LA in the Media - Issue 65

The Victorian Government has announced plans to demolish Federation Square's Yarra Building for an Apple store. [Image: Foreground]

21 January 2018 [Urbanet]

Hotspot Cities

In the UN Convention of Biological Diversity, 196 nations have agreed to put 17% of the earth’s surface under protection. Author Richard Weller calls for additional land to be protected in the world’s “hotspots”, where biodiversity is threatened by urban sprawl. In his text, he discusses why regional ecology is an issue for urban planning. Read more.

9 January 2018 [Government News]

Campaign against Melbourne Apple Store gains momentum

Opposition to a new purpose-built Apple Store in Melbourne’s Federation Square is growing. Opponents say it will dominate the area and will be a permanent advertisement for Apple in a public space. Read more.

7 January 2018 [Western Advocate]

Council plans $660,000 facelift for Freeman Park at Llanarth

A CHILDREN’S playground, barbecue facilities and a mix of native and exotic trees and shrubs have been included in preliminary landscape designs for the development of Freeman Park at Llanarth that has been four years in the making. Read more.

4 January 2018 [Global Landscapes Forum]

Watch: It all starts with the forest – and comes down to the farmer

Rediscovering the country gives spectators hope that landscape approaches are no longer a topic merely for scientists. Read more.

28 December 2017 [Foreground]

From Federation Square to Apple Plaza: Melburnians respond

While in discussion for up to two years, the Victorian Government has waited until just days before Christmas to announce Apple’s new store on Federation Square. A lot of Melburnians are not happy. Read more.

25 December 2017 [The Age]

Opposition to Federation Square Apple store grows as architects, planners query deal

An online petition demanding the Andrews government dump a plan to let Apple tear down a building at Federation Square to build a "flagship" store has topped 16,000 signatures Monday morning, less than a week after the development's announcement. Read more.

16 December 2017 [Outdoor Design Source]


DesignBUILD is turning 30, and to celebrate we’re bringing the entire Architecture, Building, Construction and Design community together for the biggest industry party in town. Read more.

13 December 2017 [Outdoor Design Source]


From a field of eight future visionaries of the profession, the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) recently announced Daniel Jones as the winner of this year’s prestigious Karl Langer Award. Read more.

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