LA in the Media - Issue 12, 15 - 28 August 2015

Installation from the 2014 Festival of Landscape Architecture: Forecast. Image: Orion Zuyderhoff-Gray


Sunday 16 August 2015 [Garden Drum]

Barangaroo Point Park: A gamble with nature

The Barangaroo project on Sydney Harbour has already attracted a huge amount of publicity, a great deal of it negative. The mention of the name conjures images of a shiny multi-storey casino for high rolling overseas gamblers. However, this has unfortunately overshadowed (yes I did go there) the amazing landscape project that has been created that will extend the public’s access to the Sydney Harbour foreshore adjacent to the western side of the Harbour Bridge. Read more.

Monday 17 August 2015 [ArchitectureAU]

Light the way: Woollahra Terrace

Setting the living space back from the western side boundary enables the landscaped courtyard, designed with Melissa Wilson Landscape Architects, to wrap around two sides of the new room. Viewed from a low-slung window, the garden feels bigger than it is. Read more.

Tuesday 18 August 2015 [TMCnet]

5 Design Ideas for PARK(ing) Day 2015

PARK(ing) Day takes part on the third Friday of every September, when kids are back in school—which gives adults a chance to have fun and recreate their favourite park memories. Founded in 2005, PARK(ing) Day is a global, open-sourced event during which landscape architects and other designers transform metered parking spaces into temporary, miniature parks, or parklets. Read more.

Wednesday 19 August 2015 [Property Oz]

Perth’s Infill Dilemma

Has the Perth community ever examined the question about how we want our city to grow as deeply as it is now? The Property Council has been a vocal advocate for greater infill development and housing density that takes advantage of existing infrastructure by building up around busy centres and along major transport corridors. Read more.

Wednesday 19 August 2015 [Press Reader]

Seniors get a gift: Age no barrier to gym work

A seniors-only exercise park was also built in Sunshine North last year, as part of a Victoria University study on older people and exercise. Designed by Finnish company Lappset, the parks have become increasingly popular in Europe and Asia. “The whole idea is that you can go to a place that has been designed specifically for you,” said research and exercise physiologist Myrla Sales. Read more.

Thursday 20 August 2015 [Newspaper Direct]

Building Boom Looms for Inner North

IT might cost a pretty penny to live in the inner-north, but Teneriffe landscape architect Penny Hall said the lifestyle made it all worthwhile. New figures show Brisbane City Council’s Central Ward generated $136.9 million in rates last financial year. But Ms Hall said being so close to shops and cafes, while being able to walk to work, was worth it. Read more.

Thursday 20 August 2015 [Architecture & Design]

2015 Timber Vision Awards winners reflects resurgent and reinvented material

The sheer number of entrants for the 2015 Intergrain Timber Vision Awards certainly gives weight to the argument that there is a resurgence of timber use in Australian architecture.The diversity of winning projects announced at the program's award ceremony held on 20 August also demonstrates that architects and designers are innovating with the ancient material and that timber is becoming one of the most commonly used materials for sustainable buildings in Australia. Read more.

Thursday 20 August 2015 [ArchitectureAU]

Competition to design urban “hangouts”

The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) has launched a student competition called This Public Space that asks participants to consider the role of “hangouts” in cities by developing strategies that make public spaces more inclusive. Read more.

Thursday 20 August 2015 [Architecture & Design]

AILA urges Federal Government to lead the world in green infrastructure for a healthier nation

The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) has made four important recommendations in a submission made to Infrastructure Australia’s 15 Year Infrastructure Plan for Australia. AILA has also called upon the Federal Government to take a global leadership position on Green Infrastructure, and formally acknowledge Australia’s urban landscape as a key driver for improved health, environmental and social outcomes by 2055. Read more.

Friday 21 August 2015 [Architecture & Design]

Australasian students briefed to design city "hangouts" for competition

This Public Space (TPS) announces a new competition for teams of students to develop innovative design and programming strategies that make public spaces more inclusive.The TPS competition draws on Van Alen Institute’s multi-year exploration of the theme ‘Elsewhere’. Read more.

Friday 21 August 2015 [The Urban Developer]

Urban Construct Launches Manhattan Terraces at West End

Manhattan Terraces features individually designed residences by a team of three local architects, Marc & Co, TVS architects and Jeremy Ferrier Landscape Architect who all have extensive experience in the West End market. Each terrace will utilise its alfresco windows and spacious balconies allowing great natural light to enhance the timeless designs. Read more.

Monday 24 August 2015 [The Fifth Estate]

Adam Beck on the big challenge for our cities: are we ready?

Professor Ed Blakely, chair of the Future Cities Collaborative at University of Sydney, got up on that soapbox and made it pretty clear. “Our future is in our cities, and for Australia, the outlook is bleak.” Speaking at The Fifth Estate’s Surround Sound on Sustainable Precincts in Sydney earlier this month, Blakely mentioned a word that many cringe at – tax. Read more.

Monday 24 August 2015 [Whyalla News]

Roundabout landscape design released

Whyalla City Council is seeking feedback on draft landscape designs for four large existing roundabouts. The council's Roundabout Landscape Concept Design has been released for public consultation and will be on display until Thursday, September 10. Read more.

Monday 24 August 2015 [Eco Building]

The Green Roof at the American Society of Landscape Architects

Take a look at the green roof at the American Society of Landscape Architects in this video. Read more.


Thursday 27 August 2015 [The Leader]

People’s Choice Awards: The beaches, baths and bike trails transforming Sydney

For the fourth year in a row, Sydneysiders are being asked to vote on which ugly duckling public spaces have been quietly transformed into swans. The inaugural Premier's People's Choice Awards for landscape architecture will be decided on by a vote by Domain and Sydney Morning Herald readers and revealed on Friday September 11 and the Dr Chau Chak Wing Building at the UTS Business School. Read more

Friday 28 August 2015 [Domain]

Vote now: Premier’s People’s Choice Awards for landscape architecture

Sydney is being asked to vote for the most inventive additions to its landscape. The winners of the inaugural Premier's People's Choice Awards for landscape architecture will be announced on Friday September 11 and the Dr Chau Chak Wing Building at the UTS Business School after being decided by a vote by Domain and Sydney Morning Herald readers. Read more

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