A series of gardens, private and shared, presented an exercise in careful media and plant selection. All gardens are over structure, with vertical planting featuring throughout, and were developed in close conjunction with architects McGregor Westlake. After several months, the planting is adapting well to the conditions.
This year saw the completion of some great projects, in the public domain in Canberra and Sydney. Constitution Avenue in Canberra has been completed along with Thomas & Hay Street in Chinatown, amongst others.
A selection of our recently completed projects have been awarded at a state and national level, with Forest Edge Garden taking out the AILA National Gardens Award of Excellence and Chelsea Street Park receiving the AILA NSW Landscape Architecture Award – Parks and Open Space. Campbell Section 5 (Hassett Park) was also recognised for design excellence, being awarded AILA ACT Award for Excellence – Parks and Open Space, and was highly commended in the Stormwater NSW Award for Excellence in Integrated Stormwater Design.
We wish you all a safe and happy festive season, and we are looking forward to working on more exciting projects in the New Year.
Our Forest Edge garden was recognised at the AILA National Awards last week, and was the recipient of the AILA National Gardens Award of Excellence. The jury stated:
‘Design restraint is an important tool in the landscape architecture profession, and Forest Edge uses this tool to perfection. The approach has been to bring together the site’s geology, flora and aspect, along with the transitional patterns of fire and drought, to deliver a garden that draws its aesthetic appeal from the landscape in which it sits. The design focuses on resilience, from careful species selection to careful water management regimes.
Forest Edge maintains all the usual elements of a residential garden, but it delivers these in a way that brings long-term appreciation of the wider landscape and a desire to manage and protect its delicate ecological attributes.’
Chelsea Street Playground was recognised on Thursday night at the AILA NSW Awards dinner.
Awarded the AILA NSW Landscape Architecture Award – Parks and Open Space 2016, this achievement reflects the rich collaborative environment of the City of Sydney, design specialists and the community that resulted in a unique, playful and high quality urban park upgrade.
The City of Sydney recently featured the New Century Garden in video showcasing the upgrades currently being carried out across the Chinatown precinct.
Chinatown upgrade – City of Sydney
The newly opened park at Campbell Section 5 has recently been recognised in several design awards including:
AILA (ACT) Award for Excellence – Parks and Open Space 2016 – Winner
Stormwater (NSW) Award for Excellence in Integrated Stormwater Design 2016 – Highly Commended
Heavy rains in Canberra over a number of days have tested the new creek with all systems working to perfection.
We are proud to announce that our team has won the Mount Ainslie Summit Revitalisation Design Competition. The team, a collaboration between JILA, Sue Barnsley Design and Freeman Ryan Design, will now develop the winning design concept for the ACT Government. Congratulations to the whole team!
A snapshot of the evolution of Constitution Avenue in Canberra.
Jane’s article on ‘Emerging Challenges for Public Space Design’ features in X-Section Edition 5 2015 – Emergence: Designing for the Future for the full article head to http://www.xsectionjournal.com
Public domain design has moved to the forefront of contemporary landscape architectural practice. As a profession, we are also entering the sphere of urban design. Within these areas of practice, landscape architects are meeting the environmental challenges of global warming, water management and the pressures of population growth. Innovation in these fields is currently a prime focus in the media. To be taken seriously in this space, however, we need to engage in the social and political debates around the changing nature of public space.
Last Saturday saw the official opening of Chelsea Street Playground with an appearance from Lord Mayor Clover Moore and entertainment organised by the City of Sydney.
It was the local residents, however, who really brought the party showing up in droves to celebrate the reopening of what many consider to be an extension of their backyard. This was evident in the large number of children who brought toys from home to share with other children. A quirk, which has become a defining characteristic of the playground and contributed to the strong sense of community that exists amongst the park’s users.
The new park and playground has proven to be extremely popular since its soft opening last month, with many families using the custom designed picnic shelter as a base for trick-or-treat during Halloween and taking advantage of the new BBQ facilities for neighbourhood parties.
The community garden has also been well received by the local residents. While the new paving and planting along nearby Rennie Street has adds to the character of the surrounding area and this closely knit community.
All in all it was a fantastic day and showcased that even small parks can have a big impact within our inner city neighbourhoods.