Landscape Architecture Award for Community Contribution

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Palmwoods Placemaking Community Empowerment by Sunshine Coast Council and CoDesign Studio

Palmwoods Placemaking Community Empowerment by Sunshine Coast Council and CoDesign Studio Image: Anita Elliston

Palmwoods Placemaking Community Empowerment by Sunshine Coast Council and CoDesign Studio

Jury citation:

The community of Palmwoods had struggled with the decline of agricultural industry in the region and the bypassing of the town in favour of better-known tourist destinations. Through extensive community engagement and masterplanning workshops for the design of a new town square, the landscape architects devised a placemaking program that developed the regional profile, strengthened commercial capital and built new community networks. Tactical urban “micro projects,” including verge vegie gardens and photo booths, were developed to engage the community and enable the first steps toward economic uplift. These micro projects cascaded into a five-week Village Harvest that supported sixty community events and attracted more than two thousand people to Palmwoods.

Location: Palmwoods (QLD)

Aboriginal Nation: Gubbi Gubbi

 


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