2015 Festival of Landscape Architecture: This Public Life attracts record crowds
The annual Festival of Landscape Architecture wrapped up in Melbourne, attracting over 500 festival-goers to more than 30 public and industry events across the city.
The diverse eleven-day program included a Conference, Research Summit, an Australasian Student Competition and the 2015 Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) Victorian Landscape Architecture Awards, along with numerous public lectures, tours, exhibitions, installations and screenings. The Festival was recorded as the largest gathering of landscape architects in Australia.
Curated by creative directors Cameron Bruhn, Claire Martin and Ricky Ricardo, the Festival provided emerging professionals, landscape architects, academics and industry peers a rare opportunity to hear from an impressive line-up of local and international speakers. Conference delegates were also delighted by an address from Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who officially opened the Conference via video message.
“We admire the vibrancy that landscape architects add to our new suburbs and re-imagined cityscapes, and we value the artistry and the sustainability of your designs,” said Prime Minister Turnbull. “How we live our urban lives depends on you to be the best landscape architects you can be,” he said.
University of Wellington (NZ) students, Alex Prujean, Katie Nguyen and Michael Cook, were awarded $3,000 for their innovative winning design in the Australasian Student Competition: This Public Space, sponsored by Intergrain. The team’s submission Aftershock – selected from an astonishing 77 entries – proposes a web of disaster-resilient parks, providing safe havens to meet, play and interact with nature whilst doubling as disaster relief zone for the Te Aro region.
The 2015 AILA Victorian Landscape Architecture Awards were also held as part of the Festival, honouring fourteen of the state’s most innovative and valued projects. Winning projects included a revamp of one of Melbourne’s most precious assets, Royal Park, and a master plan to infuse activity along the spectacular Shipwreck Coast.
The 2016 Festival will be hosted in Canberra from 27-29 October, titled the International Festival of Landscape Architecture. The Festival will include the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) Asia-Pacific Regional Congress and will be curated by Australian-born Richard Weller, Professor and Chair of landscape architecture at The University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (USA).