This Public Life Blog

Students Design Innovative Public ‘Hangouts’ to Escape the City

An inner-city wetland stream and a collection of disaster resilient social parks in Wellington, and activity precincts for an industrial area in Sydney have been selected as the top three proposals for landscape architecture design competition, This Public Space. Read more.

Tag #LappsetAUBike for your chance to win a bike

To celebrate the launch of Lappset Australia's Twitter account, Lappset Australia is asking Festival delegates to tell us about your Festival experience for your chance to win your very own bike. Read more.

To the Festival with Austral Bricks & Austral Masonry 

Would you love to attend Australia’s biggest landscape architecture event, the Festival of Landscape Architecture: This Public Life, but you just don’t have the cash? Read more.

Welcome to Country App

The Welcome to Country iPhone app. delivers a simple Welcome to Country video introduction~ to Australian indigenous culture, including basic cultural protocols that are tribal boundary geo-specific. Read more.

Adam Nitschke: New Alignments

In his role at Parks Victoria, Adam Nitschke is leading a number of masterplanning projects that focus on augmenting our experiences in national parks. Read more.

I Was Here - Chart Collective

Chart Collective invites the community to share their private moments of joy and catastrophe in the multi-site publishing project, I Was Here. Read more.

National Gallery of Victoria's Grollo Equiset Garden

The Summer Architecture Commissions are a new initiative of the Department of Contemporary Design and Architecture offering in the Grollo Equiset Garden at NGV International. Read more.

Krump Park Winners Announced

The interdisciplinary team from RMIT Landscape Architecture, Interior Design, Industrial Design and Architecture will begin building components of their design during September. Read more.

Wondrous engagement: Natalie Jeremijenko

Natalie Jeremijenko blends art, engineering, environmentalism, biochemistry and more to create real-life experiments that enable social change. Read more.

In Profile: Blake Farmar-Bowers

Street Furniture Australia chats to Blake Farmar-Bowers, landscape architect, Associate at ASPECT Studios and speaker at Festival event, Revitalizing Box Hill with Playspaces. Read more.

MPavilion 2015

The MPavilion 2015, designed by Amanda Levete, will play host to a range of events exploring architecture, landscape and design this summer. Read more.

Bolzano Cable Car – Snøhetta

Snøhetta was awarded first prize in the competition and the commission of the Bolzano Cable Car, Italy. The steep Virgolo/Virgl mountain has been practically inaccessible to visitors for almost forty years. Read more.

Casanova + Hernandez Public Talk

Public Space Acupuncture has been crystallized as an alternative set of urban strategies based on a set of catalytic and coordinated interventions. Read more.

15th Biennial Symposium on Arts and Technology

This Public Life Festival speaker, Natalie Jeremijenko, will be presenting the keynote address at the 3 day Symposium hosted at the Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology at Connecticut College. Read more.

Snøhetta to lead design of Portland's Willamette Falls Riverwalk

Oregon Governor Kate Brown has announced the selection of Mayer/Reed, Snøhetta, and DIALOG as the design team. When completed, visitors will have access to the site for the first time in more than 100 years. Read more.

Urban Mind App

Urban Mind is an app that measures your experience of city living in the moment. This Public Life is collaborating with Urban Mind to produce a digital art exhibition related to the study. Read more.


The SATCHEL SKETCH COMP invites students and graduates of landscape architecture to submit a digital sketch which incorporates the theme of this year’s Festival, This Public Life. Hurry, entries close 7 September. Read more.


This Public Space Student Comp Launches

This Public Space calls on students across Australia and New Zealand to work in teams to develop innovative design and programming strategies that make public spaces more inclusive. Read more.



The Van Alen Institute launches Urban SOS

Urban SOS is an ideas competition calling on multidisciplinary teams of students worldwide to identify risks to urban food, energy, or water systems, and offer strategies that make these systems more efficient and equitable. Read more.

Natalie Jeremijenko’s TREExOFFICE

London Festival of Architecture 2015: wrapped around a tree trunk in east London's Hoxton Square, this translucent pod provides temporary office space intended to encourage workers into the borough's parks. Read more.

Janet Laurence

Janet Laurence named Australian artist for the Artists 4 Paris Climate COP21. Recognized for their commitment as well as their ability to mobilize the widest audience, visual artists from around the world have agreed to participate in the initiative. Read more.

Grampians Peaks Trail - Parks Victoria

Parks Victoria says the Grampians Peaks Trail would become an "icon walk" for Victoria. It is expected to generate more than 80,000 visitor nights and an economic benefit of $6.4 million a year by 2025, according to the trail master plan. Read more.