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Landscape Architecture Australia Issue 154 May 2017

Landscape Architecture Australia is an authoritative and contemporary record of landscape architecture, urban design and land-use planning in Australia, presenting independent reviews of public, commercial and residential work, plus commissioned comment on contemporary issues. The official magazine partner of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects.

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It’s said that a stone placed in the crown of a Doryanthes will prompt it to flower. It can be four to six months until the crimson flower erupts from the tall stalk that has risen from the crown of the plant, and then the flower dies off. The large flower stalks, which can reach up to five metres tall, remain on the plant until they decay or are removed.The illustration of the Doryanthes palmeri (giant spear lily) flower on the front cover of this issue of Landscape Architecture Australia, by botanical artist Mali Moir, beautifully captures ideas of time and change that are so central to designing with plants. The drawing is not a freeze-frame of some perfect full-bloom moment, but rather shows a beauty in both the life…

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HELEN ARMSTRONGProfessor-emeritus Helen Armstrong was the inaugural professor of landscape architecture at Queensland University of Technology 1997–2003. She is currently a practising landscape architect and research associate with a number of landscape architecture programs internationally.JENNIE CURTISJennie Curtis is principal landscape architect at Fresh Landscape Design. She has spent the past decade working on landscape design strategies that allow people to adapt to change and live more sustainably.FIONA HARRISSONFiona Harrisson is a senior lecturer in landscape architecture at RMIT University. In her research, the private garden is explored as a microcosm through which to examine larger social, ecological and ethical issues.SARAH HICKSSarah Hicks is a co-director of landscape and public art studio Bush Projects and teaches design at RMIT University.JELA IVANKOVIC-WATERSJela Ivankovic-Waters is a PhD student at the University of Melbourne,…

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ENTER THE AUSTRALIAN URBAN DESIGN AWARDSEnter the 2017 Australian Urban Design Awards from 29 May to 28 July 2017. Founded in 1996 by then-prime minister Paul Keating’s Urban Task Force, the Australian Urban Design Awards program recognizes contemporary Australian urban design projects of the highest quality and aims to encourage cities, towns and communities across the country to strive for best practice in all projects. There are four award categories: Delivered Outcome – Large Scale; Delivered Outcome – Small Scale; Policies, Programs and Concepts – Large Scale; and Policies, Programs and Concepts – Small Scale. Image: Bowen Place Crossing by Lahznimmo Architects and Spackman Mossop Michaels, winner of a 2016 Delivered Outcome – Small Scale award. Photo: Brett BoardmanURBANDESIGNAWARDS.COM.AUBALLARAT’S GARDEN OF THE GRIEVING MOTHER OPENSPlacemark and Setsquare Studio have completed…

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planting for the unexpected

I look from the fifth-floor office window and wonder at the human thinking that produces a landscape of mown grass, mass-planted Lomandra spp. and a scattering of identical street trees interspersed with roads, concrete and buildings. What is supposed to live there? I drive through the suburban streets planted with endless Pyrus spp. in all shapes and sizes. When did we decide that landscapes needed to be tidied, with grass mown and nature dominated? And why?In the bustle and rush of getting landscape projects designed, it might seem expedient to stick to a limited palette of known plant performers. The result is often a bit boring, but mass plantings of reliable plants give the best chance of a predictable outcome with minimum effort. Some clients even demand this approach with…

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plants: more than trees, shrubs and groundcovers

How can landscape architects improve their skills in planting design? The answer is to learn more about plants and to appreciate their full potential as a design material. I have a few ideas about how to help this learning process – all that is required is time and effort and a willingness to experiment.Landscape architects receive effective training in basic design in general and the theoretical underpinnings that explain the difference between good and bad outcomes, but their skills vary as designers using plants. To design with plants a designer must know about plants. Learning about plants takes time. This knowledge building is a combination of documentary research and firsthand experience. A good plant designer is an active gardener and observer of nature and natural processes. While professional horticulturists are…

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fine-tuning the planting design cycle

1. Burnley Living Roofs by Hassell is a research and demonstration garden at the University of Melbourne’s Burnley Campus. (Photo: Simon Griffiths)Fulfilling the potential of planting design can be a challenge for landscape architects and this is nowhere more confronting than in green infrastructure projects, such as green roofs and roof gardens, green facades and living walls. In these instances, the variables are seemingly too complex and difficult to pinpoint. The issue reveals the disconnectedness between the design and the management of planting. The aim of this article is to capture some of the missed opportunities in green infrastructure project processes that could contribute to more successful planting design outcomes.In the current wave of densification in Australia’s major cities, demand for marquee “green buildings” is driven by developers and architects.…