Landscape Planning Award of Excellence: The Living Knowledge Stream Design Guidance for Curtin University
Entrant: Syrinx Environmental Pty Ltd
Location: Bentley WA
Client: Curtin University
The vision for the 'stream' is to ensure that contemporary Greater Curtin connects people with place, regardless of their backgrounds, through an inviting and inclusive experience focused on revealing the richness of the local ecological and cultural landscape. The designers have established a physical representation (water, vegetation, materials and activation) of a rich and complex story. It is a story of ecological and cultural recovery, connection and knowledge sharing, encompassing the social, cultural, physical, and spiritual elements that make up the layers of life and determine community and environmental wellbeing.
What particularly impressed the judges was the quality of the document. It demonstrated and articulated very well its purpose, vision, design criteria and application. The team was able to interpret the two Whadjuk Nyoongar Songlines - 'Kujal Kela' (Twin Dolphin) and, 'Djiridji' (Zamia) - into meaningful design outcomes for a diverse range of public realm applications. Reference is also made to a video recording by Dr Noel Nannup and users of this document are encouraged to access the video to enhance their understanding of each of the dreaming trails.
Landscape Architecture Award: Urban Forest Plan (City of Fremantle)
Entrant: Ecoscape Australia Pty Ltd
Location: Fremantle WA
Client: City of Fremantle
The jury commends this innovative urban forest plan, which is informed by a thorough analysis of the complex natural, historical, socio-economic and cultural fabric of Fremantle. The plan is focused on community wellbeing and environmental value, as well as creating an equitable approach to targeted tree canopy coverage. Species selection is carefully tailored to reflect the unique character of each precinct and engagement with active community groups was carried out in each precinct to engender local ownership and advocacy of the Strategy.
The panel was particularly impressed with the strategy, structure and format of the document. The document clearly articulated the 'why', 'what' and 'how' of the strategy and implementation plan, including measurable and costed actions to be achieved over a 10-year period. The content of the Strategy was very well supported by meaningful and legible graphics. The City of Fremantle now has a clear, achievable and importantly measurable way forward in improving its urban forest.