LA in the Media - Issue 27, 12-22 April 2016


Image: Bunurong Memorial Park - ASPECT Studios - John Gollings


7 April 2016 [World Landscape Architecture]

Celebrate Landscape Architecture in April

April is World Landscape Architecture Month (#WLAM2016) and is a month long celebration of Landscape Architecture across the world through social media (twitter, instagram, facebook and more) by taking photos of landscape architecture with the “This is Landscape Architecture” card and adding the hashtag #WLAM2016. Read more.

8 April 2016 [Architecture AU]

Artificial surf beach barrels into Melbourne

Perth-based architecture practice MJA Studio has teamed up with surf park developer Wave Park Group to create Australia’s first inland surfing facility in Melbourne. A 3.9 hectare body of water (double the size of the MCG) will be built on a site adjacent to the Essendon Football Club next near Melbourne Airport. The surf park, Urbnsurf, will use technology developed by Spanish engineering company Wavegarden to create artificial waves, which will range in height from 0.6 to 1.9 metres and will last for up to 32 seconds. Read more

8 April 2016 [Turf Mate]

Lawn Solutions Australia at MIFGS

The Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show is an institution in the Landscaping and horticulture industry. Last month saw it return to Melbourne's Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens for the 21st year. Lawn Solutions Australia Were there flying the flag for the turf industry, joined by their brand ambassador, TV presenter and previous MIFGS award winner Jason Hodges. Read more.

11 April 2016 [Your Hub]

Exhibit of quilts from Australia opens April 28

The quilts O’Dell selected include “Monsteriosity”, an artistic exploration of Australia’s native monsterio delicio leaf by Jan Fraser. Landscape architect-turned-textile-artist Dianne Firth’s quilt “Low Tide” was inspired, as is much of her work, by Australia’s geography and environmental conditions. In contrast, several quilts in the exhibit represent the makers’ fascination with the quilts and fabrics of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, both in Great Britain and Australia. Read more.

12 April 2016 [AEOL]

GHD recognises client service at its best

One of the world’s leading engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services companies, GHD, has named Mia Barnard, Design Manager – Major Projects in Sydney, as the recipient of the inaugural Client Service Award for Australia. Phil Duthie, GHD’s General Manager – Australia, says, “Client service is what separates the successful consultants from the rest – a technical focus alone is no longer enough. Celebrating colleagues who are doing it well is a fantastic way to inspire others. It also provokes discussion about how we connect and engage with clients. Read more.

12 April 2016 [Noosa News]

Alexandra Headland playground could be country’s best

THE KIDS at New Leaf Early Learning at Alexandra Headland could be playing on Australia’s best playground. Following the successful opening of Grammar Early Learning Limited’s newest childcare centre at the start of 2016, the centre has now been nominated in the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects Awards for the best playground in Australia. Read more.

13 April 2016 [The Guardian]

Ten of the best Australian playgrounds – in pictures

The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects is running a competition to celebrate Australia’s best-designed public play spaces and the landscape architects who designed them. Among the 45 submissions from across the country is a dinosaur-themed adventure playground, whimsical playhouses set under old fig trees and a kids’ space inspired by tennis stadiums – complete with child-sized grandstand and commentary box. The public is invited to vote for their favourite submission. All photos and captions provided by the institute. Read more.

13 April 2016 [The Urban Developer]

The Finery to Deliver A New City Eco-System

The landscape design by ASPECT Studio Director Sacha Coles was developed in close collaboration with the project architect, Mirvac’s Design Director, Julian Venning, to ensure a harmonious integration of the built and natural environment. “We have created many urban landscapes, but this project takes landscaping to a level that we have not experienced in Sydney before,” said Mr Coles. “Internally, the development will be several degrees cooler and it means we are not adding further to the urban heat island effect. Read more.

14 April 2016 [QUEST]

Springfield’s Orion Lagoon has been nominated in a competition to name Australia’s best parks

Orion Lagoon has been nominated in a competition to name Australia’s best park. Run by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, the competition recognises and celebrates well designed public play-spaces. Vee Design produced the concept and the building of the lagoon was carried out by JMAC and Commercial Aquatics Australia for Ipswich City Council. Cr David Morrison (Div 1) believes the lagoon designers have a “very good chance” at winning. Read more.

15 April 2016 [Eco-Business]

Room to breathe in Australia's crowded cities

Mackay, who is based in Melbourne and is a Senior Associate at leading international design practice HASSELL, says that as cities become more populous, access to green spaces is sometimes side-lined in favour of new buildings for residents to live and work in. Read more.

15 April 2016 [Leader]

Glen Harrow in Belgrave to be cleaned up after land sell-off green light

Millar Merrigan landscape architect Lynne Pepper, acting on Mrs Hesterman’s behalf, said Mrs Hesterman had already hired someone to help manage the land and had made some inroads into clearing up the weed-strangled property. Read more.

15 April 2016 [e-architect]

The Goods Line in Sydney

Design: Aspect Studios with CHROFI. The Goods Line is a NSW State Government project which transforms a redundant piece of industry into a vibrant and connected public spine. It is the key strategic link and an important green space for this rapidly developing innovation district of Sydney, Australia. Read more.

19 April 2016 [AILA]


LA+ is excited to announce its partnership with the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) to bring you "AnthropoScene," a global short film competition, which will run in conjunction with AILA's 2016 International Festival of Landscape Architecture. An international jury will select six finalists for a public screening in the National Museum of Australia's Garden of Australian Dreams where the winner will be chosen by popular vote. Read more.

19 April 2016 [World Landscape Architecture]

AnthropoScene | Short Film Competition – Festival of Landscape Architecture

You have 3 minutes. A global short film competition concerning the profoundly frightening and yet somehow incredibly optimistic landscapes of the 21st century. The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects in partnership with the National Museum of Australia and LA+ Interdisciplinary Journal of Landscape Architecture, invites the submission of 3–4 minute short films on the general subject of the new epoch of the Anthropocene. Six finalists will be preselected by the judges for public screening at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra on the evening of 27 October 2016. Read more.

19 April 2016 [Sourcable]

Are Liveable Cities Finally a Priority?

In the weeks following the speech, more than 90 people from more than 50 organisations gathered in Canberra for a Living Cities Workshop. Hosted by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) at parliament house, the aim of the event was “to facilitate organisations active in this space to work together, leverage information and develop united policies to inform the government." Read more.

19 April 2016 [Architecture and Design]

National competition launched for designing Ian Potter National Conservatory

Endorsed by the Australian Institute of Architects and the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, the National Design Competition invites eligible architects and their multidisciplinary design teams from across Australia to submit Expressions of Interest, with up to four teams to be selected from the EOI to compete in the design contest. An eminent competition jury chaired by award-winning architect Richard Johnson AO will judge the entries, with the winning architect to be announced in July 2016. Read more.

19 April 2016 [PRWIRE]

Middle East’s Largest Landscape Focused Summit Begins in a week

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, April 19, 2016: Dubai will host the fourth edition of the Middle East Smart Landscape Summit, next week on 25-26 April 2016 at Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa. Held under the patronage of Dubai Municipality and organized by global conference producers, Expotrade, the 4th Annual Middle East Smart Landscape Summit will explore topics that are at the center of smart urban landscape development. Read more. Featuring GHD

20 April 2016 [World Landscape Architecture]

Transforming a traditional cemetery into a contemporary park

Cemeteries were once designed for a few, and looked only to the past. Bunurong Memorial Park transforms the conventional to create a contemporary community park for all, for everyday use, for walking and playing, in addition to being a most special place to memorialise the lives of those now passed. Read more. Featuring ASPECT.

20 April 2016 [Architecture and Design]

Nominees announced for Sunshine Coast Regional Architecture Awards

The Australian Institute of Architects has released the list of nominees for the 2016 Sunshine Coast Queensland Regional Architecture Awards. Winners of the prestigious architecture design awards will be announced on Friday 22 April. Featuring HASSELL Read more.

21 April 2016 [The Dirt]

Video Competition: The Landscapes of the Anthropocene

Many scientists argue we have already entered the age of the Anthropocene, an era in which humanity now determines the Earth’s geology, climate, and ecosystems. While a number of scientists and writers argue this new era marks the decline of nature, others say it may be the start of a future where humans deliberately and responsibly manage the planet’s natural assets. Read more.

22 April 2016 [Coast Live]

South Yunderup playground in running for Australia’s best play space

South Yunderup’s Adventurescape playground is in the running to become Australia’s best play space. The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) competition celebrates the most well designed public play spaces across Australia. The $3.5 million farm-themed playground in Austin Lakes opened in January and already hundreds of families have tried it out. Read more.