The first Festival of Landscape Architecture

The first Festival of Landscape Architecture: Forecast program was launched last week, overlooking the Festival site on the Brisbane River. The Festival Creative Directors, Diana Snape, Sharon Mackay and Catherin Bull, in an advisory role, promise a program of participatory experiences and conversations.

‘Forecast is designed to inspire and engage by re-imagining the way we meet and celebrate the profession, share our stories and learn through discourse and debate,’ said the Creative Directors.

‘The Festival will prototype a new approach for Landscape Architecture, reflecting the way we work as designers – transparently, collaboratively and iteratively.’

Amongst the line-up of ‘conversationalists’ is Julie Bargmann (USA), founder of D.I.R.T. studio and internationally recognised as an innovative designer in building regenerative landscapes. Bargmann has received the American Academy in Rome Fellowship and her work was awarded the National Design Award by Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt Museum. Bargmann’s D.I.R.T. projects have been featured in art and design exhibitions including Documenta and the National Design Centennial.

Along with Julie Bargmann, the Forecast conversationalists include:

·         Perry Lethlean (Taylor Cullity Lethlean) – VIC

·         Matt Baida (WAX Design) – SA

·         Pamille Berg OA (Pamille Berg Consulting) – ACT

·         Matthew Mackay (HASSELL) – VIC

·         Malcolm Snow (National Capital Authority) – ACT

·         James Hayter (Oxigen) – SA

·         Timothy Horton (Architects Registration Board NSW) – NSW

·         Anton James (JMD Design) – NSW

·         Daniel Bennett (Adelaide City Council) – SA

·         Cameron Bruhn (Architecture Media) – VIC

·         Amy Grey (Meter Design) – QLD

·         Penny Hall (Arup) – ARUP

·         Stuart Harrison (Harrison and White & The Architects (3RRR)) – VIC

·         Dr Jo Russell-Clarke (University of Adelaide & The Plan Radio) – SA

·         Andy Sharp (Curtin University (PLACE Laboratory)) – WA

·         Rachel Smith (AECOM) – QLD

·         Yen Trihn (Queensland Museum) – QLD

FORECAST program highlights


Purposefully diverse, the program features a series of conversation sessions that bring together a variety of Landscape Architects and allied professionals to exchange insights.

Practice Profile: Come Back to My Place

Selected local design practices will open their doors to festival pass-holders and interested members of the public. Go behind the scenes, discover design culture, when and where it happens.


FORECAST: The Exhibition

Curated specifically for Forecast, some of Australia’s most pre-eminent landscape and architecture photographers have contributed their work to an exhibition celebrating Place and Photography.

BROADCAST: The Interviews

‘The Plan’ and ‘The Architects’ will document the Festival through interviews and videos with speakers and participants.

Landscape Architecture Research Forum

Led by Queensland University Technology, this forum will be a platform for research in Landscape Architecture.

FORECAST_ Festival Opening Party
Join Brisbane’s design community to help launch Forecast – AILA’s inaugural Festival of Landscape Architecture.

EAT THE CITY: Long Table Dinner + 2014 AILA National Awards

Celebrate the entries and the winners of the 2014 AILA National Awards. Be inspired by a unique food experience and by your fellow festivalgoers.

FORECAST 16 – 18 October

For the full Festival of Landscape Architecture: Forecast program and to purchase tickets, visit

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