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Landscape Architecture Australia Issue 161 February 2019

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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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Brook Andrew Brook Andrew is an interdisciplinary artist and associate professor of fine arts at Monash University. Sigrid Ehrmann Sigrid Ehrmann is a Barcelona-based freelance landscape architect and writer, previously working in Australia and Germany. Kate Gamble Kate Gamble teaches landscape architecture at the University of Melbourne. She is currently working on a series of historic and contemporary gardens in the Victorian Central Goldfields. Jock Gilbert Jock Gilbert is a registered landscape architect and lecturer in RMIT University’s School of Architecture and Urban Design. Carroll Go-Sam Carroll Go-Sam is an Indigenous research fellow in the Aboriginal Environments Research Centre at the University of Queensland’s School of Architecture. Simon Kilbane Simon Kilbane started the landscape architecture program at UTS in 2014. In 2018 he received an Award of Excellence for Research, Policy and Communications at the National Landscape Architecture Awards. Corina Marino Corina Marino…

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It’s been a busy, but exciting few months here in the office, with the planning of the 2019 iteration of our Landscape Australia conference in full swing. Exploring the theme of new agencies and putting together a diverse program of thought-provoking presentations has brought us into contact with a host of local and international designers and academics, working across the increasingly wide spectrum of landscape practice. Stay tuned to our website for details – we’ll be announcing our full program shortly. Opening this volume of Landscape Architecture Australia are three reviews of typologically diverse built projects that present different responses to changing environments. SueAnne Ware’s piece on Bungarribee Superpark by James Mather Delaney Design situates the design within the greater physical and temporal context of WesternSydney(page14). An area undergoing phenomenal change,…

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NEW URBAN PARK FOR MELBOURNE Oculus has designed the proposal for a new 1,900-square-metre pocket park in Melbourne’s CBD, which would be the first new public space in the city since the construction of City Square in 1980. Occupying the western side of Market Street, the park would include 1,300 metres of space currently used for car parking. The design for the new park features a series of large, open lawn spaces on both Market and Collins Streets, a “playful terrace” with water play elements, and a paved plaza on Market Street with the potential to host a cafe and public events. Claire Martin, associate director of Oculus, said the park would draw on the materiality and history of its context, incorporating elements of bluestone and sandstone, as well as locally…

6 min.
a grassland splendour

Bungarribee Superpark Doonside, New South Wales James Mather Delaney Design The placename Bungarribee has been linked to the Darug and Gundungurra peoples, variously translated from bung, meaning “creek,” and garribee, meaning “cockatoo.” As with many Australian Indigenous placenames, there are often multiple, nuanced meanings that reflect evolving language and cultural practices as well as misinterpretations stemming from the beginning of colonial dispossession. James Kohen writes that Bungarribee continues to have an evolving meaning based on southern dialects and contemporary local Indigenous naming practices. Local elders often refer to Bungarribee as “camp site beside a creek,” whereas the only recorded meaning is “resting place of a king.”1 My point here is that like its placename, the landscape of Bungarribee Superpark reflects emergent and constantly evolving readings of site – nuanced, literal, translated, layered and…

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become an aila member

Members are the heart and soul of AILA. Our members share a vision and a collective voice to advance the profession globally. The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) is the growing national advocacy body representing over 3,500 active and engaged landscape architects, promoting the importance of the profession today and for the future. AILA membership gives you knowledge, support, recognition, resources and ideas. • Attend state-based networking and CPD events to grow your knowledge and expand your reach • Contribute to profiling of the profession and advocacy by entering both State and National award programs and contributing to State and National Committees • Stay up-to-date with industry trends, insights, events and product discounts via national and state eNewsletters • Graduate members have access to specific skill building and networking opportunities and also receive a heavily…

6 min.
a common green

Eve Apartments Erskineville, New South Wales 360 Degrees Landscape Architects The population of Australia’s capital cities continues to grow and conservative estimates for Sydney suggest a growth from 4.7 million in 2013 to 7.9 million by 2053.1 Of this population, the New South Wales Department of Planning dictates that 80 percent of new homes must be located within the city’s existing and planned urban footprint, meaning an additional 770,000 infill dwellings by 2036.2 This is a significant new societal and urban direction and we are now witnessing the emergence of a new urban Australia, in which backyards are increasingly scarce and the local park has been reduced in size to a handkerchief. However, citizens still crave greenery and ensuring its provision is a significant challenge for politicians and planners. Fortunately, many state and…