2012 AILA National Awards in Landscape Architecture announced

Jack Evans Boat Harbour | ASPECT Studios | Winner – AILA National Landscape Architecture Award – Design

The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects have announced the National Award winners for 2012. A wide diverse range of projects from across Australia have been received awards in the categories of  Design, Planning, Residential Designed Landscapes, Land Management, Urban Design, Research and Communication and Leadership.

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Blaxland Riverside Park | Sydney Australia | JMDdesign

Blaxland Riverside Park | Sydney Australia | JMDdesign
In early June 2012 JMDdesign’s latest project, Blaxland Common Regional Playspace was officially opened. The new regional scale playground and associated kiosk, amenities block and car park were commissioned to expand the recreational opportunities of the Hargreaves and Associates masterplan designed for Blaxland Riverside Park.  The park is one of a number of parks that make up Sydney Olympic Parklands.

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CAPITheticAL ideas competition shortlist announced

The shortlisted finalists in the CAPITheticAL international design competition have been announced at the Museum of Australian Democracy, Old Parliament House in Canberra on 17 May 2012. One hundred years after the original call for design entries for Australia’s capital city, CAPITheticAL asked the world’s best student and professional designers to imagine how an Australian national capital might look if created today.

Over 1200 registrations were received from a range of practitioners: architects, urban planners, environmentalists and artists among them. The jury selected the finalists from a pool of 41 student entries and 73 open category entries (74 entries were received from Australian participants).
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Jacaranda Park | Sydney Australia | JMD Design

Jacaranda Park | Sydney Australia | JMD Design

Incidental play opportunities are combined with custom and proprietary elements. ©John Platt

JMD Design were commissioned by Stockland to design document and provide construction quality advice for a feature park within a new subdivision project at Glenmore Ridge, Penrith.  The eastern edge of the new park had been designed and built some ten years ago, hence the name Jacaranda Park. It was decided that the new park should break with the gardenesque image of the eastern half and create a new strong identity to the new suburb dropping away to the west.

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ASPECT Studios with Choi Ropiha selected for Sydney’s Ultimo Pedestrian Network

ASPECT Studios with Choi Ropiha selected for Sydney's Ultimo Pedestrian Network

ASPECT Studios with Choi Ropiha Fighera have been chosen by Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority to design and deliver Sydney’s Ultimo Pedestrian Network (UPN). The linear elevated public space will be a highly anticipated and activated city space with many of Sydney’s key cultural and educational institutions located along its edges. The UPN project will provide improved pedestrian and cyclist access and circulation from the Railway Square bus and train interchange into the south-west corner of Darling Harbour.

The institutions which have a direct investment into the project include the Powerhouse Museum, The ABC, TAFE – Sydney Institute, the City of Sydney Council, and Infrastructure NSW and UTS with its new Gehry designed school of business on the doorstep of the UPN. The concept scheme is scheduled for consultation in June 2012 and the project set for completion at the end of 2013.

IMAGE CREDIT: ASPECT Studios

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