Australian Institute
of Landscape Architects
presents —

Forecast Festival of Landscape Architecture 16-18 Oct 2014
AILA - Australian Institute of Landscape Architects


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Welcome to Forecast: the Inaugural Festival of Landscape Architecture

With a program of participatory experiences and conversations, Forecast is designed to inspire and engage by re-imagining the way we meet and celebrate the profession, share our stories and learn through discourse and debate. Over three days on the banks of the Brisbane River, the festival will prototype a new approach for Landscape Architecture, reflecting the way we work as designers – transparently, collaboratively and iteratively. This is a festival for designers, thinkers, collaborators and innovators to partake in conversations and events to help build a momentum that will underpin the future of the profession.


Landscape Architects continue to explore new ways of working across scales - increasingly global, yet also regional and local. We are collaborating and engaging more broadly, inventing and experimenting more rapidly and creating new approaches to the way we practice and shape environments.

Forecast will look to the edges of our profession to better understand where Landscape Architects have influence and how we operate. Featuring speakers who practice on and interact with the cusp of the profession, the conversations will reveal the terrain, explore opportunities and become a platform for forecasting a future direction.

Join guests from across Australia and the world as we explore, define and forecast Landscape Architecture from differing perspectives. Purposefully diverse, the program doesn't seek to provide answers, but insights though a series of conversation sessions. These sessions will also become the departure point for a series of broadcasts continuing the forecasting beyond Brisbane and into the future.

Creative Directors

"In the course of our diverse experiences, both on projects we've done together and in our own practice, we have been testing ways to curate engaging conversation that enables genuine exchange of ideas. The outcomes are always diverse, they are often unpredictable, they usually involve having a lot of fun, and they inevitably lead us immediately to devising the next project so we can continue the conversation. Occasionally they lead to real and systemic change. Forecast brings these experiences together to reimagine the conference for Landscape Architecture.

We hope that as the inaugural Festival of Landscape Architecture, Forecast will inspire many more conversations that continue to strengthen and evolve the role of Landscape Architecture - and Landscape Architecture Festivals - in Australia."

Creative Directors Sharon Mackay and Di Snape, with Catherin Bull AM as advisor.

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If you are an AILA member, from this link you will be able to log in to the member system. If you are not currently an AILA member, please create a new account to progress with your registration.

For cheque or direct deposit payments, or if you are experiencing trouble with the online booking system you can download and complete a hard copy registration form. DOWNLOAD FORM.

Pass types and prices

Full festival pass including awards dinner Full festival pass NOT including awards dinner Friday day pass Saturday day pass
Registered landscape architects, fellows and current applicants $749 $599 $449 $449
Graduate members $549 $399 $329 $329
Non-members $949 $799 $569 $569
Student and retired members $399 $249    
Flexi pass $949 $799    
Parties and dinners
Welcome party Thursday $45
Long table dinner & awards $150

Prices are inclusive of GST.

Group bookings

AILA has a special for groups wishing to attend the Festival. If you purchase five full Festival passes, you will receive the sixth pass free!

This offer extends to group bookings of single tickets to the Long table dinner Awards night too. Buy five tickets and receive the sixth for free.

To take up either of these offers please contact the team via or 02 6248 9970.

Pass types and what they cover

Full festival passes include the full day program on Friday 17 and Saturday 18 October, including the evening events on both those days. Full passes include morning, afternoon and lunch meals on Friday 17 and Saturday 18 October. The Full festival pass includes the Friday evening Awards dinner and closing party on Saturday night. They do not include tickets to the welcome party on Thursday 16 October.

Attendance to the Welcome party on Thursday 16 October is not included in any Festival pass type. Please purchase a ticket to attend this event if you wish to attend.

All pass types, including Full passes and Day-only passes, include entry to the closing party on Saturday 18 October.

Single-day passes include sessions during the ticketed day and access to the closing party on Saturday 18 October only. These passes also include morning, afternoon and lunch meals on the day of attendance. If you would like to attend the Welcome party on Thursday 16 or the long table dinner Awards presentation on Friday 17 October please purchase tickets to these.

Student, Graduate and Retired rates are applicable for members of AILA within these categories only. They do not apply to students, graduates or those who are retired in general. To find out more about AILA membership please visit

All passes are for the registered individual only, and CPD points will be allocated to that person.

If you wish to share a pass, you may like to consider a Flexi pass. These passes are fully transferable between different employees of the same practice, with the condition that only one person per Flexi pass purchased may attend the Festival at any one time. The pass can be left for collection, at the Forecast registration desk or you can arrange transfers with your co-workers. This pass allows access to all the sessions, events and meals that a Full pass does, for one person at any one time.

If you are unsure as to which pass is relevant for you, please get in touch via or 02 6248 9970. We would be very happy to help clarify.

No longer able to make it?

If you are unable the Festival after buying a pass, a substitute attendee is welcome. All cancellations or changes to a registration must be made in writing AILA via

All cancellations and refunds will incur an administration fee of $100. No refunds will be issued after 1 October 2014. 'No Shows' will still be charged the full fee paid.


Please contact team at AILA with any pass related enquiries, or if you wish to make payment with cheque or bank transfer.
T 02 6248 9970
F 02 6249 7337


Much of the Festival will be taking place at the State Library of Queensland (SLQ), located on the river at South Bank.

SLQ plays a lead role in serving all Queenslanders, through state-wide library services and partnerships with over 340 public libraries, including 22 Indigenous Knowledge Centres (IKCs).

Founded in 1896, the SLQ has become a bold and adventurous 21st century library driven by a commitment to access for all. SLQ is a ‘knowledge bank’ and vital community resource, as much a physical as well as a virtual place for sharing, learning, collaborating, and creation.

SLQ belongs to the people of Queensland. It is an inclusive and welcoming place for all, a trusted source for information, a place for intellectual freedom, a cornerstone of democracy and custodian of Queensland’s memory.


If you are visiting from interstate, we have sourced some special rates at hotels in Brisbane exclusively for those attending the Festival.

These rates are valid for accommodation for the nights of 16, 17 and 18 October 2014. Please contact the hotel directly to make bookings. All rates are subject to availability and you may be required to provide your credit card details at time of booking. For more information on inclusions, availability and cancellation policies, please contact the hotels directly. All prices below include GST and are per room per night.

Please note that the Bledisloe Cup is taking place in Brisbane on Saturday 18 October. We recommend you make accommodation arrangements as early as possible to secure good rates.

Park Regis North Quay
293 North Quay, Brisbane Qld
T: 07 3013 7200

For the nights of Wednesday 15, Thursday 16 and Friday 17 October:

For the night of Saturday 18 October:

To book: Email or call 07 3013 7200 to make a reservation. Or visit, click on ‘Find Rooms’ and enter code: CAILA as the promotional code when booking to access these rates.

Rydges South Bank
Corner of Grey and Glenelg Streets, South Bank Qld 4101
T: 07 3364 0800

The 4½ star Rydges South Bank is situated in the South Bank arts and entertainment precinct, a ten minute walk to the State Library of Queensland.

Queen Room - $269 per room per night for Thursday 16 and Friday 17 October
Queen Room - $359 per room for the night of Saturday 18 October

Rate includes accommodation for up to two people in a Queen Room. Complimentary WI-FI is included in the room rate. Buffet breakfast is available for $35 per person.

To book: Contact the hotel directly via 07 3364 0800 and ask for reservations, or up until 19 September you can visit the AILA Festival customised booking page.

The Accor Group is offering Forecast delegates 14.5% discount off the best available unrestricted rates at the following three of their hotels.

Ibis Brisbane
27-35 Turbot Street, Brisbane Qld 4000
T: 07 3237 2300

Ibis Brisbane has all the key features for a comfortable business or leisure stay and its convenient location means guests are only a short stroll from the city. Facilities include 24 hour reception, internet, parking a newly refurbished restaurant and bar.

Standard room – 14.5% off the best available unrestricted rate

To book: Visit the AILA booking link

Novotel Brisbane
200 Creek Street, Brisbane Qld 4000
T: 07 3309 3309

Novotel Brisbane offers guests 4½ star accommodation in the heart of Brisbane. Facilities include 24 hour reception, gym, pool, internet, parking, café, restaurant and bar.

Standard room - 14.5% off the best available unrestricted rate

To book: Visit the AILA booking link

Mercure Brisbane
85-87 North Quay, Brisbane Qld 4000
T: 07 3237 2300

Mercure Brisbane is just steps from the CBD with spectacular views of the Brisbane River and Southbank Parklands. It is a 10-15 walk to the SLQ across Kurilpa Bridge. The hotel features 194 recently refurbished rooms and suites with access to 24 hour reception, gym, pool, internet, parking, restaurant and bar.

City View Room - 14.5% off the best available unrestricted rate

To book: Visit the AILA booking link


AILA is delighted to be holding the inaugural Festival of Landscape Architecture in Brisbane.

Brisbane is renowned for its relaxed outdoor lifestyle, friendly locals, cultural scene and diverse attractions. Brisbane has a vibrant edge, a free-spirited optimism, a sense of adventure and a determination to do things just that little bit differently.

Here, the thinking is shared, the ideas are up for grabs, and the problems are solved together at international and national conventions. And in between the itinerary, whether you have a few hours or a few days, there is plenty for you to experience and make the most of every moment.

You’ll be welcomed in and shown the local places to visit, world class cultural precincts, endless alfresco bistro and cafes, and specialist bars. Brisbane’s city lifestyle is marked by South Bank’s inner-city beach, riverside parklands hugging the Brisbane River, and culture-rich precinct housing Australia’s largest Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland Art Gallery, Queensland Museum, and Queensland Performing Art Complex.

And, of course, it's about a long-standing love affair with the outdoors. Brisbane lives and breathes outdoor experiences.

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The Festival will provide attendees with Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points. More information on CPD, including the point value of sessions and how reporting will be processed will be available in August 2014.


Please contact team at AILA with any enquiries:
T 02 6248 9970
F 02 6249 7337