Presidents Message - 28 October 2015

G’day everyone, it’s been an action packed fortnight for AILA. Read on for more information on the following:

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 it.


Call for member assistance for two submissions


The call is still out for more members to assist AILA WA with a review and response to the following key documents:

The Department of Planning’s Liveable Neighbourhoods Review 2015; and The City of Fremantle's Draft 2020 Green Plan.


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 President

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