LA in the Media - Issue 19, 21 November - 4 December 2015

"If you keep regurgitating the same key principles your designs can become meaningless." - Arcadia's Craig Tennant

Friday 20 November 2015 [ArchitectureAU]

Qld gov’t sells out ‘historic heart’ for casino resort

“How and why this project ended up in one of Brisbane and Queensland’s most important and historical sites is a lingering question.” In September 2015, the Queensland chapters of the Australian Institute of Architects, the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects and the Urban Design Alliance, took the unprecedented step of joining forces to speak out against the development. Read more.

Friday 20 November 2015 [Brisbane Times]

Property planning chiefs merge to revitalise inner areas of Canberra

Former Canberra planning heavyweights say it is time for landlords in the heart of the city to rethink their stance on legacy Commonwealth tenants and turn their office space into apartments. They say long-empty office buildings in Civic should be turned into apartments for retirees and young people and small office hubs for entrepreneurial start-ups. Read more.

Friday 20 November 2015 [Architecture&Design]

Foolscap Studio design Wulugul Pop Up on The Streets of Barangaroo

The Wulugul Pop Up structure has been created by Foolscap Studio on behalf of Lendlease, the developer behind The Streets of Barangaroo, with the installation’s design referencing the undulating topography, striking forms and natural colours of the local environment. Read more.

Friday 20 November 2015 [Architecture&Design]

Expressions of Interest sought from design experts for new QLD Urban Design Panel

The Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning Jackie Trad announced recently that expressions of interest will soon be called for the newly created Queensland Urban Design and Places Panel to assist state and local governments deliver high-quality infrastructure, planning and urban projects. Read more.

Monday 23 November 2015 [ArchitectureAU]

MONA to shape new public space for Hobart

The Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) will play a key role in shaping the public space for a project that has been described as Hobart’s “Sydney Opera House moment.” Read more.

Monday 23 November 2015 [The Property Addict]

Property of the Week: Sheffield, Penrith City

Comprising 204 apartments including 26 one, two-and three-bedroom loft penthouses, Sheffield at Thornton is designed by award-winning architects Group GSA. St Hilliers Executive Chairman, Tim Casey, said Group GSA has delivered a high standard of architecture, urban design and excellence. Read more.

Monday 23 November 2015 [Architecture&Design]

Arcadia's Craig Tennant

Craig Tennant has recently joined Arcadia Landscape Architecture as an associate. He has 11 years of local and international experience, including three years with HOK London, as well as working with Australian landscape architects Place Design Group, Scott Carver and Hassell. Read more.

Tuesday 24 November 2015 [Daily Telegraph]

My Park Rules

My Park Rules is a national competition created in collaboration with 202020 Vision and Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) to encourage green spaces in schools and communities. School and community groups are asked to put forward a proposal for a local park, playground or green area to have it transformed into their dream park. Read more.

Tuesday 24 November 2015 [Government News]

Helping local councils put a dollar value on green infrastructure

Australia’s local councils will find it easier in the future to demonstrate the value of green infrastructure, such as pathways and rivers, with the development of the country’s first Economic Framework for Green Infrastructure. Read more.

Tuesday 24 November 2015 [North Coast Times]

Competition lets you design your dream park

A NATIONAL competition, My Park Rules, invites school groups and community clubs to nominate “under-loved” parks for a transformation. The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) and 202020 Vision created the national initiative for students to redesign parks “This competition is not just about transforming one space in one school,” AILA chief executive Shahana McKenzie said. Read more.

Wednesday 25 November 2015 [My Property Report]

Arup finds new space for Sydney headquarters

Engineering and design firm Arup will move to a new Sydney workplace in 2018 as the anchor tenant in Investa's newly developed building at 151 Clarence Street. It will be one of the first to enter the site, which is to be rebuilt as part of the ongoing construction boom in Sydney. Read more.

Wednesday 25 November 2015 [South-East Advertiser]

Playground Bid

Canossa Kindergarten in Coorparoo wants a playground makeover and is calling for the public to get behind their campaign. It hopes to win the My Park Rules competition for a new outdoor space. Vote online at Read more.

Thursday 26 November 2015 [City South News]

Little rays of sunshine need great outdoors

CHILDREN need to be outdoors – that’s the message from child development and wellbeing expert Associate Professor Tonia Gray, who is part of a national initiative. My Park Rules aims to help schools imagine new green spaces and promote parkland such as that at South Bank and Yeronga. Read more.

Thursday 26 November 2015 [MSN]

Australian workplaces still vastly unequal between genders in top jobs

Conscious that the industry was “lagging in diversity”, GHD has set a target of 40% overall female workforce and 30% of its professional and technical workforce by 2020, Phil Duthie, the company’s Australia general manager, told Guardian Australia. Read more.

Thursday 26 November 2015 [The Real Estate Conversation]

Property firms strive for gender balance

Several companies working in the property space have been named as Employers of Choice for Gender Equality from the Workplace Gender Equality Agency. 90 companies received the honour, including architecture firm GHD, which has been acknowledged for the second year running for its various initiatives to promote a diverse workforce. Read more.

Friday 27 November 2015 [Brisbane Times]

The 'pitch' battle for Sydney's green space intensifies as population density rises

For Randolph's colleague, landscape architect and associate professor Linda Corkery, one of the implications of a city that is more dense will be a need for new ways to provide open space for residents living closer together. Read more.

Saturday 28 November 2015 [Lakes Mail]

Magenta path a ride through the tree tops

The Magenta Shared Pathway will ultimately connect 32km of linked pathways from Tuggerah station to Blue Haven through some of the most beautiful landscape in Australia, landscape architect Boyd McMillan said. Read more.

Saturday 28 November 2015 [Caboolture Times]

Outdoor gym's success prompted expansion

CONSTRUCTION has started on the city's first outdoor cross fit gym at Sutton Park, Brassall, complete with a punishing beep test track. The $280,000 project will feature Finland-based designer and manufacturer Lappset's range of play and sports equipment. Read more.

Monday 30 November 2015 [Northern Star]

Ocean Shores plans for a park

WITH no playground and 3000 kids to keep occupied, the Ocean Shores Community has targeted an online campaign to help get Waterlily Park redesigned and redeveloped. The My Park Rules online competition is a collaboration between 202020 Vision and the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, which gives communities the chance to improve their community green space. Read more.

Monday 30 November 2015 [ArchitectureAU]

JPW revamp for historic Sydney Cove site

A development application for a $32 million makeover of Sydney’s historic waterfront Campbell’s Stores buildings at The Rocks by architecture firm Johnson Pilton Walker lodged with the NSW Government is now on public exhibition. Read more.

Monday 30 November 2015 [ArchitectureAU]

Design wanted for NGV’s 2016 pavilion

The National Gallery of Victoria has announced that registrations for its 2016 Architecture Commission Design Competition will open on Tuesday 1 December. This new annual contest invites Australian architects and designers to develop a temporary architectural work for the Grollo Equiset Garden at NGV International. Read more.

Monday 30 November 2015 [Street Furniture Australia]

In Profile: Claire Broun

Well travelled: Claire Broun, senior landscape architect with JMD Design in Sydney, takes StreetChat through designing for Copenhagen and Sydney. Read more.

Tuesday 1 December 2015 [Fremantle Gazette]

Hope for green space

NORTH Fremantle Primary School is hoping the local community can help in their push for a new outdoor learning hub. The school has entered the My Park Rules competition, a part of the national 202020 initiative that aims to give children around the country better access to natural, green outdoor space. Read more.

Tuesday 1 December 2015 [Anthony Albanese]

ADC Forum Creating Healthy Cities Speech

When Dorothea Mackeller wrote of Australia’s sunburnt country and sweeping plains she imprinted her words upon the nation’s heart. Evocative and powerful, her poetry has been appreciated by generations of Australians. And so it should be. Read more.

Tuesday 1 December 2015 [Arts Review]

Entries open for 2016 Architecture Commission Design Competition

The National Gallery of Victoria is calling for submissions from Australian architects and designers for the 2016 Architecture Commission Design Competition. This new annual contest aims to develop evocative and thought-provoking works of temporary architecture for one of Melbourne’s great civic spaces, the Grollo Equiset Garden at NGV International. Read more.

Wednesday 2 December 2015 [Westender]

Many to thank for West End’s Croquet Club

Local professionals who carried out major pro bono work were Don Marshall and Andrew McKenzie, architects responsible for design from Thomson Adsett, Peter Marquis-Kyle with heritage advice, Michael McKinnon on landscape architecture, and Megan Traynor-Boyland with project management. Read more.

Wednesday 2 December 2015 [Aus leisure]

Landscape Architects launch My Park Rules competition

The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) in collaboration with 202020 Vision, has launched My Park Rules, a national competition that aims to encourage school groups, parents and communities to apply to have an under-loved park transformed and a greener future. Read more.

Thursday 3 December 2015 [ArchitectureAU]

‘Jewel in the garden’: Calyx by PTW and McGregor Coxall

The Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney has begun construction on its new horticultural display centre designed by PTW and McGregorCoxall. Billed as “a jewel in the garden,” the new building, dubbed the Calyx, is part of a major refurbishment of the Ken Woolley-designed Arc glasshouse, completed in 1987. Read more

Thursday 3 December 2015 [ArchitectureAU]

MONA to reimagine riverfront caravan park

Hobart’s Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) is planning to redevelop an existing waterfront caravan park adjacent to the museum by introducing a selection of accommodation pods that will cater to a broad range of visitors. Read more.

Thursday 3 December 2015 [ArchitectureAU]

AILA Awards overhaul

The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) has revamped its awards program after it underwent its most significant review in more than 30 years. During 2014 and 2015, AILA’s review analysed awards categories, fees, objectives and criteria. Read more.