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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 is 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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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, LandscapeAustralia Editorial Desk

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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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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Venus shines bright in the sky above Victoria.

Aboriginal traditions describe the complex motions of planets, the ‘wandering stars’ of the sky

16 Aug 2018, Duane Hamacher

Recent research reveals a wealth of information about the planets and their complex motions in the knowledge systems of Indigenous Australians.

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Former senior editor at Landscape Architecture Korea, Jeoungeun Kim.

Communicating landscape architecture in Asia – Part I

14 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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Hansen Partnership prepared an urban and landscape management plan for the Con Dao archipelago in Vietnam.

Building partnerships

8 Aug 2018, Craig Czarny

Craig Czarny, director of urban design at Hansen Partnership, reflects on more than two decades of planning and design practice in the Asia-Pacific region.

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Steel horizontal bars serve as scaffolding for a variety of uses at the ParkUp community gathering site in Taipei, Taiwan designed by Plan b.

Bottom-up placemaking

24 Jul 2018, Jeffrey Hou

From Taipei to Tokyo, communities and non-profit organizations are working to mitigate the impacts of rapid urbanization from the bottom up.

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Practitioners, academics and students from the landscape profession participating in a conversation with farmer, writer and researcher Charles Massy at RMIT University.

Cultivating landscape literacy: a workshop with Charles Massy

19 Jul 2018, Jock Gilbert

Agricultural scientist, farmer and writer Charles Massy advocates for a stronger relationship between humanity and the non-human world in agricultural practice. A workshop with Massy and members of the landscape profession offered opportunities to explore the relationship of Massy’s ideas to broader landscape practice.  

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The design of the Australian Embassy in Bangkok, by Ancher Mortlock and Woolley and Bruce Mackenzie Design, aspired to express unity between the global and the local.

Early engagement with Asia

17 Jul 2018, Catherin Bull

The Australian landscape architectural profession has been engaged with Asia from the 1970s. Embassy projects were a particular focus in the beginning, when desires for harmonious political and cultural relationships were expressed in new and interesting physical forms.

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Students at the Melbourne School of Design, the University of Melbourne

Reflections on an Australian education

9 Jul 2018, Heike Rahmann, Jillian Walliss

Landscape architecture academics Jillian Walliss and Heike Rahmann from the University of Melbourne and RMIT University respectively caught up with a group of international landscape architecture students to learn about their experiences in Australia and why they chose to study here.

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Ring trees were made by binding young branches of young trees with reeds. As the tree grew, it formed a ring.

The ring trees of Victoria’s Watti Watti people are an extraordinary part of our heritage

25 Jun 2018, Jacqueline Power

The marker trees of the Watti Watti people in north-west Victoria have substantial spiritual and cultural significance yet are currently afforded little in the way of formalised heritage protection.

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Phoebe Goodwin at the Balukhali refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh.

Prospect of refuge: Phoebe Goodwin on architecture and humanitarianism

25 Jun 2018, Josh Harris

Phoebe Goodwin provides insights on her humanitarian work with UNHCR in refugee camps in Bangladesh, Greece, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and elsewhere.

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Princes Park Carlton North.

To design safer parks for women, city planners must listen to their stories

25 Jun 2018, Nicole Kalms

Planners, architects, the police and politicians need to put aside the traditional expert perspective to learn from – and design for – women’s experiences.

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Yueyuan Courtyard by Z+T Studio explores the concept of erosion through the design of an intricate granite watercourse that flows through the space.

A contemporary Asian practice

31 May 2018, Jillian Walliss

The potential of emerging Asian cities has often been defined by European and North American designers, denying the growth of local expertise. It’s time to celebrate the exciting work of homegrown designers, thinkers and critics in Asia.

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Tom Rivard’s Urban Islands studio – sited on Sydney’s Cockatoo Island – is run independently and high numbers of international students, particularly from Asia, are common.

Internationalism in landscape education

21 May 2018, Helen Armstrong

With the growth of landscape architecture in the region, Australian landscape architecture programs have become increasingly popular with Asian students, particularly from China. Helen Armstrong reflects on how this growing demand has changed and challenged landscape architecture education.

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The Victorian mountain ash forest has been severely affected by fires and logging. To determine the actual health of the forest, we need to look at the quality, not just the quantity of what remains.

Why we are measuring the health of Australian vegetation poorly

16 Apr 2018, David Lindenmayer, Hugh Possingham

Many of Australia’s ecosystems are in a much worse condition than we think. This is because officials are measuring the health of ecosystems such as forests and woodlands by their size, instead of how damaged they are by disturbances.

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

Rob Adams: A lesson in city design

3 Apr 2018, Lucy Salt

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.

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Parkkim’s project CJ Blossom Park for South Korean conglomerate CJ Corporation includes a water feature whose design is informed by the company’s logo.

Material thinking

13 Mar 2018, Ricky Ray Ricardo

Parkkim, a landscape architecture practice based in the South Korean capital, Seoul, boasts a portfolio of highly refined projects that are underpinned by a passion for research and innovation.

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Clematis microphylla grows through the branches of a nitrogen-fixing Allocasuarina littoralis on the banks of the Yarra River.

Designing with ecological succession

27 Feb 2018, Alistair Kirkpatrick

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.

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The designed plantings at Taliesin West are not only drought-tolerant, but largely drought-proof, meaning they can survive on almost no water.

Lessons from dry lands

12 Feb 2018, Michael Wright

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?

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Low-level textural plantings and the reflective surface of the infinity pool enhance the outstanding borrowed views at Halls Ridge, Carmel Valley, California.

California dreaming: The gardens of Bernard Trainor

5 Feb 2018, Howard Tanner

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.

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The TaiPing Bridge project involved the reconstruction of a three-hundred-year-old bridge, reimagining it as a public meeting place with seating and planting.

China as a laboratory for change

25 Jan 2018, Jillian Walliss

Design and research collaborative Rural Urban Framework is responding to the Chinese government’s urbanization agenda by working with rural Chinese communities to contribute positively to social, economic and spatial transformations.

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Mungo Man’s remains arrived home in a 1976 black Chrysler Valiant hearse.

Mungo Man’s return reminds us that we need to listen to Indigenous knowledge

22 Dec 2017, Ricky Ray Ricardo

Could the recent return of Mungo Man to traditional owners serve as a turning point in the way non-Indigenous Australia views land and culture as separate entities?

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Aborigines Using Fire to Hunt Kangaroos, Joseph Lycett, approximately 1775–1828.

Post-environmental landscapes: Balancing beauty with ecology

11 Dec 2017, Mark Perkins

In the Far North Coast of New South Wales, contested ideas of pre- and post-European settlement landscapes, managed by hierarchies of scenic beauty and ecological value, have created tensions in the community.

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