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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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.
National Workers’ Memorial winning design is by Sydney based architecture firm, Johnson Pilton Walker. A memorial is to be established in the Canberra, Australia to honour, and pay tribute to those working Australians who have lost their lives through work-related accidents, incidents or disease. The winning design was developed by Sydney based architecture firm, Johnson Pilton Walker.
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National Arboretum Canberra Australia | Taylor Cullity Lethlean with Tonkin Zulaikha Greer ©John Gollings
In 2004 following devastating fires in January 2003 and inspired by Griffins’ vision for the National Capital, the ACT Government developed a proposal for an International Arboretum to be established on a 250 hectare site six kilometres from the centre of Canberra, at the western side of Lake Burley Griffin. In 2004 the ACT Government held an international design competition and Taylor Cullity Lethlean (TCL) / Tonkin Zulaikha Greer’s (TZG) entry, 100 Forests / 100 Gardens was selected as a result of a two stage selection process.
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A new gallery showcasing Australian Design has been opened in Canberra known as the Gallery of Australian Design. The Gallery is a partnership between National Museum of Australia, Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA), Australian Institute of Architects, and the University of Canberra.
National President of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, Mr Neil Hobbs, is delighted at the opportunity to be able to present the best of Australian design. “Having such a facility in the centre of Canberra will showcase the best of Australia’s designers to the public. It will also allow enhanced collaboration between design disciplines.”