LA in the Media - Issue 14, 12 - 25 September 2015

Sacha Coles: "The question we asked was, how do we make this history relevant to this place in the 21st century?" Photo: Peter Rae


Friday 28 August 2015 [Sydney Morning Herald]

Sydney version of New York High Line to open between Central and Darling Harbour

"It has always been a conduit and a very important place," said Sacha Coles, the director of ASPECT Studios which drew up plans for the project. "The question we asked was, how do we make this history relevant to this place in the 21st century?" Read more.

Sunday 31 August 2015 [ABC]

The Goods Line opens in Ultimo

From industrial relic to modern walking space, Sydney's Goods Line has opened between the Devonshire Street Tunnel and the Powerhouse Museum, complete with power points to charge devices if you linger outside the "brown paper bag" Dr Chau Chak Wing building in Ultimo. Read more.

Friday 11 September 2015 [Landscape Institute]

Seniors-focussed parks could support healthier ageing

Landscape architects could play an important role in healthy living for an ageing population through seniors-focused exercise parks, according to the national president of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA), Mark Frisby. Read more.

Monday 14 September 2015 [ArchitectureAU]

Kate Orff: Translating Research into Action

Kate Orff is the founder and design director of Scape, a New York-based landscape architecture studio that combines research and practice to reimagine the ecological and cultural potential of the urban landscape. Claire Martin caught up with Kate at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) in New York. Read more.

Tuesday 15 September 2015 [Adelaide Advertiser]

Put the green back into our cities

Australia needs new landscape ratings and a green training program for engineers and planners to help tackle the country’s growing obesity problem, according to a key industry submission. The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) listed a national green infrastructure strategy. Read more.

Wednesday 16 September 2015 [The Real Estate Conversation]

Award-winning landscape designs

The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects has recently announced the winners of the NSW and South Australian 2015 Landscape Architecture Awards, which celebrate the best of landscape design in each state.In NSW, the top award was given to McGregor Coxall’s Parramatta City River Strategy, developed in partnership with Parramatta City Council. Read more.

Wednesday 16 September 2015 [Architecture&Design]

New landscape architect joins Arcadia studio as Associate

Craig Tennant has joined Arcadia Landscape Architecture as the new Associate. Bringing 11 years of local and international experience to his new position in the growing studio, Craig will work closely with principals Alex Longley and Mike Barnett to manage larger scale projects. Read more.

Wednesday 16 September 2015 [Newspaper Direct]

Parklets pop with plenty of colour

Landscape architect and urban designer Ben Willsmore, who helped initiate Adelaide PARK(ing) Day in 2010, says the event shows the potential of open spaces. Read more.

Thursday 17 September 2015 [Architecture&Design]

New South Wales public spaces championed for ground-breaking designs

Sydney’s highly anticipated Barangaroo Reserve and a world-class plan for Parramatta City River, were two of 20 landscape architecture projects and professionals being recognised for outstanding innovation and design at this year’s Australian Institute of Landscape Architecture (AILA) New South Wales Awards on Friday 11th September. Read more.

Thursday 17 September 2015 [Readings]

Chart Collective have launched a new project

I Was Here is part of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects festival This Public Life, who invited Chart to respond the prompts: Love + Longing, Life + Death, Participation + Spectacle. It takes place on the traditional lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation. Read more.

Friday 18 September 2015 [Parracity]

Parramatta River Strategy wins top landscape architecture award

The design to transform the Parramatta River foreshore has been awarded the highest honour at the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) NSW Awards. Parramatta City Council enlisted the services of McGregor Coxall Landscape Architecture and Urban Design to design. Read more.

Saturday 19 September 2015 [The Mercury]

Hobart’s potential traffic congestion issues need to be tackled

The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects hosted a panel session at the University of Tasmania’s Domain campus yesterday on the impact of cars on cities and how to put people first again. Landscape architect and chief executive of the National Capital Authority Malcolm Snow said big and small cities had the same issues regarding traffic congestion. Read more.

Sunday 20 September 2015 [The Examiner]

Trees relocated as work progresses

Major redevelopment work for Launceston’s Quadrant Mall will begin in February as part of Launceston City Council’s City Heart Project. Launceston landscape architect Niall Simpson said the early move was key to the trees’ health. Read more.

Monday 21 September 2015 [Cycling Rachel Smith]

Thank you to my sponsors and supporters

Last week I had the pleasure of my first trip to Hobart and Tasmania. I would like to thank my sponsors and supporters for organising an amazing trip, for their support and their very warm welcome. To Jerry de Gryse of Inspiring Place for working tirelessly to make everything happen and for organising my Decongestion book launch. Read more.

Monday 21 September 2015 [Financial Review]

Density is the problem facing new cities minister Jamie Briggs

"While cities are becoming bigger, people are feeling more socially excluded than they ever have," says Shahana McKenzie, chief executive officer of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects. "When you put a playground into an area, it activates the community to go somewhere and do something. More people would cycle to work if was a safe route. That is green infrastructure, creating those safe travel routes." Read more.

Tuesday 22 September 2015 [Daily Telegraph]

Queen’s Wharf Brisbane: Transforming the north river bank

IT’S the most neglected part of Brisbane city and it’s set for a multi-million dollar makeover. The Queen’s Wharf integrated resort project will transform 1km of Brisbane’s north river bank from the city’s ugly duckling into its swan. Read more.

Tuesday 22 September 2015 [The Australian]

Brisbane: Queen’s Wharf a ‘threat to city’s fabric’, says alliance of designers, architects

An alliance of designers and ­architects has taken aim at the Echo Entertainment-backed Queen’s Wharf mega-development in Brisbane, labelling it a threat to the city’s “historic fabric” and inappropriate for a government ­precinct. Read more.

Tuesday 22 September 2015 [Caboolture News]

Get fit at your local park

THE latest in low impact exercise equipment is coming to a park near you. Equipment supplier Lappset has installed new equipment at George Palmer Park in Sealy St, Silkstone and has sponsored introduction sessions next month. Read more.

Wednesday 23 September 2015 [Wellington Times]

5 options but no progress - CBD beautification before Wellington Council again

If councillors and the community weren't confused enough by the long running wrangle over the CBD beautification, now they have five options to look at, and also the prospect of a budget blowout. Read more.

Wednesday 23 September 2015 [Parramatta Sun]

Parramatta CBD partnership between NSW Government and Parramatta Council

PARRAMATTA Council has joined forces with the state government to create a new vision and plan the future of Parramatta's CBD. "This project will support Parramatta to take its place as our second CBD," Planning Minister Rob Stokes said. "Parramatta is in the midst of a construction boom the likes of which are rarely seen, and we must act now to plan for the city's future." Read more.

Thursday 24 September 2015 [Bellingen Courier]

Bellingen Shire to open footpaths to trade

As the council’s Senior Strategic Planner, Daniel Bennett, explained at Wednesday’s council meeting, the change has created a situation where arguably “the activity with the greatest potential to impact upon other footpath users is subject to the least amount of assessment”. Read more.

Thursday 24 September 2015 [Foreign Affairs]

Solar access provisions provide strong backbone for high-quality

The review will include consultation with key industry bodies including the ACT chapters of the Planning Institute of Australia, Australian Institute of Architects, Property Council of Australia, Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, Housing Industry Association and the Master Builders Association. Read more.