Reviews

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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The core of the Home of the Arts (HOTA) stage and theatre spaces reside beneath a “mountain” landscape made up of succulents, rainforest species and grasses from the wider Gold Coast region.

Voronoi verve: Home of the Arts Outdoor Stage

10 Oct 2018, Alexandra Brown

The Gold Coast’s new outdoor stage cleverly melds landscape and architecture to provide a flexible, functional and surprising space for future gatherings.

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Aerial view of Taylor Cullity Lethlean’s garden Cultivated by Fire, Australia’s contribution to the 2017 International Horticultural Exhibition (Internationale Gartenausstellung) in Berlin.

An Australian garden in Berlin

5 Oct 2018, Dianne Firth

TCL’s Cultivated by Fire garden for the 2017 International Horticultural Exhibition in Berlin fosters an understanding of Australia’s rich cultural and environmental history.

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Saxhóll Crater Stairway in Iceland by Icelandic studio Landslag ehf was announced as the winner of the 2018 Rosa Barba International Landscape Prize.

10th International Biennial of Landscape Architecture of Barcelona: Performative Nature

4 Oct 2018, Sigrid Ehrmann

10th International Biennial of Landscape Architecture of Barcelona: Performative Nature

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Optus Stadium’s bronze facade references Western Australia’s unique geology.

Finding a sense of place: Optus Stadium parklands

24 Sep 2018, Tinka Sack

A new stadium and expansive parklands along the shores of Perth’s Swan River distil the essence of their Western Australian surrounds, offering multiple opportunities to engage with narratives of place.

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Visitors clamber through the fantastically twisty timber treehouse at the Ian Potter Children’s Wild Play Garden.

Wild Senses: The Ian Potter Children’s Wild Play Garden

13 Sep 2018, David Welsh

A new garden in Sydney’s Centennial Parklands celebrates learning through nature play, immersing children in habitats with a roguish sense of adventure.

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Marlene Gilson, Wathaurong, born 1944, Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner, 2015. City of Melbourne Arts and Culture Collection. © Marlene Gilson.

Colony: Frontier Wars, Colony: Australia: 1770-1861

5 Sep 2018, Cassandra Chilton

Two concurrent exhibitions at the National Gallery of Victoria explored the tensions between European and Indigenous perspectives on Australia’s colonization.

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The muted earthy tones and winding form of the walk soften both its visual and physical presence within the ecologically significant Jock Marshall Reserve.

Bridging the divide: Jock Marshall Reserve Nature Walk

28 Aug 2018, Ricky Ray Ricardo

A new elevated walk at Monash University’s Clayton campus draws biodiversity into the heart of student life, offering plentiful opportunities for research and repose.

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The Australian exhibition at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale curated by Baracco and Wright Architects with artist Linda Tegg explores the concept of “repair”.

Repair: The Australian Exhibition at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale

22 Aug 2018, Dermot Foley

‘Repair’, the Australian exhibition at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale calls us to reflect upon environment, habitat and the cultural history within which we work as designers.

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Proposal by Adjaye Associates and BVN with McGregor Coxall, Steensen Varming, Plan A Consultants, Barbara Flynn, Yvonne Koolmatrie, Aurecon Group and Front Inc.

Rethinking the contemporary: The Adelaide Contemporary Design Competition

15 Aug 2018, Tanya Court

The competition for the design of a new contemporary art gallery in Adelaide offers opportunities to rework the relationship between landscape and art.

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Hi-Lights by Lot-ek.

Lampposts of progress: Hi-Lights

12 Jun 2018, Annette Condello

These new additions to the Gold Coast landscape by Lot-ek, Office Feuerman and Urban Art Projects engage with notions of sustainable luxury.

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University of Melbourne academic Jillian Walliss in a panel discussion with Jungyoon Kim and Mike Hewson.

2018 Landscape Australia Conference: Sharing Local Knowledge for a Global Future

23 May 2018, Louisa King

Louisa King reflects on the 2018 Landscape Australia Conference.

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