LA in the Media - Issue 20, 5 - 15 December 2015

Shane Rattenbury and Malcolm Snow at the launch of the Mount Ainslie Summit Design Competition

Friday 4 December 2015 [9 News]

Parks campaign for $100,000 revamp contest

More than 3000 children at Ocean Shores, in northern NSW, are pinning their hopes on a competition to provide them with a playground. The town is one of about 100 communities and schools in the running for a pimped-up play area, as part of a nationwide campaign to increase urban green spaces. Read more.

Friday 4 December 2015 [ABC]

Kids give drab parks an imaginative makeover

My Park Rules is a competition that asks for evidence of the dire state of your local park, and a vision for what the space could look like. Entries from around Australia include pictures of dusty lots, mockumentary videos featuring kids tripping on uneven ground and playground equipment in disrepair. Read more.

Saturday 5 December 2015 [Sydney Morning Herald]

Royal Botanic Gardens: Sydney’s lungs as vital as other cultural sites

Recent public debate on issues such as urban green space and the location of the Art Gallery's Sydney Modern has the potential to drive better outcomes, provided the contributions are constructive. Leaders of cultural institutions naturally seek what's best for the assets under their stewardship, but ultimately we need to work together to get the right results for Sydney. Read more.

Saturday 5 December 2015 [The Age]

Kingsborough mixed-use village caters for choice, electric cars at Kingston Foreshore

Construction Control Canberra has hired two architectural firms, Cox Architecture and SPACELAB, to design the buildings, stringing together "inherent differences in style and approach". Read more.

Monday 7 December 2015 [Green Magazine]

Mirvac’s Harmony Garden

Melbourne’s first interactive playground where children can compose music using sculptural bells and gongs integrated into a playground environment has been revealed at Point Park, Yarra’s Edge, just moments from Melbourne’s CBD. Read more.

Monday 7 December 2015 [Architecture&Design]

GHD appoints new infrastructure manager to strengthen focus on Defence project delivery

Engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services company GHD announces the appointment of Damian Drain as Defence Infrastructure Manager. Drain previously held a senior project management and delivery role in the Department of Defence. Read more.

Monday 7 December 2015 [Midland Reporter]

Vision for new-look park

Residents who successfully campaigned to save a South Guildford park from being sold are now hoping to have it transformed through a national competition. Waterhall Park is a nominee in My Park Rules, a national initiative run by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) and 202020 Vision, which encourages schools and community groups to submit design plans for a park makeover. Read more.

Monday 7 December 2015 [Property Observer]

Mirvac unveils Melbourne's first interactive musical playground at Yarra's edge

Melbourne's first interactive playground Harmony Garden has been revealed at Point Park on Yarra's edge, just moments from Melbourne's CBD. The interactive playground, created by real estate investment group Mirvac, allows children to compose music using sculptural bells and gongs which are integrated into a playground environment. Read more.

Tuesday 8 December 2015 [Wyndham Leader]

Park revamp bid

The Grange Community Centre has entered Brenton Park in Hoppers Crossing into the My Park Rules Competition to get it a makeover. People can vote for the park, near The Grange P-12 College and the community centre, to have its design brought to life. Details: myparkrules.com.au. Read more.

Tuesday 8 December 2015 [Bendigo Advertiser]

Summertime is fun at Bendigo Art Gallery

Looking to keep cool this summer? Why not spend some time at Bendigo Art Gallery – take in a tour of the collection, relax and enjoy the latest exhibitions, browse the Gallery Shop or indulge in a leisurely lunch at the cafe. Read more.

Wednesday 9 December 2015 [ACT Government]

National design competition to help guide Mount Ainslie’s future

The ACT Government in partnership with the Commonwealth Government today announced that a national design competition will be held to develop a landscape plan and interpretive strategy to guide the next 10 years of landscape development at Mount Ainslie. Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, said the Mount Ainslie summit is one of the most significant lookouts in Canberra. Read more.

Wednesday 9 December 2015 [WA Today]

Design competition launched for Canberra's Mount Ainslie summit

The ACT government and the National Capital Authority will conduct the competition for Australian landscape designers and architects in early 2016, with three firms to be shortlisted to participate in a one-week design process. Read more.

Wednesday 9 December 2015 [CityNews]

Mount Ainslie to have its future guided by the Commonwealth and ACT Governments

SHANE Rattenbury and Minister for Territories Paul Fletcher have announced a national design competition to develop a landscape plan and interpretive strategy to guide the next 10 years of landscape development at Mount Ainslie. Read more.

Wednesday 9 December 2015 [TAMS]

Mount Ainslie design competition

A national design competition is being held to provide a vision for the next 10 years of development at the Mount Ainslie summit. The summit is one of the most significant lookouts in Canberra and is a popular visitor and recreation venue. Read more.

Wednesday 9 December 2015 [RiotACT]

Mt Ainslie design competition to guide summit’s future landscape

The ACT and Federal governments will hold a national design competition to develop a landscape plan and interpretive strategy to guide the next 10 years of landscape development at Mount Ainslie. The joint program will call for expressions of interest via www.tenders.act.gov.au and through the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects. Read more.

Wednesday 9 December 2015 [Wynnum Herald]

Outdoor learning opportunity

CAPALABA State College students hope to spend more than just their break-time outside, with the school competing to win an outdoor classroom. The proposed classroom would be used by six classes daily, while also growing food for the school tuckshop and providing shade. Read more.


Thursday 10 December 2015 [My Sunshine Coast]

20 year vision for Mooloolaba focuses on four iconic precincts

A new masterplan for Mooloolaba outlines a long-term vision, which includes bringing four key precincts together to revitalise the iconic area – the foreshore and esplanade, the Mooloolaba Heart, the wharf and the Southern Gateway. Read more.

Thursday 10 December 2015 [Foreign Affairs]

National design competition to help guide Mount Ainslie’s future

The ACT Government in partnership with the Commonwealth Government today announced that a national design competition will be held to develop a landscape plan and interpretive strategy to guide the next 10 years of landscape development at Mount Ainslie. Read more.

Thursday 10 December 2015 [The Shout]

Merivale releases Newport revamp details

The first stage of The Newport will be ready to welcome pubgoers in late January 2016, with a vibe that is somewhere between "Montauk, the Hamptons and the Mediterranean" – with a Sydney Northern beaches twist. Read more.

Thursday 10 December 2015 [Southbank Local News]

A pricey new public park

The State Government has made a significant move in its promise to deliver more community infrastructure for Fishermans Bend, with a $19 million purchase for a public park. The new one-acre Montague Precinct park will be located only a stone’s throw away from Southbank at 2-4 Buckhurst St in South Melbourne. Read more.

Friday 11 December 2015 [ArchitectureAU]

MacKenzie Falls wins 2015 Victorian Premier’s Design Awards gong

Hansen Partnership’s MacKenzie Falls Gorge Trail has won Best in Category for Architectural Design in the 2015 Victorian Premier’s Design Awards. The project is located in the Grampians National park in Victoria’s west, an area frequently ravaged by fire and flood. Read more.

Saturday 12 December 2015 [Daily Telegraph]

Capalaba State College sets sights on winning an outdoor classroom competition

CAPALABA State College students hope to spend more than just their break-time outside, with the school competing to win an outdoor classroom. The proposed classroom would be used by six classes daily, while also growing food for the school tuckshop and providing shade. Read more.

Monday 14 December 2015 [Bendigo Advertiser]

Re-visioning Castlemaine's climate change future

It’s the year 2045, in Castlemaine, and the effects of climate change are clear – an energy crisis means cars are too expensive to drive, air conditioning is only for the rich, and fresh food is diminished. Read more.

Monday 14 December 2015 [ArchitectureAU]

$100m Brisbane project to go ahead despite flood risk

A controversial project on the 3.43-hectare flood-prone Howard Smith Wharves site on the Brisbane River is set to go ahead after the Brisbane City Council approved it. Read more.

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