2023 Festival of Landscape Architecture: UN/EARTH

2023 Festival of Landscape Architecture: UN/EARTH


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. Four themes - DEEP EARTH / RAW EARTH / FERTILE EARTH / SUBTERRANEAN EARTH - orientate the festival and its dialogues. 


For the latest updates, visit the official website for the 2023 Festival of Landscape Architecture: UN/EARTH https://aila.org.au/Festival2023


The Festival brings together streams of thought that engage with the elements and life below and within the earth’s surface. These theoretical conversations are enriched by walks and expeditions on Country to Adelaide’s north, southern coast, and urban plains, and to the Adelaide hills, Peramangk Country. A spectacular post-festival visit to the Ikara/Flinders Ranges, Country of the Adnyamathanha People, is also offered. 


The Festival program will include:

  • Thursday - landscape tours, Welcome to Country function and the National Landscape Architecture Awards*
  • Friday - Festival conference sessions (day one), guest evening lecturer and Fellows Dinner 
  • Saturday - Festival conference sessions (day two) and the Street Furniture Australia After Party
  • Sunday - landscape tours

For the latest updates, visit the official website for the 2023 Festival of Landscape Architecture: UN/EARTH https://aila.org.au/Festival2023 
*Tickets to the National Landscape Architecture Awards function can be purchased via the Festival online registration form.


UN/EARTH speakers include a cross section of specialists and designers across the creative, scientific and cultural and professional realms. International in scope and significance but local in impact the speakers are from the Americas, Africa, Oceania, Asia and Europe. 


DEEP/EARTH establishes the cultural-physical-spiritual-living connection to Country and Indigenous dimensions of earth. The sessions are inspired by the spiritual and human dignity of the world’s oldest continuous societies, and the clays and deep culture of the Tarntanya / Adelaide plains. It will feature First Nations custodians and others engaging with Country and working with earth as an expressive, spiritual material to connect through.

RAW/EARTH explores the challenges and solutions of extraction, mining, arid regions and processes, climates and cultures which excavate and expose earth. It considers how landscape architecture might better engage with the landscape shaping industries and work with more sensitivity and conviction with degraded quarry and mine sites and arid regions. In essence the session examines landscape architecture that exposes more than it covers. The idea that green is not always good, and that bare earth, sand and soil is sometimes the most honest, ethical, fitting, or necessary approach. It touches on arid, archaeological, sandy, and other types of exposed earth landscapes either by evolution, engineering or design.

This session is inspired by the fertile and endangered hinterland of Adelaide. Soil is of fundamental importance to life on earth and a key to sustainability yet it is being rapidly degraded. This session engages with the living dimensions of soil as an ecological imperative with specialists on food systems, microbiomes, and soil biodiversity. Australia has the world’s oldest soils and minerals that have evolved across geological time. Once lost their culture and biodiversity can be irretrievable. How might we care for and consider this resource more intelligently and creatively? UN/EARTH will reveal the most recent research in soil science and go beyond our understanding of soils as growing mediums, to consider their inherent worth as living ecologies, their fragility, complexity, and resilience.

SUBTERRANEAN/EARTH illuminates the extensive and also subtle interventions made into the earth and seeks to overturn the terra nullius or no-man’s land of the subterranean, giving it a value as an alternative and integral, layered landscape. Deep excavations are a fundamental part of urban and human culture. Cities integrate extensive underground infrastructures and there are mines of such vast scale they can envelope whole settlements. Likewise past cultures have inhabited and crafted subterranean spaces for shelter and ecological reasons. This session considers how landscape architecture can work at the interface of the underground either to repair or to link to the world above. 


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.


Registration Types


available until
25 August

rates from
26 August

AILA Members

AILA Member includes Fellows, RLA, Retired and Affiliate members.  $855  $955
AILA Graduate Member Open to AILA Graduate members and applicants.  $695  $795
AILA Student Member Open to all AILA Student members. Join now.  $455 $495


Non-member price. Become a member.

$1195 $1295 

Group Booking

Need to purchase a number of tickets on someone else's behalf? Either fill out the online form or contact [email protected] and we will email you a group booking form. 

If you purchase more than 6 tickets at the same time, you will receive 5% off the total price.

Please note, tickets can't be held.

Festival Flexi Pass

A Festival Flexi Pass allows you to tag team people from your office to different sessions across the Festival. Flexi passes can be shared between different employees of the same organisation, with the condition that only one person per Flexi pass purchased may attend the Festival at any one time.

A flexi pass includes the two-days of Festival Conference sessions, the Welcome Function, Street Furniture After Party plus first access to book for the Festival Fringe tours and events.

Member Festival Flexi Pass {Early Bird Price} - $1255


NZILA and IFLA Member Discount 
NZILA and IFLA Members are able to register for the member rate using the discount codes NZILA23 or IFLA23. Make sure you select the non-member registration type and enter the discount code at checkout.  Supply your NZILA or IFLA member number in the AILA member box. This code is applicable to both Festival Registration and the National Awards ticket.

Built Environment Discount 
AIA, PIA members and other built environment professions are able to register with a saving of 20% off the full festival non member rate. Make sure you select the non-member registration type and enter the discount code 23BUILT20 at checkout. 


All prices are listed in Australian dollars and include GST.

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• Attendance to the Festival conference sessions on Friday and Saturday
• Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea during the Festival conference sessions on Friday and Saturday
• Welcome to Country reception on Thursday 19 October (from approx. 4:30pm)
• The Street Furniture Australia After Party on the evening of Saturday 21 October
• Invitations to attend landscape tours and social events from Thursday 19 to Sunday 22 October

• The 2023 AILA National Landscape Architecture Awards cocktail function, featuring DJ Surahn Sidhu, will be held on Thursday evening, 19 October. Bookings can be made when purchasing a Festival ticket or visit HERE.
• Some tours and activities will occur an additional cost depending on the nature of the event. More information will be announced soon.

Spaces are limited at the 2023 Festival!
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We extend a special thank you to our National Corporate Supporting Partners for their support of AILA's 2023 Festival of Landscape Architecture.

Thursday, 19 October 2023 to
Sunday, 22 October 2023
12:00 pm

Tarntanya / Adelaide SA 5000
Up to 30 Formal CPD Points

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