It is sad to hear of the passing of Richard (Dick) Clough last week. We have lost another of the great pioneers of AILA and the profession in Australia and our thoughts are with his family and loved ones. Amazingly he was interviewed on Tuesday at an AILA NSW event where he provided insights on his career in landscape architecture.
It’s hard to believe it is only a few weeks to Christmas and the end of 2014. The last few weeks have been quite busy for AILA with the following a few highlights.
On 19 and 20 of November I was in Sydney as part of the AILA delegation at the Bays Precinct International Summit. The project is an exciting proposition for Sydney and the speakers presented a range of issues that need to be considered when undertaking urban renewal on project of this scale and type. It was terrific to see international landscape architects (Professor Riek Bakker and Peter Walker) making presentations as well as local landscape architects promoting the profession in discussions and forums. AILA was also one of the most active participants on social media which attracted broader industry attention. By the end of the event the importance of open space and the value for landscape architects was front of mind. We wait to see what comes next.
On 21 November I attended the AILA Victoria Awards which was a terrific celebration of recent project work. One of the highlights of the night was the exhibition of entries which showcased the the diversity of project work from across Australia and overseas from new cities in the Middle East to an inner city courtyard. Practices of all sizes and types (government, private, individuals, etc) had submitted entries including a few new workplaces which is a terrific sign of the diversity and potential of the Victorian Chapter.
On Tuesday AILA also took part in the Parliamentary Friendship Group for Better Cities. The topic of the meeting was, The Land and Housing Challenge — Making our Cities Liveable, Affordable and Efficient — the Federal Government’s Role presented by Lucy Turnbull AO. It was great to have AILA taking part in the meeting along with current organisations which include Australian Institute of Architects, Australasian Railway Association, Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council, Bus Industry Confederation of Australia, Council of Capital City Lord Mayors, Cycling Promotion Fund, International Association of Public Transport Australia & New Zealand, National Growth Areas Alliance, National Heart Foundation, Planning Institute of Australia, Property Council of Australia, Real Estate Institute of Australia.
Next week we have the final National Council teleconference for the year with a very full agenda. Stay tuned for a final update before Christmas.
Mark Frisby FAILA
Australian Institute of Landscape Architecture