Parks Changing Australia Exhibition


Contemporary parks are re-shaping Australian cities, increasing people’s health and wellbeing and building more ecologically sustainable urban environments.


The Parks Changing Australia exhibition is on display at the National Museum of Australia National Museum of Australia CANBERRA 26 October 2016 – 30 April 2017


A collaboration between the National Museum of Australia and the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects.


Exhibition Partners


The Australian Garden, Cranbourne VIC

The Cranbourne Botanic Gardens is one of Victoria’s most precious areas of native bushland, home to an amazing range of plant and animal life. In the heart of the bushland you will discover the stunning Australian Garden, a contemporary landscaped space that showcases the beauty and diversity of Australian flora.


Ballast Point Park (Walama), Sydney NSW

“Sustainability was a driving force in the design process, with the broken remnants of the site’s past used as building blocks for its future. The largest oil storage tank, for example, was re-made as a sculpture incorporating eight wind turbines. It symbolizes a step away from our fossil-fuelled past and promotes a renewable future.” - Philip Coxall, Project Director, McGregor Coxall


Birrarung Marr, Melbourne VIC

“Birrarung Marr is a new type of space, beyond the traditional notion of city parks. Not a retreat, it is instead an urban place designed to embrace society and civic life and celebrate public activity.” – City of Melbourne





Brookfield Place, Perth WA

“ The heritage buildings have great stories to tell, and a wonderful fine-grained texture. We were careful to touch the ground lightly in and around these buildings, and interpreted elements of their character in the newly created layers of urban fabric.” - Angus Bruce, Head of Design, Landscape Architecture, HASSELL



Darwin Waterfront Public Domain, Darwin NT

“We saw the opportunity to transform this post-industrial waterfront and re-establish a place where the city could reconnect with the harbour, without losing aspects of its robust working quality. It’s now the place where people congregate year-around.” - Ken Maher, HASSELL Fellow / Professor Faculty of Built Environment UNSW

Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), Hobart TAS

“MONA is carved into the sandstone cliffs. Stacked planes create a middle landscape between building and water that supports ecological diversity and improves the building’s environmental performance. The roof garden’s striated plant set out replicates the binary bands of the bar code from the Egyptian Book of the Dead.” - Claire Martin, Associate Director, OCULUS

National Arboretum, Canberra ACT

“Growing out of the very real issues of sustainability, biodiversity and environmental concern, the Arboretum aims to redefine the meaning of a public garden in the 21st century. It is a strategy, a program and an ongoing event, rather than a design based chiefly on aesthetics.” - Perry Lethlean, Director, TCL Landscape Architects


North Terrace, Adelaide SA

“North Terrace was a major element of Colonel William Light’s original plan for Adelaide and this redevelopment reinterprets the street’s late nineteenth century form. Having all the cultural institutions along one terrace is unique, and we aimed to herald each while providing cohesion along the whole length of the precinct.” - The late Kevin Taylor founding Director of TCL Landscape Architects


Paddington Reservoir Gardens, Sydney NSW

“The landscape design sought to build on the character of the ruined reservoir. We created a sunken garden that took the visitor away from the urban context and into a lush vegetated environment from which only the sky and the tops of adjoining heritage buildings can be seen.” - Anton James, Director, JMD Design


Roma Street Parkland, Brisbane QLD

“The design team aimed to create a unique parkland with a sense of place grounded in the Queensland character. Brisbane’s balmy climate, which encourages vibrant year round botanical displays, inspired the theme ‘World of Subtropical Horticulture.’” - Lawrie Smith AM, Landplan






South Bank Parklands, Brisbane QLD

“Everyone loves South Bank. It is Brisbane’s backyard. Its unique mix of places and facilities at the heart of the city welcomes locals and visitors to play together by the river in relaxed subtropical style.” - Catherin Bull AM, Chair, South Bank Corporation








Sydney Olympic Park, Sydney NSW

“We’re developing Sydney Olympic Park as a vibrant liveable centre with a network of quality green spaces. We want to improve community health and well-being through fostering active lifestyles, reducing the dependency on local car travel and growing social engagement through outdoor recreation and sporting activities.” - David Martin, Manager Public Domain Design, Sydney Olympic Park Authority




Western Sydney Parklands, Sydney NSW

“The fundamental concept is sustainable design — financial, environmental and social. As we progressively realise that vision over the long term, the Parklands will be many things to many people, from picnic grounds to playing fields, business hubs to bushland, fun parks to urban farms.” - Suellen Fitzgerald, Executive Director, Parramatta Park & Western Sydney Parklands Trusts