • 'Integrated Nature-based Alternative-water Treatment Landscapes in New Urban Development' by Anna Durkin

  • 'Restoring Singapore’s food collective actualization through regenerative agrarian dynamics' by Bjorn Low

Feature publications

Emerging Territories in Southeast Asia

The Big Asian Book of Landscape Architecture, Jovis Verlag GmbH pp. 153 – 157

Ninsalam, Y. (2020).

By Land, by Air, by Sea

The Routledge Handbook for Teaching Landscape. Taylor & Francis. Edited by Mertens, E., Karadeniz, N., Jorgensen, K., and Stiles, R. pp. 373 - 387

Rekittke, J. and Ninsalam, Y. (2019).

The synthesis of environmental and sociocultural information in the ecological design of urban riverine landscapes

Sustainable Cities and Society, vol. 20, pp. 222-236.

Prescott, M.F. and Ninsalam, Y., (2016).

Key publications by year

  • Chang, H, Goh, Y.H., Hasegawa, Y. and Ninsalam, Y. (2021) 'Rewilding the Sky', Kerb: Journal of Landscape Architecture, (29)
  • Prescott, M.F. and Ninsalam, Y. (2021) 'River Communities in Jakarta: Pedagogies in Environmental Stewardship', In: Journal of Environmental Studies, 66, pp. 70 – 95
  • Ninsalam, Y. (2020) 'Emerging Territories in Southeast Asia', In: The Big Asian Book of Landscape Architecture, Jovis Verlag GmbH pp. 153 – 157
  • Ninsalam, Y and Walliss, J. (2020) ‘Designing for Consciousness in a Time of Flux’, In: The Big Asian Book of Landscape Architecture, Jovis Verlag GmbH pp. 266 – 270
  • Ninsalam, Y., Tara, A. and Mittul, V. (2020) 'Nature-Based Solutions' report submitted to UNFCCC funded project, ‘Liveable Honiara’.
  • Tara, A., Ninsalam, Y., Tarakemeh, N. and Muni, V. (2020) Designing with Nature-based Solutions to Mitigate Flooding in Mataniko River Catchment, Honiara In: Journal of Digital Landscape Architecture, Herbert Wichmann Verlag, pp. 457 - 466
  • Rekittke, J. and Ninsalam, Y. (2019) ‘By Land, by Air, by Sea ‘, in The Routledge Handbook for Teaching Landscape. Taylor & Francis. Edited by Mertens, E., Karadeniz, N., Jorgensen, K., and Stiles, R. pp. 373 - 387
  • Tara, A., Belesky, P., Ninsalam, Y. (2019) ‘Towards managing visual impacts on public spaces: a quantitative approach to studying visual complexity and enclosure using visual bowl and fractal dimension’ In: Journal of Digital Landscape Architecture, 4, pp. 21 - 32
  • Ninsalam, Y. and Prescott, M.F. (2019) ‘The White elephant and Forest City’, Kerb: Journal of Landscape Architecture, (27), pp. 26 - 29
  • Marschall, M., Ninsalam, Y. and Burry, J. (2018) ‘Aerial Weather Stations and the Quest to Understand Built Environments’ Journal of Digital Landscape Architecture, Herbert Wichmann Verlag, pp. 291-300.
  • Tara, A., Ninsalam, Y. and Anderson, C. (2018) ‘Interrogating Urban Renewal Scenarios Using Skyline Analysis in Fishermans Bend, Melbourne’ Journal of Digital Landscape Architecture 3, Herbert Wichmann Verlag. pp. 2-11.
  • Ninsalam, Y. and Rekittke, J., (2016) Landscape architectural foot soldier operations. Sustainable Cities and Society, vol. 20, pp. 158-167.
  • Prescott, M.F. and Ninsalam, Y., (2016) The synthesis of environmental and sociocultural information in the ecological design of urban riverine landscapes’ Sustainable Cities and Society, vol. 20, pp. 222-236.
  • Shaad, K., Ninsalam, Y., Padawangi, R. and Burlando, P., (2016) ‘Towards high resolution and cost-effective terrain mapping for urban hydrodynamic modelling in densely settled river-corridors’ Sustainable Cities and Society, vol. 20, pp. 168-179.
  • Rekittke, J. and Ninsalam, Y., (2016) ‘Sliced Ecosystem: Modelling Transects of Vulnerable Marine Landscapes’ Journal of Digital Landscape Architecture 1- 2016: Proceedings of the 17th International Conference of Information Technologies in Landscape Architecture, Istanbul Turkey. Wichmann, Berlin, pp. 36–46.
  • Ninsalam, Y., Qin, R. and Rekittke, J., (2016) ‘Application for 3D scene understanding in estimating discharge of domestic waste along complex urban rivers’ International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences, Congress in Prague.
  • Shaad, K., Ninsalam, Y., Padawangi, R. and Burlando, P., (2016) ’Characterizing urban hydrodynamic models in densely settled river corridors: Lessons from Jakarta’ American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting, San Francisco.
  • Vollmer, D., Costa, D., Lin, E.S., Ninsalam, Y., Shaad, K., Prescott, M.F., Gurusamy, S., Remondi, F., Padawangi, R., Burlando, P., Girot, C., Grêt Regamey, A., and Rekittke, J., (2015) ‘Changing the course of rivers in an Asian city: Linking landscapes to human benefits through iterative modeling and design’ JAWRA Journal of the American Water Resources Association, vol. 51, issue. 3, pp. 672–688.
  • Ninsalam, Y. and Rekittke, J., (2015) ‘Limitations in surveying of complex topography along densely settled urban riverine settlements’ 13th Southeast Asian Survey Congress: Expanding the Geospatial Future, Singapore.
  • Lin, E., Ninsalam, Y. and Prescott, M.F. (2015) ‘Project: Augmenting XYZRGB: Design and the reality captured landscape.’ Kerb: Journal of Landscape Architecture, (23), pp. 112-113.
  • Rekittke, J., Ninsalam, Y., and Paar, P., (2015) ‘Urban Massive Field Data for Large-size Design Action’ Peer Reviewed Proceedings of Digital Landscape Architecture, Anhalt University of Applied Sciences, Wichmann, Berlin, pp. 318-327.
  • bin Tajudeen, I., Ninsalam, Y. et al, (2014) ‘Mapping 19th Century Malay Cemetery at Jalan Kubor’ report submitted to the Singapore National Heritage Board
  • Rekittke, J. and Ninsalam, Y., (2014) ‘Head in the Point Clouds - Feet on the Ground’ Peer Reviewed Proceedings of Digital Landscape Architecture, ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland, pp. 198–207.
  • Rekittke, J., Ninsalam, Y. and Paar, P., (2014) ‘No Fear of Ridicule – Deploying plaything technology for credible representations of urban landscape’ International Journal of Architectural Computing, vol. 12, issue. 1, pp. 27–46.
  • Rekittke, J., Paar, P., Lin, E.S., and Ninsalam, Y., (2013) ‘Digital reconnaissance’ Journal of Landscape Architecture, vol. 8, issue. 1, pp. 74–81.
  • Rekittke, J., Ninsalam, Y., and Paar, P., (2013) ‘Open to Ridicule. Deploying plaything technology for 3D modelling of urban informal settlements in Asia’ Open Systems: Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia, Singapore, pp. 541- 550.
  • Rekittke, J., Paar, P., and Ninsalam, Y., (2013) ‘Brawn and Technology under the Urban Canopy’ Peer Reviewed Proceedings of Digital Landscape Architecture, Anhalt University of Applied Sciences, Wichmann, Berlin, pp. 12-21.
  • Rekittke, J., Paar, P., and Ninsalam, Y., (2012) ‘Foot Soldiers of GeoDesign’ Peer Reviewed Proceedings of Digital Landscape Architecture, Anhalt University of Applied Sciences, Wichmann, Heidelberg, pp. 199-210.
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Feature projects

Guiding 3D Archival Recording for Significant Heritage Places

Funded by: Malcolm Moore Industry

Research Grant with Heritage Victoria

Yazid Ninsalam, Katherine Thompson, Brian Armstrong, Chris Bellman, Jacinta Bauer

2021 - 2022

Scaling-up ecosystem-based adaptation actions in Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands

Funded by: Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change and Resilience Building 

Darryn McEvoy, Serene Ho, Ata Tara, Mittul Vahanvati, Yazid Ninsalam. 

2021 - 2022

Tree Species Modeling for Digital Landscapes

Funded by: Laubwerk GmbH 

Yazid Ninsalam and Philip Belesky

2020 - 2020

Key projects by year

  • 'Scaling up ecosystem-based adaptation actions in Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands' led by Prof Darryn McEvoy (2021-2022)
  • 'Guiding 3D Archival Recording for Significant Heritage Places' led by Dr Yazid Ninsalam
    Advancing digital documentation of significant heritage places and objects is becoming increasingly prevalent with the advent of tools for capture and processing (2021-2022)
  • Laubwerk – Partnered Research 2020 – Australia. ‘Tree Species Modeling for Digital Landscapes’ This research initiative seeks to generate large scale 3D tree models for digital twin cities at a species level-of-detail.
  • UNFCCC Adaptation Fund 2019 to 2021 – Solomon Islands. ‘Climate Resilient Honiara’ led by Professor Darryn McEvoy is in line with and in support of the Honiara Urban Resilience and Climate Action Plan, the overarching goal of the project is to enhance the resilience of the city and its inhabitants to current and future climate impacts and natural disasters.
  • Hansen Partnership – Partnered Design Studio 2018 – Australia. Co-led with Dr Mehrnoush Latifi the studio investigates speculations in designing public realm spaces with the use of terrestrial laser scanning data.
  • RMIT Capability Development Fund 2018 – Australia. ‘Drones and 3D data for urban forests’ Led by RMIT Geospatial, Dr Luke Wallace and Professor Simon Jones
  • RMIT Enabling Capability Fund 2018 – Japan. ‘Sky x Terrain: Mapping Post-Tsunami Landscapes with Drones in Japan for Public Consultation and Design’ Led by Dr Heike Rahmann with Dr Scott Mayson, Associate Professor Chris Bellman
  • Singapore National Heritage Board Research Grant 2014 – Singapore. ‘Mapping 19th Century Malay Cemetery at Jalan Kubor’ Nusantara Consultants
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Awards

AILA National Landscape Architecture Award for Small Projects 

Award date: 2020

Recipients: Yazid Ninsalam

AILA Victoria Award of Excellence for Small Projects

Award date: 2020

Recipients: Yazid Ninsalam

Key awards by year

  • 2020 AILA National Landscape Architecture Award for Small Projects
  • 2020 AILA Victoria Award of Excellence for Small Projects
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Grants

  • AUD25000 (2021) Principal Investigator, Malcolm Moore Industry Research Grant, Industry Research Partnered with Heritage Victoria
  • EUR20000 (2021) Co-Principal Investigator, ‘Scaling-up ecosystem-based adaptation actions in Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands’ between the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change and Resilience Building (PACRES) and RMIT
  • AUD5900 (2020) Principal Investigator, Tree Species Modelling for Digital Landscapes Industry Research Partnered with Laubwerk GmbH Research Agreement
  • AUD572847 (2019) Co-Principal Investigator, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Adaptation Fund administered by UNHabitat led by Professor Darryn McEvoy ‘Enhancing urban resilience to climate change impacts and natural disasters: Honiara’.
  • AUD5000 (2019) Co-Principal Investigator, A+UD School Research Travel Grant awarded (2019). ‘Hokkien Mee Diplomacy (Design Diplomacy: The Transmission of Autochthonous Practices’ led by Dr Alban Mannisi and Associate Professor Charles Anderson
  • AUD3000 + AUD4350 (In-kind) (2018) Principal Investigator, co-led design studio with Dr Mehrnoush Latifi: ‘Project Heidelberg Studio’ Industry Research Partnered with Hansen Partnership, Ms Gerhana Waty and Ms Danielle Jewson
  • AUD3000 (2018) Principal Investigator: ‘Building 100 Secure Perimeter Project’ Industry Research Partnered with Openwork with Professor Mark Jacques
  • AUD1604 (2018) Principal Investigator, A+UD School Research Travel Grant awarded. ‘Travel funding to participate in steering committee workshop in Beijing for ‘The Big Asian Book: Practising Landscape Architecture’ edited by Jillian Walliss and Heike Rahmann’
  • AUD2500 (2018) Principal Investigation, A+UD School Research Travel Grant awarded. ‘Travel fund to moderate ‘Smart Tool and Data - Adoption of New Technology and Big Data to Inform Design’ panel in Singapore for the ‘IFLA World Congress’ under the ‘3D Understory Canopy Reporting’
  • AUD20000 (2018) Co-Principal Investigator, Enabling Capability Fund awarded. ‘Sky x Terrain: Mapping Post-Tsunami Landscapes with Drones in Japan for Public Consultation and Design’ Led by Dr Heike Rahmann with Dr Scott Mayson, Associate Professor Chris Bellman
  • AUD5000 (2018) Co-Principal Investigator, RMIT Capability Development Fund awarded. Team member. ‘Drones and 3D data for urban forests’ Led by RMIT Geospatial, Dr Luke Wallace and Professor Simon Jones
  • SGD43011 (2014) Co-Principal Investigator. Mapping 19th Century Malay Cemetery at Jalan Kubor. National Heritage Board Research Grant with Nusantara Consultants.
  • SGD182900 (2012) Principal Investigator, Singapore ETH Centre and National University of Singapore PhD Funding
  • SGD18134 (2010) Principal Investigator, National Parks Board – Master of Landscape Architecture Scholarship
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Public and media engagements

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2019

2017

2014

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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.