LA in the Media - Issue 4, 24 April - 8 May 2015

A bit of challenge in the playground can be good for kids, says Australian landscape architect Fiona Robbe. Image: Christel Yardley

Friday 24 April 2015 [Infolink]

Tiny house movement to get major boost at DesignBUILD 2015 

DesignBUILD, the leading trade event for the architecture, building, construction and design industries, will return to Sydney on 28 April. This year’s exhibition will showcase the ‘tiny house movement’ in the form of the nanoHouse. Read more

Tuesday 28 April 2015 [Australian Leisure Management]

Playspaces conference to secure the future of fun

Is the development of Kiwi children being hindered by risk-averse play areas that don’t allow them to explore their own limits, and are overly sanitised play spaces leading to a disconnect with nature? These are among the hot topics being explored by New Zealand and international playspace experts at The City is a Playspace Conference starting in Hamilton tomorrow (29th April). Read more

Tuesday 28 April 2015 [InDaily]

Why not a department for pedestrians? By Daniel Bennett

People must come first in cities, but our current focus is the opposite. Moving vehicles around our cities efficiently seems to remain the primary objective of transport planning in Australia, and it continues to ruin our cities. Read more

Wednesday 29 April [Australian Design Review]

Q+A ASPECT Studios: Mud pies and wild play

The proposed Ian Potter Wild Play Garden will see renowned Sydney based landscape architects ASPECT Studios work with Centennial Parklands to bring back ‘wild play’ for children and their carers within Sydney’s most loved park. Read more

Wednesday 29 April [Riverine Herald]

Plan full steam ahead

Campaspe Shire is in the middle of developing a master plan for Echuca’s Aquatic reserve, with initial findings proposing a play splash park and circulation pump as some of the ideas to be considered. Liesl Malan from Liesl Malan Landscape Architects said the plan surrounded the concept of introducing ‘‘small, high quality experiences’’, which would create diversity in the reserve. Read more

Wednesday 29 April [Wikato Times]

Playgrounds advocates say kids need more risk

Kiwi kids are being wrapped in cotton wool and need to learn how to deal with risk. That's the message from play advocates at a national conference in Hamilton this week, who think playgrounds need to have space for youngsters to climb trees, get grubby and learn how to look out for themselves. Read more

Thursday 30 April [ArchitectureAU]

Seasoned players: Return to Royal Park

Melbourne’s Royal Park is the city’s largest inner-city park, and arguably its most unique. The park covers 170 hectares and is of state significance due to its size and Australian nativelandscape. Read more

Monday 4 May [Architecture & Design]

From shipping yard to public park: sneak peak of Barangaroo Point Reserve

In the lead up to the opening of Sydney’s Barangaroo Point Reserve in July, the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) and Barangaroo Delivery Authority have released a preview of the new six hectare public park. Read more

Friday 8 May 2015 [The Dirt]

#WLAM2015 Reaches 3 Million Worldwide

This past month, the American Society of Landscape Architects joined World Landscape Architecture Month (WLAM), a global effort to raise awareness of the profession. Read more

Friday 8 May 2015 [Qantas The Australian Way Magazine]

Taking it to the streets 

“Tactical urbanism” is a generational approach to planning cities and suburbs, harnessing the power of communities and actively engaging them in the transformation. Lucinda Hartley is one of its key influencers. Read more