AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS
2014 AILA VICTORIA LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE AWARDS
The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects Victoria is pleased to announce the following Award Winners.
The Victoria Medal for Landscape Architecture
Recipient: City of Melbourne
Project: City of Melbourne Urban Forest Strategy and Precinct Plans
Client: City of Melbourne
Key Partners: Jenny Rayment, Grapevine Design – Ron Jones, Jones & Whitehead, Australian Centre for Urban Ecology
Citation: The City of Melbourne’s Urban Forest Strategy and Precinct Plans demonstrate extraordinary leadership in urban sustainability. Developed in 2012 the Strategy establishes a new legacy for Melbourne and a strategic framework to create a forest for current and future generations, a forest that is diverse, robust and resilient in the face climate change, urban densification and the compounding effects of urban heat island.
The Urban Forest Strategy and Precinct Plans provide an exemplar of how to transform policy into practice to create a distinctive and liveable city, whilst providing a common ground for sharing and building community links to place. A prescient engagement program based on continual citizen involvement evolved to generate unprecedented support for the strategy, with the development of precinct plans and a program for implementation where the community is empowered to make decisions about their own streets.
The project marks a transformational change in the way the urban forest is considered and managed in the city. By demonstrating the essential social and economic and environmental services that trees provide, the strategy clearly articulates the benefits that nature can deliver in creating liveable cities.
The jury commends the City of Melbourne on its commitment to delivering an ecologically sustainable city where by example the community is encouraged to take positive action and be part of the solution at a local level. The depth of investigation and clear articulation of principles, strategies and targets has raised awareness of urban forest management and is influencing other government agencies in developing their own urban forest strategies.
The strategy expounds the significant contribution that a Green Infrastructure design-led approach can make towards addressing social, environmental and economic issues in our urban environment whilst also contributing to climate change resilience.
DESIGN IN LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE
Recipient: Rush Wright & Associates
Project: Dandenong Civic Centre
Client: City of Greater Dandenong and Lyons Architects
Citation: This remarkable project completed under the Revitalising Central Dandenong urban renewal initiative offers a public square that is truly civic in nature, providing for gatherings, events, diversity, arts and culture. The space could have easily been dominated by the neo brutalist architecture of the Lyons-designed Dandenong Civic Centre and Library adjacent, however the fine grain of its paving design and splashes of intense colour give the square a strong presence that is at once warm and welcoming. The paving motif, done in collaboration with Material Thinking, was created from fabric patterns found around Dandenong and enriches the design with cultural narrative and meaning. In the centre of the square a grid of mature araucarias provide definition and intimacy, and a large public screen ensures a constant sense of activity. The project also provides the missing link in the pedestrian spine connecting Lonsdale Street and Dandenong Station via Halpin Way and Settlers Square.
Recipient: Hansen Partnership
Project: MacKenzie Falls Gorge Trail
Client: Parks Victoria
Citation: The reconstruction of the MacKenzie Falls trail in Victoria’s Grampians National Park introduces an entirely new and enhanced visitor experience to this spectacular natural landscape. Hansen Partnership conducted extensive surveys of the remote river valley, and with an open brief, they successfully persuaded their client to reconsider the trail’s alignment. The new trail traverses the river through steep and challenging terrain, setting up dramatic spatial sequences that better connect people to this landscape. While unashamedly industrial, the steel bridges and stairs that are bolted into the rock face provide a robust infrastructure that can withstand flooding and fires – both common in the Grampians National Park. Hansen Partnership is to be commended for this bold yet highly site-specific intervention.
Project: Fremantle Esplanade Youth Plaza
Client: City of Fremantle
Citation: The Fremantle Esplanade Youth Plaza is an excellent example of an integrated landscape project that draws on the history of place and successfully balances youth recreational activities with family space within existing green parkland. Convic have boldly positioned the hard edge skating element as the designs central feature with other activities such as parkour, climbing, basketball and table-tennis all included within this major youth precinct. Surrounding the central spine and cleverly articulated into the existing parkland are the more family friendly areas including sheltered picnic and BBQ facilities, viewing platforms and open green performance areas.
Catering to the growing demand for social and urban activities the expanded vision that Convic have bought to the design including its dynamic integration into the surrounding parkland ensures a broad spectrum of community will engage with this space.
The jury found this project to be exemplary as it succeeds in catering for the youth and early adults that are often over looked in our open space planning. This landscape clearly illustrates how landscape architecture can play a significant role in bringing about positive social change.
Recipient: HASSELL/Sinatra Murphy
Project: Afghan Bazaar Cultural Precinct
Client: City of Greater Dandenong
Key Partners: WSP Vision, Aurecon, Aslam Akram
Citation: The design of the Afghan Bazaar Cultural Precinct came as a result of thoughtful engagement with cultural context, history and tradition. It exhibits careful design detailing with a variety of robust materials and finishes and contains strategies for using cultural motifs in a multifaceted way. The result is highly distinctive, with sculpture and the crafting of integrated streetscape elements forming a strong basis for the design. Functionally, the design responds to a variety of user groups and their associated daily activities but it also caters for ephemeral and cyclic cultural events. In many senses this project is collaborative, participatory and responsive – across communities and cultures; between landscape architectural practices; and in association with artists and sculptors. The designers have strived for a meaningful response to social conditions whilst also striving to enhance the visual and tactile experience of an important part of the street environment of the City of Greater Dandenong.
Recipient: Rush Wright & Associates
Project: Deakin University Central Spine Precinct
Client: Deakin University
Citation: The Central Spine Precinct at Deakin University is an excellent example of civil landscape design that provides function, cultural interaction and respect for an existing landscape. The landscape statement is bold and competes admirably with the surrounding architecture. The use of structure and line provide a strong anchor and help ground the surrounding buildings into the landscape. The central spine pathway is both functional and versatile; it moves the heavy loads of pedestrian traffic to and from their main points of destination, and it can operate as a plaza /market space when needed. The cleverly designed seats provide intimate meeting place opportunities within a busy precinct.
The design respects and reconnects the central water feature done by Mark Baxter of Baxter & Jacobson Architects
The jury commends this project as it demonstrates an innovative approach to campus design that brings architecture and landscape architecture together and places a high value on the human experience within this precinct.
Project: Burnley Living Roofs
Client: The University of Melbourne
Key Partners: Matthew Mackay, Stephen Tan, Aimee Pilven, Pe Yang Teng, Ceara Pimley , Ben Kronenberg, Hojn Rayner, Nick Williams, Claire Farrell, Sue Murphy
Citation: The Burnley living Roofs project is an innovative design that cleverly weaves the layers of research and interpretation into a strikingly bold landscape design.
A true collaboration between Hassell and the University of Melbourne that has resulted in a world Class teaching and research facility that clearly demonstrates the
importance of green infrastructure on our under-utilised urban surfaces.
The design is dramatic and immediately draws the visitor into the landscape. A superimposed circular walkway manoeuvres you throughout the site revealing its diverse array of plant communities and corresponding soil profiles, seating places and teaching nodes.
The project successfully delivers a high quality landscape design that will attract interest and generate dialogue between a diverse group of professionals including the design community, stakeholders in the sustainable development and green infrastructure field and teachers. A project that clearly responds to the brief and promotes green interventions that can help cool the urban environment, reduce energy consumption, mitigate flooding and increase habitats for biodiversity
The jury commends this project as it demonstrates an innovative approach to Roof garden design that places a high value on design, research, sustainability and teaching through the direct experience of a garden.
URBAN DESIGN AWARD
Recipient: Hansen Partnership
Project: Surabaya Urban Corridor Development Program
Client: The World Bank & The City Government of Surabaya
Key Partners: Hansen Partnership, City Form Lab (SUTD), The World Bank
Citation: Surabaya Urban Corridor Development Program is a landmark urban design project that achieved interchange and dissemination of Australian ‘planning and
design’ intelligence’ in the burgeoning Asian region.
The project is a collaboration with Singapore’s City Form Lab for the World Bank that applies best practice Transit Oriented Development (TOD) and Pedestrian Oriented Design
(POD) to the delivery of a major metropolitan public transport initiative in Indonesia’s second most populous City.
The project delivers a detailed analysis and vision for an urban corridor alongside a proposed north-south aligned 18km tram route passing through central Surabaya. The
project was conducted intensively in 2014 with a focus on local capacity building and the application of real ‘on the ground’ implementation practices through close
engagement with Indonesian planning and design officials.
The Surabaya project by Hansen Partnership represents a model for the important collaborative work that Australian Landscape Architects will increasingly undertake in
international urban development.
EDNA WALLING AWARD FOR RESIDENTIAL DESIGNED LANDSCAPE
Recipient: Simon Ellis Landscape Architects
Project: Cubo Rear Garden
Client: Bevan Clark and Jo Kirk
Key Partners: Phooey Architects
Citation: The Cubo Rear Garden is a small garden which provides a rich field for experimentation and play. A wonderful sense of collaboration between the client, the architect and landscape architect is implicit in this scheme which enables the fertile range of ideas to be crafted seamlessly in a delightful manner.
The project applies the surrealist technique of “Cubomania” to catalogue, re-use and re-invent the demolished building materials. The craft of garden design is exemplified in this project where the intricate weaving of diverse materials creates fun, tranquillity and a flexible transition between inside and outside. Tactile materials including water and sand increase the illusion of space while diverse plant choices provide opportunities for biodiversity and a productive landscape. Water harvesting, permeable surfaces and a fish pond reduce storm water runoff and increase the resilience of the planting.
The jury commends this project as it demonstrates an innovative approach to small garden design that places a high value on sustainability and the textural and tactile experience of the garden
PLANNING IN LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE
Recipient: City of Yarra
Project: Converting Roads to Parks Program
Client: City of Yarra
Citation: The Roads to Parks Program is an exemplar project which presents an innovative strategy to provide much needed parkland for the growing population of Yarra. Investigating current and future open space deficiencies the Roads to Park Program has become an implementation plan that creatively delivers a quantum of quality open space for the people of Yarra.
Greenspace is widely recognised as a key factor of liveability and Yarra Council has successfully developed a strategy to address competition for inner city land and provide new open space by converting car space into people space. Reclaiming the traditional use of streets as places for people represents an excellent opportunity for the innovative use of public space. The program has provided a new local park to three neighbourhoods to date which previously lacked open space within an acceptable safe walking distance.
The jury found this project to be exemplary as it succeeds in ensuring that the notion of liveability and integrated green space are clearly articulated urban design outcomes at a time of significant urban renewal. Moving beyond strategy this project puts policy into action and illustrates how landscape architecture can successfully bridge the gap between the planning and delivery of open space.
Recipient: TRACT Consultants
Project: Summerland Peninsula Infrastructure & Procurement Master Plan
Client: Phillip Island Nature Parks
Key Partners: Peter Elliott Architecture & Urban Design, Urban Enterprise, Cardno Grogan Richards Slattery Australia, Sanmor & Associates
Citation: The Summerland Peninsula Infrastructure and Procurement Master Plan exhibited an impressive breadth of consultation and included landscape assessment, planning, design, and site management. The project has led to the development of a new visitor centre with improved viewing areas and facilities for a greater visitor capacity, achieving gains in terms of site footprint, site rehabilitation, habitat and biodiversity. At a fundamental level this project aims to achieve the highest standards of environmental quality and sustainable design, demonstrating responsiveness to social and community needs, whilst achieving sound economic outcomes for Phillip Island Nature Parks. The influence of the Master Plan extends to a significant change in thinking within the Nature Parks organisation, with values and principles based on concepts of authenticity, sustainability, and place specific design inclusive of the outstanding natural and scenic resources of the Summerland Peninsula.
LAND MANAGEMENT IN LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE
Recipient: Outlines Landscape Architecture
Project: Gum Scrub Creek, Officer
Client: Places Victoria
Key Partners: Brown Consulting, Neil Craigie, BIOSIS, Peter Gannon, Melbourne Water, DEWHA, DEPICRC
Citation: Gum Scrub Creek is a 1km long waterway corridor that exceeds best practice for constructed waterways, delivering crucial future stormwater capacity and environmental and recreational value to the new Officer Township being developed by Places Victoria.
Informed by Federal Government legislation the project required extensive collaboration between Places Victoria, Melbourne Water, Cardinia Shire Council, the Monash University Cities as Water Catchment research team – and other stakeholders along with numerous expert consultants to deliver a multifunctional and environmentally sustainable waterway that considers the major urban developments that will follow.
Gum Scrub Creek supports the regeneration of a range of endangered and threatened flora and fauna. Two dedicated Growling Grass Frog ponds were constructed with innovative passive systems for their maintenance. Habitat corridors were designed through plant species selection and planting profiles.
The value of delivering the Gum Scrub Creek waterway in advance of the future communities will be born out in the pattern of circulation and recreational use that will be overlaid at a future date hand in hand with established values of this constructed ecology.
RESEARCH & COMMUNICATION IN LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE
Recipient: Urban Initiatives
Project: Urban Voices
Client: Urban Design Forum
Key Partners: Bruce Echerg, Leila Griffiths, John Byrne, Bill Chandler
Citation: Urban Voices is an assemblage of more than 50 essays from a broad range of people who have contributed to the development of urban design in Australia. The essays help define, identify, distinguish and acknowledge the many ideas and opinions that have helped shape the development of Australian cities. The book provides a record of the discipline, including the changing ideals, competing demands, significant moments, successes and difficulties. In this sense Urban Voices is of critical importance for students, academics and practitioners alike: the voices within it provide a record of the aspirations of urban design’s pioneers, founders, key thinkers and theorists whose contributions need to be understood in order to move forward into the future. This book is rich with insights, case studies, and images that help to elucidate the significance of urban design in creating sustainable outcomes for urban environments whilst also providing a basis for understanding urban design in the context of landscape architecture in Australia.
RESEARCH & COMMUNICATION AWARD
Recipient: Inner Melbourne Action Plan & The University of Melbourne
Project: The Growing Green Guide for Melbourne Project
Client: Department of Environment and Primary Industries
Key Partners: City of Melbourne, City of Yarra, City of Stonnington, City of Port Phillip
Citation: Growing Green Guide is pivotal in the continued development and growth of green infrastructure in our urban environments. The guide developed a policy options paper for broad based use by councils, building developers and planners across Victoria; and identified potential sites where green roofs, walls or facades could be developed for demonstration purposes, within the four partner council municipalities.
Not only does Growing Green Guide provide the background justification for the inclusion of these elements into projects, but also much needed technical detail to give designers and their clients the confidence that incorporating a green roof, wall or façade will not only add value to their project, but be sustainable and contribute to the performance of the development into the future.
This is a valuable independent reference that can be used by landscape architects and other built environment professionals to support the green infrastructure concepts and proposals. Through broad based collaboration and consultation the Growing Green Guide sets an aspirational vision for accelerating delivery of green roofs, walls and façades, supported by technical detail and case studies.
Recipient: Taylor Cullity Lethlean
Project: Making Sense of Landscape
Client: Taylor Cullity Lethlean
Key Partners: TCL, Gini Lee, Sueanne Ware, Sean Hogan
Citation: This beautifully designed book pulls together over 25 years of exceptional work by Taylor Cullity Lethlean (TCL). Edited by two of the country’s most respected landscape architecture academics, Gini Lee and SueAnne Ware, Making Sense of Landscape carefully avoids the self-congratulatory, instead offering up a rich conversation about the future of landscape architecture in Australia. Three core chapters, Narrative, Material Prescence and Civic provide a clear structure, and are each introduced by an editorial statement. The diverse range of voices in this book, and the positioning of TCL’s work within both the local and international discourses are impressive and
should be applauded.
Recipient: Adrian Marshall
Project: Start with the Grasslands
Client: Victorian National Parks Association
Citation: Start with the Grasslands is a timely and rigorous new model of best practice for preserving what is Australia’s most endangered grasslands ecosystem into the
context of increasing urban development.
The project synthesises a great deal of previous academic research into the ecology of native grasslands, as well as embracing ideas from environmental psychology, history,
social studies and landscape architecture.
Adrian has worked closely with a range of experts learnt the theories and research outcomes relevant to their different fields and applied this knowledge through a landscape
architecture lens to a significant conservation issue; the ongoing persistence of south east Australia’s native grasslands.
This work was lead by Adrian on a 2-year volunteer basis for Victorian National Parks Association. The document is testament to Adrian’s potential as a future leader to initiate
and carry out this work that communicates complex ecological and social theory in a lively and accessible manner that is already proving to be a valuable resource.
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