Q & A with Jane Irwin in the latest issue of Good Weekend.
A significant endeavour: Landscape architecture in Australia’s capital
A recent article in Foreground highlights the connection between Constitution Avenue, Campbell Section 5 and City to the Lake projects in reshaping a significant part of Canberra’s urban centre.
Turruwul Park Fitness hub is the first of a network of future fitness equipment hubs that will be spread across the City of Sydney Local Government area.
The hub includes both static and dynamic fitness equipment, plus fixing points for imported equipment. The arranged compendium of hardscape spaces is intersected by a small scale, stormwater management swale with brick detailing.
JILA initially produced the Park Fitness Plan in 2015, which was a feasibility study into the integration of fitness facilities into existing recreation areas within the City of Sydney LGA, and subsequently resolved the locations and size of each fitness hub.
Last month Constitution Avenue was awarded twice at the Australian Institute of Architects ACT awards!
A collaboration with JILA, NCA, Hill Thalis, SMEC and AECOM, the project took home the ACT’s highest architecture honour, the Canberra Medallion, and also received the Sir John Overall Award for Urban Design.
The completion of the Avenue last year marked a project that was over a decade in the making, and has realised Griffin’s vision with a project that ‘negotiates the macro and micro scale with consistency, clarity and vision’. Big congratulations to everyone involved and thank you AIA for the recognition!
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.
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.
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.