Landscape Architecture Australia

Issue 172 November 2021

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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We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and recognize their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging. In this issue we celebrate the institute’s National Landscape Architecture Awards. Each year, the program celebrates the best work of landscape architects responding to the many changes our cities and regions are undergoing. Congratulations to the practices that were awarded in the state programs, and to those that have received recognition at the national level. The projects honoured are united by their ambition, depth of research, innovation and strong commitment to enriching the landscapes and communities of their respective locales. This issue comes shortly after the release of the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report. The report dramatically reinforces the urgency…

the ifla climate action commitment

Over the last six months, AILA, through our engagement with the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) Climate Change Working Group and Professional Practice and Policy Committee, has helped to develop the IFLA Climate Action Commitment. Now released for national association ratification, the Commitment is reproduced below. Particular thanks go to AILA members Martin O’Dea (Climate Positive Design Working Group Chair) and Verity Campbell for their contributions, and to all those who played a part in the development of this document and will further its ratification and implementation. IFLA Climate Action Commitment The climate crisis is escalating The 2021 report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) described the looming crisis in global warming, and the resultant impacts it will have on environments and communities throughout our world. IFLA believes that the…

tomorrow’s trees today: super advanced trees

As Australia’s largest supplier of Super Advanced Trees, Established Tree Transplanters (ETT) has learnt what the key markets are after and how to ensure that the best quality trees are available. Today’s landscape and garden sectors require advanced, healthy trees that facilitate their design needs quickly. While Super Advanced Trees might not be as cheap as smaller trees, it’s hard to put a value on a tree when you don’t want to wait for it to grow. ETT’s Matt Davis says clients don’t want to wait 10 years for a two-metre tree to grow to six metres. “We do all the growing work for them – basically, we are giving them tomorrow’s trees today,” he says. ETT’s range of Super Advanced Trees includes oaks, elms, magnolias and liquid ambers, as well as…

2021 jury chair report

We acknowledge and respect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Australia as the traditional custodians of our lands, waters and seas. We recognize their ability to care for Country and their deep spiritual connection with Country. We honour Elders past and present whose knowledge and wisdom ensure the continuation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. (Constitution of the AILA, 2019) The past 18 months have certainly reminded the broader community of what our profession has always known: the irrefutable value of green spaces in strengthening community connectedness and maintaining mental and physical wellbeing. This year’s diverse award entrants demonstrate the leading role that landscape architects play in delivering innovative responses to complex issues and making positive contributions to our regions and cities. The variety of submissions illustrates the passion…

for civic landscape

Award of Excellence Fish Lane Town Square RPS Aboriginal Nation Turrbal and Yuggera Location South Brisbane, Queensland Client Aria Property Group Jury comment Fish Lane Town Square reinstates the ability for underutilized, urban and heavily infrastructure-focused spaces to become vibrant and ecologically interesting, beneficial to the public and supportive of local businesses. The project was recognized by the jury as a standout project for a number of reasons – including best-practice client and stakeholder engagement, its collaborative design process, and the delivery of a grounding, “lost landscapes” narrative that was implemented through the planting of more than 3,500 low-light-tolerant species. While considering and maintaining local character within a complex project, RPS has provided user groups with a truly unique green space that offers varied experiences and elevates landscape architecture. Design practice RPS Architect Richards and Spence Contractor Shape…

for community contribution

Award of Excellence Inglenooks Four Landscape Studio Aboriginal Nation Whadjuk Nyoongar Location Inglewood, Western Australia Client Inglewood on Beaufort Jury comment This project demonstrates the transformative outcomes that can be achieved through creative and authentic collaborations between landscape architects and local communities. Inglenooks comprises two small pocket parks and a connecting footpath. Despite its small scale, the project demonstrates significant strategic thinking and impact. The jury commends the project’s innovative approach to engagement; throughout the design process and through its constructed outcomes, the project has fostered a high level of community investment in the precinct and formed a range of new connections within Inglewood. The project also demonstrates leadership in its inventive approaches to funding and its overall framing as an advocacy initiative, promoting further council investment in community landscapes and the leadership of landscape architects. The…