2016 INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE:
NOT IN MY BACKYARD
Adventures into the profoundly frightening, deeply uncertain and yet somehow incredibly optimistic landscapes of the 21st century.
Canberra is one of the very few, fully planned cities in the world. The 2016 Festival in Canberra will connect the public with landscape architects across 20 events developed by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) and Festival Creative Director, Richard Weller. The four-day program will include a Research Summit, Conference, National Landscape Architecture Awards and a host of public and industry tours, exhibitions, city activations, screenings and talks.
Dates: 27 - 30 October 2016
Location: Canberra ACT
At the 2015 International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) Asia-Pacific Regional Congress Closing Ceremony in Lombok, Indonesia on 8 September, Richard Weller was announced as the creative director for the 2016 International Festival of Landscape Architecture in Canberra. Australian-born Weller is the Professor and Chair of landscape architecture at The University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (USA).
Prior to taking up the position at Penn (having succeeded James Corner in 2013), Weller was Director of the Australian Urban Design Research Centre. With Vladimir Sitta (Terragram) he was also Director of the design firm Room 4.1.3 who designed the controversial, Garden of Australia Dreams at the National Museum of Australia, Canberra. This renowned garden will host the Welcome Reception for the 2016 Festival.
With over 30 prizes in international design competitions, Weller has been recognised at all scales of landscape architecture and urban design, beginning with a national student award from the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) in 1985 and later in association with the design practice Lutzow 7 in Berlin.
Weller has written four books, published over 90 academic papers and given hundreds of public lectures around the world. Alongside his research activity, Weller is a board member of the Landscape Architecture Foundation in Washington, a judge for the 2015 American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Awards and Creative Director of Penn’s interdisciplinary journal of landscape architecture, LA+.
In mid-2014, AILA won the rights to host the 2016 IFLA Asia-Pacific Regional Congress. The Congress will be hosted in Canberra from 27-29 October 2016 and will be the main event of the Festival program.