Landscape Australia Conference, Sydney May 2017

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Landscape Australia Conference, Sydney May 2017


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Frank Gehry’s Dr Chau Chak Wing Building at the UTS Business School borders The Goods Line by Aspect Studios and CHROFI.

Frank Gehry’s Dr Chau Chak Wing Building at the UTS Business School borders The Goods Line by Aspect Studios and CHROFI. Image: Florian Groehn

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Through inspiring keynote presentations and lively panel discussions the Landscape Australia Conference will explore the dynamic role of landscape in the design, planning and management of gardens, cities and regions. The conference will be held on Saturday, 6 May 2017 at the Frank Gehry-designed Dr Chau Chak Wing Building at the University of Technology Sydney, which borders one of Sydney’s most notable landscape architecture projects in recent years, The Goods Line by Aspect Studios and CHROFI.

The first session of the day will examine the role of aesthetics – in the original Greek sense of “sensuous perception” – in contemporary garden and planting design. The session will include discussion on how plants are used to create or disrupt cultural narratives, trigger empathy toward environmental issues and nourish our desire for beauty.

Speakers: Thomas Woltz (USA) / Andy Hamilton (UK/NZ) / Katrina Simon (AUS)

The next session will explore Indigenous management of the Australian landscape prior to European colonization as well as contemporary landscape architectural examples from New Zealand that interpret conflicted histories of place through design.

Speakers: Bill Gammage (AUS) / Ralph Johns (NZ) / Jakelin Troy (AUS)

The idea of urban resilience is gaining prominence globally as we continue on twin trajectories of rapid urbanization and more frequent and extreme weather events. In the final session we will hear from the perspectives of designers and urbanists on the tools and methods of resilience.

Speakers: Sylvia Karres (NL) / Alexis Sanal (TUR) / Claire Martin (AUS)

Part of an event-packed week in Sydney, the Landscape Australia Conference is co-located with the Australian Institute of Architects’ National Architecture Conference: Praxis and the Planning Institute of Australia’s National Congress: Growing Up, Growing Out.

Conference delegates will join Australia’s built environment community for an immersive city-wide experience. Stay up to date via LandscapeAustralia.


9.00 – 10.00      Arrival and networking breakfast

10.00 – 10.15     Welcome

10.15 – 11.00      Thomas Woltz (USA), Nelson Byrd Woltz

11.00 – 11.45      Andy Hamilton (UK / New Zealand), Andy Hamilton Studio

11.45 – 12.15       Q+A Chaired by Katrina Simon (Sydney), UNSW

12.15 – 1.15         Lunch

1.15 – 2.00          Bill Gammage (Canberra), Australian National University

2.00 – 2.45         Ralph Johns (New Zealand), Isthmus

2.45 – 3.15          Q+A Chaired by Jakelin Troy (Sydney), University of Sydney

3.15 – 3.45          Afternoon Tea

3.45 – 4.30         Sylvia Karres (Netherlands), karres+brands

4.30 – 5.15          Alexis Sanal (Turkey), SANALarc

5.15 – 5.45          Q+A, Chaired by Claire Martin (Melbourne), Oculus

5.45 – 6.00         Closing comments

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The Landscape Australia Conference is supported by partners OzbreedChristie Parksafe and Porter’s Paints. Presented by Landscape Architecture Australia magazine and, and organized by Architecture Media.

Tickets are limited, don’t miss out!

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