The recently completed Prahran Square in Melbourne, by Lyons Architecture and Aspect Studios.

Public spaces bind cities together. What happens when coronavirus forces us apart?

30 Mar 2020, Tahj Rosmarin

The outbreak of coronavirus and its immediate impacts, such as social distancing, have raised many questions about the role of public space in such times.

Outbreaks like coronavirus start in and spread from the edges of cities

Outbreaks like coronavirus start in and spread from the edges of cities

24 Mar 2020, LandscapeAustralia Editorial Desk

The ongoing coronavirus is an example of the close relationships between urban development and new or re-emerging infectious diseases.

1 million rides and counting: on-demand services bring public transport to the suburbs

1 million rides and counting: on-demand services bring public transport to the suburbs

14 Mar 2020, LandscapeAustralia Editorial Desk

“On-demand” transit, which allows users to book trips for a cost similar to a bus fare, may offer a solution to the lack of public transport available outside many Australian city centres.

Autumn at Home of FIFA: planting registers ongoing growth, seasonality and change.

Models without numbers: The landscapes of Günther Vogt

14 Mar 2020, Julian Raxworthy

The Swiss landscape architect’s austere, experiential work makes a case for engaging with the real, physical landscape, beyond models or representation.

'Memory forests' have the potential to provide significant social, ecological and health benefits to urban areas.

Memory forests: designing the future of cemeteries

25 Feb 2020, Em Hatton, Rohit Iyer

Faced with the challenges of rising populations and shrinking green space in Australian cities, we need to begin designing responses that better address land use and death.

Puey Learning Center at Thammasat University in Rangsit by Landprocess.

‘Humans are the key to change:’ Kotchakorn Voraakhom

17 Feb 2020, Emily Wong

Landscape Australia speaks with the Bangkok-based landscape architect about leadership, encouraging engagement and design in an age of globalization.

RMIT University's project at the Beijing Forestry University's second Garden-making Festival, Celebrating the otherness, by Cynthia (Huaying) Zhuge.

The poetry of gardening: Bejing Forestry University’s second Garden-making Festival

13 Feb 2020, Jock Gilbert, Liz Li

A team of students from RMIT University participated in the second edition of Beijing Forestry University’s Garden-making Festival, which explored the relationship between garden-making and the poetic.

Ed Wall and Emma Colthurst / Project Studio, The Valley Project, model (2019). The project investigates pioneering Scottish town planner Patrick Geddes’ valley section within the contexts of contemporary processes of urbanization. Model 1 examines the complex, site-specific qualities of a valley region in the Scottish Highlands as it relates, in part, to whisky production.

Ed Wall: Unfinished landscapes

3 Feb 2020, Liam Mouritz

University of Greenwich academic Ed Wall’s work explores the intersection between design practice and critical theory. Liam Mouritz spoke with Wall about the role of design education in tackling ecological crises and the importance of expanding landscape practice into policy.

Climate change complacency threatens the long-term sustainability of our cities and regions

Climate change complacency threatens the long-term sustainability of our cities and regions

21 Jan 2020, David Williams

Planning Institute of Australia CEO David Williams argues that the government must face squarely up to climate change and work in the public interest to reduce greenhouse emissions and shift to a low-carbon economy.

"Be open and listen": Tim Hart on landscape architecture and post-bushfire recovery

“Be open and listen”: Tim Hart on landscape architecture and post-bushfire recovery

19 Jan 2020, Emily Wong

Tim Hart, director of Urban Initiatives (which worked on several projects in the wake of the Black Saturday fires), emphasizes the importance of listening and long-term strategizing when working with recovering communities.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.