Festival Program

Overseas Passenger Terminal, Circular Quay, Sydney, NSW 



Thursday 12 October 2017

9:00am - 5:30pm  Festival fringe events program > Registrations open shortly   Sydney, NSW
6:30 - 10:30pm         2017 National Landscape Architecture Awards                                                                     The Grounds of Alexandria


Friday 13 October 2017

9:00am - 5:30pm  2017 International Landscape Architecture Conference > day 1*                              Overseas Passenger Terminal, Circular Quay 
9:00 - 9:20am  Welcome (Creative Directorate) 
Opening Address
9:20 - 9:40am Welcome to Country  
9:40 - 10:10am  Opening address: 

The environmental consequences of Sydney’s expansion across the Cumberland Plain and beyond pose formidable challenges in terms of air quality, water quality, biodiversity and the loss of productive farmland.

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Prof James Weirick, UNSW Built Environment
10:10 - 10:15am  Introduction to 3rd City Ecosystems: 

Growth and development can come at a great cost. Historically the city has expanded with a footprint of degradation far larger than its own physical dimensions, a reality that we ignore at our peril. In the not too distant future, recalibrating our relationship with the ecosystems we occupy will become an essential precondition of urban development.

10:15 - 11:00am  Keynote: 

The idea of the metropolitan Sydney being comprised of ‘three cities’ in the future is a way of encapsulating and harnessing the potential of the Western Sydney Airport to improve equitable access to employment, education and cultural.

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Rod Simpson, Greater Sydney Commission
11:00 - 11:20am  Morning break   
11:20 - 12:05pm  Keynote:  Exploring the potential of green and blue infrastructure to provide urban connectivity and resilience. Read more. Prof Nina Marie Lister, Plandform (Canada)
12:05 - 12:20pm  Facilitated Q+A with keynote speakers   
12:20 - 1:20pm  Lunch   
1:20 - 2:20pm Short presentations: 3rd City Ecosystems. Read more. Dr Libby Gallagher, Gallagher Studios
Prof Rob Roggema, UTS Sydney
Dr Amy Hahs, Urban Ecology in Action 
2:20 - 2:25pm  Introduction to 3rd City Infrastructures: 

Infrastructure will be the basis for the future city, and will need nothing short of entire reinvention as existing infrastructure reaches capacity or the end of its useful life. In this session, innovative rethinks and emergent possibilities are explored and enabled.


2:25 - 3:25pm


Short presentations:3rd City Infrastructures. Read more.

Prof Rob Freestone, UNSW Built Environment
Melissa Cate Christ, transverse studio
Dr Julian Bolleter, Australian Urban Design Research Centre
3:25 - 3:45pm  Afternoon break   
3:45 - 4:30pm  Keynote: Challenging us to examine how we might reinvent our infrastructure. Read more. Prof Hillary Brown, City University of New York (USA)
4:30 - 5:15pm

Keynote:Challenging us to be realistic about the impacts of development, and ask deep questions about the relationship cities have with their resource rich environments as they expand and evolve. Read more.

Assoc Prof Pierre Belanger, Harvard University (USA/Canada)

 5:15 - 5:30pm  Facilitated Q&A with keynote speakers  
5:30 - 7:30pm  Festival Party   

Saturday 14 October 2017

9:00am - 5:30pm  2017 International Landscape Architecture Conference > day 2*                              Overseas Passenger Terminal, Circular Quay 
9:00 - 9:10am  Welcome (Creative Directorate)   
9:10 - 9:15am  Introduction to 3rd City Communities: 

The vast challenges of ecological and infrastructural calibration of the future city will require new ways to engage, conceptualise and deliver urban development.

9:15 -10:00am  Keynote: The human dimensions of future city building, unearthing the real human challenges of urbanisation and the potential fallout of urban growth. Read more. 
Prof Jeff Hou, University of Washington (USA)           
10:00 - 10:45am  Keynote:

It was a stretch in our original thinking, but our public places and spaces eventually transitioned into highly productive networks of service-oriented, citizen-centric, and digitally transformed connective tissue

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Adam Beck, Smart Cities Council Australia and New Zealand
10:45 - 11:00am  Facilitated Q&A with keynote Speakers   
11:00 - 11:20am  Morning break   
11:20 - 12:20pm  Short presentations: 3rd City Communities. Read more.
Fiona Robbé, Architects of Arcadia
Anne-Marie Pisani, Parks Victoria
Prof Margaret Somerville, University of Western Sydney
Aunty Jacinta Tobin, Darug Elder
Leanne Tobin, Darug Aboriginal artist and teacher

12:20 - 12:50pm  Student Roundtable Provocation   
12:50 - 1:55pm  Lunch   
1:55 - 2:00pm  Introduction to 3rd City Practice: 

The new realities of the 3rd City are being and will continue to be tested within the frame of the professional project, with its specific constraints and opportunities.

 2:00 - 3:00pm

Short presentations: 3rd City Practice. Read more.

Jon Hazelwood, HASSELL
Tim O'Loan, AECOM
Amalie Wright, Landscapology

3:00 - 3:45pm

Keynote: Working with communities to develop more resilient urban futures. Read more.

Jan van der Grift, Bureau Plano (Netherlands)
3:45 - 4:05pm  Afternoon break   
4:05 - 4:50pm 

Keynote: Demonstrating the power of landscape architecture to create an alternative, inclusive and resilient future. Read more.

Mia Lehrer, Mia Lehrer + Associates (USA)

 4:50 - 5:10pm  Facilitated Q&A with keynote speakers  
5:10 - 5:30pm Closing address   
5:30 - 8:00pm  Conference Closing Drinks   

*Conference program subject to change.

Sunday 15 October 2017

9:00am - 5:30pm     Festival fringe events program > Registrations open. Read more.                                                   Sydney, NSW