Tours to landscape architecture projects, guided walks, discussions and exclusive viewings of exhibitions and installations are some of the highlights of the 2017 Landscape Australia Conference fringe program, to be held in Sydney this year.

This year, the event will be held in the Frank Gehry-designed Dr Chau Chak Wing Building at the University of Technology Sydney. The packed program of fringe events - held in collaboration with PRAXIS, the Australian Institute of Architects’ 2017 National Architecture Conference - will present delegates with several options to visit, explore and discuss some of Sydney's finest examples of landscape architecture.

Architecture spotting from Bondi Beach to Bronte, an exploration of the rapidly changing suburbs of Ultimo, Chippendale and Surry Hills, an exclusive viewing of The inventive work of Shigeru Ban, the Japanese Pritzker Prize laureate’s first Australian exhibition, and a night out in the Royal Botanic Gardens are just some of the events planned as part of the conference’s fringe program.

See our list of highlights below.


Architecture, Planning and Landscape Super Session: 'Shaping Cities: Towards 50 Million'

Time: 1.30 – 3 pm

Facilitated by Tina Perinotto as part of the Australian Institute of Architects’ National Architecture Conference and the Planning Institute of Australia’s National Congress.

Location: Sydney International Convention Centre

Our Lands Exhibition

Time: 10 am – 5 pm 

‘Sentient lands’ considers the figures who have shaped and given form to Australia. ‘Our lands’ takes a stronger stance and includes works that question, contest and provoke discussion about rights to land in Australia. The latter exhibition is presented as a counterpoint to ‘Sentient lands’. Both will be on display in the Yiribana Gallery of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art.

Botanica Opening Night

Time: 6 pm

Botanica Opening Night is a chance to enjoy the Royal Botanic Gardens by night. It also presents an opportunity to view and purchase original artworks from this year’s impressive exhibition before it opens to the public. The exhibition will be officially opened by Dr Brett Summerell, director of science and conservation at the Royal Botanic Garden. Canap├ęs and drinks will be served. Botanica is part of Garden Art Month at RBG Sydney.


Foreshore Walk 

Time: 7 – 9 am

A pre-conference walk from Sydney’s MCA to the International Convention Centre will take conference delegates along the iconic Sydney foreshore around Circular Quay and the Rocks, under the Harbour Bridge, past Walsh Bay, around the new Barangaroo headland park and then down through Barangaroo and King St. The walk will include a quick breakfast stop at Barangaroo.


Shigeru Ban Architects: The inventive work of Shigeru Ban 

Time: 10 am – 12 pm 

Dr Gene Sherman and the SCAF Team invite you to an exclusive viewing of the 'inventive' work of Shigeru Ban, the Japanese Pritzker Prize-winning architect’s first Australian project. 

Location: Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, 16-20 Goodhope Street, Paddington

Bondi2Bronte Walk

Time: 9 am – 12 pm

The quintessential Sydney experience: walk from Bondi Beach to Bronte, with architecture spotting along the way.

Archi-Tour: Regeneration and Transformation

Time: 9 am – 12 pm

Led by architect Eoghan Lewis, founder of the Sydney Architecture Walks and architectural practice Eoghan Lewis Architects, this tour is a celebration of the art of governance. It examines the art of development and explores the gritty, rapidly-changing suburbs of Ultimo, Chippendale and Surry Hills. Headline projects for the event include Ateliers Jean Nouvel, Foster and Partners, Durbach Block Jaggers, Gehry Partners and Smart Design Studio. A number of transformative projects by local practices will also be featured, such as those by Neeson Murcutt, CHROFI, Tonkin Zulaikha Greer, JMD, Aspect Studios and Silvester Fuller.

Office Tour: Manly

Time: 11.30 am – 1 pm

Some of Sydney’s most widely-awarded practices are located beachside. Catch the ferry across the Harbour to Manly to pay visit to two of these practices: CHROFI and McGregor Coxall. Visitors will also have the opportunity to grab a bite to eat in Manly Corso.