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Landscape Architecture Australia, May 2017

Landscape Architecture Australia

Reviews, news and opinions on landscape architecture, urban design and planning.


Archive | Ricky Ray Ricardo | 1 May 2017

May issue of LAA out now

A preview of the May 2017 issue of Landscape Architecture Australia.


Practice | Jennie Curtis | 22 Aug 2017

Planting for the unexpected

Mass plantings of reliable plants give the best chance of a predictable outcome with minimal effort, but is this what we want for our neighbourhoods?

Fine-tuning the planting design cycle

Green wall and roof garden projects pose many challenges to good planting design outcomes, particularly synergizing design intent and management. How can the processes be improved?

Practice | Alistair Kirkpatrick | 29 Aug 2017

Questioning the war on weeds in urban streetscapes

Should weeds be embraced in built-up urban environments to provide resilient plantings that can thrive in the toughest conditions?

Review | David Whitworth | 12 Oct 2017

Do not mow: Planting a subtle argument

The humble native meadow in Sydney’s historic Prince Alfred Park demonstrates that planting design has more to offer than decoration or ecology – it can engage with culture in a powerful way.

Practice | Howard Tanner | 25 Sep 2017

Barangaroo Reserve: Making the grand vision work

The plantings at Sydney’s Barangaroo Reserve have achieved a phenomenal rate of success, largely thanks to the expertise of two consultants: Simon Leake, respected soil scientist, and Stuart Pittendrigh, one of Sydney’s most experienced horticulturalists.

Review | Claire Martin | 13 Sep 2017

Rambunctious research: Planning the life cycle city

The Woody Meadow Project seeks to create urban plantings that are diverse and attractive yet require minimal maintenance.


Review | Anne Latreille | 3 Oct 2017

The Shrine courtyards: Provoking imagination

Planting design for the courtyards at the Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne subtly evokes Pacific and South-East Asian theatres of service, sacrifice and peacekeeping.

Review | Michael Wright | 11 Aug 2017

The Cultivated Wild: Gardens and landscapes by Raymond Jungles

The Cultivated Wild, published by The Monacelli Press, showcases Jungles’ recent projects, revealing remarkable approaches to design thinking with plants.


Practice | Ricky Ray Ricardo | 5 Oct 2017

Dan Young and Paul Owen: Rethinking the suburban landscape

Dan Young began his landscape architecture practice with the help of friend and collaborator Paul Owen (Owen Architecture), working on a number of residential projects in Brisbane. Landscape Australia caught up with the duo to talk collaboration, private practice and planting design.

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Projects | Fiona Harrisson | 27 Sep 2017

Charles House: A new bush garden

Featuring eclectic combinations of plant species, this garden in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs is an immersive space full of diversity and delight.