Landscape Architecture Australia, May 2018

Landscape Architecture Australia, May 2018

Landscape Architecture Australia

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


The May 2018 issue of Landscape Architecture Australia.
News | Emily Wong | 7 May 2018

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A preview of the May 2018 issue of Landscape Architecture Australia.


Optus Stadium’s bronze facade references Western Australia’s unique geology.
Review | Tinka Sack | 24 Sep 2018

Finding a sense of place: Optus Stadium parklands

A new stadium and expansive parklands along the shores of Perth’s Swan River distil the essence of their Western Australian surrounds, offering multiple opportunities to engage with narratives of place.

The core of the Home of the Arts (HOTA) stage and theatre spaces reside beneath a “mountain” landscape made up of succulents, rainforest species and grasses from the wider Gold Coast region.
Review | Alexandra Brown | 10 Oct 2018

Voronoi verve: Home of the Arts Outdoor Stage

The Gold Coast’s new outdoor stage cleverly melds landscape and architecture to provide a flexible, functional and surprising space for future gatherings.

Visitors clamber through the fantastically twisty timber treehouse at the Ian Potter Children’s Wild Play Garden.
Review | David Welsh | 13 Sep 2018

Wild Senses: The Ian Potter Children’s Wild Play Garden

A new garden in Sydney’s Centennial Parklands celebrates learning through nature play, immersing children in habitats with a roguish sense of adventure.

The muted earthy tones and winding form of the walk soften both its visual and physical presence within the ecologically significant Jock Marshall Reserve.
Review | Ricky Ray Ricardo | 28 Aug 2018

Bridging the divide: Jock Marshall Reserve Nature Walk

A new elevated walk at Monash University’s Clayton campus draws biodiversity into the heart of student life, offering plentiful opportunities for research and repose.


A subtly contoured parkland and three-hectare playground have been created to the east of Optus Stadium, around an existing river-fed lake.

Breaking ground: Optus Stadium

Landscape Australia spoke with two key members of the Hassell project team that worked on the Optus Stadium precinct – Anthony Brookfield (principal landscape architect) and Hannah Galloway (design and documentation team lead) – about process, collaboration and collective experience.

Felipe VI Park, designed in collaboration with Ábalos and Sentkiewicz Architects, is a park on the rooftop of a train station in Logrono. The density of the shrub plantings increases relative to the slope gradient, acting as a form of erosion control.
Practice | Liam Mouritz | 31 Aug 2018

Teresa Gali-Izard: The language of landscape

Spanish designer and academic Teresa Gali-Izard creates work that seeks to enact the hidden potential of places through the integration of living systems and an understanding of beauty as process.

The Mekong Delta Region Plan 2030, Vision to 2050, prepared by RUA, M. Waibel, E. Heikkila and T. Collier, in collaboration with the Southern Institute of Strategic Planning, proposes a strategy for the Mekong Delta region that includes combining solar energy with intensive agriculture.
Practice | Janina Gosseye | 10 Oct 2018

Kelly Shannon: Fluid states

Kelly Shannon’s work is concerned with the evolving relationship between landscape, infrastructure and urbanization. Prior to her visit to Brisbane in March to speak at the Asia Pacific Architecture Forum, Shannon spoke with Janina Gosseye about cross-cultural practice, climate change and the recovery of the public realm.

Field Trip

Nawarla Gabarnmang

Nawarla Gabarnmang

A spectacular rock-shelter in Arnhem Land, in Australia’s far north, questions assumptions about the nature of design, provoking reflection on the boundaries between the natural and the built.


Behind its more traditional facade, Aperture House unfolds into an inviting garden that opens to a generous expanse of sky.
Practice | Margie Fraser | 13 Sep 2018

Vintage valour: Steven Clegg

Over the past two decades of his practice, Brisbane-based landscape designer Steven Clegg has evolved a suite of gardens that evoke a sense of the eternal and reflect his unwavering fascination with the flora of times past.