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
ROYAL PARK | IMAGE CREDIT AILA

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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LESS (Local-area Envisioning and Sustainability-scoring System) | HASSELL

LESS (Local-area Envisioning and Sustainability-scoring System) | HASSELL
LESS (Local-area Envisioning and Sustainability-scoring System) is a design decision-making framework developed by HASSELL to generate sustainable design solutions that lessen emissions, use of resources and social disparity.
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2012 AILA National Awards in Landscape Architecture announced

Jack Evans Boat Harbour | ASPECT Studios | Winner – AILA National Landscape Architecture Award – Design

The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects have announced the National Award winners for 2012. A wide diverse range of projects from across Australia have been received awards in the categories of  Design, Planning, Residential Designed Landscapes, Land Management, Urban Design, Research and Communication and Leadership.

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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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