Landscape Architecture Australia

Landscape Architecture Australia Issue 169 February 2021

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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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Scott Hawken Scott Hawken is a landscape architect, urban designer and landscape archaeologist. He is a senior lecturer at the University of Adelaide. Simon Kilbane Simon Kilbane is a senior lecturer at Deakin University. He won an AILA National Award of Excellence for Research, Policy and Communications in 2018. Alistair Kirkpatrick Alistair Kirkpatrick is a co-director of AKAS Landscape Architecture. He has a background in horticulture and lectures at RMIT University. Sara Padgett Kjaersgaard Sara Padgett Kjaersgaard is a registered landscape architect, an AILA Fellow and lecturer in landscape architecture at UNSW Sydney. Emma Washington Emma Washington is a landscape architect with a history in both private and government practice and a passion for environmental advocacy. Emily Wong Emily Wong is the editor of Landscape Architecture Australia and teaches at RMIT University, Deakin University and the University of Melbourne.…

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the urban issue

Our first issue of Landscape Architecture Australia for 2021 examines the “urban” through the lens of landscape-led planning, strategy and policy. With the benefits of green infrastructure being increasingly recognized, we open the issue with a piece by Simon Kilbane that identifies the challenges facing the implementation of many recent green infrastructure projects. In his essay, Kilbane identifies the reasons behind such implementation issues and offers suggestions for how we might address them for the benefit of our cities and regions. Landscape architecture responds to its social and political context, and recent developments at the city-shaping level constitute much-needed responses to evolving conditions. Emma Washington’s series of interviews with landscape practitioners working in major city-and region-shaping positions – Malcolm Snow, Fiona Morrison, Emma Appleton and Shaun Walsh – explores the appeal…

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planting for success

How can we continue to plant trees successfully through the summer months? Summer tree planting is possible if simple planting principles are followed. An essential point to remember is that trees are far more susceptible to stress during the warmer months, when they are actively growing. With a little attention to detail and some extra care, however, summer planting can be achieved with great success. 1. Preparing holes First and foremost, ensure that your excavated holes are well ameliorated, so that the soil is friable and soft. The cavity and surrounding ground should be well soaked prior to installation of the tree. 2. Planting To plant, gently lower the tree into the hole so that the trunk flare is at, or slightly higher than, the final landscape finish level (see Figure 01). Do not cover…

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climate positive design – it’s time

Through membership consultation, AILA has undertaken an annual renewal of our strategic plan and the development of our vision as part of our governance framework, to ensure that we have both clarity and purpose. As an organization, our focus is on what we can do for our members and stakeholders that they cannot do for themselves, with an emphasis on the strategic pillars of a sustainable AILA: membership, education, advocacy and profile. As a contributing editor of Landscape Architecture Australia and president of AILA, I would like to acknowledge the ongoing role that this publication has in raising the profile of landscape architecture in Australia, and ensuring that our profession is understood and respected by built environment professionals and by the communities of which we are part. In 2019, AILA declared a…

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HASSELL TO LEAD MASTERPLAN FOR ABBOTSFORD CONVENT Hassell will lead a masterplan for the protection and enhancement of the historic Abbotsford Convent precinct on the Birrarung (Yarra River) in Melbourne’s north-east. The site subject to the masterplan was occupied by one of Victoria’s largest convents during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and today it functions as an arts, education and cultural hub. Work on the project commenced in November 2020 and is due to be completed by October 2021. OCULUS TO MASTERPLAN HOBART RIVERSIDE SPORTING PRECINCT Fender Katsalidis with Oculus and Ireneinc will create a $200 million masterplan to transform an underutilized ex-industrial site on Hobart’s Derwent River into a sports and recreation centre. The project will be located on a 15-hectare site at Wilkinsons Point in Glenorchy, home to the Derwent Entertainment…

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the great green commission

Discussion of green infrastructure has become increasingly common at the level of the street, suburb and city. The concept of green infrastructure has been gaining ground in Australia over the past few years, with its recognized benefits including a key role in biodiversity protection through the safeguarding and re-establishment of ecological connectivity, the mitigating of air pollution and the urban heat island effect, the provision of recreational opportunities, the augmentation of active transport networks and the elevation of visual amenity. Add to this ever-growing list the boosting of property values and the potential for carbon sequestration, and green infrastructure’s value as a dynamic mix of residential gardens, local parks and housing estates, streetscapes and highway verges, services and communications corridors, waterways and regional recreation areas1 that provides a life-support system for…