2016 National Landscape Architecture Awards: Award for Civic Landscape

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Rundle Mall by Hassell.

Rundle Mall by Hassell. Image: Peter Bennetts

Rundle Mall by Hassell
Civic Landscape: Landscape Architecture Award
Australian Institute of Landscape Architects

Jury comment

The revitalized Rundle Mall in the Adelaide CBD is the people’s place. The design creates a destination beyond the merely transactional and encourages communal gathering and social engagement. Its adaptable, flexible spaces and openness create opportunities for people to engage in a variety of experiences. The bespoke furnishings and structures are delightful in their arrangement and amorphous in their form, subtly shifting the regimented geometry of the original street walls.

The design for Rundle Mall moves away from typical pedestrian street amenities and commercial singular programs. It embraces emerging and dynamic short, medium and long-term strategies that anticipate change and drive urban vitality. Perhaps most importantly, doubling the tree cover provides for more appropriate human microclimates.

The successful collaboration with Adelaide City Council and the retail traders is evident in the quality of this project, which is a vitally important reimagining of the city’s retail precinct and a major contribution to its public space network. The project has already delivered a significant economic dividend in stimulating property reinvestment.

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