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Winners of the 2018 National Landscape Architecture Awards announced

Winners of the 2018 National Landscape Architecture Awards announced
Winners of the 2018 National Landscape Architecture Awards announced

The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) has announced the winners of the 2018 National Landscape Architecture Awards, recognising and celebrating the contributions of the 38 winners across 14 categories,to Australia’s regional and metropolitan landscapes. 

The annual awards program acknowledges the ability of landscape architects to shape cities and towns to tackle the major challenges facing Australian cities and their residents, including an ageing population, climbing obesity and diabetes rates, transport challenges and the increasing importance of positive mental health. 

The awards reflect the broad scale of projects designed by landscape architects with projects such as the Sunshine Coast’s Palmwoods Town Square awarded, through to smaller projects like the Ian Potter Children’s WILDPLAY Garden and the Darebin Yarra Trail Link.

Winners of the 2018 National Landscape Architecture Awards announced
Darebin Yarra Trail link by VicRoads. Image: Emma Cross

According to the Awards Jury, landscape architects are fundamental to the health and wellbeing of our communities, expanding their skillset to help the world deal with critical issues.

The awarded projects are sensitive, thoughtful and ambitious responses to repairing and improving our Australian landscapes. This is of critical importance at a time of increasing urbanisation and climate change.

- Sara Kjaersgaard, AILA National Awards Jury Chair

The awards coincided with the 2018 AILA International Festival of Landscape Architecture: The Expanding Field, which celebrates the great diversity within Landscape Architecture practice, promoting the critical role the profession has in confronting and contributing to the social and economic challenges of the coming century.

The Expanding Field Creative Directors, Taylor Cullity Lethlean (TCL), say the social and environmental challenges we face are large-scale and systemic, from climate change to growing wealth inequality and a politically volatile climate worldwide.

Winners of the 2018 National Landscape Architecture Awards announced
Optus Stadium HASSELL. Image: Peter Bennetts

Winners are Grinners

Civic Landscape category

Award of Excellence

  • Newman Town Centre (WA) | UDLA

Landscape Architecture Award

  • Palmwoods New Town Square (QLD) | Sunshine Coast Council

  • Railway Square (WA) | Place Laboratory

  • Earth Sciences Garden (VIC) | Rush Wright Associates

Parks and Open Space category

Award of Excellence

  • Bungarribee at Doonside (NSW) | JMD Design

Landscape Architecture Award

  • Rockhampton Riverside (QLD) | Urbis
  • Oaklands Park and Wetland (SA) | TCL

  • Alpine Better Places Porepunkah (VIC) | MDG LAs

Play Spaces category

Award of Excellence

  • Optus Stadium Park (WA) | HASSELL

Landscape Architecture Award

  • Mukanthi Nature Playspace (SA) | PSLA Playspaces

  • BallamBumps (VIC)| Playce

  • Ian Potter Children’s WILDPLAY Garden (NSW) | Aspect

Infrastructure category

Award of Excellence

  • Darebin Yarra Trail Link (VIC) | Vic Roads

Landscape Architecture Award

  • Skeleton Creek Bridges (VIC) | Site Office

Cultural Heritage category

Award of Excellence

  • Plantbank (NSW) | 360 degrees LA

Landscape Architecture Award

  • Point Nepean National Park MP (VIC) | TCL

  • Railway Square (WA) | Place Laboratory

Land Management category

Award of Excellence

  • The Living Knowledge Stream for Curtin University (WA) | Syrinx Environmental

Tourism category

Landscape Architecture Award

  • HOTA Outdoor Stage (QLD) | CUSP

  • Maravista (QLD) | CUSP

Urban Design category

Award of Excellence

  • Optus Stadium Park (WA) | HASSELL

Landscape Architecture Award

  • Fish Lane (QLD) | RPS

  • Victoria Square Kerang (VIC) | Hansen Partnership

Landscape Planning category

Award of Excellence

  • Chain of Ponds (VIC) | Site Office

Landscape Architecture Award

  • Southern Parklands Vision 2036 (NSW) | Turf Design and TDEP

Research, Policy and Communications category

Award of Excellence

  • Green Infrastructure Planning a National Green Network (WA) | Simon Kilbane

Landscape Architecture Award

  • Greener Places (NSW) | GANSW

  • Monash University Civil Engineering Hydraulics Living Lab (VIC) | ASPECT Studios

  • Interpretive Wonderings (NSW) | Interpretive Wonderings Landscape Architecture

Community Contribution category

Award of Excellence

  • Place of Healing (WA) | UDLA

Landscape Architecture Award

  • Palmwoods New Town Square (QLD) | Sunshine Coast Council

Small Projects category

Landscape Architecture Award

  • Immigration Museum Activation Project (VIC) | Rush Wright Associates

  • Valley Lake (VIC) | McGregor Coxall

Gardens category

Landscape Architecture Award

  • Eve Apartments (NSW) | 360 degrees LA

  • Vic Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VIC) | Rush Wright Associates

International category

Award of Excellence

  • Temaiku Land and Urban Planning, Kiribati | Jacobs

Landscape Architecture Award

  • Lingang Bird Airport | McGregor Coxall

  • DaNang Railway Connectivity Improvement and Urban Redevelopment Study | Hansen Partnership

 

 

Laurence Dragomir

Laurence Dragomir

Laurence Dragomir is one of the co-founders of Urban Melbourne. Laurence has developed a wealth of knowledge and experience working in both the private and public sector specialising in architecture, urban design and planning. He also has a keen interest in the built environment, cities and Star Wars.

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