18 April 2017
It is with delight that I advise that the landscape architecture profession has finally made it into the pinnacle of new media in Australia! TheBeetoota Advocateis a tongue in cheek Australian publication reputedly based in the real ghost town of Betoota in far western Queensland, and regards itself as Australia’s oldest newspaper. Read more.
3 April 2017
This week we launched the 2017 International Festival of Landscape Architecture: The 3rd City. This was a fantastic event with industry, government and media representatives at The Calyx, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney. The Festival will be presented in Sydney from 12-15 October and aims to attract over 3,000 participants across 30 industry and public fringe events. Read more.
20 March 2017
It was a pleasure to escape Sydney’s grey skies and unrelenting rains and head to Perth over this past weekend for the AILA National Board’s quarterly face-to-face (F2F) meeting. As always, we had a full agenda to work through. Fortunately, our schedule allowed for a bit of time out on Friday evening when we joined in the WA Chapter’s St Patrick’s Day gathering at the Leederville Sporting Club. Read more.
6 March 2017
At the end of February, Infrastructure Australia released their priority projects for 2017. Disappointingly, not one of the projects in the top 100 recognises the value of green and blue infrastructure planning in supporting resilience in our cities. Read more.
20 February 2017
It’s almost impossible for any Australian to have lived through these last few months without experiencing the adverse effects of the extreme heat events that have occurred across the country – both regionally and in our urban centres. Read more.
23 January 2017
Happy New Year and welcome back as 2017 gets off to an exciting start. I hope everyone was able to engage with a landscape, see/hear/experience something new, and enjoy a relaxing and refreshing holiday break. It’s promising to be another big year! Read more.
19 December 2016
The AILA National Board of Directors met in Sydney this week. The five-member board, with a breadth of experience in the public and private sectors plus academia, is well placed to raise the profile of the profession, broaden our involvement in planning and execution, and contribute to both government and the community at large. Read more.
5 December 2016
As the year moves definitely towards a close it would be remise of me not to acknowledge the contribution our membership has made in continuing to guide, reshape and charge the organisation forth to reach new goals. Read more.
7 November 2016
Last week’s 2016 Festival of Landscape Architecture, “
Not In My Backyard”, delivered a thought provoking and inspiring program of presentations, panels and provocations from artists, scientists, architects, philosophers, colleagues in practice and from academia. It was truly an invigorating two days! Read more.
24 October 2016
What a week ahead! There is high anticipation and excitement as we approach the Festival commencing on Friday this week, and like me, I hope you have your boarding passes and Festival planned out, and look forward to catching up with friends – new and old. Read more.
10 October 2016
When an entire state is shut down due to a freak weather event it literally provides some precious hours to put modern life into perspective. With absolutely no power, there were no traffic lights, street lights, phones, phone connections, media, entertainment, ipads, computers and for a short while even social media…so it was candles, stories, an open fire, a nice bottle of red wine and marshmallows at our place. Read more.
26 September 2016
The 2016 Festival of Landscape Architecture is going to be the largest gathering of landscape architects ever in Australia and it’s great to see so many members and industry professionals travelling to our nation’s capital for what is going to be an incredible couple of days. Read more.
12 September 2016
Voting is now underway for the new AILA Board, and I ask that all members consider all the candidates and vote accordingly. Your vote is very important for the future of AILA. Read more.
29 August 2016
I had the absolute pleasure of attending our 50thparty last week at the Brickworks studio in Adelaide’s Hindmarsh Square. It was a rousing, fantastic celebration, and to be held simultaneously around Australia was amazing! Read more.
15 August 2016
Friends and colleagues, I am always inspired when I meet landscape architects that are passionate and interested in the world regardless of which end of their career they are at. Read more.
1 August 2016
Friends and Colleagues,“In the field of public policy, if human feeling cannot trump mathematical calculation, we are danger of becoming a mere economy rather than a society, digits on some economist’s spreadsheet rather than human beings living in actual communities’. Read more.
17 July 2016
Firstly I’d like to offer my congratulations to the re-elected Turnbull Government, and AILA looks forward to working with the new government across a range of advocacy issues. As members will be aware, AILA presented the major parties with our position on many issues prior to the election. Read more.
5 July 2016
After the longest election campaign in generations, Australia has spoken. The challenge now is to work out what we’ve collectively said… It is clear that we are entering interesting times, and as the results of #ausvotes firm up and a minority/majority government is formed, AILA will continue to advocate on many of our positions and policies, including living cities and green infrastructure. Read more.
20 June 2016
As we approach the final weeks of the Federal Election campaign, the announcements from all the parties are now well and truly flowing. Read more.
6 June 2016
It was with a great deal of excitement and pride that I was on the jury for Australia’s Best Playground, and despite a very impressive field, Nature Play at Royal Park, was announced as the winner last week. Congratulations to the City of Melbourne’s Skye Haldane and the design team on the winning project! Nature Play is located adjacent to Melbourne’s new Royal Children’s Hospital, and was applauded for its responsive design – to the local heritage of place by focusing on the seven season of the Wurundjeri as well as respecting the highly valued character of Royal Park, and by encouraging patient and staff interaction. Read more.
9 May 2016
As many of you would know I follow and comment on cities regularly. I recently started re-reading a great little book called ‘Landprints’, a collection of the late George Seddon’s finest essays from his many books as well as his early Landscape Australia essays. Seddon had a seductive method of exploring notions of place through a landscape lens. In his 1979 essay, ‘The genius loci and the Australian landscape’, he discusses the internationalisation of cities, and laments the loss of their unique landscape qualities, replaced by ubiquitous, globally available tree species, with the resulting ‘…homogenising effect all over the global supermarket…reducing regional diversity in urban form, architecture, food, dress and even vegetation’. Read more.
26 April 2016
I was reminded by Prof Richard Weller last that we may now live in the ‘epoch of the Anthropocene’. Nature (the respected journal), way back in 2004, defined ‘Anthropocene’ as ‘the period of time which human activities have had an environmental impact on the Earth regarded as constituting a distinct geological age…most scientists agree that humans have had a hand in warming Earth’s climate since the industrial revolution – some even argue that we are living in a new geological epoch, dubbed the Anthropocene.’ Read more.
11 April 2016
This month is World Landscape Architecture Month, organised by our friends at the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). The celebration of our work worldwide using the hashtag#WLAM2016is an opportunity for all of us in Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia to participate and show the world how the profession shapes our communities. Read more
29 March 2016
Your national council took to the tracks in early March, traveling by train from Melbourne’s Southern Cross Station to Geelong to meet local AILA members and students, and to have our 1st face to face council meeting for 2016. Read more.
14 March 2016
Green infrastructure is a critical component of making better cities, addressing the issues facing our society including continued economic growth, healthier cities and greener cities. Read More
29 February 2016
The Guardian Australia reported last week that Adelaide is pulling ahead of Sydney and Melbourne as Australia’s greenest city (“Australia’s greenest city: Adelaide pulls ahead of Sydney and Melbourne”, Friday 12 February). Read more.
15 February 2016
Your institute hosted industry leaders from over 50 industry organisations on Wednesday 10th February at Parliament House in Canberra, which included addresses from the Minister for Environment and Local Government, Paul Fletcher; the Opposition Minister for Cities, Anthony Albanese; Australian Greens MP, Adam Bandt and the Assistant Secretary, Cities and Built Environment Taskforce, Kate Lych. Read more.
1 February 2016
Holidays, for most of us anyway, are now probably a distant memory. If you’ll indulge me though, I’d like to share my experiences from my recent sojourn… Our recent family drive, the annual trip to Sydney and the Central Coast of New South Wales (to places with quaint names such as Woy Woy, Patonga, Pearl Beach and Budgewoi) from Adelaide, is a comforting reminder of the diversities of the Australian landscape. Read more.
16 December 2015
In my role at the City of Adelaide I have been fortunate in recent days to hear directly from our Lord Mayor, Martin Haese, who attended the talks with South Australian Premier Jay Wetherill, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, about the hard work, tenacity, and exemplary efforts by many across Australia and the world to ensure a positive outcome from the Paris COP21 talks for the planet. Read more.
4 December 2015
As I have noted in previous newsletters, cities are (still) back, baby. I was fortunate to attend the Green Building Council of Australia’s (GBCA) Great Cities last week, coinciding with the first meeting of the new National Council in Sydney. Read more.
23 November 2015
It has been a very tough week in Europe and further afield. The events in France continue to occupy our thoughts, and as a society we clearly abhor the violent and senseless loss of life. We stand with the people of France in solidarity. Read more.
9 November 2015
As landscape architect and head of the new School of Architecture and Built Environment, Sueanne Ware, said recently in the Newcastle Herald: ‘The public is not a cohesive, single-minded entity; it is a diverse, often contradictory body of communities and disparate groups of individuals, so in the provision of public buildings and public space, why do we insist on the similar processes of engagement and procurement regardless of diverse and complex contexts?'. Read more.
26 October 2015
Hello friends and colleagues, following the recent Festival, This Public Life, I am reminded of the welcome to country by Auntie Diane, where we were asked to feel the earth down by the banks of the Yarra beneath our bare feet, the connection to country. Read more.
10 October 2015
After a little over two years, about 100 weeks (even less when you take out holidays) the term of the current National Council and my time as AILA National President is about to come to an end. Read more.
28 September 2015
The Australian political landscape has changed with a new Prime Minister and the announcement of a Minister for Cities and the Built Environment (which to me sounds a lot like the Minister for Landscape Architecture). Read more.
14 September 2015
It may be over a year away, but already the AILA 2016 International Festival of Landscape Architecture is exciting landscape architects across the world. Read more.
31 August 2015
The new AILA awards program was adopted last week during the National Council teleconference. Thank you to all members who provided input to the development of the new awards program in particular the members of the Awards Review Taskforce. Read more.
17 August 2015
Last week AILA made a submission to Infrastructure Australia advocating for inclusion of green infrastructure priorities in the 15 year Infrastructure Plan for Australia. Read more.
3 August 2015
With early-bird tickets for the Festival of Landscape Architecture: This Public Life (15-18 Oct, Melbourne) closing last Friday, the response from the membership has been incredible with 70% tickets already sold to the annual event. Read more.
20 July 2015
All the AILA Annual Chapter Meetings are now complete and new Chapter executives have been elected. Congratulations to new office bearers and already we can see the energy you are bringing to AILA. On the election front don’t forget nominations for National Council close noon 24 July 2015. Read more.
6 July 2015
It has just clicked over 17 months since I joined the Institute, and boy has it been a busy time! As the National President is currently on holidays in northern WA, he asked that I provide a short update to you all on what we’ve achieved in the last 12 months, and what we’re looking forward to. Read more.
22 June 2015
End of financial year is a busy time for landscape architects. Amidst all the rush to wrap projects and budget planning, don’t forget it is also time for AILA membership renewals. So far the response from members has been terrific with over half of you already renewing your membership. Read More.
8 June 2015
In most states nominations for chapter elections are closing over the coming weeks. It has never been a better time to be involved in AILA and the new chapter executives will have the opportunity to make key decisions for AILA over the coming years. Read more.
25 May 2015
2015 is a year of leadership change for AILA. Whilst the broader public are often concerned about change, landscape architects are constantly dealing with change in our professional lives as we seek to make our cities and landscapes better places. Read more.
11 May 2015
AILA membership continues to grow with AILA currently having 2,300 members. This was one of the updates National Council received at a teleconference last week. The following are some of the key resolutions from the Council meeting. Read more.
27 April 2015
The 2015 Festival of Landscape Architecture has officially been launched. On a brisk Melbourne evening, over 100 landscape architects, students and members of the Melbourne design and open space community attended the launch in the HASSELL rooftop garden. Read more.
13 April 2015
World Landscape Architecture Month is already in full swing. For those active on social media you will have seen many projects uploaded featuring the 'Designed by a Landscape Architect' promotion card tagged with #WLAM2015. Read more.
30 March 2015
Over the past few weeks I have discovered how advanced the planning for the 2015 Festival of Landscape Architecture is. Read more.
16 March 2015
Last week the National Council came together in Hobart and looked back over the last 12 months of achievement and sharpened our focus for the future. Read more.
3 March 2015
Advocacy and profile raising of landscape architecture can take a variety of forms. AILA has been active in a number of initiatives recently which shines a spotlight on our profession. Read more.
16 February 2015
There has been a lot of talk lately about the future direction for Australia. Now is also a good time for AILA to be considering the future of our profession. Read more.
30 January 2015
Recently AILA received some fascinating data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ 2011 Census of Population and Housing: 2,963 Australians identify themselves as a landscape architect or as an urban/regional planner. Read more.
19 January 2015
2015 is already shaping up as a big year for AILA. Hopefully you feel energised for the year ahead after an enjoyable festive season. Read more
17 December 2014
Well, what a year it has been! I am heading into this Christmas holiday season feeling inspired, elated and quite emotional about the AILA we see in front of us today. Read more.
8 December 2014
It is sad to hear of the passing of Richard (Dick) Clough last week. We have lost another of the great pioneers of AILA and the profession in Australia and our thoughts are with his family and loved ones. Read more.
24 November 2014
Over the past week the IUCN World Parks Congress has taken place in Sydney with approximately 5000 in attendance. The AILA Pop-up Park was featured at the Congress, designed by RMIT’s Office of Urban Transformations Research, who won the design competition earlier this year. Read more.
10 November 2014
Yes the rumours are true – the new AILA website is live. Hopefully you agree the new look reflects the dynamic and progressive culture of Australian landscape architecture. Members also benefit from the new website design. Read more.
23 October 2014
Landscape architects across Australia have been challenged to take action and elevate the profession to its rightful place. A clear message I took away from the Festival of Landscape Architecture was: we have a central role in improving liveability and sustainability but our contribution is largely going unnoticed. Read more.