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Landscape Architecture Australia

Landscape Architecture Australia Issue 156 November 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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Johnny Ellice-Flint Johnny Ellice-Flint is a recent graduate of the University of New South Wales landscape architecture program and an aspiring photographer. He works at Jane Irwin Landscape Architecture in Sydney. Alistair Kirkpatrick Alistair Kirkpatrick is a co-director of AKAS Landscape Architecture. He has a background in horticulture and lectures in the landscape architecture program at RMIT University, specializing in new ecologies and planting design. Claire Martin Claire Martin is a landscape architect and associate director with the Melbourne studio of Oculus. She is a member of the Office of the Victorian Government Architect’s Victorian Design Review Panel and is passionate about education and research. Lucy Salt Lucy Salt is a freelance writer and landscape architect with experience in local government and private practice settings in Australia and the UK. She lives in Melbourne with her family. Howard…

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tracking australian urban design

In this issue of Landscape Architecture Australia we present full coverage of the 2017 Australian Urban Design Awards. The program is unique in that it’s truly multidisciplinary, open to professionals spanning engineering, architecture, landscape architecture and planning, and it only recognizes entries that successfully transcend any one discipline, acknowledging that good urban design outcomes come from integrated responses. The awards program, originally known as the Australia Award for Urban Design, was initiated by Paul Keating’s Urban Design Task Force in 1994. In fact, it was one of the first of the taskforce’s recommendations to government announced by Keating, who was keen for the Commonwealth to play a much more active role in the design of Australian cities. Urban planner John Mant, who was appointed as convenor of the taskforce, was highly critical…

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LANDSCAPE AUSTRALIA CONFERENCE, SYDNEY, 5 MAY 2018 The 2018 Landscape Australia Conference will explore Australia’s emerging position in the Asia-Pacific region and reveal insights into Asian landscape design cultures. The conference features an impressive line-up of keynote speakers from New Zealand, India, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore and China. A lively series of panel discussions will complement the presentations, which will help identify tools and methods for Australian landscape architects and designers, architects, planners and urbanists. Discounted student tickets are available and a fringe program will be announced closer to the event. Stay up to date via the below link. Image: CJ Blossom Park by PARKKIM landscapeaustralia.com/conference AUSTRALIAN PAVILION AT THE 2018 VENICE ARCHITECTURE BIENNALE TO FOCUS ON ECOLOGICAL REPAIR Australia’s pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale will be an “immersive, multi-sensory” grassland featuring…

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australian urban design awards 2017

NOTE: WHERE A CONFLICT OF INTEREST WAS DECLARED BY A MEMBER OF THE JURY, THE JUROR ABSTAINED FROM THE CATEGORY IN QUESTION. WINNER DELIVERED OUTCOME LARGE SCALE TONSLEY INNOVATION DISTRICT OXIGEN, WOODS BAGOT, TRIDENTE ARCHITECTS, KBR, WSP AND RENEWAL SA ADELAIDE (SA) THE TONSLEY INNOVATION DISTRICT IN ADELAIDE IS AN AMBITIOUS EXERCISE IN LARGE-SCALE BROWNFIELD DEVELOPMENT, THE EXECUTION OF WHICH HAS ENGAGED A DIVERSE GROUP OF PRACTICES WITH THE SUPPORT OF ALL LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT, BUSINESS AND THE COMMUNITY. The project has delivered a multipurpose facility that will be a major employment and education hub in this part of the city. The retention of the existing building’s raw industrial heritage combined with a range of contemporary design features and focus on achieving high levels of sustainability illustrates a strong desire to unite past, present…

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rob adams: a lesson in city design

It’s hard to picture Melbourne in 1983, when Professor Rob Adams first arrived to join the project team tasked with writing the City of Melbourne Strategy Plan (1985). Thirty- four years on, Melbourne has flourished and the City Design team that he leads at the City of Melbourne has accumulated 160 awards and delivered a suite of key policies and built projects, including the Postcode 3000 planning policy, Birrarung Marr, the Urban Forest Strategy, Swanston Street and the Places for People study. Adams had arrived in Melbourne with a growing sense of disquiet about the types of places being built. A study tour of Europe taken in 1969 for a fourth-year architectural research project called “Town Planning in Scandinavia and the Hill Towns of Italy: a comparative study” catalysed his changing…

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grassland: a provocation

Wootten Road Reserve Tarneit, Victoria Glas Landscape Architecture Prior to the European settlement of Victoria, expansive native grasslands dominated the mostly flat, volcanic plains to the north and east of Melbourne. Despite their incredible ecological biodiversity, until recently Victoria’s native temperate grasslands were not, however, regarded as having any conservation value. As a result, most of these fragile ecosystems have been seriously degraded or destroyed by grazing and development. Alarmingly, only 1 percent of Victoria’s largest grassland, the natural temperate grassland of the Victorian Volcanic Plains, remains intact today, much of it lying within Melbourne’s urban growth area.1 A major factor in the demise of Australia’s grassland ecologies is a widely held belief that grassland is unattractive and unremarkable and should be used for “productive” purposes, like farming or housing. This mentality lingers today,…