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Photo by Shaun Gladwell. Courtesy Anna Schwartz Gallery.

Not in My Backyard. The 2016 International Festival of Landscape Architecture is to be held in Canberra from 27 to 30 October 2016.

The Australian Institute of Landscape Architecture will host the Festival which incorporates the International Federation of Landscape Architects Asia-Pacific Congress Meeting, the International Conference, and the National Landscape Architecture Awards. There will be tours and fringe events as well, such as a short film competition.

A swag of local and international speakers have been secured to lead the discussion at the International Conference which will be on day two and three of the program, themed

“Adventures into the profoundly frightening, deeply uncertain and yet somehow incredibly optimistic landscapes of the 21st century”

Discussion will revolve around a statement that we are at the dawn of the Anthropocene Epoch: a new geological period defined by the fact that the earth’s systems are now fundamentally determined by human activity. The landscape of the Anthropocene is a cultural landscape and therefore a question of design.

The program is online here with a fuller version to be published in June, and early bird bookings closing on 30 June.

The welcome reception and outdoor film screening will be at the Garden of Australian Dreams, National Museum of Australia. Photo by George Serras

The welcome reception and outdoor film screening will be at the Garden of Australian Dreams, National Museum of Australia. Photo by George Serras

Fern Garden by Fiona Hall at the National Gallery, venue for the International Conference

Fern Garden by Fiona Hall at the National Gallery, Canberra. Gandel Hall at the Gallery is venue for the International Conference

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