POSTPONED NSW SLAP Public Forums - Forum 1 - Embodied Energy

POSTPONED NSW SLAP Public Forums - Forum 1 - Embodied Energy
Join us for the first S-L-A-P Public Design Forum!


Dear AILA member,

AILA NSW would like to advise that this great event has been postponed until further notice in the light of the restrictions in place due to the COVID-19.

Rest assured we are not cancelling this event but just focusing for the moment on finding either a safer way to deliver the topic to our members or delay it for a few weeks or months until we can all meet again safely!

If you are interested in joining the event, please feel free to still register here so we can be in touch directly when we update the event details and so you won’t miss out. Thank you again for your on-going support to AILA through this challenging time. Take care, the AILA NSW Chapter

For the new decade a program of quarterly public forums is proposed to be hosted by landscape architectural studios across Sydney. This collective output will include and involve local practitioners and innovative thinkers working in Landscape Architecture and sustainability towards an overarching concept of “circular design”.

The forum format encourages recent graduates to partner with practice directors in facilitating workshops, discussion and promote intergenerational advocacy with the intent to enrich, clarify and hone the collective consciousness within the profession; informing multiple generations who are in the process of juggling everyday practice and seeking to imagine possibilities within practice and landscape architecture as a discipline. 

The focus of the talks will be aimed at changing our way of working from a linear (take/make/dispose) to a circular (recycle/carbon positive/integrated country and management) way of practice. “A circular economy is defined as one where, as much as possible is retained from resources and materials used. The underlying drivers of a circular economy arises from the economies of the sustainable use of finite natural resources and minimising the environmental impact from resource extraction, manufacturing and disposal.” 

SLAP’s goal is to create a community of mindful landscape architects through connectivity and shared experience. We aim to push the conversation around landscape architecture, uniting experts in panel discussions, with a focus on ethical and sustainable practice. If you have any thoughts or suggestions or if you would like to be involved, please email 

Date/time: Wednesday March 25th - 6.30 – 8.30pm 
Location: Redfern Town Hall 
Cost: FREE 

Speaker’s details 

Kate Luckraft (Moderator) 
As Studio Director of Aspect Sydney, Kate has been involved in many key projects – providing expertise in strategic design, design development and construction detailing, as well as being a key partner in all aspects of running the studio. Kate has led teams working on significant urban renewal and infrastructure projects including the Sydney International Convention, Exhibition and Entertainment precinct; North West Rail Link; and Sydney Light Rail. Through these projects, Kate has developed expertise in designing public domains integrated with public transport infrastructure. 

Lisa McClean 
Lisa has been successfully influencing government and changing the policy framework and regulations to enable the zero carbon, circular economy for the past 14 years. This work has covered the energy, water, waste and mobility sectors in the UK and Australia. Working in partnership with the Mayors of cities like London, Bogota, Paris and Seoul she produced and shared best practice approaches for financing, and delivering sustainable infrastructure and services and was London City Director for CCI. As CEO of Open Cities, Lisa is working to open siloed infrastructure markets to new sharing and reuse businesses and solutions that will decarbonise the economy and put downward pressure on utility bills. She is an advocate for the Circular Economy, prosumer rights and a new local utility and mobility model.  

Digby Hall 
With 25 years in the Australian property industry as an architect and sustainability expert, together with many years as lead designer and consultant on commercial projects spanning all building types and scales, Digby brings exceptional expertise and value to clients. In the past decade Digby has founded and run his own successful architecture and sustainability consulting practice and has held roles as Sustainability Principal within two of Australia’s most highly regarded engineering firms. Prior to this, he spent a decade as Principal at Woodhead, one of Australia’s largest Architectural practices, where he led the design team for NSW and held the role of Group Sustainability Manager. 

Martin O’Dea 
As well as being an award-winning landscape architect, Martin is an accomplished artist and designer with a depth of expertise including master planning, integrated strategic tourism planning, visitor management strategies, interpretation, wayfinding and environmental graphics. At a strategic level Martin’s key interests are:
· Climate positive design solutions for Landscape Architects (lead author of AILA's 2020 Climate Positive Design Position Statement)
· Sustainable water management and clever solutions for this valuable resource
· Carbon sequestration opportunities for soils, biodiverse carbon, and plantation timbers
· How Aboriginal land management practices can inform how we farm and look after the land
· Urban heat island mitigation through tree planting and harvested stormwater
· Integrated catchment management and the importance of an interconnected green and blue web
· How our parks and trees can contribute to our health and well-being 

Penelope Smith
Penelope delves into the science of engineered soil in contained environments and composts for erosion control. She has specific industry knowledge in landscape and construction, and has overseen projects financed by the Waste Less, Recycle More Program, funded by the NSW Government Waste Levy. Penelope is an advocate for valuing landscape materials by their inherent sustainable characteristics including by-products, recycled products, and locally sourced items. She has taught Soils subjects to Landscape Diploma and Construction students in the NSW TAFE system and was recently awarded the ‘Compost user Innovation and Advocacy in Amenities Markets Award’ by the Australian Organics Recycling Association. Penelope currently carries out research and development for The Hills Bark Blower.
25/03/2020 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Redfern Town Hall 73 Pitt St REDFERN 2016 AUSTRALIA

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