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Landscape Architecture Australia Issue 158 May 2018

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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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in this issue

2 min.

Alexandra Brown Alexandra Brown is an architect and a senior lecturer within the Department of Architecture at Monash University Art, Design and Architecture. Cassandra Chilton Cassandra Chilton is a principal at Rush Wright Associates. She is also a founding member of the art collective Hotham Street Ladies. Bruno David Bruno David is associate professor at Monash University and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage. As an archaeologist he has worked extensively with Aboriginal groups especially in northern Australia. Margie Fraser Margie Fraser is the Brisbane editor of Vogue Living, and a writer specializing in design, art and architecture. She also promotes emerging designers through consultancies and publicity work. Jock Gilbert Jock Gilbert is a landscape architect and an academic in the landscape architecture program at RMIT University, where he coordinates the Design Research Seminar Stream…

3 min.
future paths

From urban to rural, local to global, this issue of Landscape Architecture Australia spans the breadth of the country and beyond to unearth ideas and projects that take on twenty-first century conditions. As incoming editor, I maintain a strong belief in Landscape Architecture Australia as a springboard for new and progressive ideas as well as a forum for engaging with issues of critical collective importance. I hope the articles in my first issue demonstrate the ever-expanding knowledge and deep sense of stewardship nurtured by those who work in the landscape profession. The sharing of knowledge across contexts is vital to learning and this issue uncovers the perspectives of several international practitioners. Liam Mouritz speaks to Spanish landscape architect Teresa Gali-Izard about how context influences our understanding of landscape mechanics. Gali-Izard’s firm,…

5 min.

AILA JOINS FIGHT FOR GENDER EQUITY IN LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) has launched a gender equity project that will investigate the participation of women in landscape architecture. The project has been in development since June 2017 and is being led by AILA’s board and CEO in collaboration with Parlour and Monash XYX Lab. The 2017 AILA salary survey found that while there was equal participation in the profession, men were overrepresented in high-income roles and there was a full-time gender pay gap of about $253 per week. The first stage of the project, to be completed by September 2018, will provide a research base to inform longer-term action and decision-making. aila.org.au CASCADES FEMALE FACTORY COMPETITON WINNERS ANNOUNCED Rush Wright Associates, Liminal Studio and Snøhetta have won the competition to…

11 min.
finding a sense of place

Optus Stadium Burswood, Western Australia Hassell, Cox Architecture, HKS When the Graham Farmer freeway opened in 2000, it revealed to the citizens of Perth an elevated view of the Swan River and the river’s edge. The freeway and its tunnel (colloquially known as the Polly Pipe, after footy legend Graham “Polly” Farmer) expedited the masses from the northern suburbs to the south by tunnelling under the city’s north, crossing over the Swan and landing on a spongy, open expanse of an oxbow peninsula. The view from the road revealed to the east the glorious architectural carcass of the massive East Perth Power Station and to the south, across the peninsula, an underdeveloped neighbourhood of leisure – horses, golfers, paddlers, its primary residents. Despite its proximity to the CBD, the Burswood peninsula, this low-lying…

6 min.
home of the arts

Home of the Arts Outdoor Stage Surfers Paradise, Queensland ARM Architecture with Topotek 1 and CUSP In February 2018, the Arts Centre Gold Coast became Home of the Arts (HOTA), launching an ambitious program for its recently completed amphitheatre project, the Versatile Outdoor Space (VOS). As the first phase of the Gold Coast Cultural Precinct masterplan led by ARM Architecture and Berlin-based Topotek 1, this outdoor stage underscores the landscape-led ambitions for the redevelopment of the larger Evandale site. Working with Brisbane-based landscape practice CUSP, ARM and Topotek 1 have designed a highly adaptable and multi-layered set of spaces that seeks to draw visitors to the precinct for both scheduled events and informal gatherings. Evandale Park is a 17-hectare pocket of parkland that tucks into the Nerang River on the southern side of Chevron…

3 min.
concrete: the foundation for beautiful public spaces

Concrete has many attributes that make it ideal for use in urban landscapes – and for projects outside the city limits. It is strong, durable, economical and sustainable. But concrete is more than just functional. It’s a material that can be shaped and sculpted to express ideas, to create and define beautiful public spaces, and to add layers of texture to urban environments. Australian Age of Dinosaurs Australian Age of Dinosaurs is a small museum designed by Cox Architecture that sits atop a large mesa outside of Winton in north-west Queensland. It houses dinosaur skeletons excavated from the surrounding plains. The ochre-toned building is constructed entirely of tilt-up concrete panels and rusted iron screens. The concrete walls are imprinted with the texture and colour of the mesa, known as The Jump Up, on…