Reviews

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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Wootten Road Reserve sits on Melbourne’s western fringe; however, it will soon be surrounded by new suburbs.

Grassland: A provocation

16 Apr 2018, Ricky Ray Ricardo

A new reserve on Melbourne’s western fringe celebrates one of Victoria’s most threatened ecologies by immersing users in the subtle beauty of native grasslands.

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Due to their elevated nature, the High Line gardens must endure tough conditions, freezing more quickly and heating up more rapidly than other New York gardens.

Gardens of the High Line: Elevating the Nature of Modern Landscapes

9 Apr 2018, Claire Martin

A recent book on the design of Manhattan’s elevated railway park offers a insight into the project’s plantings and celebrates the sensuous and dynamic qualities of living systems.

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Three Capes Track

Three Capes Track

19 Feb 2018, Johnny Ellice-Flint

In the south-east of Tasmania a new forty-six-kilometre hiking trail charts spectacular sea cliffs and dramatic gullies. The trail is one of the largest nature tourism projects in Australian history and its design will no doubt inform others in development.

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Garden Wall by Retallack Thompson and Other Architects.

Tracing a ‘revelatory path’: 2017 NGV Architecture Commission

24 Jan 2018, Cassandra Chilton

Cassandra Chilton of Rush Wright Associates reviews the 2017 NGV Architecture Commission by Retallack Thompson and Other Architects and finds, among other things, the “best place in Melbourne this summer for a warm afternoon snooze.”

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Charles Massy's farm is on the Monaro plateau to the east of Mount Kosciuszko.

Call of the Reed Warbler: A manifesto for regeneration

19 Jan 2018, Jock Gilbert

Agricultural scientist and farmer Charles Massy has published a book that calls for a deeper understanding of human effects upon the landscape and for practice that is by its nature regenerative.

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The entry courtyard is a mix of shades of grey and green that highlights various foliage textures, with a ground layer of travertine pavers over sandstone river pebbles.

Foliage fervour: Bungalow Garden Rooms

17 Jan 2018, Ricky Ray Ricardo

A series of diverse, textural and dynamic “garden rooms” are the result of a close collaboration between architect and landscape architect and celebrate a life lived outdoors.

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The shallow pool is part of the original plaza design by Harry Seidler & Associates.

Riverside Centre, Brisbane: Reviving a Seidler icon

21 Dec 2017, Ricky Ray Ricardo

As development pressures intensify in Australian cities, the renovation of the Riverside Centre plaza illustrates how an urban space can be revitalized without the need to sacrifice heritage or cultural identity.

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A fire pit designed by Michael Bates in the Snowy Mountains.

The New Australian Garden: Landscapes for living

14 Dec 2017, Howard Tanner

Howard Tanner reviews Michael Bates’ book The New Australian Garden: Landscapes for living.

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This photograph at Deepwater in the Northern Tablelands shows a sign that lures tired motorists with the promise of a rest area ahead.

City Limits: The vernacular of welcome signs in regional Australia

1 Dec 2017, Naomi Stead

Anyone who has travelled through regional Australia would understand the importance many towns place on their welcome signs – not just to communicate useful information, but also to establish and project an identity of place.

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Robust local timbers will silver over time to reflect the hues of the surrounding eucalypts.

Ebb and flow: Koondrook Wharf

17 Nov 2017, Danielle Jewson

Community engagement, Aboriginal artwork, locally sourced timber and a piece of history have been brought together to create this new wharf in northern Victoria.

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The green roof of the Prince Alfred Park Pool, by Neeson Murcutt Architects and Sue Barnsley Design, introduced an endemic planting scheme to this Victorian-period park.

Do not mow: Planting a subtle argument

12 Oct 2017, David Whitworth

The humble native meadow in Sydney’s historic Prince Alfred Park demonstrates that planting design has more to offer than decoration or ecology – it can engage with culture in a powerful way.

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Thévenot after Blaeu, 1659, from Abel Tasman, 1642-4. According to Jillian Wallliss, OMA's Australian lecture echoed colonial framings of terra nullius.

The Antipodean limits of a manifesto: OMA and the Australian countryside

10 Oct 2017, Jillian Walliss

Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten from the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) recently spoke to an audience of more than 700 people at the Melbourne School of Design about their new research direction – the countryside.

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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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