LA in the Media - Issue 13, 29 August - 11 September 2015


2016 Festival of Landscape Architecture: This Public Life. Richard Weller.


Saturday 29 August 2015 [Domain]

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

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.

Monday 31 August 2015 [Architecture & Design]

Landscape architects promote healthier ageing population through seniors-focused exercise parks

The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects have released an official view that seniors-focused exercise parks could be an answer to a healthier ageing population.The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), in a recent report, revealed that the most common causes of injury in 2012-13 were falls, with over half the cases belonging to the 65-plus age group. Read more.

Monday 31 August 2015 [Wellington Times]

CBD, Rygate and Caves is the makeover any sooner?

Wellington Council has engaged Moir Landscape Architecture and Northrop Consulting Engineers to undertake a review of the costings for the CBD beautification. The cost of engaging the consultants is $22,700 (excluding GST). A report to council says that 'all going according to plan' means that a fully-costed scope of works on the three options will be able to be presented to council at its Ordinary Meeting in September. Read more.

Tuesday 1 September 2015 [Sourceable]

Seniors-Focused Exercise Parks Could Be The Answer To Healthier Ageing

The National President of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA), Mark Frisby, identified the importance of landscape architects driving change for a healthier ageing population. “Landscape architects create a better future for society. It’s essential we combine the strengths of our profession with allied organisations, such as Lappset Australia and Victoria University, at the outset of everything we do,” Mr Frisby said. Read more.

Tuesday 1 September 2015 [ArchitectureAU]

Melbourne’s University Square park to reclaim roads

A proposed makeover of an inner-Melbourne park will see adjacent roads either entirely swallowed up or significantly reduced in size to make way for a 40 percent increase in the size of the green space.A draft concept plan for University Square in Carlton released by the City of Melbourne depicts a lush green canopy taking over all of Barry Street and most of Leicester Street, as well as a reimagining of the current park on the site. Read more.

Wednesday 2 September 2015 [Architecture & Design]

Warriwul Residence Montville by Conlon Group

Having worked on a number of sustainable homes Conlon Group’s Warriwul Residence was set to be quite adventurous. Landscape Architect and Director Marc Conlon wanted to continue reducing the work and increase the success of the landscape design from a sustainable perspective. Read more.

Wednesday 2 September 2015 [Dezeen]

Sydney apartment block by MHN Design Union appears to change colour

Sydney-based MHN Design Union designed the Viking apartment block for local developer Crown Group on a plot in Waterloo, a former industrial area that is gradually being redeveloped into a residential neighbourhood. Read more.

Thursday 3 September 2015 [Domain]

Ultimo Goods Line to boost local property prices

Demand is s expected from local families, creatives, local visitors, and students, all of whom would benefit from the landscape architect-designed creation, said Australian Institute of Landscape Architect chief executive Shahana McKenzie. Read more.

Thursday 3 September 2015 [Architecture & Design]

Rework begins: Old Green Square hospital becomes Child Care Centre

Work has begun on the Green Square Child Care Centre designed by Sydney architecture practice Fox Johnston in collaboration with CHROFI, Peter Stutchbury Architects, and landscape architect Craig Burton. An old hospital building is being modified to provide a 74-place early education and care centre for children aged 6 weeks to 6 years. Read more.

Thursday 3 September 2015 [Building Construction Design]

Landscape Institute to profile rising stars on new look careers website

The Landscape Institute has launched a new initiative showcasing rising stars within the profession on its Be A Landscape Architect careers website. The new ‘Landscape Showcase’ series will allow the Landscape Institute to identify and celebrate students and those recently qualified involved in exciting projects or competitions. Read more.

Thursday 3 September 2015[Architecture Bulletin P. 24-26]

The Green Grid

The Sydney Green Grid brings our open-space environment to the forefront; Barbara Schaffer explains the need for this green investment in the face of urban growth. Sydney's population is forecast to increase by 80% by 2054, resulting in an additional three million people living and working in the metropolitan area. As population density increases, the challenge will be to shape the built environment to ensure that Sydney remains one of the world's most distinctive and liveable cities. Read more.

Friday 4 September 2015 [Area News]

Landscape architects McGregor Coxall chosen for Sydney Modern gardens

Award-winning landscape architecture firm McGregor Coxall has been selected to redesign the gardens surrounding the Art Gallery of NSW as part of the $450 million Sydney Modern project. The firm has left its mark on some of Sydney's most notable projects. It transformed the old Caltex site in Birchgrove into Ballast Point Park. Read more.

Friday 4 September 2015 [Architecture & Design]

Annual Festival of Landscape Architecture to open in Melbourne on 10 October

The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) announces that This Public Life Festival of Landscape Architecture will open next month in Melbourne to a provocative and inspiring program for professionals and the public alike. Read more.

Friday 4 September 2015 [e-architect]

Green Square Child Care Centre in Sydney

In March 2014 Fox Johnston won a City of Sydney Design Tender, along with Choi Ropiha Fighera Architects, Stutchbury Architects, and landscape architect Craig Burton, to renew the heritage-listed former Royal South Sydney Hospital nurses’ quarters and outpatients’ and administration buildings. Read more.

Friday 4 September 2015 [ArchitectureAU]

Art Gallery of NSW appoints McGregor Coxall for Sydney Modern landscapes

McGregor Coxall has been selected to work with SANAA to develop a landscape design concept that will complement the SANAA’s competition winning design for the Art Gallery of NSW’s (AGNSW) expansion project, Sydney Modern. Read more.

Monday 7 September 2015 [Glam Adelaide]

Amazing Landscape Architecture Recognised At Sold Out Awards Event

A sophisticated and highly engaging wetland experience and a sensory play space designed to excite, stimulate and challenge Suneden Special School students, are just two of the innovative landscape projects being recognised at this year’s Australian Institute of Landscape Architecture (AILA) South Australian Awards. Read more.

Monday 7 September 2015 [Architecture & Design]

New exhibition reveals sights, sounds and stories of Sydney

A new exhibition on Sydney is bringing together the forgotten and unknown history of the city with new experimental art and architecture. Presented by the New Landscapes Institute, the event, Groundwork: From the Archives Up will open on 1 October and will include a 2-week public program of exhibitions, discussions, walks, urban interventions and temporary architecture. Read more.

Tuesday 8 September 2015 [Green Magazine]

This Public Life Festival of Landscape Architecture

With a provocative and inspiring program of Melbourne-wide industry and public fringe events, city tours, events and installations, the annual Festival of Landscape Architecture, will take over Melbourne from October 10–20. Read more.

Tuesday 8 September 2015 [Bendigo Advisor]

Facelift for Elphinstone's town heart

The centre of Elphinstone is set for a makeover thanks to a dedicated band of locals. While residents are keenly aware of the vibrant, beating heart of the community, the town often gets bypassed by visitors. Designed by landscape architect Karoline Klein, outlined new pavement for walkways, sculptural art on the streets and trees for shade, as well as creating a town square in front of the Elphinstone Hotel. Read more.

Tuesday 8 September 2015 [Garden Drum]

2016 International Festival of Landscape Architecture

The International Festival of Landscape Architecture in Canberra in October 2016 has announced that its creative director is Professor Richard Weller. Australia-born Weller, who is currently Chair of Landscape Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania was, in partnership with Vlad Sitta, a designer of the controversial Garden of Australian Dreams at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra. Read more.

Tuesday 8 September 2015 [Architecture & Design]

Sydney Architecture Festival event celebrates architecture all day at The Goods Line

Program highlights also include The Movable Park by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects where different landscape architecture teams will be invited to create and recreate space, to plan, design and transform public space for life outside; Meet an Architect sessions for Sydneysiders considering building or renovating. Read more.

Tuesday 8 September 2015 [The Moorestown Sun]

Moorestown Council approves Lenola bus stop

At this meeting, Scott Taylor, the township’s landscape architect and vice president of Taylor Design Group, proposed recycling the hockey rink frame at Wesley Bishop Park, which will be removed, and relocating that to the rink at Jeff Young Memorial Park. Read more.

Wednesday 9 September 2015 [Outdoor DESIGN Source]

Australian Appointed IFLA Creative Director

The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) has just announced Richard Weller as the new Creative Director for the 2016 International Festival of Landscape Architecture (IFLA). Born in Australia, Weller holds a long list of credentials, including his current position as Professor and Chair of Landscape Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania. Read more

Wednesday 9 September 2015 [Architecture&Design]

Australian named Creative Director for 2016 International Festival of Landscape Architecture

Australian-born Richard Weller has been appointed Creative Director for the 2016 International Festival of Landscape Architecture in Canberra. The announcement was made recently at the 2015 International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) Asia-Pacific Regional Congress in Lombok, Indonesia. Read more

Wednesday 9 September 2015 [Northern Messenger]

Town Centre in the prizes

PLAYFORD Alive Town Park is among the winners of this year’s Australian Institute of Landscape Architecture SA Awards. The park was among four winners in the Design category, announced last week. The awards aimed to celebrate projects that created better landscapes and experiences across the state. There were 16 winners across 10 categories. Read more.

Wednesday 9 September 2015 [ArchitectureAU]

Richard Weller to lead international landscape architecture festival

Australian landscape architect Richard Weller has been appointed creative director of the 2016 International Festival of Landscape Architecture. Weller is best known for his design of the Garden of Australian Dreams at the ARM-designed National Museum of Australia in Canberra. The garden will be host to the festival’s welcome reception. Read more.

Wednesday 9 September 2015 [City North Messenger]

Awards for river and garden

A MARY Potter Hospice garden and a River Torrens plan have received major architect awards. The Australian Institute of Landscape Architecture SA Awards were presented to 16 winners on Friday, September 4. The Mary Potter Hospice garden took home the Adelaide Review People’s Choice Award. Read more.

Thursday 10 September 2015 [ArchitectureAU]

Aspect Studios masterplan for new Sydney zoo

The NSW government has approved the lease for a new zoo in western Sydney. The 16.5-hectare zoo, the first in 100 year since Taronga Zoo opened, is master planned by Aspect Studios with buildings by Misho+Associates and will be located at the 216-hectare “super park” at Bungarribee, master planned by JMD Design. Read more.

Thursday 10 September 2015 [The Real Estate Conversation]

Gardens add value

Landscape architect Elizabeth Callaghan, of Hortus Design, believes that a few simple tricks can hugely increase a property’s appeal. “The garden is the buyer's first view of the house. If the garden looks great it gives them a good feeling from the minute they step onto the property, so it’s going to improve the overall impression of the home," she said. Read more.

Thursday 10 September 2015 [Sydney Morning Herald]

Australian landscape architect to head international festival

Leading Australian landscape architect and current professor and chair of landscape architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, Richard Weller, has been appointed as the creative director of the 2016 International Festival of Landscape Architecture, to be held in Canberra in October next year. Read more.

Thursday 10 September 2015 [The Real Estate Conversation]

Accommodating a healthier aged population

Seniors-focused exercise parks could be an answer to a healthier ageing population, according to The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects. The group says landscape architects will drive change for a healthier ageing population. Read more.

Thursday 10 September 2015 [ArchitectureNOW]

2016 International Festival of Landscape Architecture

Australian landscape architect Richard Weller has been appointed creative director of the 2016 International Festival of Landscape Architecture. The festival will host the 2016 International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) Asia-Pacific Regional Congress. Read more.

Friday 11 September 2015 [Noodls]

Go behind the scenes at Greenwich during Open House

At the heart of a World Heritage Site, it is described by UNESCO as "the finest and most dramatically sited architectural and landscape ensemble in the British Isles". Alongside Sir Christopher Wren, architects who worked on the College include Nicholas Hawksmoor, James 'Athenian' Stuart and Sir John Vanbrugh. Read more.

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