Altered practices: public space, politics and the pandemic

Altered practices: public space, politics and the pandemic

1 Aug 2020, Steve Mintern, Simon Robinson

The directors of Office introduce the second volume in The Politics of Public Space series that explores how COVID-19 is altering how we occupy space.

The sensory courtyard at Marnebek School encourages students with intellectual disabilities opportunities
to engage in joyful play while communicating with each other.

Dedicated to play: Mary Jeavons

20 Jul 2020, Lucy Salt

For more than 30 years, Mary Jeavons, founder and co-director at Jeavons Landscape Architects, has championed the importance of play.

What does the 'new normal’ look like for women’s safety in cities?

What does the ‘new normal’ look like for women’s safety in cities?

20 Jul 2020, LandscapeAustralia Editorial Desk

At a time when public space is changing, tracking women’s experiences and applying nuanced thinking and multiple gender-sensitive strategies is important to ensuring inclusivity.

Walking the Lurujarri Dreaming Trail allows participants to experience the area’s landscape, unmediated by conventional frameworks.

Lurujarri Dreaming Trail

22 Jun 2020, Jock Gilbert, Daniel Roe

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.

A robot dog called Spot patrols a Singapore park playing a recorded message telling people to observe physical distancing measures.

Smart cities can help us manage post-COVID life, but they’ll need trust as well as tech

3 Jun 2020, LandscapeAustralia Editorial Desk

In designing cities that are better prepared to handle the next pandemic, building systems that encourage trust between the citizens and the city will be crucial.

Aerial view of Muanivatu settlement in Suva, Fiji.

Rising challenge

3 Jun 2020, Amalie Wright

Amalie Wright shares her experiences working as a landscape architect on the Revitalising Informal Settlements and their Environments (RISE) project in Indonesia and Fiji.

Transitioning states: Practising in the time of COVID-19

Transitioning states: Practising in the time of COVID-19

19 May 2020, Jess Stewart

Landscape architects in different areas of practice describe how COVID-19 is continuing to impact their office arrangements, projects and work approach – and where they see the future headed.

A park-like retreat space on South Colombo Street, Christchurch.

Cities will endure, but urban design must adapt to coronavirus risks and fears

7 May 2020, LandscapeAustralia Editorial Desk

While the impacts of coronavirus on our cities going forward are difficult to predict, one thing is certain – any urban planning and design of our cities needs to take a long-term approach to enabling public life to continue in social and healthy ways.

Prairie planting at Henry Palmisano Park in Chicago by Site Design Group and D.I.R.T studio.

Design for nature

26 Apr 2020, Adrian Marshall

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

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.

Maintaining gestures: Rosny Park

26 Apr 2020, Jerry de Gryse

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.

At a deserted Federation Square in Melbourne, the big screen broadcasts this message: "If you can see this, what are you doing? Go home."

We don’t know what we’ve got until it’s gone – we must reclaim public space lost to the coronavirus crisis

17 Apr 2020, Kurt Iveson

Current restrictions to public space under the COVID-19 crisis could both intensify existing inequalities in access and reinforce trends towards “locking down” public space.

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.

Chulalongkorn University Centenary Park in Bangkok 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.

Federation Square is a major gathering place and locus of public life in Melbourne.

Valuing the civic: the future of Federation Square

1 Feb 2020, Tania Davidge

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.

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.