Canberra is quite a rare city - it's one of very few in the world to have been fully planned. So it seems fitting that it has been selected to host this year’s International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) Asia-Pacific Congress which will be the focal event of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA’s) Festival of Landscape Architecture and fifty year celebrations in 2016. The 2016 IFLA Congress is themed “Not in My Backyard” and focuses on the ways in which landscape architects are uniquely positioned to respond to key characteristics of the Anthropocene Age - global urbanization and climate change. ASPECT Studio’s very own Kirsten Bauer, a director based in our Melbourne Studio, will be among the conference speakers and we believe this will be among the Congress highlights! Held over four days, the Congress will include a Conference, National Landscape Architecture Awards and a range of public and industry tours, exhibitions, city activations, screenings and talks. It will not only bring together landscape architects, planners and artists but will also act as a fitting celebration for the 50th anniversary of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architecture. The Conference will be organised around seven subsections: New Views, which examines the achievements of landscape architecture over the past 50 years in Australia and how this history is relevant to the future. New Natures, which focuses on the state of the nation’s ecosystems and challenges landscape architects to reconceptualize design and planning at a time when human behaviour has become a major geological force. New Cities, which looks at the big challenges facing Australia’s urban environments in the 21st century and how we may improve their ecological, economic and social performance. New Stories, which explores how landscape architects can think more critically about how they create places. New Signs, which highlights the importance of subversive tactics, intellectual risks, formal experimentation and symbolism in contemporary design culture. New Techniques, which examines the new opportunities digital technologies bring to landscape architecture. New Practices, which looks at the way in which designers engage with communities and considers new ways of working. In addition to the core program, the Congress will include a short film competition, a screening of a the documentary 50+, which is based on interviews some of the world’s leading landscape architects, and a day-long roundtable of students representing Australia’s landscape architecture programs. This year’s IFLA Congress will acknowledge what has been accomplished through landscape architecture over the past half a century and, importantly, what remains to be achieved. The profession is in a unique position to apply both scientific knowledge and artistic imagination to the challenges of the Anthropocene and this event will help point the way. The International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) Asia-Pacific Congress will be held in Canberra from Thursday 27 to Sunday 30 October 2016. Return to News
“Not in My Backyard” – IFLA Congress to be focal event of AILA’s 50 year celebrations.