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Parks Changing Australia

A boardwalk above native shrubs intersected by a winding pathway
Australian Garden, Cranbourne, Victoria. Photo: John Gollings.

Graphic exhibition

Parks Changing Australia showcased excellence in contemporary park design.

This image rich exhibition was developed as a collaboration between the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects and the National Museum of Australia, in the Institute's 50th year.

New public spaces

A staircase leading into a park with a paved water feature in the background
Paddington Reservoir Gardens, Sydney, New South Wales. Photo: Brett Boardman.

Parks Changing Australia featured 13 significant and influential vibrant new public spaces that have contributed to the cohesion, character and liveability of contemporary Australian cities.

Parks are re-shaping Australian cities, increasing people’s health and wellbeing and building more ecologically sustainable urban environments.

Once public spaces are created, people make them their own. They become our places for play, protest, gathering and celebration.

Landmarks gallery

Find out more about the history and uses of public space in Australia in the National Museum’s Landmarks gallery.

The opening of Parks Changing Australia coincided with the [Not] in My Backyard 2016 International Festival of Landscape Architecture in Canberra.

Short film competition 

The Museum also hosted the finals of the international AnthropoScene short film competition in its Garden of Australian Dreams as part of the [Not] in My Backyard festival. Watch the shortlisted films

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Australia Institute of Landscape Architects


Parks Changing Australia was a collaboration between the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects and the National Museum of Australia. It was on show at the National Museum from 27 October 2016 to 7 May 2017.

50 Australian Institute of Landscape Architects 1966/2016

with support from exhibition partners

Wood Solutions design and build www.woodsolutions.com.au
Austral Masonry
Lawn Solutions Australia
202020 vision. 20% more green spaces in urban areas by 2020.
Green Building Council Australia