2019 Landscape Australia Conference: Cultivating New Agencies - architecture and design

2019 Landscape Australia Conference: Cultivating New Agencies

Today’s 2019 Landscape Australia Conference, held in Melbourne, brought together local and international speakers on the role of landscape in shaping our future through the design, planning and management of gardens, cities and regions.
The power and personal significance of places were themes touched on by Sanitas Pradittasnee of Thailand’s Sanitas Studio, whose background in landscape architecture and fine art shines through her work and focus on ‘sculptural space’.
With these ideas in mind, the work of Sanitas Studio can be interpreted as a meditation on contrasts ? in materials, forms, history and culture. Take, for example, “Khao Mo Mythical Escapism”: a towering, immersive installation of mirrored boxes that encase a pile of soil, designed to offer city dwellers a moment of escape. Another work for the Bangkok Art Biennale 2018, “Across the Universe and Beyond” saw a transparent red perspex screen inserted at Khao Mor, Wat Arun (Temple of the Dawn). “[It’s] not only a journey inside the installation, but a journey outside,” Sanitas explained. Later on, Walter Hood of America’s Hood Design Studio expounded that by embracing “the freedom [to act] freely” in his practice, he could test the boundaries of conventional landscape architecture. Incorporation of cultural and historical context underpins Hood Design Studio’s oeuvre, demonstrated by projects like Nashville’s “Wi...
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