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The Sydney Harbour Bridge has just celebrated its 85th birthday.

Fairness and efficiency in infrastructure funding

20 Mar 2017, Adrian Dwyer

Adrian Dwyer, executive director of policy and research at Infrastructure Australia, discusses value capture and how it can help to stretch public funding further to deliver more of the infrastructure Australia needs.

Brisbane's Story Bridge by night.

The dark night rises: Brisbane’s Night Time Economy

15 Mar 2017, Callan Langlands

Fortitude Valley is home to Brisbane’s Night Time Economy (NTE), but is it a good idea to concentrate most of the city’s nightlife in one designated locality?

A stand of ancient, bowed snow gums.

Not just for looking at: The relationship between plants and people

24 Feb 2017, Matthew Higgins

Historian Matthew Higgins looks at the uses of some native plants by Indigenous and European Australians before the declaration of parks and reserves from the mid-20th century onwards.

Concrete breakwaters awaiting deployment at Hashikami, Japan.

Post-tsunami Japan: A reflection on people, places and seawalls

17 Feb 2017, Hayden Matthys

The vast concrete seawalls and breakwaters being built by the Japanese government in response to the 2011 tsunami will have major implications for the social, economic and environmental sustainability of many traditional fishing villages.

A 1960s block of flats in Marrickville, Sydney.

Renewing the Compact City: Scenarios for fair and sustainable redevelopment of strata schemes

7 Feb 2017, Laura Crommelin, Hazel Easthope

As appropriate sites for brownfield development begin to dry up, attention is turning toward the replacement or renewal of older apartment blocks.

Mihaus Studio by Sue Harper Architects.

Retrofitting the suburbs: Could secondary dwellings help the housing affordability crisis?

2 Feb 2017, Matt Kelly

Could retrofitting the suburbs with secondary dwellings, or “granny flats,” offer a viable method for combating Australia’s housing affordability crisis?

A scene from the Women's March on Washington, Washington DC, January 2017.

Proactive Practices: Raising the social stakes in design

31 Jan 2017, Jillian Walliss

The Proactive Practices project aims to uncover the characteristics and workings of a successful public interest design practice.

A visualization of the WestConnex M5 project at St Peters, Sydney, which will see the destruction of 500 trees at the southern end of Sydney Park.

Reflections on Paul Mees OAM

25 Jan 2017, Andrew Jackson

In response to recent destruction of heritage homes and parkland for Sydney’s WestConnex road project, we remember the life and work of planning academic Paul Andrew Mees (1961–2013).

A concept image of the Waterloo Estate redevelopment.

Let’s be frank about diversity and renewal

23 Jan 2017, Laura Wynne

Renewing public housing estates to achieve a balanced ‘social mix’ has come to be seen by governments, planners and state development corporations as a remedy for underfunded public housing estates. But is estate renewal really the panacea it’s so often claimed to be?

The Gen Y Demonstration Housing Project in Perth, designed by David Barr Architect, is intended to give would-be Gen Y home buyers a step onto the property ladder. Appearing as a single dwelling, it is in fact made up of three one-bedroom apartments with access to a communal garden area.

Generation Rent: Is it a problem, and what can planners do about it?

13 Jan 2017, Catherine Gilbert

Young people today are renting for longer before buying a home, and there is growing concern that many may never be able to.

The Hazelwood Open Cut Mine boundary plotted in yellow over an aerial image of central Melbourne at the same scale.

Latrobe Valley Open Cuts: Wastelands or treasured assets?

9 Jan 2017, David Langmore

Equivalent in size to Sydney Harbour, the Latrobe Valley’s open-cut mines offer massive potential for future uses. But rehabilitation must be granted the critical public and governmental attention it deserves.

Abdisalam and his wife Rauha with their six children in a forest camp near the BP service station refugee camp of Evzoni, Greece. They left their home in Deir ez-Zor, Syria, in September 2012, and after spending years in Lebanon and Turkey they arrived in Greece two months before this photo was taken.

Postcards from Greece

6 Jan 2017, Rocco Rorandelli

This photographic essay by Rocco Rorandelli of TerraProject Photographers explores Greece’s refugee camps, including the people who live there and the possessions they carry with them from their homelands.

Hassell's proposal for the Ribbon at Sydney’s Darling Harbour was recommended for approval by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment in June 2016, despite drawing “serious concerns” about the building’s bulk and impact on public space.

Putting the public interest back into planning

19 Dec 2016, Patrick Fensham

Patrick Fensham argues that planners need to re-engage with the public interest and the issues and challenges that matter.

The scheme includes the Eden Project, a contemporary art space, a produce market, an Antarctic and science precinct, a hotel and commercial and residential uses.

Michael Wright and Cassandra Chilton on MONA’s vision for Macquarie Point

15 Dec 2016, Ricky Ray Ricardo

LandscapeAustralia speaks with Rush Wright Associates about MONA’s vision for Australia’s first major public acknowledgment of the Black War at Macquarie Point.

Snøhetta is a transdisciplinary practice combining architecture, interior, landscape and brand design.

Kjetil Trædal Thorsen: People–process relationships

14 Dec 2016, Claire Martin, Ricky Ray Ricardo

Norway-based Kjetil Trædal Thorsen speaks with Landscape Architecture Australia about rapid prototyping, the internationalization of architecture and the value of “getting the musician in the engineer to come out.”

Hazelwood power station in Victoria's Latrobe Valley is due to close by March 2017.

Planning for a sustainable future in the Latrobe Valley

12 Dec 2016, Cat Nadel

Cat Nadel of Environment Victoria discusses their recent report Life After Coal: Pathways to a Just and Sustainable Transition for the Latrobe Valley.

Kampung Pulo in Jakarta is a 200-year-old informal settlement on the banks of the Ciliwung River.

Designing with uncertainty

5 Dec 2016, Matthew Hamilton, Niki Schwabe

With climate-related disasters predicted to increase over the next century, can landscape architects play a productive role in the delivery of aid to the world’s poor and displaced?

Triggering empathy: a bullfighting protest in front of the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain, 2009.

Charles Landry: Applying emotional intelligence

2 Dec 2016, Claire Martin

Charles Landry chats with Claire Martin about the lack of emotional and aesthetic intelligence that is applied to city-making.

Think of all the resources needed to transform Shenzhen, a fishing town 35 years ago, into a megacity of more than 10 million people.

Our cities need to go on a resource diet

1 Dec 2016, Hayley Henderson, Hesam Kamalipour

The New Urban Agenda adopted at the UN Habitat III conference outlines a vision for sustainable urban development, one that recognizes the need to use resources more efficiently.

The Greater Sydney Commission has outlined a three-cities approach for Sydney's future: Eastern City, centred on the CBD; Central City, centred on Parramatta; and Western City, centred around a new airport in the west.

Sarah Hill: Changing the game

28 Nov 2016, Sarah Hill

Sarah Hill, CEO of the Greater Sydney Commission, delivered the following speech for the 2016 PIA Kemsley Oration, which in 2016 was co-located with the presentation of the Australian Urban Design Awards.

The City of Adelaide created a dual naming process to bring Kaurna words into the cityscape. Pictured here is the Riverbank Bridge by Taylor Cullity Lethlean (TCL), Aurecon and Tonkin Zulaikha Greer (TZG), which crosses the Karrawirra Pari (River Torrens).

The Moving City as palimpsest

16 Nov 2016, Frances Wyld

In Australia our cities are built upon the lands of Indigenous peoples, but Indigenous people are still here; their culture is still here. To see it we must stop, listen and look for the signs.

Not feeling resilient: a scene from post-earthquake Christchurch, New Zealand, 2011.

Being moved by the city

15 Nov 2016, Jacky Bowring

Is our predilection for happiness and the rise of the virtual eroding our connection with each other and our cities?

The Phase Shifts Park, Taiwan, by Philippe Rahm architectes, Mosbach paysagistes and Ricky Liu and Associates.

Designing for climate change

11 Nov 2016, Jason Toh, Jillian Walliss

Recent research suggests we must look beyond generalized urban cooling strategies to address heat in our cities.

Highrise construction in Dubai, UAE, where much of the architecture is designed from afar, with little connection to the nuances of place. Juhani Pallasmaa describes it as “almost irresponsible to design buildings in alien cultures.”

Juhani Pallasmaa: Experiencing slowness

9 Nov 2016, Claire Martin, Ricky Ray Ricardo

A conversation with Finnish architect and philosopher Juhani Pallasmaa.

Salvia spp, Nepeta spp.

Scented Surprises: Plants for memorable sensory experiences

8 Nov 2016, Jane Irwin

Beyond simply visual appeal, a more comprehensive and memorable sensory experience is achieved by incorporating scented plants into public and private landscapes.

In May 2015, Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery, Hon Gerry Brownlee announced The Memorial Wall, designed by Slovenian architect Grega Vezjak, as the selected design for the Canterbury Earthquake Memorial.

Critique of the unbuilt

4 Nov 2016, Jacky Bowring

Increasingly realistic digital renderings and ubiquitous online commentary necessitate a new framework for informed debate.

The Adelaide Botanic Garden First Creek Wetland designed by Taylor Cullity Lethlean with SKM, David Lancashire Design and Paul Thompson.

Truth and beauty: The purpose and reception of (botanical) gardens

3 Nov 2016, Stephen Forbes

Stephen Forbes reflects on the love and trust people have in botanic gardens.

Melbourne is currently experiencing a highrise apartment boom, but there is limited knowledge on the social and psychological outcomes for residents.

Is highrise living bad for you?

2 Nov 2016, Leanne Hodyl

With highrise apartment tower approvals increasing exponentially in Australian cities, it’s important that designers and developers engage with post-occupancy research.

Looking over the old town of Quito, Ecuador - host city of the Habitat III summit.

Ten things you need to know about the New Urban Agenda

24 Oct 2016, Lucinda Hartley

Lucinda Hartley reports from the UN Habitat III summit in Quito, Ecuador.

A view of the landscape park and countryside surrounding Newton House seen from the ruined medieval Dinefwr Castle.

Capability Brown: The Shakespeare of gardening

20 Oct 2016, Sarah Rutherford

The 300th anniversary of the birth of English 18th century landscape designer Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown has prompted a revival of interest in his legacy.

A water fountain and a change in level in the large courtyard.

From the archives: The Evolution of a Gardener (part 2)

19 Oct 2016, George Seddon

In part two of The Evolution of a Gardener, published in Landscape Australia February 1996, George Seddon reflects on his sixth and final garden in Fremantle, Western Australia.

Water-inundated rice fields in An Giang province, Vietnam. The province is located in the Mekong Delta, in the south-western part of the country.

Tidal economy: The Lower Mekong Delta

18 Oct 2016, Benjamin Kronenberg

Exploring the shifting landscapes along the Mekong River’s labyrinth of tributaries.

Grassed areas in the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital “secret garden,” with views to the Brisbane River and CBD.

Healing gardens: Hospital design using nature to heal and soothe

17 Oct 2016, Cheryl Desha, Katharina Nieberler-Walker

A series of visitors’ books, or “bench diaries,” were left on a roof garden at Brisbane’s Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital when the hospital first opened.

Brisbane River, Brisbane.

The power of design in flood-prone communities

14 Oct 2016, Gillian Lawson

In Queensland, architects, landscape architects and urban designers are currently on the frontline in providing design solutions for flood-prone areas.

A quiet seat, spring 2013.

Border force: Unofficial gardening

13 Oct 2016, Trevor Pitkin

Trevor Pitkin has cultivated an “unofficial” garden along a strip of railway land in suburban Melbourne.

The 'Dalmatian meadow' garden at Murphy Street, Richmond, 1989.

From the archives: The Evolution of a Gardener (part 1)

12 Oct 2016, George Seddon

In this two-part essay for Landscape Australia from 1995, George Seddon reflects on the five gardens he created over forty years.

Wynyard Park in 1906, just before the fences were removed to allow public access to this previously private open space.

City of Sydney parks

6 Oct 2016, Anne-Maree Whitaker

Tracing the history of Sydney’s parks, from European settlement to today.

Geology can sometimes make a powerful visual statement. Where it does so, respect it by avoiding trivial 'beautification', or structures that are out of scale or character. Tidbinbilla, ACT.

The Genius Loci and Australian Landscape

5 Oct 2016, George Seddon

In his first essay for Landscape Australia back in 1979, George Seddon argues landscape architects must resist the effects of homogenizing technology by respecting the genius loci (sense of place) when designing.

The Navy Yards Central Green by James Corner Field Operations is a five-acre park in the heart of a new corporate centre in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Australian landscape architects in the USA

4 Oct 2016, Alex Georgouras

Alex Georgouras catches up with three Australian expatriate landscape architects emerging within the North American tableau – Richard Weller, Matt Grunbaum and Victoria Marshall.

William Street, Sydney after the Cross City Tunnel project.

Making the most of major infrastructure

30 Sep 2016, Gareth Collins

Working with local and state governments and the private sector to achieve the best project outcomes for the built environment.

Spearwood, Perth, Western Australia – aerial view of a housing scheme from the early 2000s. Note the large sizes of the houses.

What has happened to the Australian backyard?

29 Sep 2016, Tony Hall

Larger dwellings in suburban developments mean less opportunity for biodiversity and canopy cover in our cities.