G’day everyone, it’s been an
action packed fortnight for AILA. Read on for more information on the
Festival of Landscape
Architecture 2015 wrap-up, call for member assistance for two submissions,
Quizmas and AILA WA November chapter meeting.
Festival of Landscape
Architecture 2015 wrap-up
The Festival of Landscape
Architecture 2015 in Melbourne was incredible, if you were there you will know
what I mean. If you were unable to get there then I hope this wrap-up gives you
a glimpse of what was a very good event. To that note I would like to put out a
special thanks to everyone involved in organising and running the event. Well
done, it’s going to be a tough gig to follow next year!
The Thursday before the event
meetings and planning workshops were held with AILA’s National Council, State
Presidents and State Chapter Managers. It was a great day getting to know
AILA’s business and strategy for the near future as well as getting to know the
other volunteers (National Council and State Presidents) who represent AILA’s
members. There is a lot of hard work that is done by everyone and the future
looks exciting and bright.
The Festival opening party was
held in the garden of the National Gallery of Victoria International on a balmy
evening, more reminiscent of Perth than what I had imagined for Melbourne. A
great crowd, with quite a few familiar faces from WA, got the event underway in
style. Friday's keynote speakers filled the Deakin Edge auditorium with
international projects highlighting the way in which landscape architecture
enhances the built environment, connects people to place and encourages the use
of design to bring the community together. My highlight for the day was Marti
Franch Batllori who described two projects where he deconstructed the
landscapes previous use to unveil and highlight a high value natural landscape,
while cleverly weaving in new purposeful design elements for visitors and
importantly, to enhance the environmental values of the site.
Many great projects were
showcased on Friday night at the AILA Victoria awards. The calibre of landscape
architecture was high and the diversity of projects showed that the profession
is able to tackle challenges in both urban and regional settings. Saturdays
keynote speakers delivered more inspiring projects and discussion from the big
cities of Barcelona, the altered landscapes of the Netherlands and to the small
scale design interventions that community can make to improve biodiversity in
even the most densely populated city, New York. The festival wrapped up with an
intriguing and lively panel discussion that had everyone glued to their seat.
Check out Twitter feeds from the Festival using #ThisPublicLife to get a
flavour of the discussion.
The Festival wrapped up at the
MPavillion in the Queen Victorian Gardens on a sunny but cold afternoon,
proving the stereotype that Melbourne’s weather is as varied as everyone says!
If next year's Festival,
celebrating AILA’s 50th year, is anything like this years I would strongly
recommend you start putting away a few dollars now. You will not want to miss
Call for member assistance for
The call is still out for more
members to assist AILA WA with a review and response to the following key
The Department of Planning’s
Liveable Neighbourhoods Review 2015; and The City of Fremantle's Draft 2020
If you have a spare hour or two,
have some interest in these two documents and how they will shape our city and
the way in which we work as landscape architects we would love to hear from you
and have your assistance. Please let me know ASAP as we have a small team that
needs your help to make this happen.
Get out your old Trivial Pursuit
board game, study up your Encyclopedia Britannica, put your thinking caps on
and get excited for Quizmas! Our end of year event, proudly supported by
Mondoluce, has been brought forward to Friday 13 November to ensure we fill the
quiz hall at the Albion Hotel to the rafters! Sign up as a team from your
office, a team with friends, your partner or better half and we’ll assign you
to a table. See you there for what will be a great night of fun and laughter.
AILA WA November chapter meeting
The chapter meeting scheduled for
Tuesday 10 November will be an AILA WA executive only meeting as we are
developing the AILA WA Operation Plan that will guide the way in which we
undertake our role as the executive for you, the members. The plan will be in
direct response to the AILA Strategic Plan 2015-2020 and will focus on key
elements of advocacy and profiling our profession to our external peers and the
public. If there are any issues that you feel require our immediate attention
please let me know, the executive is more than happy to provide you with
answers, advice and feedback.
Until next time,
Nathan Greenhill, AILA WA