Sanctuary Magazine Article by Anthony Power
"Increased risk of bushfire may be the new normal in many parts of Australia. Still, there are plenty of things you can do in your garden to give your house a better chance of survival if a fire does hit...."
Read the full article (PDF) Garden design to reduce the threat of bushfire by Anthony Power| Principal / Director – Affinity Landscape Architect
Michael Mitchell, AILA GOLD Co-Chair
Hello AILA QLD,
Oh behalf of AILA and the AILA GOLD Committee, thank you for your continued support and engagement as members, and we sincerely hope you are all well during this unprecedented time.
I invite fellow AILA GOLD members to join us on Friday 29 May, 12:30pm, as we discuss what is most relevant to practising Landscape Architects in the region. As we look forward to the year ahead, let us connect and share our thoughts on the impacts of COVID-19, its effects, and opportunities for our industry. We hope to bring you information sessions, events, and look forward to your feedback around these in a unique time. A reminder to those interested, we will be chatting about The Spit Gold Coast City Plan and welcome you to have your say at the upcoming virtual get-together.
I look forward to connecting with you, online and hopefully soon, in person.
AILA GOLD Co-Chair
Tim Connor, AILA FNQ Co-Chair
A welcome from a still sunny and warm North Queensland.
We look to be moving to a new phase of the COVID-19 event where restriction are beginning to change and ease. Public spaces have been sanctuary to many of us who have been restricted in our day to day lives, which has led the community to explore numerous local parks and reserves often overlooked and undervalued. As well, this time has meant that we have participated and connected differently – I am eager for my fellow regional AILA members to seize this opportunity to be increasingly involved in AILA through digital platforms.
So with change come’s new opportunities. What my colleagues and I are seeing on the ground in North Queensland is a cautious optimism. Green shoots are beginning to appear with and old opportunities starting to gain traction.
Let us hope, that this same new confidence spreads wider across Queensland, as we move forward to our next professional challenges.
Many thanks from North Queensland,
AILA FNQ Co-Chair
The increased value of green space for the socially isolated
Article by Penny Spiers | AILA QLD Member
COVID-19 is currently presenting unprecedented, life threatening challenges to aged care providers, their staff and residents.
As a designer who has spent many years designing landscapes for health and aged care facilities, I can attest to how a great, green space for refuge can positively impact the sense of loneliness and social isolation that is often felt, at the best of times, by many residents who live in aged and health care facilities.... Read the full article
AILA QLD Economic Recovery letter to State Government
AILA QLD calls for investment in landscape architecture and quality open spaces as part of the state economic recovery program. Thank you to all members who provided input and feedback on the AILA QLD letter to push for stimulus funding for economic recovery to State Government. This letter and areas outlined will form the basis of the AILA QLD State Election Campaign. Read it here .
We call on all AILA QLD members to join the push for investment in landscape architecture, quality open spaces and stronger communities in the wake of COVID-19 and tight restrictions. Get active on your social media channels and through your professional networks - share articles, projects, thoughts and advocate to your local members of government by tagging them or writing to them.
Liam Cridland, Connection to Country
Greetings AILA QLD,
The first quarter of this year has certainly brought change and upheaval to our communities, work places and families on a global scale.
As a practising Landscape Architect and as a parent, this has forced my family and my team to reassess and adapt the way in which we are working, learning and connecting and spending our free time.
If there is one thing these global events have shown, it is that authentic human connections are critical for our societies' ability to function, blossom and grow whether face to face, or digitally.
Landscape Architects have the potential to play a major role in the acknowledgement of country in the engagement, design and planning of spaces and environments at all scales, however in this ever changing environment it will be the strength and value of the relationships we are building within and outside our practices, state and industry that will allow us to continue to learn, adapt and grow into the future.
These events have also made us critically consider whether there are better ways of communicating and engaging with our colleagues, clients and consultants.
It is also worth noting, that the methods we as practitioners are relying on over the last several months, have not generally proven to be successful during engagement with our communities, first nations and individuals.
The increasing reliance on technology and the speed in which information can now be transferred, has, and will continue to, influence the way in which we as Landscape Architects practice on a daily basis.
While many businesses are continuing to be productive and collaborate in digital meetings and workshops, these methods of communication are no doubt causing new challenges for those looking to help facilitate these critically important and sensitive interactions.
The network is committed to continuing the development of existing relationships within our local communities, first nations, practices and education institutions to further educate and support our members, advocate the value of Landscape Architecture within our region, and continue to adapt and evolve the appropriateness, sensitivity and value of our indigenous engagement and our work on country.
Let's continue to work together to make every project, conversation and relationship better than our last.