LA in the Media - Issue 46, 25 February - 20 March 2017

Australian Institute of Landscape Architects state president Amalie Wright says green spaces are a vital part of urban design. Picture: Mark Cranitch


Saturday 25 February 2017 [The Advertiser]

Battle for affordable housing in Queensland puts public green space at risk

DOWN along the banks of the Logan River, nestled among a rural backdrop, the approval of a massive resort on koala habitat this week has caused angst among conservationists. Fears are growing that it is the latest addition to a sea of urban sprawl coming at the cost of dwindling green spaces. Read more.

Friday 3 March 2017 [Riverine Herald]

Green light for Tocumwal plan

Funding is now the only obstacle that stands in the way of a major redevelopment of the Tocumwal Foreshore. Read more.

Friday 3 March 2017 [WA Today]

Social experiment doubles visitors to Garema Place as community weighs in on potential revamp

Garema Place is far from the hustling Canberra city centrepiece it was intended to be - and once was. Only 300 of the 10,000 people who pass by on any day actually stop for more than a few seconds, according to Street Furniture Australia. Read more.

Friday 3 March 2017 [In Daily]

Uncovering Adelaide's "hostile" public architecture

Public spaces in Adelaide’s CBD are permeated by “defensive” or even “hostile” design elements that tread a fine line between protecting community assets and discouraging certain groups – especially the homeless – from using them. Read more.

Saturday 5 March 2017 [The Canberra Times]

Garema Place social experiment sees visitor numbers grow, report finds

Is something as simple as street furniture and patches of grass enough to make more people hang around in Garema Place? According to the findings of a recent social experiment in the area, the answer appears to be yes. Read more.

Tuesday 7 March 2017 [Beaudesert Times]

Council applies again for funding

The future of town centre upgrades in Boonah and Tamborine Mountain are back in the hands of the state government. Scenic Rim council are in the running for a share of $70 million to go towards the two projects, in round three of the Palaszczuk Government’s Building our Regions program. Read more.

Wednesday 8 March 2017 [Homes to Love]

What is ‘urban heat island effect’?

Scientifically and anecdotally, it’s clear that spending time surrounded by trees and green space is good for our health and wellbeing. But parks and trees do more than simply soothe – they play a crucial role in cooling our cities and population. Read more.

Thursday 9 March 2017 [Street Furniture Australia]

In Profile: Craig Czarny

Craig Czarny, a Director of Hansen Partnership, has worked for almost 30 years across major public projects, including urban improvement and regeneration initiatives in Australia and overseas. As an Urban Designer and Landscape Architect based in Melbourne, he promotes a special brand of ‘strategic design’ to projects in far-flung regions of Asia, with project work in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Laos and China. Read more.

Thursday 9 March 2017 [ACT Government]

Torrens Primary Courtyard Brings Together Community

Today at Torrens Primary School today we officially opened their new My Park Rules outdoor courtyard. Supported by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, My Park Rules calls for video entries from throughout Australia to pitch for a refurbished outdoor space within a school, community meeting place or public space. Read more.

Thursday 9 March 2017 [Street Furniture Australia]

Fear in Parks

Parks that ‘feel’ unsafe can become trapped in a vicious cycle fuelled by underuse, writes psychology professor Winnifred Louis for StreetChat, but these public spaces can be saved. Read more.

Friday 10 March 2017 [Shepparton News]

Talking spaces

Shepparton’s Maude St Mall was alive and buzzing on Wednesday night when Shepparton Festival’s In Conversation event was held. In Conversation is new to the festival line-up and attracted about 50 artists, architecture students, community members and business professionals. Read more.

Saturday 11 March 2017 [The Canberra Times]

Making art out of a university building

Cameras are already pointed at Arts West, a new building for the faculty of the arts at the University of Melbourne. Designed by ARM Architecture in Association with Architectus, this extraordinary new seven-storey building literally shows how architecture can deliver joy as well as functionality to both students' and academics' lives. Read more.

Wednesday 15 March 2017 [Street Furniture Australia]

6 Women in Landscape

Six women passionate about landscape joined the International Women’s Day breakfast table with Street Furniture Australia, to discuss equality and this year’s theme, #BeBoldForChange. Industry veteran Oi Choong says landscape architecture encouraged her to be bold from the start – to her, it was a “joy” of the profession.

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