LA in the Media - Issue 23, 09-26 February 2016

Paul Fletcher MP and AILA CEO Shahana McKenzie at the Living Cities Workshop


9 February 2016 [Architecture AU]

Shortlist announced: NGV’s 2016 Architecture Comission

The National Galleryof Victoria (NGV) has announced the shortlisted practices in the Australia-wide competition to design the 2016 Architecture Commission.

From 93 entries, the jury has selected five practices that will now proceed to stage two of the competition. Read more.

10 February 2016 [Anthony Albanese]

Address the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects Living Cities workshop

I’m pleased to have the opportunity to address the Living Cities Workshop.

The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, and in particular their CEO Shahana McKenzie, have worked hard to ensure today is a success.

I also want to recognise their ongoing contribution to the cities policy agenda in Australia. Read more.

10 February 2016 [Anthony Albanese]

Time for a new Minister for Cities

Malcolm Turnbull should move quickly to appoint a new Minister for Cities to replace Jamie Briggs if he is serious about his claim to want to champion the productivity, sustainability and livability of the nation’s cities.

The Prime Minister should also place the new minister within the infrastructure and regional development portfolio, rather than the environment portfolio. Read more.

10 February 2016 [Architecture and Design]

MPs, GBCA, AILA and more gather in Canberra to announce living cities alliance

Ministers of the Australian Government in conjunction with key industry organisations will announce the new Living Cities Alliance at the Parliament House today.

Minister for the Environment Greg Hunt and Shadow Minister for Infrastructure & Transport and Shadow Minister for Cities Anthony Albanese will be speaking and participating in the event, as is Federal MP for Melbourne Adam Brandt of the Australian Greens. Read More.

10 February 2016 [News Local]

Award-winning home in Balmain by Architect Conrad Johnston for sale

Designing your own home is always going to be a project fraught with pleasures and pitfalls. That’s what architect Conrad Johnston discovered in his makeover of his family’s former worker’s cottage at Balmain, sitting on a sloping, unusually-shaped 241sq m block.

In the extension, there is an open-plan living area that opens out to gardens ­designed by Daniel Baffsky from 360 Degrees Landscape. Read More.

10 February 2016 [NBM Media]

A case study for Vertical Sustainable Urbanism

The case study demonstrates principles for achieving a socially sustainable residential community in a very tall building while providing levels of living amenity usually associated with street level, horizontal housing.

Further, the case study design provides a strategy to upgrade and ecologically rehabilitate degraded, low quality urban land or topographically difficult sites. Read more.

11 February 2016 [Australasian Leisure Management]

My Park Rules finalists announced

Hidden tree top cubbies, wetlands, lizard dens, bug hotels and forest swings have each been recognised by the My Park Rules competition for capturing the imagination of school communities all over Australia. From almost 100 entries from kindergartens, day care centres, primary and high schools, which gathered more than 30,000 votes, the judges have decided on a list of eight project finalists that promote better green space in schools all over the country. Read More.

11 February 2016 [The Fifth State]

Living Cities rallies to size opportunity in greening our cities

There’s momentum building around greener cities, with representatives from more than 50 groups across the built environment sector this week descending on Parliament House to meet with all three major political parties and hold the Living Cities Workshop.

The event was organised by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects in partnership with Engineers Australia. AILA president Daniel Bennett said the fact his chief executive Shanana McKenzie could bring so many people together in under 20 days showed how strong support was for greener, more sustainable and better planned urban environments. Read More.

11 February 2016 [The Age]

National Gallery of Victoria announces Architectural commission short list

Following the appointment of renowned Indian architect Bijoy Jain, of Studio Mumbai, as the designer of the 2016 MPavilion, the NGV Department of Contemporary Design and Architecture have announced the five-strong shortlist of Australian architecture firms selected to move onto the next stage of the second annual NGV Architecture Commission. Read more.

11 February 2016 [Financial Review]

Festival’s Giant food items show hunger for temporary architecture

A giant inflatable ice cream in a double cone and wedge of oozing Brie will greet visitors to next month's Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. Part of the festival hub, on the banks of the Yarra River, the Urban Dairy will also feature a milk carton, foil-wrapped slab of butter, iconic milk bar and other generic High Street store fronts, all made from shipping containers. Read More.

12 February 2016 [Medianet]

Mapping artworks that shape country

The upcoming exhibition at the Mildura Arts Centre reflects and represents a coming together through diversity of a range of Aboriginal artists and non-Indigenous creative practitioners, in a collaboration underpinned by a shared commitment to the preservation, protection, promotion and celebration of Aboriginal culture and custodianship through country. Read more.

15 February 2016 [Financial Review]

When it comes to gardens, your architect should collaborate with your landscape designer

Landarche is known for its strong abstract-style gardens. But it also appreciates the importance of responding to an architectural style as well as understanding how outdoor spaces will be used. Landscape architect Cameron Grant, director of the practice, worked closely with Rice Design which renovated an early 20th century arts-and-crafts-style house in Toorak, Melbourne. Read more.

16 February 2016 [The Australian]

Melbourne food and wine festival picks: River Graze, Gourmet Cinema and more

The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival: the words conjure images of long lunches, serious masterclasses, big-name international chefs and fancy events

The Garden Picnic, with views over the National Gallery of Victoria’s outdoor 2015 Summer Architecture Commission by John Wardle Architects. Read more.

16 February 2016 [Noodles]

International Landscape Architects present at the Abedian School of Architecture Lecture Series

The unique landscape of the Gold Coast is set to be a topic of discussion at the first event of the Bond University Architecture Lecture Series for 2016, with a seminar that brings together notable landscape architects from across Australia and internationally to examine the relationship between landscape and built environment. Read more.

17 February 2016 [Her Canberra]

Goodbye corporate ladder hello diversity

Suzanne Moulis calls this “having a portfolio career”. The Chief Executive of Canberra-based Moulis Legal, Suzanne originally studied law but later found a passion in landscape architecture. She is a working mother who now manages the business of one of Australia’s leading boutique law firms, undertakes independent design reviews for a number of Sydney councils, and who sits on the board of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects. She also has a passion for diversity and for bringing about meaningful change in the workplace. Read more.

17 February 2016 [Architecture and Design]

Star Line up reviled for first of Bond Uni’s architecture lecture series

Kevin O'Brien, Principal Architect of Kevin O’Brien Architects (KOA), will open the Catalysts, Connections and Interventions seminar with a discussion into ritualised landscape as an origin for architecture, followed by Gerard McCormick, Principal Landscape Architect for Cardno, who will discuss how the use of open space on the Gold Coast makes the area unique. Read more.

18 February 2016 [Herald Sun]

MP David Southwick leads calls for Caulfield Racecourse to be opened up to the public

In August the trust announced it had appointed John Patrick Landscape Architects to prepare a Strategic Land Management Plan for the racetrack and inner landscape portion of the Caulfield Racecourse and the following month held two public consultation meetings. Read more.

18 Febuary 2016 [The Fifth Estate]

AILA: Infrastructure Australia has forgotten Green infrastructure

The recently released 15-year plan by Infrastructure Australia has failed to adequately address green infrastructure integration, the Australian Institute for Landscape Architects has said.

AILA chief executive Shahana McKenzie said the plan failed to act on its vision of taking a “strategic and ambitious approach to infrastructure”, and failed to “embrace the value green infrastructure brings to more sustainable, healthy and resilience cities”. Read more.

18 February 2016 [Architecture AU]

The Australian infrastructure plan calls for user-pays roads, higher density

Responses to the report have been mixed, with positive reactions from organizations such as the Green Building Council of Australia and the Property Council of Australia, and some criticism from the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) for neglecting green infrastructure.

AILA CEO Shahana McKenzie pointed out that only one recommendation in the report directly references active and healthy living and there are no direct references to green infrastructure. Read more.

23 February 2016 [The Advertiser]

Demand for “Healing Gardens” helps SA business Designwell grow

INCREASING demand for healing and learning gardens is seeing Adelaide landscape architect studio Designwell grow its niche market.

Director Tara Graham Cochrane said the Blackwood-based company’s client list now included the Resthaven aged care group, numerous schools and early learning centres along with her being sought after on the national lecture circuit. Read more.

25 February 2016 [RIOTACT]

Mount Ainslie design winners announced

Take a very hot day, take a small crowd of press and politicians and a few designers – and where would you head on a day of 36 degrees in Canberra. Stay inside maybe? Not this lot – there was something important to be done.Up they went to the very top of Mount Ainslie. They gathered there to carry out the formalities of announcing the winners of the Mount Ainslie national summit design competition.The winning entry was by Sue Barnsley, in collaboration with Jane Irwin, both landscape architects from Sydney. Read more.

25 February 2016 – [The Naracoorte Herald]

Consultation held on Naracoorte’s market square skate park revamp

A revamp of Naracoorte’s Market Square skate park is a step closer to happening after a public consultation session with community members.Around 10 keen skaters and BMX riders attended Wednesday’s meeting, along with a number of Councillors and community representatives.The session was run by Melbourne-based architecture firm Convic,the world’s most awarded skate park design and construction company. Convic’s Landscape Architect Alaric Hellawell said an important part of the company’s process was engaging key stakeholders and the whole community in the design. Read more.

26 February 2016 [Foreign Affairs NZ]

Minister to lead industry delegation on urban renewal and sustainable development practices to USA and Canada

Minister for Planning and Land Management, Mick Gentleman has announced that next week he will lead business and industry leaders on a planning and Urban Renewal delegation to America and Canada, as part of his key note address at the Australian institute of Landscape Architects forum last night. Read more.