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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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Excavated sandstone blocks are used to re-create the pre-colonial landform of the Barangaroo Reserve site, a former shipyard.

A naturalized landscape: Barangaroo Reserve

29 Jun 2016, Bruce Mackenzie

Bruce Mackenzie examines the design thinking, vegetation, soil science and collaboration that created Barangaroo Reserve.

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John Newton (2016) The oldest foods on earth: a history of Australian native foods, with recipes, New South, paperback, 272 pp, RRP $29.99

The Oldest Foods on Earth

13 Jun 2016, Gay Bilson

A review of John Newton’s latest book, The oldest foods on earth: a history of Australian native foods, with recipes.

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Lush, tropical vegetation is fast enveloping the steel arbour in the Secret Garden.

Lady Cilento Hospital landscapes

2 Jun 2016, Catherin Bull

For Brisbane’s new Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, Conrad Gargett created an impressive suite of rooftop gardens full of drama and novelty.

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Untitled 9, 2006.

Michael Corridore: Angry Black Snake

1 Jun 2016, Dr Karen Burns

Environmental effects and their emotive consequences are explored in these curious photographs.

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The largest and most “designed” of the 2014 plantings took the form of a 2.4-kilometre-long spiral on the site of the former Moe public hospital.

Seeds of Change: Get Sunflowered

3 May 2016, David Bullpit

A project in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley offers a happy intervention to a region facing serious economic and social challenges.

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A plunge pool has been created from a concrete water tank craned onto the site and tiled in mosaics.

A new rural: Garland Garden

3 May 2016, Margie Fraser

In the inner-city Brisbane suburb of New Farm, Landscapology presents a compelling vision of a new-century rural garden.

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Monument Park sits between Victoria Harbour and the new McBride Charles Ryan-designed development The Quays.

Ghost town: Monument Park

3 May 2016, Andrew Mackenzie

Callum Morton, Oculus and McBride Charles Ryan deliver an engaging new public artwork in Melbourne’s Docklands worthy of a visit.

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Tubular steel spells out climbable words linked to flour milling: wheat, flour, blend and purify.

Writing history: Harts Mill Surrounds

3 May 2016, Jo Russell-Clarke

A playspace by Aspect Studios at a historic mill leads the revitalization of Port Adelaide’s post-industrial waterfront.

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The Convic-designed Esplanade Youth Plaza is set between giant stands of Araucaria at Fremantle’s Esplanade Park.

Freo’s “Happy Park”: Esplanade Youth Plaza

3 May 2016, Grant Revell

Fremantle’s Esplanade Youth Plaza successfully balances youth recreational activities with family space.

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Splashes of intense colour enliven the space as seen from the air.

Cultural infusion: Dandenong Civic Square

3 May 2016, Kate Gamble

A colourful new civic square in Dandenong offers a welcoming and intimate space to its diverse community.

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The water stair as photographed in 2005.

Strangely familiar: Mount Penang Gardens

3 May 2016, Sueanne Ware

The Mount Penang Gardens are considered an enduring and radical contribution to public garden design in Australia.

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