CONFERENCE

11 - 12 OCT 2019

 

The 2019 International Festival of Landscape Architecture adopts the typologies of the Square and the Park to explore how we conceive, design, fund, construct and manage urban open space in our contemporary context.

This focus is particularly relevant to a Festival held in Melbourne – a city which at various times has had problematic relationships to the Square and the Park. For example, colonial Melbourne emerged from a speculative grid conceived without a civic square, ringed by a series of colonial parks and gardens that erased significant Kulin nation gathering grounds. More recently, the internationally celebrated Federation Square was scheduled for partial demolition to allow the insertion of an Apple global store, stirring debate over the Square’s continuing role as a public space.

This Festival advocates for a greater ambition for designed parks and squares in all Australian cities, conceived to extend beyond an internal professional discussion to reach the broader community, politicians and other design disciplines.

A partnership with the University of Melbourne to deliver an international ideas competition to find new public parks in Melbourne forms a major part of this strategy. Launched in March 2019, this competition will provoke discussion before, during and after the Festival.

Programmed around a diverse presentation format, the Festival will be engaging and entertaining, offering ideas and inspiration relevant to established professionals, emerging designers and students of landscape architecture. Discussions will continue at a post-Festival academic forum to be held at the University of Melbourne, while a record of key moments, ideas and competition winners will be published in a February 2020 edition of Landscape Architecture Australia.

 

THE CREATIVE DIRECTORS

With a combined background in academia, arts and landscape architecture design practice, the Melbourne based team of Cassandra Chilton, Jillian Walliss and Kirsten Bauer bring together their intellectual, creative and organisational skills to deliver the 2019 AILA International Festival of Landscape Architecture.

 

Cassandra Chilton

Principal, Rush Wright Associates

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Jillian Walliss

Senior Lecturer, University of Melbourne

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Kirsten Bauer

Director, ASPECT Studios

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INTERNATIONAL KEY NOTE ADDRESSES 

Presenting the perspectives of the designer, the critic and the government, three key note  addresses will introduce contemporary ideas and critical reflections on the park and the square from Europe, North America and Asia.

Acclaimed Swiss designer:
Günther Vogt

The founding Director of Vogt Landscape - a practice renowned for their contemporary park design.

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North American academic and critic:
Julia Czerniak

Associate Dean and Professor of Architecture at Syracuse University and a specialist in landscape theory and criticism.

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South Korean academic and designer:
Kyung-Jin Zoh

Professor of Landscape Architecture at Seoul National University and chief advisor of Parks and Green Space in Seoul Metropolitan Government.

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THE PROGRAM


STATE OF THE NATION

Critical reflections on seminal Australian designs

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A HYPOTHETICAL DEBATE

Exploring contemporary pressures to ‘monetise’ civic space

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THE FUTURE PARK

An International Design Ideas Competition

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THE MATERIALITY OF THE SQUARE

Designers discuss their ‘back of house’ design processes

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DETAILING DEBACLES

When the best design intentions go awry

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THE PARK AS ON-GOING PROCESS

New concepts of management and co-creation

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NEW GEN PROGRAM

A tailored one-day experience

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THE AILA NATIONAL AWARDS

A celebration of excellence

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