Landscape Architecture Australia

Landscape Architecture Australia Issue 166 May 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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Melanie Bishop Melanie Bishop is an associate professor of biology at Macquarie University and co-leads the Living Seawalls program at the Sydney Institute of Marine Science. Sara Eckermann Sara Eckermann is a graduate landscape architect at Tract in Brisbane, a design tutor at QUT and vice-chair of AILA QFresh. Kate Gamble Kate Gamble teaches landscape architecture at the University of Melbourne and is working on a series of historic and contemporary gardens in regional Victoria. Amalie Wright Amalie Wright is a landscape architect, architect and the founder of Brisbane practice Landscapology. She is a former president of AILA Queensland. Jock Gilbert Jock Gilbert is a registered landscape architect and lecturer at RMIT University’s School of Architecture and Urban Design. Jela Ivankovic-Waters Jela Ivankovic-Waters is undertaking a PhD at the University of Melbourne, on transitional strategies for landscape architecture practices working in…

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This year, 2020, has been a challenging one. The world we know is changing rapidly and this new landscape is bringing new and unforeseen challenges to our industry (and our world). Bushfires, a global pandemic and climate change are making their effects felt on not simply what we work on, but increasingly how we work and even the extent to which we can work. The lightning transition, over the past month, from designing in offices to designing from home, from meeting for coffee to meeting on Zoom, has tested our abilities and capacities, as designers – but also as people – to communicate, collaborate and organize, as the frameworks that once structured our daily routines have been transformed. It has also shed new light on the significance of the design…

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UNI OF NEWCASTLE STEMM BUILDING Plans for a new landmark science and technology research and teaching building at the Callaghan campus of the University of Newcastle have been published as part of a New South Wales State Significant Development Application. The project, designed by Lyons and EJE Architecture, with landscape architects Aspect Studios, will being together the university’s science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine departments into a single building and will also involve the creation of a new plaza between the STEMM building and the campus’s Great Hall. aspect-studios.com WAVE DESIGN WINS ST KILDA JETTY Portuguese architecture practice JJs Architectura has won the design ideas competition for a replacement jetty in Melbourne’s St Kilda. Titled “The Wave,” the winning concept is inspired by the “fluid geometries of the coast,” and proposes a thin walkway…

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minister’s awards for urban design in queensland

A new performing arts precinct and the redevelopment of a heritage-listed wharf have both received gongs at the 2020 Minister’s Awards for Urban Design in Queensland. Twenty nominations were received in the program’s fourth year, with two projects receiving awards and two receiving commendations. Cairns Performing Arts Precinct by CA Architects, Cox Architecture and Andrew Prowse Landscape Architect with Cairns Regional Council was one of two award-winning projects selected by the jury. The project encompasses a new theatre (which replaced the former Cairns Civic Theatre) completed in 2018 and tropical parklands and outdoor event space that opened to the public in 2016. “The [Cairns Performing Arts Centre and Munro Martin Parklands] cleverly work together to create a range of cultural event opportunities ranging in size and scale,” the jury stated. “The rejuvenation of…

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an elevated exchange

Sky Park, One Melbourne Quarter Docklands, Victoria Built on the land of the Boon Wurrung and Woiwurrung peoples of the Kulin Nation Aspect Studios In evaluating landscape architectural work, the immediate, grounded sense of a place is critical. However, it’s the broader context that interests memore: how the built form has come into being and the external contingencies it responds to; how the ethics of practice come into play; how collaborations coalesce, solidify and are held. That is true for the most complex projects and the simplest, across scales and typologies. And these considerations are particularly illustrative in the case of the Sky Park at One Melbourne Quarter. Designed by Aspect Oculus, the Sky Park is a part of the public space component of the One Melbourne Quarter development, the first stage of the…

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a civic cultivation

Darling Square Darling Harbour, New South Wales Built on the land of the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation Aspect Studios Darling Square is located within the broader Darling Harbour precinct, an area arguably emerging as the happening end of the Sydney CBD, with an increasingly busy skyline and streets and a growing network of public city spaces. Configured in tandem with large public-private partnerships, these new public spaces offer a variety of experiences for the community, that will be increasingly valued in the context of Sydney’s growing and densifying urban condition. Situated midway along the partly pedestrian, 1.1-kilometre-long, 20-metre-wide spine that links Darling Harbour to Central Station, via Tumbalong Boulevard and Quay Street, Darling Square by Aspect Studio’s Sydney office, is a diverse, inclusive and community-focused addition to the public space menu…