Landscape Architecture Australia, November 2017

Landscape Architecture Australia, November 2017

Landscape Architecture Australia

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


The November 2017 issue of Landscape Architecture Australia.
Archive | Ricky Ray Ricardo | 27 Oct 2017

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


Rob Adams in his office at Council House 2 (CH2), Australia’s first building to be awarded a six-star Green Star design rating.
Practice | Lucy Salt | 3 Apr 2018

Rob Adams: A lesson in city design

As he turns his focus to succession planning, Rob Adams, director of City Design and Projects at the City of Melbourne, sat down with Lucy Salt to reflect on more than three decades of city building.

Low-level textural plantings and the reflective surface of the infinity pool enhance the outstanding borrowed views at Halls Ridge, Carmel Valley, California.
Practice | Howard Tanner | 5 Feb 2018

California dreaming: The gardens of Bernard Trainor

Only a handful of Australian designers have pursued careers abroad and achieved international recognition. One of them is landscape designer Bernard Trainor, whose California-based practice has built an impressive portfolio of projects on the west coast of the USA.


Wootten Road Reserve sits on Melbourne’s western fringe; however, it will soon be surrounded by new suburbs.
Review | Ricky Ray Ricardo | 16 Apr 2018

Grassland: A provocation

A new reserve on Melbourne’s western fringe celebrates one of Victoria’s most threatened ecologies by immersing users in the subtle beauty of native grasslands.


Clematis microphylla grows through the branches of a nitrogen-fixing Allocasuarina littoralis on the banks of the Yarra River.
Practice | Alistair Kirkpatrick | 27 Feb 2018

Designing with ecological succession

Ecological succession – where colonizer plant species grow quickly to provide organic matter, shelter and nutrients to their longer-lived neighbours – is rarely employed in planting schemes, but it holds great potential to produce more interesting, dynamic and resilient landscapes.

The designed plantings at Taliesin West are not only drought-tolerant, but largely drought-proof, meaning they can survive on almost no water.
Practice | Michael Wright | 12 Feb 2018

Lessons from dry lands

The desert landscapes of Arizona contain many valuable examples of engaging, species-diverse planting schemes that thrive in extremely dry conditions. With water demand a critical issue throughout Australia, are there cues to be taken from the south-western United States?


Due to their elevated nature, the High Line gardens must endure tough conditions, freezing more quickly and heating up more rapidly than other New York gardens.
Review | Claire Martin | 9 Apr 2018

Gardens of the High Line: Elevating the Nature of Modern Landscapes

A recent book on the design of Manhattan’s elevated railway park offers a insight into the project’s plantings and celebrates the sensuous and dynamic qualities of living systems.

Field Trip

Three Capes Track
Review | Johnny Ellice-Flint | 19 Feb 2018

Three Capes Track

In the south-east of Tasmania a new forty-six-kilometre hiking trail charts spectacular sea cliffs and dramatic gullies. The trail is one of the largest nature tourism projects in Australian history and its design will no doubt inform others in development.