The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) has announced the winners of the National Landscape Architecture Awards for 2017, a celebration of the leading projects shaping green, open and public spaces across Australia.
The annual awards program acknowledges the growing impact of landscape architecture on the spaces we inhabit and recognises projects that stand out for their innovative approaches, that push the boundaries, or are considered to be of national significance.
This year the Jury reviewed 81 projects that had progressed through from the State awards programs. With 14 categories ranging from Civic Landscapes to Play Spaces, Infrastructure to Land Management, Urban Design to Cultural Heritage and more, 28 projects were selected for national recognition. Nine of those received the highest accolade, a National Award of Excellence.
Linda Corkery, National Awards Jury Chair, commented on this year’s winners: “It was a privilege to review and reward the many outstanding achievements of Australian landscape architects during this National Awards process. The body of work being produced is truly impressive and the diversity of project types and scales is expanding all the time.”
The AILA National Awards Program showcases the true diversity of the profession. Both urban and regional projects shone amongst this year’s winners, with one winning project in a remote location in the Pilbara region of WA creating a multi-functional play space named the ‘Fish Bowl’, that shimmers on the hot surface, creating can embodied mirage for local youth.
“It is exciting to see landscape architects around Australia leading the planning and design of projects that are creating more vibrant, healthy and inclusive communities; renewing ecological systems; and fostering resilient social, natural and built environments,” Linda continues.
Alongside regional winners were projects of dramatic urban impact, including the urban design for the K2K – Kensington to Kingsford – Precinct in eastern Sydney, which envisioned the reinvigoration of Anzac Parade enabling it to regain its grandeur and articulating an inspired vision for the future.
Projects likewise ranged from the mega to micro scale, with Awards of Excellence recognising both the restrained elegance achieved in the large-scale infrastructure project of the Remembrance Drive Interchange at Ballarat, VIC, while also honouring the sophisticated sensory delight offered in a private residential garden.
The Jury noted that just as “sustainable design” is an expected objective of landscape projects, genuine community engagement and multidisciplinary collaborations are also now “business as usual”. They also enjoyed the extensive use of technology to communicate project outcomes—particularly drone photography and videos—which provided a better appreciation of the projects’ impacts.
LIST OF NATIONAL WINNERS – AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
Parks & Open Space
Wootten Road Reserve Interpretation Space – Glas Landscape Architects
Onslow Youth Space – Convic Pty Ltd
Remembrance Drive Interchange – Oculus Landscape Architects
K2K Urban Design – Hill Thalis/JMD Design
Vibrant Towns of the Scenic Rim – John Mongard Landscape Architects
Research, Policy & Communication
Book: Landscape Architecture and Environmental Sustainability: Creating Positive Change Through Design – Joshua Zeunert
Cool Streets Pilot Project – Libby Gallagher Studio
Colonel Light Centre Forecourt – City of Adelaide
Private Client – TCL Landscape Architects