Australian cities need to be more social: Report

The ‘Social Cities’ report recently published by the Grattan Institute shows that whilst Australian cities have paid great attention to making cities more sustainable and productive they have neglected the ‘social’ aspect of cities and the need to create places for social interaction. Single households are on the rise in Australia creating more lonely and isolated Australians, the report outlines the need for design solutions to provide more places for social connection within communities. Social connections and interaction is beneficial to overall mental well-being.

“Social connection is becoming more widely recognised as an important goal in the design of streets and the architecture of  buildings….”

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Johnson Pilton Walker wins National Workers’ Memorial

Johnson Pilton Walker wins National Workers' Memorial

National Workers’ Memorial winning design is by Sydney based architecture firm, Johnson Pilton Walker.  A memorial is to be established in the Canberra, Australia to honour, and pay tribute to those working Australians who have lost their lives through work-related accidents, incidents or disease. The winning design was developed by Sydney based architecture firm, Johnson Pilton Walker.

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Parramatta River Urban Design Strategy | McGregor Coxall

Parramatta River Urban Design Strategy | McGregor Coxall
This Urban Design Strategy for the regeneration of Sydney’s second largest CBD encompasses 31 ha on the Parramatta River foreshore. The project analysed key development sites, heritage items, ESD, open space, water and cultural assets as a basis for building a new city brand and waterfront.

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Headland Park | Sydney Australia | Johnson Pilton Walker & Peter Walker Partners

Headland Park | Sydney Australia | Johnson Pilton Walker & Peter Walker Partners

The Headland Park will be a grand harbour park for Sydney linked by a continuous waterfront promenade stretching from Woolloomooloo to the Anzac Bridge. The Park will consist of six hectares of waterfront parkland at Millers Point and will be an exciting addition for residents and visitors to Sydney.

In October 2009, the government launched an international search for a team to design the Headland Park and urban waterfront at Barangaroo. The winning design team of Johnson Pilton Walker, in association with Peter Walker and Partners Landscape Architecture continues to work with the Authority.

Watch the recent presentation about Headland Park by Peter Walker in Sydney filmed on 21 Febraury 2012 after the jump
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City creates Pop-up Park in Yarraville

Pop-up Park in Yarraville

Part of bustling Ballarat St in Yarraville, Australia (a suburb of Melbourne)has been transformed into a “pop‐up” park for a short term project which is introducing more open space into the Yarraville Village. The pop‐up park is one of a few installed in Australia on a public street and is inspired by similar parks installed overseas in New York, San Francisco and London.

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