Festival Program

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International Landscape Architecture Conference - Friday 28 October 2016, National Gallery of Australia

9.00am – 9.15am


9:15am - 9:45am

‘OMG there’s an Anthropocene in my Backyard’

Richard Weller

9:45am - 10:15am

New Epoch?

Prof. Clive Hamilton AM

10:15am - 11:00am

Q & A

Prof. Clive Hamilton AM & 7 Curators

11:00am - 11:30am


11:30am - 1:00pm 

Session: New Natures?

The state of the world’s ecosystems and what landscape architects can and should do about it. 

This sessionis curated by Deakin University lecturer and media commentator Josh Zeunert, and concerns the state of the nations ecosystems. It challenges landscape architects to scale up and reconceptualize design and planning in the de-natured conditions of the Anthropocene.

Panelists: Prof Richard Hobbs Ellen Neises Mark Stafford Smith Simon Kilbane

1:00pm - 2:00pm 

Lunch Break + AILA Annual General Meeting

2:00pm - 3:30pm

Session: New Cities?

The wicked problems facing Australian cities and the role of landscape architecture in solving them.

This session is curated by Dr Julian Bolleter from the Perth-based Australian Urban Design Research Centre (AUDRC). It sets out the big challenges facing Australian cities in the 21stcentury and offers speculations and strategies as to how to improve their ecological, economic and social performance.

Panelists: Craig Allchin Adrian McGregor Dorte Ekelund

3.30pm – 4:00pm

Afternoon Break


4.00pm – 4:20pm


 Documentary Screening Produced by the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF). Directed by Michael Rubin Joanna Karaman Sahar Coston Hardy

4:20pm - 6:00pm

 Session: New Views?

Questioning the canon of Australian landscape architecture and asking where to from here? More in-depth information about this session will be available soon

Curator: Dr Helen Armstrong AM

Panelists: Dr Catherin Bull Craig Burton Steve Calhoun  Perry Lethlean Jacinta McCann Elizabeth Mossop



6:30pm - 10:30pm

 Festival Party & Outdoor Film Screening  

International Landscape Architecture Conference - Saturday 29 October 2016, National Gallery of Australia

9.00am - 9.10am


 9:10am - 10:30am

Session: New Stories?

Evolving senses of place in post-colonial Australia and the cross over between landscape, art and identity.

Curator: Paul Carter

Panelists: Prof Jeff Malpas Prof Margaret Sommerville Jock Gilbert

10:30am - 11:00am

Morning break

11.00am – 12:30pm

Session: New Signs?

This session explores ideas and perceptions of space, time and symbolism in the work of contemporary artists and architects.

Curator: Mark Raggatt

Panelists: Daniel Crooks Dr Naomi Stead Liam Young Andrew Lilleyman

12:30pm – 1.30pm

Lunch break

1:30pm - 3:00pm

Session: New Techniques?

Digital futures:the power and potential of the computational in the age of the Anthropocene.

Curator: Jillian Walliss

Panelists: Bradley Cantrell Kirsten Bauer Wolfgang Kessling

3.00pm – 3.30pm

Afternoon break

3.30pm – 4.30pm

Session: New Practices?

New ways of getting work and new ways of working. The landscape architect as activist and how to make really meaningful community engagement.

Curator: Sue Anne Ware

Panelists: Jason Ho Jessica Christiansen-Franks Nicky McNamara

4.30pm – 5:30pm

Gen Z: Student provocation and discussion

Elizabeth Mossop, Helen Lochhead, SueAnne Ware, Richard Weller

5:30pm - 6:00pm


6:30pm - 8:30pm

Conference Closing Drinks at Old Parliament House Courtyard

International Conference of Landscape Architecture

Not in My Backyard

Adventures into the profoundly frightening, deeply uncertain and yet somehow incredibly optimistic landscapes of the 21st century

At the same time that the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2016, the International Commission on Stratigraphy is expected to formally announce the dawn of the Anthropocene Epoch: a new geological period defined by the fact that the earth’s systems are now fundamentally determined by human activity. The philosophical and practical consequences couldn't be greater: in short, nature is no longer that ever-providing thing ‘out there’, it is, for better or worse, something we are creating. The landscape of the Anthropocene is a cultural landscape and thereforea question of design.

The underlying proposition of this conference is that the major dynamics of the Anthropocene—global urbanisation and climate change—are, at root, landscape architectural in nature. They are interrelated issues to which landscape architects can in theory, and increasingly in practice, uniquely apply both scientific knowledge and artistic imagination.

Organised around the sub-sections of New Views, New Cities, New Natures, New Stories, New Signs, New Techniques, and New Practices the conference asks how design intelligence can be more effectively applied to the major challenges of the times. Bringing together landscape architects, planners, architects and artists the ‘Not in My Backyard’ festival celebrates the 50th anniversary of landscape architecture in Australia by acknowledging what has been achieved and, more importantly, by asking what can be achieved. The festival’s overarching proposition and the bold claim around which our conversations will revolve is thatthis is landscape architecture’s century.


The conference begins with two keynotes, and is thereafter structured around seven thematic panels over two days. They are;

New Views -curated by Dr Helen Armstrong AM Emeritus-Professor in Landscape Architecture at QUT and offers an historical account of the achievements of landscape architecture in the last 50 years in Australia and examines the relevance of this history to the future.

New Natures -curated by Deakin University lecturer and media commentator Josh Zeunert and concerns the state of the nation’s ecosystems and challenges landscape architects to scale up and reconceptualize design and planning in the denatured conditions of the Anthropocene.

New Cities- curated by Dr Julian Bolleter from the Perth based Australian Urban Design Research Centre (AUDRC) and sets out the big challenges facing Australian cities in the 21stcentury and offers speculations and strategies as to how to improve their ecological, economic and social performance.

New Stories- curated by eminent author and artist Professor Paul Carter and explores how designers manifest new senses of post-colonial place in a range of media. Carter challenges landscape architects to think more deeply and more critically about how they create places.

New Signs- curated by Melbourne architect and critic Mark Raggatt and explores perceptions of space and time in contemporary design culture highlighting the importance of subversive tactics, intellectual risk, formal experimentation and symbolism.

New Techniques -curated by Dr Jillian Walliss of Melbourne University and examines the ways in which rapidly evolving digital technologies are opening opportunities for landscape architects to engage more creatively with complex systems.

New Practices- curated by Dr Sue Anne Ware, Dean of the School of Architecture at Newcastle University and concerns ways in which designers engage communities and relate to power. Ware questions the notion of the designer as activist and considers new ways of working.

Supplementing the core program of the seven themes will be;

A global short film competition titled Anthroposcene is now confirmed – see here for all details (with AUD$10K prize money).