This year’s theme, “ART AND NATURE: Conflict and Harmony in the Landscape” provides an opportunity to reflect on the interconnectedness of human intervention and natural environments. Five international and two Australian speakers will provide intriguing dialogue addressing the theme. The divergent views of artistic Frenchman, Xavier Perrot, and nature loving Australian Phillip Johnson, are sure to spark fireworks, while the provocative Martin Rein-Cano, an Argentinean practising in Berlin, presents a hybridised approach to design, straddling both nature and art.
An uplifting, common thread in 2015 ALC presentations is a global awareness of the value of gardens to weave life, hope and tolerance into the social fabric of communities everywhere. Diana Wiesner, from Colombia, and Viesturs Cielens, from South Australia, share stories of connecting people through gardening. It is impossible not to be inspired by Diana’s infectious enthusiasm for greening our cities - with cultural, social, aesthetic and ecological advantages her motivation. Viesturs’ story of 11 early Australian women and their gardens is equally inspiring as an example of the unique partnership between the human spirit and nature.
And for those who love plant filled gardens and natural landscapes, 2015 Chelsea Gold Medallist James Basson from Provence (formerly England) and Thomas Doxiadis from Athens will delight with their stunning Mediterranean designs and pertinent blueprints for gardening down under.
ALC 2015 clearly has something for everyone and it is genuinely exciting that an opportunity to delve into the brilliant minds of those shaping the future of landscape design exists here on home shores. Make the most of it!
Early bird registration ends 30 June.
Contact: Jenny Wade - 0409 000 089; firstname.lastname@example.org
Australian Landscape Conference
Melbourne Convention Centre, South Wharf, Melbourne
September 18 – 22, 2015
Photos (top to bottom): Superkilen, Copenhagen, demonstrates Martin Rein-Cano’s talent for the fusion of art and nature; Landscaping proposal by Diana Wiesner in Bogota, Colombia; The garden as a place for dreaming… – Xavior Perrot; Mediterranean garden by Thomas Doxiadis; and Philip Johnson’s native plant driven natural landscape.