Landscape Australia Conference, Sydney May 2017

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 keynote speakers will bring a diversity of professional experience to the conference and will discuss the role design can play in confronting the challenges of the coming century.

Theme 01: Aesthetics and Ecology
The first part 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 desire for beauty.

Theme 02: Land, People, Culture
This theme 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.

Theme 03: Resilient Landscapes
The idea of urban resilience is gaining prominence globally as the twin trajectories of rapid urbanization and more frequent and extreme weather events continue. The final session will consider the perspectives of designers and urbanists on the tools and methods of resilience.

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

Landscape Australia Conference delegates will join Australia’s built environment community for an immersive city-wide experience.

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, with morning and lunch breaks on The Goods Line, designed by Aspect Studios and CHROFI.


9.00 – 10.00 Arrival and networking breakfast
10.00 – 10.15 Welcome
Theme 01: Aesthetics and Ecology
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 Panel discussion chaired by Katrina Simon (Sydney), UNSW
12.15 – 13.15 Lunch
Theme 02: Land, People, Culture
13.15 – 14.00 Bill Gammage (Canberra), Australian National University
14.00 – 14.45 Ralph Johns (New Zealand), Isthmus
14.45 – 15.15 Panel discussion chaired by Jakelin Troy (Sydney), University of Sydney
15.15 – 15.45 Afternoon Tea
Theme 03: Resilient Landscapes
15.45 – 16.30 Sylvia Karres (Netherlands), karres+brands
16.30 – 17.15 Alexis Sanal (Turkey), SANALarc
17.15 – 17.45 Panel discussion chaired by Claire Martin (Melbourne), Oculus
17.45 – 18.00 Closing comments

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This event was generously supported by Ozbreed, Christie Parksafe and Porter’s Paints, presented by Landscape Architecture Australia magazine and, and organized by Architecture Media.

Fringe program

Delegates of the Landscape Australia Conference are invited to take part in the conference’s exciting fringe program. From exhibitions and installations to guided walks and office tours, the program offers something for visitors and locals alike.

Please note that the fringe program is only available to delegates. Purchase conference tickets here.

Friday 5 May

Architecture, planning and landscape Super Session:
Shaping Cities: Towards 50 Million
Time: 1:30 – 3.00 pm
Facilitated by Tina Perinotto as part of the Australian Institute of Architects’ National Architecture Conference and the Planning Institute of Australia’s National Congress.
Location: Sydney International Convention Centre
Cost: FREE for Landscape Australia Conference delegates
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Our Lands exhibition
Time: 10.00 am – 5.00 pm (refer to gallery website for detailed information)
Sentient lands considers the figures who have shaped and given form to Australia, remaining as an animating presence within country today. Our lands takes a stronger stand and includes works that question, contest and provoke discussion about rights to land in Australia. Our lands is presented as a counterpoint to Sentient lands, also on display in the Yiribana Gallery of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art.
Location: Art Gallery NSW
Cost: FREE
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Botanica Opening Night
Time: 6.00 pm
Enjoy a lovely night out in the Royal Botanic Gardens, and take the opportunity to view and purchase original artworks from this year’s impressive exhibition before it opens to the public. The exhibition will be officially opened by Dr Brett Summerell, Director of Science and Conservation at The Royal Botanic Garden. Delicious canapés and drinks will be served. Botanica is part of Garden Art Month at RBG Sydney – check out the full program here.
Location: Lion Gate Lodge
Cost: $55.00
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Saturday 6 May

Foreshore Walk
Time: 7.30 – 9.00 am
A pre-conference walk from Sydney’s MCA to the International Convention Centre. The walk will take conference delegates along the iconic Sydney foreshore around Circular Quay and the Rocks, under the Harbour Bridge, past Walsh Bay, around the new Barangaroo headland park and then down through Barangaroo and King St. The walk will include a quick breakfast stop at Barangaroo (breakfast at own cost).
Location: Meet at the entry to MCA (Circular Quay side)
Cost: FREE for Landscape Australia Conference delegates
Book here using the code ‘landscape’ as your Conference Registration Number

Sunday 7 May

Bondi2Bronte Walk
Time: 9.00 am – 12.00 pm
The quintessential Sydney experience: walk from Bondi Beach to Bronte, with architecture spotting along the way.
Location: Meet outside the North Bondi Surf Club at 8.45am for a 9am start
Cost: FREE for Landscape Australia Conference delegates
Book here using the code ‘landscape’ as your Conference Registration Number

Archi-Tour: Regeneration and Transformation
Time: 9.30 am – 12.00 pm
This tour is a celebration of the art of governance, an examination of the art of development and an exploration of the gritty, rapidly changing suburbs of Ultimo, Chippendale, and Surry Hills, and includes headline projects by Jean Nouvel, Norman Foster, Durbach Block Jaggers, Frank Gehry and William Smart as well as a number of transformative projects by local practices Neeson Murcutt, CHROFI, Tonkin Zulaikha Greer, JMD, Aspect Studios and Silvester Fuller. Led by architect Eoghan Lewis, founder of the Sydney Architecture Walks and architectural practice Eoghan Lewis Architects.
Location: Sydney CBD, with starting location to be confirmed
Cost: $45
Book here using the code ‘landscape’ as your Conference Registration Number

Shigeru Ban Architects: The inventive work of Shigeru Ban
Dr Gene Sherman and the SCAF Team invite you to an exclusive viewing of The inventive work of Shigeru Ban, the Japanese Pritzker-prize winning architect’s first Australian project.
Time: 10.00 am – 12.00 pm
Location: Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, 16-20 Goodhope Street, Paddington
Cost: FREE
More info
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Office Tour: Manly
Time: 11.30 am – 1.00 pm
Some of Sydney’s most widely awarded practices are located beachside. Catch the ferry across the Harbour to Manly to visit two – CHROFI and McGregor Coxall. Partner your visit with brunch/lunch in the bustling Manly Corso.
Location: Offices of CHROFI and McGregor Coxall, Manly
Cost: FREE for Landscape Australia Conference delegates
Book here using the code ‘landscape’ as your Conference Registration Number

The Landscape Australia Conference Fringe Program has been created through a collaboration with Praxis, the co-located National Architecture Conference.

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