Reviews

An eastern portion of the River Torrens Linear Park, circa 1990s.

A unified future: River Torrens Linear Park

29 Jun 2020, Rebecca Connelly

A milestone in Adelaide’s park history, River Torrens Linear Park offered an integrated model of ecological and social infrastructure.

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Historic brick kilns, grass-covered slopes and an innovative water re-use scheme characterize Sydney Park – a constructed ecology on a former landfill.

An ecological negotiation: Sydney Park

22 Jun 2020, Catherine Evans

Sydney Park is an ongoing demonstration of landscape architecture’s role in recalibrating human-nature relations.

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The distinctive forms of the mudhif houses of the Ma’dan people of southern Iraq, constructed from qasab reed.

Lo-TEK: Design by Radical Indigenism

3 Jun 2020, Emma Sheppard-Simms

Emma Sheppard-Simms reviews Julia Watson’s recent book that celebrates traditional ecological knowledge and land management systems.

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The animal crossing overpass in Banff National Park, part of the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative.

Design with Nature Now

21 May 2020, Claire Martin

Claire Martin reviews a recent book by the US-based Lincoln Institute of Land Policy that considers Scottish landscape architect Ian McHarg’s evolving legacy.

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The Sky Park forms part of the public space component of One Melbourne Quarter, the first stage of the greater Melbourne Quarter development.

An elevated exchange: Sky Park, One Melbourne Quarter

12 May 2020, Kate Gamble

The Sky Park at One Melbourne Quarter by Aspect Oculus offers an opportunity to consider the meaning of public-private spaces as the city matures.

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In an image from the early 2000s, children clamber over the inscribed and undulating topography – a practice disallowed by the museum today.

Transforming identity: Garden of Australian Dreams

11 May 2020, Anna Chauvel

Canberra’s Garden of Australian Dreams challenged the aesthetics and sensibility of Australian landscape architecture.

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The colourful domes of Moscow’s St Basil’s Cathedral filtered through a grove of silver birch trees in the city’s new Zaryadye Park.

Zaryadye Park: A new ecological heart for Moscow

5 May 2020, Jillian Walliss

A new park in Moscow’s centre draws Russia’s diverse landscapes into the city and creates an open and democratic space for cultural gathering.

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Noongar academic Len Collard has suggested that former Perth mayor Lisa Scaffidi’s idea for a “statue of liberty for Perth Water” should be Yagan (a Noongar warrior decapitated by white settlers) standing in the river with no head.

Reclaiming the river: Perth waterfront schemes

8 Apr 2020, Julian Bolleter

A series of proposals for Perth’s waterfront produced during the nineties provokes reflection on climate change, contested histories and potential futures.

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A multisensory approach: Wildness and Wellbeing

A multisensory approach: Wildness and Wellbeing

30 Mar 2020, Jela Ivankovic-Waters

A recent book by Zoe Myers critically explores how spatial interventions can improve our mental health by connecting us to nature.

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Radial bands of coloured concrete paving framing a central pond reference the fans of dye colour swatches used by the area’s former dye factories.

Engaging the past: Dyeworks Park

25 Mar 2020, Jo Russell-Clarke

Melbourne’s Dyeworks Park is an early example of landscape architects creatively responding to the transformation of inner-city post-industrial sites.

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Mud Bourne by Benjamin Hardy-Clements and Joshua Gowers

The Future Park International Design Ideas Competition

1 Mar 2020, Jacky Bowring

The Future Park competition opens up possibilities for landscape architects, designers and the wider public to rethink the meaning of parks and how they might find new and expanded ambitions in the twenty-first century.

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All eyes on Australia as World Urban Forum urges climate action

All eyes on Australia as World Urban Forum urges climate action

13 Feb 2020, Barbara Norman

Barbara Norman reports on the key findings of the 2020 World Urban Forum held in Abu Dhabi.

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Clifftop Garden contextualizes an existing house by architect Paul Pholeros and natural pool within the site’s dramatic clifftop location.

Clifftop garden

17 Jan 2020, David Whitworth

Perched on a clifftop in Sydney’s Vaucluse, this garden by Jane Irwin Landscape Architecture favours intimacy and materiality over grand gestures.

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Ed Kermode and Dan Parker's article 'Nonhuman Stakeholders'.

Complexity and contingency: Kerb 27

16 Jan 2020, Andrew Toland

Andrew Toland reviews the latest edition of Kerb Journal that presents a critical perspective on designers’ roles in the production of political space.

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The design of Victoria Square transforms a section of a town’s main street into a pedestrian-friendly gathering place and thoroughfare.

Fair share: Victoria Square, Kerang

3 Jan 2020, Julian Bull

This reimagining of a town’s main street elevates the pedestrian experience while acknowledging the continuing role of cars in regional life.

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Swiss landscape architect Gunther Vogt, founding director of Vogt Landscape Architects

Shaping future practice: 2019 New Gen Program

11 Dec 2019, Stacey Edwards

Stacey Edwards considers the 2019 New Gen Program, which aimed to join young landscape architects with speakers from the 2019 International Festival of Landscape Architecture to discuss future concerns.

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The Smart City Expo World Congress 2019 was held in Barcelona over three days in November.

A change in paradigm – data science and the city: Smart City Expo World Congress 2019

10 Dec 2019, Sigrid Ehrmann

Sigrid Ehrmann reports on the themes and discussions of the Smart City Expo World Congress 2019, held in Barcelona in November.

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Festival keynote speaker Julia Czerniak spoke of a shift from designing for humans to designing for all living beings.

“Reflective, informative and inquisitive”: 2019 International Festival of Landscape Architecture

5 Dec 2019, Linda Corkery

Linda Corkery reflects on the 2019 AILA Festival that sought to examine key issues relating to the design and management of urban open space in contemporary conditions.

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Commissioned for the Glenorchy Art and Sculpture Park (GASP), Refraction Principle (2018) is a steel sculpture on Hobart’s Derwent River that marks the site where fresh and salt water meet.

Sites unseen: the work of James Geurts

22 Nov 2019, Tim Edensor

Melbourne-based artist James Geurts explores the entangling of the human and the natural, and the dynamic yet invisible forces that shape our environment.

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The Caulfield to Dandenong project creates 8.4-kilometres of linear park beneath the now-elevated rail line.

A unifying act: Caulfield to Dandenong Level Crossing Removal Project

14 Nov 2019, Ricky Ray Ricardo

The Caulfield to Dandenong Level Crossing Removal Project demonstrates how integrated urban design thinking can shape progressive built outcomes.

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The Caulfield to Dandenong project creates 8.4-kilometres of linear park beneath the now-elevated rail line.

Beneath the rail line: Caulfield to Dandenong Level Crossing Removal Project

13 Nov 2019, Beau Beza

Attention to scale and a coordinated approach to colour have created an inviting series of spaces, well-suited to individual and collective inhabitation.

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Along the upper promenade, arbours by Chaney Architecture that feature a colour pattern developed in collaboration with Aboriginal artist Sharyn Egan provide a flexible space for events.

The new groove: Scarborough Foreshore Redevelopment

24 Oct 2019, Tinka Sack

The redevelopment of Perth’s iconic Scarborough foreshore by TCL and UDLA is bringing visitors, new and old, back in droves.

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At the western end of the Level 7 rooftop terrace, hospital staff and patients relax on an expanse of artificial grass shaded by Miscanthus grasses and olive trees.

Elevating the botanical: Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre

26 Sep 2019, Julian Bull

The rooftop gardens of the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre are a bold demonstration of how diverse, drought-tolerant plantings can be used to create evocative, sensory spaces in challenging conditions.

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The 2018 NGV Architecture Commission Doubleground reflects on the fractured nature of memory and the iconic Roy Grounds-designed spaces of its location. Bottom left: Draped Seated Woman (1958), Henry Moore.

Doubleground: 2018 NGV Architecture Commission

13 Aug 2019, Sarah Hicks

Marked by fluid boundaries and tilted terrain, Muir and Openwork’s installation is a potent reflection on architecture, experience and the relationship of memory to place.

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Within the communal courtyard of the Eve Apartments plantings of blue thunbergia, star jasmine and kangaroo vine provide privacy and passive cooling benefits to the project’s residents.

A common green: The Eve Apartments

4 Jul 2019, Simon Kilbane

Based on a design philosophy to “start with green,” the Eve Apartments complex by 360 Degrees Landscape Architects is a humble example of the key role for landscape architects in Australia’s urban future.

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Janet Laurence, Deep Breathing: Resuscitation for the Reef, 2015–16/2019, installation view, Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Australia, 2019. Image courtesy and copyright the artist.

Beauty and fragility: Janet Laurence

19 Jun 2019, Emily Wong

A recent survey of the work of environmental artist Janet Laurence is a salient reminder of the large-scale consequences of human activity.

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Constructed ecologies

Constructed ecologies

18 Jun 2019, Jacky Bowring

Margaret Grose’s book calls for a shift in how we approach landscape architectural research and practice.

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The design of Bungarribee Park celebrates abstracted notions of bush and overtly constructed ecologies.

A grassland splendour: Bungarribee Superpark

17 Jun 2019, Sueanne Ware

Bungarribee Superpark by James Mather Delaney Design celebrates the rapid transformation of Western Sydney, playfully stitching new elements into the remnant landscape while restoring and framing the site’s grassland heart.

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The garden designed by Piet Oudolf at the Hauser and Wirth gallery in Somerset, UK includes a large perennial meadow at the rear of the main building.

Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf

3 Jun 2019, Claire Martin

Claire Martin reviews a recent documentary on the work of the noted Dutch garden designer.

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New forest and palisade along the Grand Canal at the Château de Courances in France, with hedge, lawn, tree row and gridded forest beyond.

Overgrown: Practices between Landscape Architecture and Gardening

26 May 2019, Catherin Bull

Catherin Bull reviews Julian Raxworthy’s recent book that calls for a renewed relationship between landscape architecture and gardening.

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Walter Hood of US practice Hood Design Studio and the University of California, Berkeley, spoke about agency as the freedom to act.

Agency and instrumentality: 2019 Landscape Australia Conference

25 May 2019, Claire Martin

Claire Martin reviews the 2019 Landscape Australia Conference: Cultivating New Agencies, held at the NGV International in May.

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Valley Lake Lookout is set within a new residential estate built on the site of the former Niddrie Quarry in Melbourne’s north-west.

The poetics of place: Valley Lake Lookout

8 May 2019, Kate Gamble

McGregor Coxall’s design for a new lookout in north-western Melbourne frames the area’s unique geology, encouraging reflection on the site’s past, present and future.

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Nic Monisse performs Urban Jungle, a quirky comedy show around landscape architecture and urban design at the 2019 Perth Fringe World festival.

Landscape architecture, laughter, community: Urban Jungle

2 Apr 2019, Tilly Caddy

A recent comedy show at Perth’s Fringe World festival brought together built environment practitioners and members of the public alike for a series of light-hearted reflections on city design.

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Twin rivers: the renaturalized Aire river in Switzerland runs alongside the existing canal, which has been transformed into a series of linear gardens.

Framing process: Aire – The River and its Double

1 Apr 2019, Kate Gamble

A recent book on the transformation of the Aire River in Switzerland by Swiss studio Superpositions offers layered perspectives on the river’s transformation.

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At the Bahia Azul Garden in Chile, plants were selected for their suitability to the tough coastal soil and weather conditions

A sublime elegance: Juan Grimm

20 Mar 2019, Howard Tanner

Exploring a recent book on the work of Chilean landscape designer Juan Grimm.

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The colonial garden at Cox’s Cottage, at Mulgoa, west of Sydney, at the foot of the Blue Mountains.

Thoughtful garden-making

21 Feb 2019, Howard Tanner

A new book by Australian garden writer Christine Reid explores hardy gardens in some of the country’s most challenging landscapes.

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The land on which Yagan Square sits once formed part of an extensive wetland system that was an important meeting and food-gathering place for Aboriginal people.

An everyday civic: Yagan Square

17 Jan 2019, Jillian Walliss

At Perth’s new urban square, Yagan Square, flexibility and history provide a platform for engaging with changing notions of national identity, Reconciliation and civic life.

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The 2018 Smart City World Expo took place in Barcelona in November.

Changing landscapes: The design of cities in the age of digital transformation

16 Jan 2019, Sigrid Ehrmann

The 2018 Smart City Expo World Congress offered a chance to reflect on the opportunities and challenges that come with the increasing digitalization of city infrastructure, from increased energy efficiency and urban mobility to issues of data protection and privacy.

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The 2018 International Festival of Landscape Architecture opened with a performance by musicians Simone Slattery and Anthony Albrecht.

Expanding practice: The 2018 International Festival of Landscape Architecture

6 Dec 2018, Katrina Simon

Katrina Simon reflects on the recent 2018 AILA International Festival of Landscape Architecture: The Expanding Field, held on the Gold Coast in October.

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Brief Garden

Brief Garden

9 Nov 2018, Jock Gilbert

Just south of Colombo, an exquisite garden by Sri Lankan landscape architect Bevis Bawa provides a platform for an evolving design practice.

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The reimagining of Railway Square in the Perth suburb of Midland is part of a larger plan for the social and economic regeneration of an area rich with industrial history.

New heritage: Railway Square

1 Nov 2018, Zoe Myers

Railway Square transforms an area of former rail workshops in Perth’s north-east into a new civic space that evokes a strong sense of history.

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