NOT IN MY BACKYARD: 2016 International Festival of Landscape Architecture has recently launched its website. The event is taking place in Canberra, Australia over four days from 27 – 30 October 2016. Canberra is one of the very few, fully planned cities in the world. The 2016 Festival in Canberra will connect the public with landscape architects across multiple events developed by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA).
Notin my backyard’ is about the anthropocene and what we as landscape architects can do about it. The anthropocene is a huge and traumatic philosophical shift for humanity but the idea that we have remade the world is familiar territory for landscape architects and plays well into what landscape architects are trained to do. So, with this conference I am putting forward the notion that this is our century, this is our time to take some control. The conference is structured around 7 themed sub-sections; New Views, New Natures, New Techniques, New Practices, New Natures, New Signs and New Cities. There will also be an international short film competition and we will screen the finalists in Canberra to launch the conference. You know, its also about the fact that landscape architects don’t do backyards and so we want to make that point loud and clear on the occasion of AILAs 50th anniversary. Its also about the fact that we are all NIMBYs in one way or another.” – Richard Weller, the Festival Creative Director
The Festival will also embrace an international component as landscape architects from across the Asia Pacific region will travel to Canberra for the International Federation of Landscape Architects’ (‘IFLA’) Asia-Pacific Congress meeting, being held in Canberra at the beginning of the Festival.
“The 2016 International Festival of Landscape Architecture in Canberra is an opportunity for all Asia-Pacific IFLA neighbours to develop and nurture collaborative and mutually beneficial relationships to advance Landscape Architecture in the centrally significant Asia-Pacific Region, a shared vision for the next fifty years” said Daniel Bennett, AILA’s National President.