Landscape Australia Conference announced

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Tōia – Ōtāhuhu Recreation Precinct Project, 2015, in Auckland, New Zealand designed by Creative Spaces, Bespoke Landscape Architects and Isthmus.

Tōia – Ōtāhuhu Recreation Precinct Project, 2015, in Auckland, New Zealand designed by Creative Spaces, Bespoke Landscape Architects and Isthmus. Image: Courtesy Isthmus

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Sishane Park, 2014, in Istanbul, Turkey designed by SANALarc.

Sishane Park, 2014, in Istanbul, Turkey designed by SANALarc. Image: Olivve Wimmer

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Buluk Park, 2014, in Melbourne, Australia designed by Oculus and Aspect Studios.

Buluk Park, 2014, in Melbourne, Australia designed by Oculus and Aspect Studios. Image: Nils Koenning

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Museum Garden of the Statens Museum for Kunst, 2014, in Copenhagen, Denmark designed by Karres and Brands and Polyform Arkitekter.

Museum Garden of the Statens Museum for Kunst, 2014, in Copenhagen, Denmark designed by Karres and Brands and Polyform Arkitekter. Image: Wichmann and Bendtsen

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Memorial Park in Texas, USA designed by Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects.

Memorial Park in Texas, USA designed by Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects. Image: Render by Mir

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A new one-day conference exploring the dynamic role of landscape in the design, planning and management of gardens, cities and regions will be held in Sydney in May 2017.

Organized by Architecture Media, the 2017 Landscape Australia Conference will invite local and international speakers to explore these topics through keynote presentations and panel discussions at the University of Technology Sydney on Saturday 6 May.

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)

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

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

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.com/conference.

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

 Tickets can be purchased via Eventbrite below.


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