Top 7 Must-See Festivities

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Street Furniture Australia is proud to be sponsoring the 2018 International Festival of Landscape Architecture: The Expanding Field held 11-14 October at the Gold Coast this year.

We summarise our top 7 must-see street furniture events and experiences.

Book your festival tickets at the AILA website.


1. The Expanding Field Conference, at HOTA

Home of the Arts. Friday October 12 to Saturday October 13.

Curated by creative directors TCL, the Expanding Field Conference aims to promote the diversity within landscape architecture practice and its critical role in tackling contemporary challenges.

The notion of expansion will be examined through six sessions: Pushing Boundaries; Reimagining Practice; Synergising Technologies; Expanding Territories; Cultivating Cultural Intersections; and Navigating Political Terrain.

These topics provide the field of enquiry and will spark discussions on regenerative agriculture, post-colonial design, socio-political advocacy, cultural ecology, economics and development, feminist practice and smart cities.

The program will identify progressive avenues of enquiry, discover new territory for design and inspire innovative practice. Speakers can be found at the festival website.

The conference is held at the Home of the Arts, an award-winning space at this year’s Queensland AILA Awards in the Civic Landscape Architecture and Excellence in Tourism categories.

The $37.5 million precinct rolls over 17 hectares including 3000sqm of parkland, designed by CUSP landscape architects and urban designers, ARM Architecture and German landscape architect Topotek 1.

The first half of each day of the conference will unfold at the stunning HOTA stage in the great Gold Coast outdoors, so make sure to collect your free Street Furniture Australia broad-brimmed straw hat at registration.

During the conference, products from our Smart Suite range will be shown in the eField (see experience 2 below for details).

The HOTA amphitheatre launch. Image: ARM Architecture.
Home of the Arts.

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Collect your free Street Furniture Australia sunhat at registration.


2. Street Furniture Australia eField

Home of the Arts: outdoor venue. Friday October 12 to Saturday October 13.

Relax and recharge your phone during the conference with PowerMe Tables, various configurations of the Aria Seating System, and see the new Escola eBins.

Ask our Street Furniture Australia reps how Aria allows you to specify custom configurations for your project, with standard parts, and enter our augmented reality Win A Drone Competition (see experience number 3 below for details).

Examine an eBin dashboard, showing exactly where the bins are, and how full.

Our Forum and Cafe Range will also be on site to bring colour, work and dining opportunities under shady umbrellas.

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Relax and recharge at eField.


3. Win A Drone Competition

Launching on Day 1 of the Conference, Thursday October 11.

A new way to visualise, configure and specify street furniture will be launched on the first day of the Conference, with Street Furniture Australia’s new Augmented Reality (AR) App for iOS.

To celebrate the launch we are hosting an AR Competition for the best in-app screenshot shared on social media with the hashtag #BuildARIA.

The winner will receive a DJI Spark drone in Alpine White, with controller, valued at around $630.

Spark is a mini drone with a range of intelligent flight control options that will help you film and show off your favourite projects with flair.

Take amazing footage of your projects with this hi-tech drone. Valued at $630.

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Configuring Aria with the new Street Furniture Australia AR app.


4. National Landscape Architecture Awards

SkyPoint Observation Deck, Level 77. Thursday October 11, 6pm – 10pm.

Register now for the Awards at the AILA website.

Join us for landscape architecture’s night of nights! The Awards bring together industry movers and shakers to celebrate the achievements of landscape architects.

Enjoy spectacular 360 degree views from the surf to the hinterland and beyond, with an evening of networking, drinks and extras from AILA Partners.

Street Furniture Australia is bringing a Vitra Eames House Bird, valued at $340, for the Lucky Door Prize. To enter, pop your business card in the bowl at reception.

Eames House Bird

Win this genuine Eames design classic. Valued at $340.

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SkyPoint Tower


5. Kombi to Kingscliff Tour

Pick up at the Gold Coast. Thursday October 11, 10am – 4:30pm.

The Festival’s most Instagrammable event!

Hop into one of five fun renovated vintage Kombis for a drive south to Kingscliff Foreshore, a FREE tour lead by WE-EF LIGHTING and Street Furniture Australia.

Visit Currumbin Beach and take in spectacular views at the top of Elephant Rock. Hear from Gold Coast City Council’s first City Architect, Philip Follent.

Enjoy a tasty lunch upstairs at the scenic Cafe D’Bar on Point Danger.

Arrive at Rowan Robinson park on the Kingscliff Foreshore, a large community space at the heart of the local CBD. Tour the project with Ian Bentley, landscape architect with Tweed Shire Council. View the project case study.

Take a quick break at Street Furniture Australia’s colourful Forum Seats, and enjoy the view before it’s time to return to the Gold Coast.

Book your free ticket now at the Kombi to Kingscliff Event Page.

Enjoy Kingscliff in style.


6. AILA Fellows Dinner

The Fish Emporium at Edgewater Restaurant. Saturday October 13, from 7.30pm.

Enjoy a delicious meal while catching up with AILA Fellow friends and colleagues, hosted by Street Furniture Australia and WE-EF LIGHTING.

Due to popular demand and feedback from attendees, this year’s Fellow’s function will be held during the evening on day 2 of the conference.

Venue Edgewater Dining embraces the beauty of Gold Coast’s canals. Situated on the Isle of Capri, the restaurant’s deck opens out to a swoon-worthy water view, an up-close-and-personal look at the iconic Q1 and glittering Surfers Paradise skyline.

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The Fish Emporium


7. The After Party with Street Furniture Australia

The Stingray Lounge at QT Hotel, 7 Staghorn Ave, Surfers Paradise. Saturday October 13, from 5.30pm.

Join us for a last drink and pizzas at QT’s Stingray Lounge from 5:30pm to wrap up the two-day conference in style.

When you receive your red Street Furniture Australia After Party Wristband in your conference satchel, keep it close! This is your ticket to drinks at the FREE closing night celebration on Saturday night.


Your access to drinks on Street Furniture Australia. Find this wristband in your conference satchel.

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Stingray Lounge at QT

Register for the conference and festival events, and view the full program at the Expanding Field Festival website.

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