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The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) announces that This Public Life Festival of Landscape Architecture will open next month in Melbourne to a provocative and inspiring program for professionals and the public alike.

Bringing together international and local thinkers and practitioners from the arts and sciences to explore public life through the lenses of Life + Death, Love + Longing and Participation + Spectacle, the annual Festival of Landscape Architecture will take over Melbourne from 10-20 October with a packed program of industry and public fringe events, poster exhibitions, city tours, events, installations and awards.

Promising to lead landscape enthusiasts and the public on a journey through the themes that constitute public life, the event will also feature This Public Life’s national Conference and Research Summit with participation from an impressive list of global and local innovators led by Natalie Jeremijenko from the Environmental Health Clinic in New York with headline speakers also including David van der Leer from The Van Alen Institute (USA), Cees van der Veeken from LOLA Landscape Architects (The Netherlands) and Jenny Osuldsen from Snøhetta (Norway).

A high profile line-up of local landscape architects will question the changing nature of Australia’s public spaces, and discuss critical design challenges. Local practitioners include ASPECT Studios Director, Sacha Coles, Victorian Design Review Panel member, Emma Appleton and Director of the Landscape Architecture Program at the University of Adelaide, Tanya Court.

Festival-goers will also be able to access the soon-to-be-launched, The Journey website, an interactive map featuring walking tours, bike tours and landscape points of interest.

The latest festival information including industry events and public events can be accessed on the AILA website.