Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre | Melbourne, Australia | ASPECT Studios

Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre-Aspect Studios

Integration of the public realm with large scale buildings and facilities is the key to ASPECT Studios design for the new Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and the adjacent South Wharf mixed use precinct.

ASPECT Studios design allows continuous and seemingly uninterrupted access through the site and amongst the buildings. This was no small task for a precinct that contains a convention centre, hotel, retail, residential, public forecourts, promenades, laneways, heritage landscapes and the now refurbished Exhibition Centre Park.

The public realm is the external connective space and tissue of the precinct. It is about ‘places’ and ‘paths’, providing an engaging, directional and textured environment, to complete the missing link in the natural progression along the Yarra River from Southgate through Freshwater Place, Crown Casino and on to the Yarra’s Edge residential precinct.

Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre-Aspect Studios

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Ellis Park Sport Precinct | Johannesburg South Africa | Newtown Landscape Architects

Newtown Landscape Architects-Ellis Park Sport Precinct

Aerial view of Stadium Square

Prompted by the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup, The Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA) earmarked the ELLIS PARK PRECINCT for urgent need of rejuvenation. This inner-city development was to function as a Sports Hub connecting the upgraded Ellis Park Stadiums with the Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) system to the north and taxi rank to the south while featuring sculptural art work and including the rehabilitation of the adjacent railway embankment.

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WLA – our new landscape architecture quarterly

WLA is a new quarterly landscape architecture digital zine. WLA provides the opportunity for firms, designers, educators and students to present their ideas and projects on the international stage. WLA encourages the distribution of information and knowledge to everyone across the world.

We have chosen to publish in digital format for quicker and wider distribution and to offer an alternative to those who wish to reduce their impact on the earth by not using trees and inks for printing. We transport WLA using 1’s & 0’s rather by sea, air or road. We are using the Magcloud platform to distribute WLA through a high resolution digital edition at $3.99 and a print-on-demand hard copy edition at $18.00USD that can be ordered and shipped to your door. The hard copy edition receives a free copy of the high resolution digital version.  We plan to be digital-only in the near future.

Contributors  include James Corner Field Operations, Minneapolis Riverfront, JMD, Design, Valentien+Valentien, and ACT along with others in this 76 page zine.

We hope to invigorate the Landscape Architecture profession that is constantly growing in knowledge and members across the world. Landscape Architects are working on every continent to provide solutions to landscape problems that will enrich the lives of billions, we hope to help showcase those solutions to the world with WLA.

You can download your free sample pdf (36 page sample) or buy the digital version (PDF or iPAD). (full 76-pages) for $3.99USD or hard copy+digital for $18.00USD.

Thank you  to all the contributors who made our #01 edition come alive and I look forward to contributions to our #02 edition on sale September 20.


717 Bourke Street | Melbourne | Aspect Studios


A multi level urban landscape realm wrapped around two buildings drove the design towards a highly architectural outcome. ASPECT Studios was engaged to design and document the streetscape, pocket park, podium forecourt and courtyards for this mixed use development in the Docklands.

ASPECT Studios was responsible for the design to 717 Bourke Street public realm areas on ground floor, level 4 podium and connection to ground floor areas and bridge connection to Southern Cross Station, level 5 podium areas and connections to level 4 and private courtyards on level 4.

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Coe Design’s Chesil Beach Visitor Centre proposal wins heritage lottery funding

Chesil Beach Visitor Centre

Approval has been given for Coe Design’s proposal for the redevelopment of the Chesil Beach Visitor Centre, situated on the 17-mile long Chesil Beach at the heart of England’s Jurassic Coast in Dorset, a place of international importance for its birds and marine wildlife.

The leading landscape architecture firm was appointed in 2009 to support Dorset County Council’s application to secure crucial heritage lottery funding for the development of England’s only natural UNESCO designated World Heritage Site.

The £1 million redevelopment project has been awarded £550,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and will be developed in time for the Olympic & Paralympic Games sailing events in 2012. The initial concept was developed with the artist John Maine RA.

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Garden of 10,000 bridges 万桥园 opens at Xian Expo: West 8

WEST 8 - Garden of 10,000 bridges 万桥园 Xian
WEST 8 - Garden of 10,000 bridges 万桥园 Xian

The International Horticultural Expo in Xian, China opened on 28th April. The Garden of 10,000 bridges by West 8 is complete along with many other display gardens.

Gardens are telling stories; they are poetry and have a narrative. Our garden represents the human life, the path of people’s lifetime. This path is a path of uncertainty and burden. Many bridges over troubled water. The garden design takes this path of life as a meandering, winding road – continuous and like a labyrinth. The path through nature takes you over 10000 bridges.

For the 2011 Xi’an International Horticulture Exhibition, West 8 designed a Master Landscape Architect Garden, that plays with the limits and the sensation of surprise.

The International Horticulture Exhibition 2011 has many gardens designed by world renowned landscape architects such as TerragramMartha SchwartzSLATopotek1, Catherine Mosbach, Plasma StudioGROSS.MAXEMBT Miralles/Tagliabue, and Atelier DYJG. Also a 9000 square metre garden has been designed by various landscape architecture programs from across the world that were exhibited in July this year at the Creative Nature Exhibition in Qingpu, Shanghai.  With many other gardens designed by city and provinces along with some enterprise gardens. The 2011 Xi’an International Horticulture Exhibition will be held from 28 April to 8 October 2011.

4月28日,西安世界园艺博览会之West 8“万桥园”正式对游人开放。


2011年西安世界园艺博览会, West 8设计了大师展园中的一座。这座园林模糊了感官上的界限,带给游人惊奇的游园体验。


Images Courtesy of West8

West 8 Partnered with DYJG Beijing for this project.

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Redfern Park – creating a different playground experience

Redfern Park, Minto, Australia

Redfern Park is located in the suburb of Minto, 60 kilometres south-west of the Sydney CBD. Minto is an outer ring suburb currently undergoing a major urban renewal process as the result of changes to the State Governments public housing policy that is seeing the enclaves of the 1970’s being rebuilt as new socially diverse suburbs. The replanning of Minto has delivered a new subdivision layout, which has created an opportunity for several new parks. The parks are intended to foster and encourage social cohesion and identity for the newly reconfigured suburb by contributing to a strong local identity and creating a mix of opportunities for recreation and social interaction. JMDdesign are designing six new parks in the suburb.

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