Reviews

The Terrace Courtyard is intended to be jungly, overgrown and not maintained too strongly.

The Shrine courtyards: Provoking imagination

3 Oct 2017, Anne Latreille

Planting design for the courtyards at the Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne subtly evokes Pacific and South-East Asian theatres of service, sacrifice and peacekeeping.

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The Woody Meadow’s structure and character is defined by three layers: base, bump and emergent.

Rambunctious research: Planning the life cycle city

13 Sep 2017, Claire Martin

The Woody Meadow Project seeks to create urban plantings that are diverse and attractive yet require minimal maintenance.

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How green is my vision?

How green is my vision?

1 Sep 2017, Michael Wright

The 202020 Vision is an initiative to create “20 percent more green space in Australia’s urban areas by the year 2020.” But the ambitions of the vision, and its claims to success, deserve some serious scrutiny.

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At Golden Rock Inn, Dioon edule, Encephalartos and Cycus spp. are planted above a broad expanse of Spartina bakeri.

The Cultivated Wild: Gardens and landscapes by Raymond Jungles

11 Aug 2017, Michael Wright

The Cultivated Wild, published by The Monacelli Press, showcases Jungles’ recent projects, revealing remarkable approaches to design thinking with plants.

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Western view from the big house.

Horse Island: A garden of grandeur

25 Jul 2017, Howard Tanner

Trevor and Christina Kennedy have created a significant and substantial garden on their own private island near Bodalla on the South Coast of New South Wales.

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Houston Memorial Park occupies the former site of Camp Logan, a WWI training camp.

Responding to the (un)real: Practising in the age of post-truths

28 Jun 2017, Rhys Williams

Rhys Williams reviews the 2017 Landscape Australia Conference, unpacking a subtext that pervaded the day which spoke to the realities of practising in a world where scientific fact, moral standards and due process seemingly carry little weight.

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Seoul’s Cheonggyecheon stream, designed by SeoAhn Total Landscape.

Restoring calm: Seoul’s Cheonggyecheon stream

5 Jun 2017, Ricky Ray Ricardo

Opened in 2005, the Cheonggyecheon Stream Restoration Project “daylighted” a neglected watercourse in the centre of Seoul that was previously covered over by an elevated highway, and prior to that, was basically an open sewer.

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The Jeremy Vine Texture Garden by Matt Keightley with its geometric concrete forms in views framed by dwarf Pinus mugo.

Spring bloom: A postcard from the 2017 Chelsea Garden Show

1 Jun 2017, Howard Tanner

Howard Tanner visits the oldest and most distinguished garden trade show in the world and finds a breathtaking range of design ideas and plant material.

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Dutch studio MVRDV has converted a former overpass into a plant-covered walkway in Seoul, South Korea.

Going around in circles: Seoullo 7017

30 May 2017, Ricky Ray Ricardo

MVRDV has converted a former overpass into a plant-covered walkway in Seoul, South Korea. Landscape Australia editor Ricky Ray Ricardo visited the project and penned this postcard.

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Access to and from the ferry terminals is enhanced by clear crossing points and visual clues along the riverside bike path, to minimize conflict between ferry passengers and cyclists.

Going with the flow: Brisbane’s new ferry terminals

18 May 2017, Suzanne Kyte

Eight ferry terminals have been stitched to their Brisbane River sites in a generous, flood-resilient scheme that elevates the public transit experience.

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A Cubist’s dream.

Sh*t Gardens of Melbourne II: A celebration not a condemnation

28 Apr 2017, Cassandra Chilton

Cassandra Chilton reviews the recent exhibition Shit Gardens of Melbourne II: A Celebration Not a Condemnation – an unofficial fringe event to the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show.

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A formal grid of glass panels acts as both veils and screens in the garden, presenting and preserving memories.

History and herbs: Janet Laurence’s glass garden

24 Apr 2017, David Whitworth

This “glass garden” by artist Janet Laurence at the Novartis Pharmaceuticals headquarters in Sydney occupies a space between art, science, imagination and memory.

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A “pop up green” by Marina Cervera and students from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia was installed in public space close to the Palau de la Música Catalana, the venue for the Barcelona International Biennial of Landscape Architecture.

Tomorrow Landscapes and Today in Action

21 Apr 2017, Charles Anderson

A review of the 2016 Barcelona International Biennial of Landscape Architecture.

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The museum building, designed by architects Studio Odile Decq, is nestled into the contours of the heavily quarried hillside.

Terra antiqua: Angus Bruce on the Nanjing Tangshan Geopark Museum landscape

18 Apr 2017, Ricky Ray Ricardo, Hannah Wolter

Working in parallel with French architects Studio Odile Decq, Hassell has designed an immersive and tactile landscape outside the Chinese city of Nanjing.

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Hollywood Walk of Fame, Los Angeles.

Ten esteemed fellows of Australian landscape architecture

17 Mar 2017, Mark Jacques

A jury consisting of Mark Jacques, Sharon Mackay and Susan Ryan AO present the following list of esteemed fellows in Australian landscape architecture.

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Paddington Reservoir by JMD Design and Tonkin Zulaikha Greer for City of Sydney, 2009.

The ten most significant works of Australian landscape architecture 2001–2017

1 Mar 2017, Scott Hawken

Over the past decade, Australian landscape architecture has grown in its range and expression. These ten projects allow a clear view of where the profession is headed.

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An extensive pergola-like system of poles with netting over the cultivated beds keeps possums and birds at bay. A free-standing sink in the garden is used to wash vegetables.

Garden as Education: Learning the ‘old ways’ of traditional Mediterranean food practices

27 Feb 2017, Fiona Harrisson

A former red-brick housing commission house in the bayside suburbs of Melbourne has been transformed by Mark Dymiotis to replicate the traditional village Mediterranean practices of his heritage.

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Central Melbourne: Framework for the Future by City of Melbourne – Hardware Lane, McKillop Street and Swanston Street, Victoria,1985–ongoing. Pictured here is the Swanston Street Party (1985).

The ten most significant works of Australian landscape architecture 1966–2000

22 Feb 2017, Andrew Saniga

These ten projects represent the formation of the landscape architecture profession at a time when its identity was tested but a wave of practitioners was propelled into the new millennium.

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Hypersexual City: The Provocation of Soft-core Urbanism, Nicole Kalms, Routledge, 2017.

Hypersexual City: The provocation of soft-core urbanism

15 Feb 2017, Nicole Kalms

Nicole Kalms introduces her new book, Hypersexual City: The Provocation of Soft-Core Urbanism.

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The Mojave Rock Ranch, just north of Joshua Tree National Park in the USA, is the project of Troy Williams and Gino Dreese, landscape architects and garden builders.

Mojave Rock Ranch: An arid zone jewel

13 Feb 2017, Catherine Rush, Michael Wright

Michael Wright and Catherine Rush visit a spectacular high-altitude, dry-climate garden in the south-west of the USA.

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The mounded landscape surrounding the Snøhetta-designed MAX IV Laboratory in Lund, Sweden provides a green public park rather than a fenced, introverted research centre.

Landscape Architecture and Digital Technologies: Re-conceptualising design and making

8 Feb 2017, Catherin Bull

Catherin Bull reviews Jillian Walliss and Heike Rahmann’s recent book, Landscape Architecture and Digital Technologies: Re-conceptualising Design and Making.

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Deb has grown much of her garden from seed she has collected or purchased from specialist nurseries.

Deb Reynolds’s garden: Restoring the unknown

30 Jan 2017, Adrian Marshall

This unconventional garden has followed its owner’s discovery of the grasslands of Melbourne’s west.

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Studio Olafur Eliasson’s The parliament of reality (2009) at the Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York was conceived as a place to welcome all things.

Unspoken Spaces: Studio Olafur Eliasson

19 Jan 2017, Charles Anderson

Charles Anderson reviews Unspoken Spaces: Studio Olafur Eliasson, a richly illustrated journey through the extraordinary range of works realized by artist Olafur Eliasson and his studio since the late 1990s.

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The Floating Piers by Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Lake Iseo, Italy, 2014-16.

Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s Floating Piers

12 Jan 2017, Mauro Baracco, Louise Wright

Mauro Baracco and Louise Wright visited Christo and Jeanne-Claude latest work that stretched across Italy’s picturesque Lake Iseo for two weeks in June 2016.

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Held at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra, the 2016 International Festival of Landscape Architecture conference explored landscape architecture's place in the Anthropocene.

Conference as eschatology

11 Jan 2017, Rhys Williams

Rhys Williams reviews the 2016 AILA International Festival of Landscape Architecture: Not in my Backyard.

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Amphibious Architecture is installed in Hobart's Derwent estuary – its rather inconspicuous poles bob up and down with the swell.

Amphibious Architecture – What Does the Derwent Want?

9 Jan 2017, Jeff Malpas

A poetic and dynamic light array provides information about the estuarine health of Hobart’s River Derwent by monitoring dissolved oxygen levels below the surface.

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In 1957 hotelier Leon Ress placed tables and chairs on the pavement outside his Oriental
Hotel. Photographer Wolfgang Sievers captured the moment in his 1958 study of ‘The Paris End of Collins Street.’

City Dreamers: The urban imagination in Australia

21 Dec 2016, Graeme Davison

Urban historian Graeme Davison introduces his recent book City Dreamers: the urban imagination in Australia.

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URBN DRY DOCK NO. 1, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (2009). As part of a former Navy yard revitalisation, DIRT Studio expanded retailer Urban Outfitters' Philadelphia campus around a submerged historic dry dock to create public parks and promenades.

Postcard: The Navy Yard, Philadelphia

12 Dec 2016, Jillian Walliss

Jillian Walliss visits Philadelphia’s 1,200-acre urban development that is committed to smart energy innovation and sustainability.

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The Oudolf Field by Piet Oudolf, Hauser & Wirth Somerset, United Kingdom.

Hortus conclusus: The Oudolf Field

28 Oct 2016, Claire Martin

A horticultural postcard from Hauser & Wirth Somerset, an oasis of opportunism in a post-Brexit United Kingdom.

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Wendy Whitely has for more than 20 years worked on developing a public garden, her secret garden, at Lavender Bay in Sydney.

Wendy Whiteley and the secret garden

27 Oct 2016, Dianne Firth

Dianne Firth reviews Wendy Whiteley and the secret garden, a book about the guerrilla garden that Wendy Whitely created on New South Wales State Railways land.

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The new Campus Green is a collaborative project hosting a large utilitarian artwork, a performance space, a linear water feature and ecotypic mass plantings of Australian natives.

A graphic approach: Monash Caulfield

17 Oct 2016, Julian Bull

This collaborative project has established connectivity between buildings and transport hubs at Monash University’s Caulfield campus.

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Central to the sixty-one hectares that Tonsley encompasses is the retained eight-hectare roof of the Mitsubishi Motors Main Assembly Building (MAB).

Balancing Detail and Strategy: Tonsley

10 Oct 2016, Jo Russell-Clarke

This mixed-use precinct at a converted car manufacturing plant in Adelaide demonstrates a commitment to distinctive design quality.

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In the central rain garden native sedges and grasses grow from a bed of local crushed granite. Artwork: Weeping Women by Sanné Mestrom, 2014 (sculptures).

The Ian Potter Sculpture Court

7 Oct 2016, Kate Gamble

The Ian Potter Sculpture Court at Monash University’s Caulfield campus is a place of stillness and calm.

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The Earth Sciences Garden includes more than five hundred stone specimens in a 30-by-120-metre site, tightly bounded by university buildings.

Monash University Earth Sciences Garden

3 Oct 2016, Tanya Court

The Monash University Earth Sciences Garden was designed as a collage of Victoria’s geological formation, offering students of geology and other earth sciences a dynamic outdoor classroom.

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Aerial perspective of Sydney Park.

Waste not, want not: Sydney Park

26 Sep 2016, Ricky Ray Ricardo

Occupying a former landfill site, the Sydney Park Water Re-use Project by Turf Design Studio and Environmental Partnership is an impressive fusion of design, science, art and ecology.

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Plantings designed by Piet Oudolf at Pensthorpe Nature Reserve in winter.

Oudolf Hummelo: A Journey Through a Plantsman’s Life

21 Sep 2016, Claire Martin

A review of Oudolf Hummelo: A Journey Through a Plantsman’s Life.

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Frank Gehry’s Dr Chau Chak Wing Building at the UTS Business School borders The Goods Line to the south-west, attracting tourists to the area.

Walks of life: The Goods Line

12 Sep 2016, Simon Kilbane

Aspect Studios and CHROFI create an elevated, pedestrian-scale linear park in Sydney that maintains a constant level of public life.

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The Marsyangdi River between the village of Pisang and the town Manang, with the mountain peak Annapurna III in the background.

Annapurna Circuit

4 Sep 2016, Anton Malishev

Exploring the natural and cultural landscapes along one of Nepal’s most popular hiking trails.

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Elizabeth Quay by ARM Architecture and Taylor Cullity Lethlean.

New order: Elizabeth Quay, Perth

25 Aug 2016, Nigel Westbrook

ARM Architecture and Taylor Cullity Lethlean combine post-punk populism with old-fashioned civic amenity to redefine Perth’s urban identity at Elizabeth Quay.

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A durable palette of precast concrete, Corten steel, washed aggregate paving and porphyry setts was used in the hardscaping of the project.

Come to pass: Bowen Place Crossing

25 Aug 2016, Roger Pegrum

A “refreshingly minimalist” design by Lahz Nimmo Architects with Spackman Mossop Michaels offers safe passage for pedestrians and cyclists under Canberra’s Kings Avenue Bridge.

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In Melbourne firm Ashton Raggatt McDougall’s (ARM) bold vision for Perth, the esplanade would be a highrise precinct where the river would be enfolded into an excavated circular inlet.

Take Me to the River: the story of Perth’s foreshore

4 Jul 2016, Catherin Bull

Catherin Bull reviews Julian Bolleter’s latest book, Take Me to the River: the Story of Perth’s Foreshore.

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