We had a full house at AGDF’s Green Speed Learning Forum on Sustainable Synergy: Architecture & Landscape held on 12th September with speakers covering a range of projects and approaches.

Belinda Allwood spoke about social sustainability and developments in the intercultural design method with  examples from POD’s indigenous projects.

Damian Thompson discussed the Oxley Creek transformation, the visionary idea for ‘Barrambin’ at Victoria Park, and generously shared plenty of proactive design concepts.  We’re grateful to Damian for his infectious optimism and for taking the time to speak to us ahead of an overseas cycling trip from London to Paris.

Ralph Bailey’s presentation was inspirational.  He spoke about the design philosophy behind the Kingfisher Bay Resort and Village and the nuances associated with development in the world heritage park listed Fraser Island.   His ground breaking work at the resort is comparable to botanical cataloguing efforts in discovering ‘new’ lands.  Phil Jackson shared the complexities of developing an ecologically sensitive site such as the Mary Cairncross Reserve- a Sunshine Coast hinterland ‘must visit.’

The forum continued with informal discussion for another hour after the presentations. Thanks go out to all our speakers: Belinda Allwood from POD, Damian Thompson from Lat 27, Ralph Bailey and Phil Jackson from Guymer Bailey Architects, and sponsors Tonic Cafe & Bar, & BE Collective.

Join us for next month’s Green Speed Learning Forum on October 24: Major (Sustainable) Projects.

Image credit: Guymer Bailey Architects