NOT IN MY BACKYARD: 2016 International Festival of Landscape Architecture Launches Website

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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).

” ‘Not in 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

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Creative Director announced for 2016 Festival of Landscape Architecture

AILA (Australian Institute of Landscape Architects) has announced Richard Weller as the creative director for the 2016 International Festival of Landscape Architecture in Canberra, Australia. Australian-born Weller is the Professor and Chair of landscape architecture at The University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (USA).

2016 IFLA Asia-Pacific Regional Congress will be the main event of the Festival program to be held from 27-29 October 2016. Festival programs are designed to educate, inspire and engage landscape architects, students, universities, government, the community and the public. Events for the 2016 Festival of Landscape Architecture in Festival in Canberra will be wide ranging and include a Research Summit, Student Charrette, Welcome Reception, a two-day IFLA Asia-Pacific Regional Congress, the AILA National Awards Gala Dinner, public talks, tours and exhibitions. It expects to attract 500 delegates from Australia and the Asia-Pacific.

Prior to taking up the position at Penn (having succeeded James Corner in 2013), Weller was Director of the Australian Urban Design Research Centre. With Vladimir Sitta (Terragram) he was also Director of the design firm Room 4.1.3 who designed the controversial, Garden of Australia Dreams at the National Museum of Australia, Canberra. This renowned garden will host the Welcome Reception for the 2016 Festival.

AILA launches 2015 Festival of Landscape Architecture: This Public Life

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The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) has launched the 2015 Festival of Landscape Architecture: This Public Life  by announcing the full speaker list for the event. Speakers include Ana Abram from Amphibious Lab, Andreu Arroila-Madorell (ARRIOLA&FIOL), Martí Franch Batllori (EMF), Natalie Jeremijenko, David van der Leer (Van Allen Institute), Cees van der Veeken (LOLA Landscape Architects), Janet Laurence and many more.

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Call for Celebration Creative for AILA’s 50th Anniversary

Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) is seeking Expressions of Interest from individuals, practices, schools of landscape architecture, or collaborative teams to take on the role of Celebration Creative to curate the year of activities for AILA’s 50th anniversary in 2016. The role of Celebration Creative is to curate the year of activities, adding an overall thematic continuity to the anniversary.
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2014 AILA National Awards announced

National Arboretum Canberra Masterplan | Image Credit - JohnGollings

National Arboretum Canberra Masterplan
| Image Credit – John Gollings

The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) National Awards has announced the 2014 National Awards with with Taylor Cullity Lethlean (TCL) winning the Australian Medal for Landscape Architecture. The AILA National Awards recognise and celebrate outstanding achievements and contributions in design, planning, urban design, land management, research and communication and residential landscape architecture.

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AILA launches the program for Australia’s first Landscape Architecture Festival

Forecast Festival 2014 – Program Launch from Blueroom Productions on Vimeo.

The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) has launched the program for Australia’s first Landscape Architecture Festival. The theme for the inaugral event is Forecast – designed to inspire and engage by re-imagining the way we meet and celebrate the [landscape] profession, share our stories and learn through discourse and debate.

The festival to be held in Brisbane from 16th to 18th of October to explore, define and forecast Landscape Architecture from differing perspectives. The Festival program includes exhibition, walks, self-guided walks, a research forum and conference.

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AILA: East-West Link will have severe ecological, cultural and heritage impacts

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Analysis of Proposed East West Link Landscape Impacts
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Australian Institute of Landscape Architects(AILA) has voiced its opposition to a new freeway link in the City of Melbourne that will cause the loss of 6% of one of Melbourne’s largest parks and have “severe ecological, cultural and heritage impacts Royal Park and Moonee Ponds Creek.”. The East West Link is a tunnel that joins two major freeways across the north of the city, however unlike the BIG DIG in Boston and the Madrid Rio, the East-West Link will widen existing surface roads to allow for above ground access ramps into the tunnel.

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