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Landscape Architecture Australia

Landscape Architecture Australia Issue 157 February 2018

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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Helen Armstrong Professor 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. Catherin Bull Catherin Bull is a retired academic and practitioner. She advises government nationally on open space, urban design and development and currently chairs South Bank Corporation, Brisbane. Craig Czarny Craig Czarny is a landscape architect and urban designer with almost thirty years’ experience across design practice and an array of local and international projects. As a director of Hansen Partnership he is regularly involved in broadscale land management and city-planning initiatives across South-East Asia. Tom Harper Tom Harper is the lead of creative strategy at Placemark, a branding, print and communications consultancy based in Melbourne. He has worked locally…

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embracing the asian century

Follow us @landscapeau Like us facebook.com/landscapeau Follow us @landscapeau Visit us LandscapeAustralia.com In October 1973, Gough Whitlam controversially became the first Australian prime minister to visit China. Greeted by the sounds of Along the Road to Gundagai, Waltzing Matilda and Click go the Shears coming from loudspeakers, Whitlam’s visit signalled the beginning of a significant realignment of Australia’s economic and cultural values. Responding to the weakening of Commonwealth economic ties, such as Britain’s entry into the European Community, Whitlam sought to strengthen relationships with Australia’s Asian neigh-bours – communist and non-communist. Two years later, his government passed the Racial Discrimination Act, which made racially based selection criteria illegal, decisively ending Australia’s controversial White Australia policy. Fast-forward and the Australian 2016 Census revealed that for the first time since colonization, the majority of overseas-born Australians came…

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concrete: the foundation for the urban landscape

Concrete is a highly versatile construction material that delivers the resilience and durability required for projects in the harsh Australian environment. When used with good design and construction practise, concrete can form beautiful urban landscapes built to last. Concrete can be coloured, textured and moulded to construct an unlimited array of buildings and structures. It is an important contributor to sustainable development and enjoys an outstanding reputation for durability, efficiency and architectural flexibility. Glenorchy Art and Sculpture Park Located by the River Derwent, the Glenorchy Art and Sculpture Park (GASP!) by Room 11 Architects and McGregor Coxall consists of a public walkway, pavilion and courtyard. The architecture responds to the scale of the surrounding landform with blunt forms that frame and command the superlative Tasmanian landscape. The public walkway is a colourful path that…

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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 to 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. landscapeaustralia.com/conference IFLA WORLD CONGRESS, SINGAPORE, 18–21 JULY 2018 The 55th International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) World Congress will be held in Singapore 18–21 July 2018. The congress will bring the international landscape architecture…

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internationalism in landscape education

Formal landscape architectural education in Australia only began in the late 1960s and it seemed to adopt a relatively unmediated British approach, with an overlay of Australian environmentalism. Historically, landscape design has a long tradition of chauvinistic nationalism. The Brits were always scathing about the axiality of French-designed landscapes and Aussie landscape architects took on this attitude without question, with the design ethos of the 1960s Sydney Bush School style. The Chicago adaptation of French Beaux-Arts was grudgingly accepted in the designs of Walter Burley Griffin, despite attempts to turn the triangulated pivot points into eighteenth- century English landscape follies, and Marion Mahony Griffin’s drawings were heavily mediated by nationalistic bush icons. We admired the restraint in Japanese gardens and Roberto Burle Marx’s exuberant Brazilian designs and in the late 1970s, we…

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reflections on an australian education

Across Australian universities, the media and the broader community we have grown accustomed to various attitudes toward Asian students. It is not uncommon to hear claims that these students are here to “buy a degree” to gain easy access to residency. Some academics begrudge the need to internationalize their curriculum, while others (frequently knowing no other language themselves) complain that the students have poor English skills. Formed by particular experiences, these views are often generalized to describe the wide spectrum of “the international (Asian) student.” Rarely do we spend time finding out why these diverse students choose to study in Australia and what they think of our cities, education system and attitudes, so we sat down and spoke with students from Thailand, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong and China who…