Landscape Architecture Australia

Landscape Architecture Australia Issue 165 February 2020

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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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Julian Bolleter Julian is an assistant professor at the Australian Urban Design Research Centre (AUDRC) at the University of Western Australia. Jacky Bowring Jacky Bowring is a professor of Landscape Architecture at Lincoln University and a member of the Christchurch Urban Design Panel. Anna Chauvel A recent arrival in Canberra, landscape architect Anna Chauvel is navigating the city’s paradoxical landscape – from the Bush Capital to the Garden City. Rebecca Connelly Rebecca Connelly is a landscape architect at the City of Adelaide who strives to shape inclusive, resilient and inspiring urban environments. Linda Corkery Linda Corkery is professor of Landscape Architecture at UNSW Sydney, co-director of Corkery Consulting and a former AILA National President. Tania Davidge Tania Davidge is an architect, artist, educator, writer and researcher interested in the relationship of people and communities to architecture, cities and public space. Jerry de…

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This issue of Landscape Architecture Australia addresses the issues arising out of the sixth International Festival of Landscape Architecture: The Square and the Park, held in Melbourne last year. The creative directors of the festival, Jillian Walliss, Cassandra Chilton and Kirsten Bauer, are the guest editors for this issue, and the articles collected within these pages summarize some of the festival’s key discussions around the future of the square and the park and present new ways of thinking about the design and management of open space in evolving urban conditions. They offer both a record of past practice and a platform from which to build a future discourse. I would like to thank Jillian, Cassandra and Kirsten for initiating this issue and taking on the guest editor’s role, bringing together their…

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2020 ASIA PACIFIC ARCHITECTURE FESTIVAL PROGRAM Thai landscape architect Kotchakorn Voraakhom of Bangkok-based practice Landprocess will be speaking at The Architecture Symposium 2020 to be held in Brisbane on 13 March. The symposium forms part of the Asia Pacific Architecture Festival which will engage with the theme of “Water.” Voraakhom is known for her work that focuses on urban resilience and porous cities, including her recent design for a flood-absorbing park at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. asiapacificarchitecturefestival.com ASPECT TO DESIGN KALGOORLIE CITY CENTRE Aspect Studios has been appointed to design the redevelopment of the city centre of regional Western Australian town Kalgoorlie-Boulder. The project will involve “the development of a project delivery strategy as well as cultural engagement and development of an Aboriginal procurement and employment plan to drive local job creation and business…

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the square and the park

Curating a festival takes the better part of a year – a lot of work for only a three-day event. In taking on the 2019 International Festival of Landscape Architecture, we folded a legacy component into our program with the aim of enabling our discussions and the festival impact to extend beyond the immediate event audience. As the 2019 festival directors, we wanted the festival’s explorations of how we conceive, design, fund, construct and manage urban open space to engage with a wider audience including government, the community and other design disciplines. This February edition of Landscape Architecture Australia forms an important part of this ambition, offering a record of some of the major discussions and ideas that emerged around the typologies of The Square and the Park. This edition begins…

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the future park international design ideas competition

The Future Park International Design Competition was an unusual competition. Unlike iconic park competitions such as the 1858 competition for New York’s Central Park, the 1982 competition for Paris’s Parc de la Villette, the 1999 competition for Toronto’s Downsview Park and the 2001 competition for New York’s Fresh Kills, Future Park did not have a specific site. And in contrast to ideas competitions that ask for the site to be found or created (as with LA Plus journal’s call to design an island or International Competitions in Architecture’s series of houses for architects), there was a real city (Melbourne) for designers to grapple with. This combination of the unconstrained nature of an “ideas” competition and the limitations of grounding within place, meant that the entries hovered at the brink of…

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state of the nation

“Growth is the most visible form of change in a designed landscape or garden, analyzing the difference between projections of growth and real growth demonstrates change.”1 The effect of time on designed spaces was a key theme of the 2019 International Festival of Landscape Architecture. Too often design is understood at the moment of its construction, with little attention given to how spaces and landscapes evolve over time. Julian Raxworthy’s recent book Overgrown: Practices between Landscape Architecture and Gardening challenges us to shift our focus to interrogate the slippage between the initial intent of designers and “in-ground performance,” which considers ongoing care and maintenance as part of design processes. Working with these ideas, the festival featured a series of “State of the Nation” presentations on significant works constructed between 1990 and 1999…