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Reclaimed land was removed to create an artificial inlet that returns the city to the water’s edge.

The unfinished business of Perth’s Elizabeth Quay

17 Jan 2020, Jennie Officer

In Perth, the Elizabeth Quay precinct has proven popular but its success depends on “unfinished business.”

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Our mental health benefits when nature is part of our neighbourhoods, as in this residential street in Fitzroy, Melbourne.

Biodiversity and our brains: how ecology and mental health go together in our cities

3 Jan 2020, Zoe Myers

Neuroscientific research that expands our understanding of the specific ways in which the experience of nature affects our mental well-being can help us in designing more beneficial urban environments.

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The Crown Casino rising over the Barangaroo precinct on Sydney Harbor was approved without a competitive tender or public planning assessments.

Australian cities pay the price for blocking council input to projects that shape them

17 Dec 2019, Mike Harris

Mike Harris argues that, in Australia, the control of states over complex, city-based projects is jeopardising their outcomes.

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A "long table" discussion organized by AILA Cultivate, a sub-committee of the Victorian Chapter of AILA, explored some of the issues currently facing landscape architecture education in the state.

Landscape architecture education in Victoria: A discussion

6 Dec 2019, Jess Stewart

A recent discussion in Melbourne organized by a sub-committee of the Victorian chapter of AILA explored some of the issues currently facing landscape architecture education in the state.

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The design for the Chouteau Greenway in Missouri, led by Stoss Landscape Urbanism aims to connect St. Louis’s Forest Park with its Gateway Arch and adjacent neighbourhoods providing opportunities for diverse collective experiences.

Beyond resiliency: Part II

4 Dec 2019, Rosalea Monacella

In the second part of our interview with leading practitioners from the US and Australia, we further explore the agency of landscape architecture in responding to climate change urgencies through the design of the public realm.

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An example of a low-density suburb before GOD (greenspace-oriented development), with large amounts of underutilized public open space.

What ever happened to (Australian) urbanism?

25 Nov 2019, Richard Weller

With Australia’s population set to almost double by 2066, the handwringing over increased density and sprawl will only increase. Yet these circumstances offer architects and urban planners an opportunity for courageous creativity.

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Shelby Farms Park in
Memphis by James Corner Field Operations provides enhanced habitat and recreation opportunities.

Beyond resiliency: Part I

21 Nov 2019, Rosalea Monacella

In the first half of our two-part interview, five leading practitioners offer their perspectives on how we might design for an uncertain future.

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The porpoise of life

Sh*t Gardens: Reflecting on failure

20 Nov 2019, LandscapeAustralia Editorial Desk

Bede Brennan and James Hull of the Sh*t Gardens blog spoke at the 2019 International Festival of Landscape Architecture held in Melbourne in October. Landscape Australia caught up with the duo during a break in the festival program.

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The lure of suburbia clearly remains strong. To deal with sprawl, planners need to increase urban density in a way that resonates with the leafy green qualities of suburbia that residents value.

GOD save us: greenspace-oriented development could make higher density attractive

19 Nov 2019, Julian Bolleter, Cristina Ramalho

To address issues with sprawl, we need to increase urban density in a way that resonates with the green qualities of suburbia that residents value.

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Could Darwin one day be home to more than a million people?

You can’t boost Australia’s north to 5 million people without a proper plan

25 Oct 2019, Julian Bolleter

Any moves to greatly increase the population of northern Australian by 2060 could have a devastating impact on the local environment without long-term careful planning by all tiers of government.

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Next Architects' design for Dafne Schippersbrug (Dafne Schippers Bicycle Bridge) in Oog in Al, Utrecht integrates a bicycle and pedestrian bridge with a school and a public park.

Marijn Schenk: Catalyzing connections

17 Oct 2019, LandscapeAustralia Editorial Desk

Marijn Schenk, co-founder of Dutch practice Next Architects, spoke with Landscape Australia about collaboration, new perspectives and the pursuit of social and ecological agendas.

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Winter Park Cellar House, designed by Graeme Gunn and developed by Merchant Builders.

Vale David Yencken, a modern-day polymath

16 Oct 2019, Graeme Davison, Alan Pert

Graeme Davison and Alan Pert remember the late David Yencken, a prodigious contributor to the built environment and Victoria’s “unofficial minister for design and environmental planning.”

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Sea Line Park, one of the shortlisted entries in the competition to design a new park for the Melbourne of 2050.

Why we need ‘crazy’ ideas for new city parks

10 Oct 2019, Wendy Walls

Design competitions provide opportunities for new voices and radical ideas.

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In Spirit Level’s design for Ooralba Estate in New South Wales’s Kangaroo Valley the stepped flagging and assymetrical axis create a sense of mystery.

Arcadian Spirit: Hugh Main

9 Oct 2019, Howard Tanner

Calmness, serenity and a sense of mystery define the work of Sydney-based designer Hugh Main, whose portfolio of elegantly sculptural gardens with hushed textures and colours speaks to a distinctly east-coast Australian style.

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Wamboin, New South Wales, spring, reference grassland

Grassy woodlands

26 Sep 2019, Sue McIntyre, Carolyn Young

Photographer Carolyn Young and ecologist Sue McIntyre reflect on a once extensive, but now rapidly vanishing landscape – the eucalypt woodlands of Australia’s south-east.

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In the Melbourne suburb of Lysterfield, a mesic shift from degraded fire-prone sclerophyll forest to dry rainforest, less vulnerable to bushfires, has been taking place

Designing for novel ecologies

12 Sep 2019, Alistair Kirkpatrick

By acknowledging human agency as a vector for plants and animals, we can begin to embrace new and fertile ways of working with our environment.

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Developed for Bangkok Design Week 2018, Shma’s The Floating Park transformed a disused river barge into an exhibition highlighting the need for more open green space in Bangkok.

Advocacy through design: Shma

29 Aug 2019, Ricky Ray Ricardo

In Bangkok, vibrant young studio Shma is working to transform the public realm through a series of self-initiated, community-oriented projects.

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The government intends to destroy Djab Wurrung sacred trees and sites to upgrade the Western Highway at the same time as it seeks heritage status for the Eastern Freeway.

What kind of state values a freeway’s heritage above the heritage of our oldest living culture

22 Aug 2019, Mick Douglas, Bronwyn Lay

Threatening to evict Djab Wurrung while proposing heritage status for the Eastern Freeway is a perversion of law, heritage and community value.

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The Darling River at Wilcannia, New South Wales in 2014. The idea of landscape, as separated and separable, has contributed to the commodification of the environment with consequences showing in the particularly dire state of the Darling River.

The landscape of Country

1 Aug 2019, Jock Gilbert, Sophia Pearce

Landscape, as a constructed idea, can separate us from our environment – with often drastic consequences for our surrounds. Rethinking landscape through Country can lead us to a new practice that emphasizes recognition and respect.

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Traditional Darug custodians lead the Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony to launch Ngara – Ngurangwa Byallara (Listen, hear, think – The Place Speaks, 2018), Oakhurst New South Wales, co-commissioned by Blacktown Arts on behalf of Blacktown City Council and C3West on behalf of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia.

Representation, remembrance and the memorial

16 Jul 2019, Brook Andrew, Jock Gilbert

The RR.Memorial Forum held in June 2018 explored the future of memorials in Australia to the Frontier Wars. The forum included a series of Indigenous-led design charrettes that revealed the possibilities and challenges involved in creating places of healing.

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The sparsely occupied main plaza, except for a group of children on a school outing and some tourists taking photographs.

Apple controversy masks the real failures of Federation Square

15 Jul 2019, Jonathan Daly

Jonathan Daly argues that the recent brouhaha over the failed proposal for a Foster and Partners-designed Apple Store at Melbourne’s Federation Square has masked a deeper problem with the way the space operates as a public place.

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Share bikes are just the start of the many competing claims on kerb space.

Competition for the kerb is rising – and cities are going to have to manage it

15 Jul 2019, Neil Sipe

In light of the emergence of new users and new forms of mobility, cities will need to think strategically about how to manage their limited kerb space.

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At the foothills of the mountains of Hokkaido, Tokachi Millennium Forest aims to coax the public out into the landscape.

Evoking the natural: Dan Pearson

4 Jul 2019, Howard Tanner

The landscapes of British garden designer Dan Pearson celebrate a sublime yet quiet nature in an increasingly urban world. Howard Tanner visited Pearson’s London studio to explore its work in “regaining the natural.”

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Walga walga (blue-nose salmon) artwork by Martha Lee and Broome Girls Academy at the Roebuck Bay Lookout in Broome.

Vanessa Margetts: Activating agency

5 Jun 2019, Pip Munckton

The founding director of Broome-based practice MudMap Studio talks about communicating knowledge, working locally and community-driven design.

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Existing zoning around Patterson Station in the Melbourne suburb of Bentleigh.

Is it time for minimum density controls?

21 May 2019, Lukas Nott, Mark Sheppard

While state policy aims to increase development density, across the central city, in urban renewal areas and in the suburbs, current planning controls are failing to implement this policy.

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STX Landscape Architects’ design for Nanyang Technological University’s Pioneer and Crescent Halls creates a natural environment for learning through the creation of an immersive wetland at the heart of the student residence.

Engaging beauty: Helen Smith-Yeo

12 May 2019, LandscapeAustralia Editorial Desk

Founder and principal of Singapore-based practice STX Landscape Architects Helen Smith-Yeo discusses cross-culturalism, difference and the aesthetics of the natural.

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Sometimes you want to take it slow.

Smart cities aim to make urban life more efficient – but for citizens’ sake they need to slow down

1 May 2019, Lakshmi Priya Rajendran

Built environment professionals need to look beyond technology’s ability to give instantaneous access to information, services and entertainment to instead recognise how it can be used to create platforms that allow citizens to engage meaningfully with the urban environment.

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In the Mountain (2016), an installation at Doi Tung mountain in the Chiang Rai region of Thailand,  constructed from cloth made from ground coffee and the fruits of the tea oil tree. The project represents the idea of a coexistence between people and the land.

Immaterial worlds: Sanitas Pradittasnee

9 Apr 2019, Emily Wong

Thai landscape architect Sanitas Pradittasnee harnesses the lyrical dimensions of landscape to provoke reflection on environmental responsibility and the social potentials of space.

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A visualisation of a Refuge City street scene.

Refuge City, a new kind of city for our times

7 Jan 2019, Julian Bolleter, Ken Parish

Refuge City, a new kind of city for our times

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In order to address gender equity issues across the landscape architecture profession, we need to bring conversations about gender out into the open.

Catalysing the gender equity discourse

4 Jan 2019, Jen Lynch

Addressing gender equity issues across the landscape architecture profession means bringing conversations about gender out into the open.

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Mapping of building and roof materials in an Australian suburb, using GeoVision tools by Pitney Bowes derived from PSMA’s Geoscape data system, with imagery from shortwave infrared and multispectral sensors aboard DigitalGlobe’s WorldView 3 satellite.

Digital Earth: the paradigm now shaping our world’s data cities

4 Jan 2019, Davina Jackson

In the “smart and connected” realm of data cities, satellites equipped specifically for observing Earth are transforming the traditional design practices of the built environment.

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Students stroll through the North West Precinct at Monash University’s Clayton campus, designed by Outlines Landscape Architecture

Jocelyn Chiew: Shaping the future campus

22 Nov 2018, Ricky Ray Ricardo

Monash University’s manager of Campus Design, Quality and Planning is transforming the physical environment of student life, from the bottom up.

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More than 25% of Hurstville residents were born in China, but the Sydney suburb is the exception to the rule.

How Australian cities are adapting to the Asian Century

13 Nov 2018, Dallas Rogers, Ilan Wiesel

China’s rise as a global power is driving new flows of people, ideas and capital between China and Australia. Australian cities need to adapt to this new geopolitical reality.

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Children at play in the streets.

A child-friendly city

24 Oct 2018, Natalia Krysiak

The presence of children in the public domain is often relegated to spaces which are exclusively zoned for their use. How can we incorporate broader opportunities for play into the planning and design of our cities?

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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.

Kelly Shannon: Fluid states

10 Oct 2018, Janina Gosseye

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.

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Nawarla Gabarnmang

Nawarla Gabarnmang

25 Sep 2018, Bruno David, Jean-Jacques Delannoy

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.

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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

24 Sep 2018, LandscapeAustralia Editorial Desk

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.

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Behind its more traditional facade, Aperture House unfolds into an inviting garden that opens to a generous expanse of sky.

Vintage valour: Steven Clegg

13 Sep 2018, Margie Fraser

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.

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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.

Teresa Gali-Izard: The language of landscape

31 Aug 2018, Liam Mouritz

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.

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MMA Design Studio founder Mphethi M. Morojele.

Re-building a country: Mphethi M. Morojele on indigeneity, animist architecture and sending off Nelson Mandela

20 Aug 2018, Josh Harris

In Australia for the Indigenous Design Symposium in July, Johannesburg-based architect Mphethi M. Morojele spoke with ArchitectureAU about the nature of indigeneity and architecture’s role in transforming South Africa.

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Executive editor of Landscape Architecture Frontiers, Tina Tian

Communicating landscape architecture in Asia - Part II

20 Aug 2018, LandscapeAustralia Editorial Desk

Landscape Architecture Australia speaks to the editors of two Asian landscape architecture magazines – Landscape Architecture Korea (South Korea) and Landscape Architecture Frontiers (China) – to explore the trajectory of landscape architecture in their respective countries.

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