July 12, 2017 -July 14, 2017


Ecocity World Summit 2017

The Ecocity World Summit 2017 will focus on the theme of Changing Cities: Resilience and Transformations. Highlighting the need to deploy expert knowledge – academic, professional, civic – to make cities resilient in the face of rapid change, the Summit will harness the expertise and develop the networks needed to create a world of ecocities.

The Hon Al Gore (former US Vice President and current Chair of The Climate Reality Project) will be the Principal Speaker at the Summit. He is scheduled to deliver his famous slide presentation including his insights on the role of cities in meeting the global climate challenge.

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July 28, 2017

Lendlease Darling Quarter Theatre, Terrace 3, 1-25 Harbour Street, Sydney 2000

Cities for Children Forum

The second in a series of Foreground Forums.

Foreground is pleased to announce the second in its series of forums to take place over the course of 2017. Cities for Children will bring together four built environment professionals whose expertise ranges from landscape architecture to urban design and from planning to urban policy. Each will bring a distinct body of knowledge to the neglected subject of how we design our cities for children.

One in five Australians is a child, yet the presence of children within the civic realm is significantly confined to formal play spaces. As important as playgrounds and dedicated children’s parks are, the question of how well our streets, suburbs, shops and public domain responds to the needs of children remains a moot question.

This half-day forum will take place in the Lendlease Darling Quarter Theatre on the morning of Friday 28 July. Our four speakers will be announced shortly.

October 12, 2017 -October 15, 2017


2017 International Festival of Landscape Architecture: The Third City

The International Festival of Landscape Architecture is now in its fourth year. Events for the 2017 Festival will be wide ranging and include the National Landscape Architecture Conference, National Landscape Architecture Awards, a student program, parties, talks, tours, exhibitions, installations and city activations.

The 2017 International Festival of Landscape Architecture Creative Directorate will be convened by Professor Helen Lochhead, Dean of UNSW Faculty of Built Environment, with UNSW Built Environment, Landscape Architecture faculty Catherine Evans, Sara Padgett Kjaersgaard and Mike Harris in close collaboration with Mark Tyrrell (TyrrellStudio) and Dr Scott Hawken (UNSW MUDD Program).

Prior to her appointment as Dean, Prof Helen Lochhead held a number of influential positions in the NSW Government and the City of Sydney including Executive Director at both Sydney Olympic Park Authority and Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, and was most recently Deputy NSW Government Architect.

Tickets on sale from January 2017 at