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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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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