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) / Frances Wyld (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.

Twitter: @landscapeau
Instagram: @landscapeau

Ozbreed is a supporting partner of the Landscape Australia Conference.

Tickets are limited, don’t miss out!

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Andy Hamilton (UK/NZ)

Andy Hamilton (UK/NZ)

Andy Hamilton leads Andy Hamilton Studio – a New Zealand-based practice working in both rural and urban contexts.
Ralph Johns (NZ)

Ralph Johns (NZ)

Ralph Johns is CEO of Isthmus – a multidisciplinary studio interested in the advancement of land, people and culture.
Frances Wyld (AUS)

Frances Wyld (AUS)

Frances Wyld is a Martu woman, a Doctor of Communication and senior lecturer at the University of Adelaide’s Wirltu Yarlu Aboriginal Education.
Katrina Simon (AUS)

Katrina Simon (AUS)

Katrina Simon is a designer and visual artist with a background in architecture, landscape architecture and fine art.
Claire Martin (AUS)

Claire Martin (AUS)

Claire Martin is a landscape architect and associate director of Melbourne studio Oculus.
Bill Gammage (AUS)

Bill Gammage (AUS)

Bill Gammage is an emeritus professor at the Australian National University and author of The Biggest Estate on Earth.

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