Leighton awarded expansion of Brisbane’s busway network

Leighton Contractors, in an alliance with the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads, SKM and AECOM, has been awarded a combined $282 million contract to deliver the Eastern Busway – Buranda to Main Avenue to expand Brisbane’s unique busway network.

The Eastern Busway Alliance will design and construct the 1.05 kilometre section of busway including new busway stations at Stones Corner and Langlands Park, along with a combination of tunnels and
bridge structures.

SOURCE: Leighton Holdings

Local Stone banned by Council for being reflective

Reported today by 3 News New Zealand that the Otago District Council is banning Oamaru Stone as a building material as it is too bright and reflective. One has to wonder if the local council has heard of sustainable design? To ban a locally sourced product that has reflective and thermal qualities seems absurd, shall architects and builders start using Australian yellow sandstone or Chinese Shanxi Black granite to placate the local council?

read more about the saga at the SOURCE: 3 News > National > Story > Otago bans new homes from using Oamaru stone

Perth grows at boomtown rate | PerthNow

PerthNow reports

PERTH should grow to more than three million people by 2050, Richard Weller, a professor of landscape architecture at WA University, says.

The author of Boomtown 2050 – Scenarios for a Rapidly Growing City believes Perth still has the opportunity to plan for its expected population surge and use the energy of growth to make a better city.

Read more at the SOURCE: PerthNow- Perth grows at boomtown rate

Purchase Boomtown 2050 at UWA Publishing

Situate Sculpture Project – Shortlist for international sculpture project announced


The jury of the situate competition – an international sculpture competition offering $1million for an artwork to transform Perth’s Forrest Place- have narrowed down 202 entries received from 33 countries to five shortlisted entrants.

The following entries have been selected as finalists:

Jean-Bernard Métais, Artist
Courdemanche, France

Dimmity Walker, Architect; Michael Patroni, Architect; David Walker, Artist
Perth, Australia

Fran Dibble, Artists; Paul Dibble, Artists; John Hardwick-Smith, Architect
Palmerston North, New Zealand

James Angus, Artist; Doug Knox, Consulting Engineer; Peter Mclean, Lighting Design
Sydney, Australia

Richard Giblett, Artist; Matthew Herbert, Architect; Jan Vastesaeger, Architect
Melbourne, Australia

SOURCE: Situate Sculpture Project – Shortlist for international sculpture project announced

Gallery of Australian Design opens in Canberra

A new gallery showcasing Australian Design has been opened in Canberra known as the Gallery of Australian Design. The Gallery is a partnership between National Museum of Australia, Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA), Australian Institute of Architects,  and the University of Canberra.

National President of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, Mr Neil Hobbs, is delighted at the opportunity to be able to present the best of Australian design. “Having such a facility in the centre of Canberra will showcase the best of Australia’s designers to the public.  It will also allow enhanced collaboration between design disciplines.”

SOURCE: AILA

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