LA in the Media - Issue 26, 25 March - 11 April 2016


Daniel Bennett is rethinking the way we look at our city. Photo: Roy VanDerVegt


24 March 2016 [Ecogeneration]

A new decade of disruption in green buildings

More than 50 organisations across the built environment sector have come together to create the Living Cities Alliance – a new platform established by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects to advance green infrastructure. The alliance plans to develop a national green infrastructure policy. But if you think this is just about trees, think again. It’s about addressing climate change, boosting biodiversity, enhancing the public domain, improving water management practices and building healthier, more resilient cities. Read more.

26 March 2016 [ABC]

Reinventing harbour foreshores

Helen Lochhead is UNSW's dean of the Built Environment and delivered the 2016 Paul Reid lecture as part of the Utzon lecture series where she explored the past and future of Sydney Harbour. She joins Tony McCormick, former principal of HASSELL and renowned landscape architect, to discuss waterfront design. Read more.

28 March 2016 [Town and Country]

Country style in Southern Highlands home

Working with architect Richard Rowe and landscape architect Michael Bligh, they set about realising their vision. “We took great pains to orientate the house to maximise light while ensuring protection from the hot summer sun,” Will says. From Rosehill Farm’s gate, a kilometre-long avenue lined with white-trunked Blue Mountains ash eucalyptus leads to the circular forecourt of the handsome homestead, painted dove-grey, with inky blue shutters that contrast with the New England red utility buildings. Read more.

29 March 2016 [Sourcable]

The Next Chapter in UK Urban Regeneration

Equally urgent is the need for deeper collaboration among industry representatives who are advancing common agenda efforts, such as those we have recently seen in Australia with the Living Cities Alliance, facilitated by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects. Read more.

29 March 2016 [News Local]

Students design their own playground with tunnels, teepees and tomato patches

Consulting architect Julie Lee from landscape architect group TRACT said the students wanted to humanise the bleak space. “There were some ideas for tree houses and elevated spaces, which may have been too dangerous,” Ms Lee said. “But we can still create a lot of space where they will be able to use their imagination.” Ms Lee said it was also a great opportunity to provide an active space for inner west children living in high density housing. Read more.

30 March 2016 [Architecture and Design]

2016 Speaker Series Program announced for Design Build

Landscape Architect Jon Shinkfield from Realm Studios doesn’t believe Melbourne is the most liveable city. Find out why on Day 1, Sustainability Stream. Kristin Brookfield from the Housing Industry Association will discuss why choosing the right product is so important on Day 2, Compliance Stream. Read more.

31 March 2016 [Alt Media]

Local Park wins international award

“This award is great recognition of the hard work and professionalism of our teams who work around the clock to give us beautiful green spaces for all the community to enjoy,” she said. Pirrama Park has received awards in the past as well. In 2012, it won an Australian Institute of Landscape Architects award for its design. Read more.

29 March 2016 [The Dirt]

Adelaide Will Plant 100,000 Square Meters of Greenery by 2020

Only a few years ago, if you mentioned the words sustainability, green, or global warming you were probably met with an eye roll and maybe some sort of off-handed remark about being a hippy. Now, the opposite has happened: it’s totally uncool to be disinterested in the environment, as celebrities such as Leonardo DiCaprio bring climate change to the foreground for the public. Read more.

1 April 2016 [The Advertiser]

Meet Daniel Bennett, the architect who is bringing good design to Adelaide’s streets

SYDNEY-born Daniel Bennett never expected to fall in love with Adelaide – let alone have a chance to make his adopted city even better by creating the Adelaide Design Manual, a website that gives city workers and residents the chance to study and shape the CBD. Bennett’s love of landscapes started early. Read more.

4 April 2016 [ASIANET]

Lappset Delivered the World's First PETER RABBIT(TM) Adventure Playground to Willows Activity Farm in England.

The highly anticipated PETER RABBIT(TM) Adventure Playground is set to officially open on Saturday 2 April at Willows Activity Farm in St Albans, Hertfordshire. Over GBP 1 million has been invested in developing the new playground and re-theming the site, which incorporates the natural landscape and state-of-the-art interactive technology in a safe and wholesome environment. Read more.

5 April 2016 [Horticulture week]

World Landscape Architecture Month launches

The international celebration of landscape architecture runs throughout April, and showcases landscape architect-designed spaces around the world via social media. Both landscape professionals and members of the public will be asked to share pictures of their favourite landscapes. Read more.

6 April 2016 [Property Observer]

Longton Property Group's Avantra development bringing community to Mascot

Avantra will be centred around a large courtyard garden designed for communal use. The designer, Daniel Baffsky of 360 Degree Landscape Architects, aimed to create a sense that “the whole area is your garden.” “Our philosophy is to create a beautiful landscape, but also a setting for community, for people to have chance interactions, as well as to have spaces for privacy and to relax.” Read more. Read more.