LA in the Media - Issue 9, 24 June - 17 July 2015

Landscape Joshua French wants your views on how to make the Western Sydney Parklands better. Picture: Timothy Clapin.

Wednesday 24 June 2015 [Daily Telegraph]

Garden Island would transform from Navy Base into $20bn Sydney Harbour Playground under architect plan

The vision, created by Surry Hills-based urban designer and landscape architect David Vago, includes plans for a new overseas passenger terminal, 16.6 hectares of parklands, a Naval history museum, 100-berth marina, holiday resort, ferry wharf, restaurant precinct and a mix of residential, serviced and affordable apartments. Read more.

Thursday 25 June 2015 [Yahoo]

Big plans for Garden Island naval base

The $20 billion plan to transform the base into a resort, marina and residential apartments, Angie Asimus reports. Read more.

Wednesday 1 July 2015 [ABC]

The language of landscape

Robert Macfarlane's new book Landmarks and Dominick Tyler's Uncommon Ground have produced two different but overlapping word-lover's guides to the British landscape. Read more

Monday 6 July 2015 [FM Link]

GBCI launches SITES, it’s newly acquired rating system for sustainable landscapes

GBCI just launched its newly acquired SITES rating system, said to be the most comprehensive program and toolkit for developing sustainable landscapes, addressing issues that are considered increasingly important to creating liveable and resilient communities.Read more.

Monday 6 July 2015 [Canberra Times]

Local Government Briefs for July 7, 2015

How to Grow an Urban Forest is a new publication from the City of Melbourne, Victorian government and 202020 Vision that provides a guide to achieving a 20 per cent increase and improvement of urban green space by 2020.Read more.

Monday 6 July 2015 [Business Spectator]

Removing the road blocks to smarter cities

After many decades of wishful thinking and occasional false starts, it seems the time for smart cities has well and truly arrived. Digital technologies supported by the connectivity that comes from a reliable, fast infrastructure are enabling government planners to create more efficient, more sustainable and secure urban environments, and it's not just happening overseas. Read more.

Tuesday 7 July 2015 [Architecture and Design]

Transforming Adelaide: EOI invited to develop massive mixed use precinct;

The Government of South Australia calls on leading developers, consortia and organisations to participate in a unique opportunity to develop a world-class mixed use precinct in Adelaide’s CBD. Read more.

Wednesday 8 July 2015 [BBC]

Can you prescribe nature?

“Here’s your prescription, walk in the forest five times a week for an hour.’ According to experts, it is not inconceivable that doctors will be giving health advice like this in the not too distant future. After decades of research, the scientific world is moving closer to pinpointing how exposure to nature seems to promote well-being. Read more.

Wednesday 8 July 2015 [The Urban Developer]

State’s best design recognised at the 2015 NSW Architecture Awards

The 2015 winners of the Australian Institute of Architects’ NSW Architecture Awards have been announced. From a cliff-hugging home to one of the country’s largest medical research facilities the awarded projects represent NSW’s best new architecture across 12 categories including Commercial Architecture, Urban Design, Interior Architecture, Residential Architecture, Heritage (conservation) and Public Architecture. Read more.

Thursday 9 July 2015 [Northern Star]

Revamp plan underway for Ballina boat harbour

Starting early this year, the project by Ballina Shire Council has responded to calls for upgrades. Red Belly Landscape Architecture + Urban Design are the consultants for the project. Landscape architect Garry Murray said the plan aimed to offer a more practical use of space in the area, which was “in need of renovation”. Read more.

Thursday 9 July 2015 [Digital Journal]

WLA Magazine – Call for Submissions

World Landscape Architecture is calling for submissions for the next edition of WLA Magazine. The theme for this edition if research and policy. WLA Magazine is inviting students, academics, designers, researchers and public servants to submit recent research and policy projects that advance landscape architecture. Read more.

Thursday 9 July 2015 [Australian Earth Moving]

Partnering with Lend Lease to create beautiful spaces for the Spring Bank Rise community

Successes for the project team include the recent Australian Institute of Landscape Architects award for the estate, awarded to Lend Lease and Redbox Design Group, for their sympathetic and site responsive approach to the planning and execution of landscape words for the project. Read more.

Saturday 11 July 2015 [Garden Drum]

Burnley’s secret botanic garden part 3

In the post WWII years the tradition of past students and lecturers supporting the development of the gardens at Burnley continued. Ellis Stones, Kath Deery, Robert Boyle and James Hitchmough all created unique landscapes with Australian plants around the outskirts of the heritage core. Read more.

Monday 13 July 2015 [The Urban Developer]

How landscapes can transform suburban business district appeal and add real estate value

There was a time when commercial development was only about the structure itself. Internal layouts, floor space efficiency, choice of construction material and site coverage ratios were the metrics by which ‘good’ commercial development was measured. Read more.

Tuesday 14 July 2015 [Daily Telegraph]

Western Sydney Parklands look to the public for new cycling parks

Parklands landscape architect Joshua French said that although Plough and Harrow was their busiest destination, there were no walking or cycling tracks connecting it to other areas. “Abbotsbury is beautiful because there’s lots of vegetation. It’s good to give (people) a chance to connect to other destinations,” he said. Read more.

Tuesday 14 July 2015 [ArchitectureAU]

Key groups urge cities policy overhaul

The Australian Institute of Architects and the Planning Institute are among a powerful group of built environment organisations that have called on the federal government to create a Minister for Cities to focus on the country’s rapidly growing cities. Read more.

Thursday 16 July 2015 [Courier Mail]

Southbank is set to get more green space

A new public park will be created in one of the city’s most built-up areas. A $200 million Southbank development will include 2100 square metres of open green space, rare for the area. Read more.

Thursday 16 July 2015 [The Fifth Estate]

Ken Maher on our cities – they matter to our future, why not the pollies?

As the most urbanised nation on earth, Australia has good reason to invest in cities. More than two thirds of Australians live in a major capital city. Our cities are growing rapidly. And we’re not alone. Urbanisation is a worldwide trend. Globally, the UN estimates that around five billion people will be living in cities by 2030. Read more.