The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) hosted the launch of the 2018 International Festival of Landscape Architecture: ‘The Expanding Field’ on the Gold Coast on Wednesday night.

The launch was held to get people into the spirit of this year’s festival, which will also take place on the Gold Coast from 11-14 October. 

This year’s theme ‘The Expanding Field’ intends to take attendees on a journey of exploring overlaps in practice around landscape, both within and beyond the profession, in an Australian destination that has so much variety to offer.

“We’ll hear from designers, anthropologists, authors, scientists, artists and others about themes and topics that surround us that might enable landscape architecture to grow its relevance and ability to confront the challenges of the coming century,” says Taylor Cullity Lethlean (TCL) spokesperson Ricky Ricardo. 

Among those speakers announced at the launch, yet to be released on the website, was Martin Rein-Cano, principal and co-founder of Topotek 1 landscape architecture studio in Berlin. Rein-Cano will present on Topotek 1’s involvement in the landscape architecture planning for the Gold Coast Cultural Precinct.

“The festival being held on the Gold Coast this year is fantastic because we’re not just going to be in just one place - we’re going to be expanding the landscape and going to different venues, exploring the little secrets and culture here and it would be fantastic for people in other cities to experience that,” says Alice Hawker, who is AILA’s local representative for the Gold Coast area.