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Practice Profile: Come Back to My Place

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Conversations about practice and projects at the coalface. Selected local design practices will open their doors to festival pass-holders and interested members of the public. Go behind the scenes, discover design culture, when and where it happens. Free events, however registration will be required as numbers will be limited.

Edible Infrastructure - Taking small bites out of big places...

Hosted by AECOM

When: Thursday 16 October, 9am – 11am
Meet at: 8.45am at Level 8 Reception, AECOM, 540 Wickham St, Brisbane
Capacity: 60 people
Contact: or 07 3553 4176

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The landscape studio within AECOM is an integrated part of the design and planning practice, with connections throughout the Asian region and global business.

In recent years there has been a steady emergence of local food and urban agriculture initiatives around the world, including Australia. These initiatives have been championed by motivated individuals, communities and forward-thinking policy makers who recognise that re-localising food systems around urban communities can create many social, environmental and economic benefits for the community and business. Establishing more localised food systems is also pivotal in the global movement towards a more sustainable and socially-equitable future that responds to the challenges of climate change, peak oil and other pressures.

This interactive session will consider the tangible potential that exists in Australia’s cities and regional communities to create sustainable local food systems. Critically, it will reinforce the role that Landscape Architects and a multi-disciplinary approach should have in helping to catalyse this change through strategy and opportunism.

The output from the session will be a provocative and punchy discussion paper and blog on behalf of AILA, to capture the thoughts, ideas and passion of attendees.


· Big picture framework for change
· The essentials of production
· Scale through collaboration
· International approaches
· Health and wellbeing

Healing Landscapes – a guided tour of the new Lady Cilento Children's Hospital

Hosted by CGRAMW

When: Thursday 16 October, 11.30am – 1pm
Meet at: Participants will be required to assemble in the courtyard on the corner of Graham and Stanley Streets at the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital (underneath the new fig trees). The tour will commence at 11.30am sharp.
Capacity: 25 people
Contact: Katharina or 07 3229 3555, Megan or 0448 094 400

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This tour is aimed to inspire and educate participants on the power of landscape architecture in creating a healing environment. Join Katharina Nieberler-Walker from Conrad Gargett Riddel Ancher Mortlock Woolley (CGRAMW) on an exclusive tour of the new $1.5B Lady Cilento Children's Hospital (LCCH) in South Brisbane.

The landscape architecture plays a major role in the design of the hospital and includes an expansive green sloping roof (the largest in the state), transplanted 30 year-old fig trees, state of the art play areas and a number of roof gardens for recreation and rehabilitation.

Participants will be able to experience the landscaped components of the new hospital and see how the design integrates with the hospital facilities and surrounding environment, including the popular South Bank precinct.

The LCCH has been delivered by Conrad Gargett Lyons design partnership (which included CGRAMW as the Landscape Consultant) and Lend Lease contractors, and has already scooped a major international award, winning the Future Health Project Award at the International Design & Health Academy Awards last year.

27 Experiences

Hosted by Lat27

When: Thursday 16 October, 12pm – 2pm
Meet at: Lat27 Studio, Unit 1/36 Wyandra Street, Newstead
Capacity: 40 people
Contact:, or 07 3852 5270

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Lat27 will roll up the garage door, open the louvers and give our colleagues a taste of working life amongst the local Newstead scene. We invite you to taste some boutique brews and local nosh from down the road, take a listen in speaker’s corner and chat with the designers in residence while music sets Wyandra Street abuzz.

Lat27's intent is to share with visitors a perspective of our City, our neighbourhood, and our studio. We will provide a series of participatory experiences, that exploit our permeable, open plan studio and give visitors an insight into how the people in the studio contribute to and engage with the 'Newstead Trail'.

As an illustration of our role in this trail we will give visitors a bespoke orientation map on arrival identifying features such as design curiosities, lanes and links, places to graze and music hotspots.

Not in my Backyard

Hosted by Cardno

When: Thursday 16 October, 2pm - 3.30pm
Meet at: Cardno Head Office, Level 11 Green Square North Tower, 515 St Pauls Terrace, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane
Capacity: 40 people
Contact: or 0439 526 061

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The Theme "Not in My Backyard" will be loosely explored with displays and activities.

We are fortunate to have fantastic views from the top of the Cardno Building in Fortitude Valley, where we watch daily as Brisbane's own "back yard" rapidly changes.

As the city grows horizontally and vertically, "the backyard" is under pressure. Some are shrinking; some are disappearing while others are lovingly landscaped. The event will include displays of projects as well as activities to amuse, surprise and enthral.

Afternoon refreshments will be available throughout the event.

Catch a train to Fortitude Valley Station - walk through car park end of Centre to Alfred Street - head east towards Cardno building in Green Square Close (approx. 300m walk).

Studio Tour

Hosted by HASSELL

When: Thursday 16 October, 4pm – 5pm
Meet at: HASSELL Studio, 36 Warry Street, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane
Capacity: 30 people
Contact: Michelle Farry, or 07 3914 4000

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In 2008, HASSELL designed the current studio from a former bakery into the award winning workplace today. The design of the studio was specifically based around achieving a space which supports multidisciplinary work practice.

The former Keatings Bread Factory building has been extensively refurbished to create a suite of open-plan interconnected studio and gathering spaces. The move to this campus-style building in Fortitude Valley reinforces HASSELL design philosophies and reflects the studio's strong position in the marketplace.

HASSELL will provide visitors with a tour of the Brisbane Studio, followed by a session with Senior Associate Troy King who will outline the story behind the studio design and how it optimises the communication and design synergies between the various disciplines. Groups will be broken into smaller groups for a tour of the various work areas, including the hub/kitchen, courtyard, project room, model room and various work areas.

Come Back to FRED St…

Hosted by FRED St

When: Thursday 16 October, 4pm – 5.45pm
Meet at: FRED St offices: 12 Ipswich Road, Woolloongabba, Brisbane. FRED St will provide bus transport, to transport attendees to the SLQ by 6pm for the Festival launch party.
Capacity: 40 people
Contact: Tessa Leggo, or 07 3393 2914

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Everyday, Everywhere, Everyone interacts with the Street.

The Street is central to our daily experiences and an essential component of urban living. Streets provide the physical structure within which people gather, move, interact and exchange. Streets play a vital role in the establishment of robust and prosperous communities.

FRED St is a small Landscape Architecture Practice established by Jennifer Neales FAILA and Tessa Leggo located within the vibrant Logan Road precinct of Woolloongabba. Our name is an interpretation of what we love to do - design places for people. FRED represents our community – you, me and every person. The St is the site – where we all live, work and play.

Together with Larc Collective and Global Sitelink, we warmly invite you to “Come Back to FRED St” and celebrate the Diversity of Street Life via four interactive and innovative design installations. Over a knock-off drink we’ll reinforce the universal link between streets and people by exploring four very different influences to street design. Together we will create live installation pieces - The Driver; Urban Evolution; The Burbs; and Federation Gardens. Which will inspire questions, ideas and motivate interaction amongst the mingling professionals and interested public.

For more details check out our website

The Tract Rooftop Breakfast

Hosted by Tract

When: Saturday 18 October, 7.30am – 9am
Meet at: Ground floor of 140 Ann St, Brisbane. A host will direct guests to the rooftop.
Capacity: 60 people
Contact: Graeme Harvison; or 07 3002 6400

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Come and hear from two leaders of one of Australia’s most recognisable Landscape Architecture firm; Tract Founding Director Rodney Wulff FAILA and Managing Director Deiter Lim AILA, over breakfast with rooftop views across King George Square and of the City Hall.

With a rich legacy of over forty years of practice Tract has been an instrumental player in the Australian field of Landscape Architecture, through the exceptional contribution of its work, teaching and research. As Peter Walker has stated, “the field (landscape architecture) has attempted to find order, beauty and ecological balance. Our collective and sequential experiences define our progress and inform our continued efforts…… certain firms in certain places have made exceptional contributions to these efforts and Tract is one of these firms.”

Hear from Rodney Wulff as he reflects upon his experiences from over forty five years in practice, and hear from the new generational leader of the practice, Deiter Lim, on what this means to the practice as a legacy as well as his reflections on the profession in today’s world and what this means to Tract as we look forward to the future.

TRI: Interconnected places enable a community of research

Hosted by Wilson Architects + Donovan Hill

When: Saturday 18 October, 8am – 9am
Meet at: Building entrance off the Diamantina Road forecourt
Capacity: 30 people
Contact: or 07 3831 2755

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A rare opportunity to visit and hear from the Landscape Architects of the Translational Research Institute, designed by Wilson Architects + Donovan Hill Architects in Association.

The event, staged in the TRI Outdoor Room, will be a conversation with Wilson Architects' Director, Beth Wilson, who will discuss how the use of a large leafy atrium and subtropical plantings around and within TRI social spaces is conducive to providing a warm and inviting environment for the facility’s scientists, other staff and visitors.

Beth will reveal how TRI was conceived as a series of interconnected places to enable a community of research and the important role the integrated landscape architecture plays in encouraging interaction and collaboration. A TRI Representative will also offer a short talk on the science that is being conducted in the building.

Following the talk, guests can explore the landscaped Outdoor Room and its diverse range of long lived ancient trees and plants, while enjoying a refreshment from the on-site cafe.