Australian Garden wins Landscape of the Year Award at World Architecture Festival Awards

Australian Garden | Image Credit John Gollings

Australian Garden | Image Credit John Gollings

The Australian Garden, designed by Taylor Cullity Lethlean (TCL) with Paul Thompson, has won the ‘Landscape of the Year Award’ at the prestigious World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards 2013. The award was one of three major prizes announced at a gala dinner awards ceremony on 4 October at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. The ceremony marked the culmination of WAF 2013 – the largest festival and live awards programme for the global architecture community, which ran over three days from 2-4 October.

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STUDENT | Future Hopley: Hutano, Mvura, Miti | Leonardo Robleto Costante

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Cities in developing countries are predominantly informal. Communities self‐construct their dwellings and adapt them to the needs quicker and better than any formal housing program. However, informal settlements are incomplete and unsustainable forms of urbanization, frequently lacking basic services, such as water supply, sanitation, accessibility, education, health, and amenities. This is the case of Hopley Farms in the city of Harare, Zimbabwe. Hopley Farms is a community of over 25,000 inhabitants which began to occupy an area of south Harare in 2007 after informal residents of the central city were forcefully evicted by the Zimbabwean Government. With the fear, anger and feeling of profound loss, they forcefully re‐initiated life in this new location.
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Levinson Plaza | Boston USA | mikyoung kim design

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Envisioned as an urban grove, this central gathering space represents the convergence of community in this diverse, mixed income, residential development. The design accommodates a complex program, layering the varied multi-cultural and intergenerational uses with a number of meaningful gathering and recreational spaces for the residents. Tai Chi, chess, children’s play areas, and contemplative seating areas allow for various groups to utilize the garden spaces in different ways.  Lawn areas can be used for sunbathing in the summer and also provide the community with areas for flexible programming during larger gatherings, such as celebrations for the Chinese New Year, Russian Unity Day, and other cultural and civic events.
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FLEXSTREET | Salt Lake City USA | ATLAS Lab & Scott Allen

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Today, SLC’s existing cultural cores are disconnected from the city’s major corridors and public realm, making it difficult to decipher a recognizable downtown core identity. The system of open spaces and streets that encompass 6970 need to reveal the multiple layers of both current uses, projected development and cultural events while editing the numerous urban configurations that obstruct the flow and flux of urban life. Transforming Main Street as a critical active open space corridor and State Street as a safe and sustainable transit street will create a vibrant downtown core.

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STUDENT PROJECT | The Compost Hub | Nicole Schneider

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Systems theory has been an important method of thought in order to design landscapes in a sustainable manner. In our world today, humans are the leading influence on all systems; therefore, human impact is an integral part in how a sustainable system is conceived. Systems design is larger than the physical realm; it is the design of how our society acts, which reinforces how we think. As landscape architects, we have the opportunity to design new human activities within the landscape that become habit, a part of culture, and influence systems.
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