Landscape Architecture Australia, February 2020

Landscape Architecture Australia, February 2020

Landscape Architecture Australia

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


The February 2020 issue of Landscape Architecture Australia.
News | Emily Wong | 3 Feb 2020

February issue of LAA out now

A preview of the February 2020 issue of Landscape Architecture Australia.


Prairie planting at Henry Palmisano Park in Chicago by Site Design Group and D.I.R.T studio.
Practice | Adrian Marshall | 26 Apr 2020

Design for nature

In an era of ecological collapse, a series of projects in the United States is placing nature centre stage.

Walking the Lurujarri Dreaming Trail allows participants to experience the area’s landscape, unmediated by conventional frameworks.
Practice | Jock Gilbert and Daniel Roe | 22 Jun 2020

Lurujarri Dreaming Trail

Winding along the coast north of Broome, this 80-kilometre-long Aboriginal trail fosters a deep connection to Country through knowledge exchange and shared experience.

Mud Bourne by Benjamin Hardy-Clements and Joshua Gowers
Review | Jacky Bowring | 1 Mar 2020

The Future Park International Design Ideas Competition

The Future Park competition opens up possibilities for landscape architects, designers and the wider public to rethink the meaning of parks and how they might find new and expanded ambitions in the twenty-first century.

Radial bands of coloured concrete paving framing a central pond reference the fans of dye colour swatches used by the area’s former dye factories.
Review | Jo Russell-Clarke | 25 Mar 2020

Engaging the past: Dyeworks Park

Melbourne’s Dyeworks Park is an early example of landscape architects creatively responding to the transformation of inner-city post-industrial sites.

Noongar academic Len Collard has suggested that former Perth mayor Lisa Scaffidi’s idea for a “statue of liberty for Perth Water” should be Yagan (a Noongar warrior decapitated by white settlers) standing in the river with no head.
Review | Julian Bolleter | 8 Apr 2020

Reclaiming the river: Perth waterfront schemes

A series of proposals for Perth’s waterfront produced during the nineties provokes reflection on climate change, contested histories and potential futures.

Federation Square is a major gathering place and locus of public life in Melbourne.
Practice | Tania Davidge | 1 Feb 2020

Valuing the civic: the future of Federation Square

As the city around Melbourne’s Federation Square continues to evolve, the fundamental value of the square, as the city’s main public, civic and cultural gathering place, must be maintained.


In 2019, mass plantings at Rosny Park continue to define the wild edge, dianellas have self-replicated in the understory to the left and to the right Callistemon pallidus and dianellas cluster together to deter weeds.
Practice | Jerry de Gryse | 26 Apr 2020

Maintaining gestures: Rosny Park

Three decades after the completion of Hobart’s Rosny Park development, its landscape illustrates how projects evolve in response to maintenance regimes and changing values.

Historic brick kilns, grass-covered slopes and an innovative water re-use scheme characterize Sydney Park – a constructed ecology on a former landfill.
Review | Catherine Evans | 22 Jun 2020

An ecological negotiation: Sydney Park

Sydney Park is an ongoing demonstration of landscape architecture’s role in recalibrating human-nature relations.

An eastern portion of the River Torrens Linear Park, circa 1990s.
Review | Rebecca Connelly | 29 Jun 2020

A unified future: River Torrens Linear Park

A milestone in Adelaide’s park history, River Torrens Linear Park offered an integrated model of ecological and social infrastructure.

The Roma Street Parkland sits on land once used by the area’s Aboriginal people for gathering food and conducting ceremonies.
Review | Claudia Taborda | 6 Jul 2020

A paradoxical nature: Roma Street Parkland

Despite its popular success, Brisbane’s Roma Street Parkland reinforces the need to continue examining nature, landscape and social justice in landscape practice.

In an image from the early 2000s, children clamber over the inscribed and undulating topography – a practice disallowed by the museum today.
Review | Anna Chauvel | 11 May 2020

Transforming identity: Garden of Australian Dreams

Canberra’s Garden of Australian Dreams challenged the aesthetics and sensibility of Australian landscape architecture.

The colourful domes of Moscow’s St Basil’s Cathedral filtered through a grove of silver birch trees in the city’s new Zaryadye Park.
Review | Jillian Walliss | 5 May 2020

Zaryadye Park: A new ecological heart for Moscow

A new park in Moscow’s centre draws Russia’s diverse landscapes into the city and creates an open and democratic space for cultural gathering.


National prize winner: Revival: Drug Rehabilitation Landscape by Oshadi Jayasinghe of Deakin University

2019 Landscape Student Prize

The winners of the 2019 Landscape Architecture Australia Student Prize.