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

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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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Call for Abstracts | IFLA World Congress 2013

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Auckland | New Zealand

The call for abstracts has gone out for the IFLA World Congress 2013 to be held in Auckland on 10 – 12 April 2013. The congress theme for this 50th IFLA World Congress will be Shared wisdom in an age of change - The theme  will focus on knowledge sharing around the increasingly challenging issues facing our local and global environments in an age of considerable and frequently dramatic change.
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Australian cities need to be more social: Report

The ‘Social Cities’ report recently published by the Grattan Institute shows that whilst Australian cities have paid great attention to making cities more sustainable and productive they have neglected the ‘social’ aspect of cities and the need to create places for social interaction. Single households are on the rise in Australia creating more lonely and isolated Australians, the report outlines the need for design solutions to provide more places for social connection within communities. Social connections and interaction is beneficial to overall mental well-being.

“Social connection is becoming more widely recognised as an important goal in the design of streets and the architecture of  buildings….”

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Dandenong Education Precinct | Dandenong Australia | Outlines Landscape Architecture

Dandenong Education Precinct | Dandenong Australia | Outlines Landscape Architecture

Dandenong Education Precinct is ground-breaking project which involved the amalgamation of three existing secondary schools using an innovative new educational model. The school of 2100 students is organized into seven individual SWIS (Schools Within a School) buildings. The SWIS philosophy is centered on creating intimate, interpersonal learning environments within a larger overall school campus. Each individual school houses 300 students, has its own staffroom, teaching facilities and corresponding outdoor , or “home area”. At a broader level, each of the seven buildings have been carefully integrated around a central communal space which facilitates flexible use by all teachers and students. The project, which has been widely applauded and publicized, was completed in 2011. A future stage which includes shared arts and sports facilities is also planned.

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