AILA invites you to Tarntanya / Adelaide for the 2023 Festival of Landscape Architecture UN/EARTH, held on Kaurna Meyunna Yerta (Kaurna People’s Country) and surrounding regions from 19th - 22nd October.
UN/EARTH seeks to illuminate the worlds beneath us through exploration of the physical and metaphoric soil horizons upon which landscape architecture practice is founded. The eroding, geologic, cavernous, mineral, and organic processes that have shaped our planet's crust, so often hidden and beyond our gaze, are the primary source materials for UN/EARTH.
Critical and creative spaces for investigation are unearthed through a focus on varied landscape domains including soils, fertility, geological strata, subterranean infrastructure, mineral excavations, fossil records, enduring practices for living on Country, and archaeologies.
Australia's fragile soils and minerals have evolved across geological time and climate and are now threatened. Soil diversity, culture, and biodiversity once lost are irretrievable. And human intrusions deep underground result in altered physical and cultural dynamics with wide ranging effects. Design and new relationships with Country can provide alternatives for working creatively and sensitively with the raw materials of landscape architecture.
UN/EARTH seeks ideas and design approaches that value and promote care for these complex layers of the earth which connect and support life. The festival brings together speakers from the profession and across science, research, arts, First Nations, and cultural realms.
In 2023 the festival is directed by four leading landscape architects working and living on Kaurna Meyunna Yerta. Lyndon Slavin is a senior landscape architect at ASPECT Studios, Dr Tanya Court is creative director of Tanya Court Projects, Dr Scott Hawken is director of the Landscape Architecture and Urban Design programs at the University of Adelaide and Gemma Kleinig, landscape architect, City Design at the City of Unley. We look forward to you joining us.
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