John Williams from RMIT University wins HASSELL Travelling Scholarship

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HASSELL has announced John Williams from RMIT University as the winner of the 2016 HASSELL Travelling Scholarship – Robin Edmond Award. John was selected following interviews with 18 students, nominated by the seven participating universities around Australia. His outstanding research project called ‘The Space In-Between’ took a multi-scalar approach to the reintegration of post-industrial sites, using phytoremediation strategies as a framework for urban land rehabilitation that supports greater accessibility, diversity and resilience. This project was undertaken as part of the Master of Landscape Architecture program at RMIT University.

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KERB 20 | Speculative Stories: Narratives in Landscape Architecture

KERB 20 | Speculative Stories: Narratives in Landscape ArchitectureKerb 20 is the latest issue of the Journal of Landscape Architecture that originated at RMIT in 1989 and was launched last Friday in Melbourne, Australia. Kerb 20 Speculative Stories: Narratives in Landscape Architecture examines ways in which speculative narrative discourse can be applied to landscape architecture. Through exploring Fabricated foundations, Fossilisation of information, and Contemporary unfoldings, we can navigate new horizons for the narratives of landscape architecture that propel beyond responsive tracings, and position new navigations; forms of resistance to the existing knowledge. It is through this view in landscape architecture that exploration is facilitated of both new possibilities and of their implications.

The journal is unique in being compiled and edited each year by a small group of students, who select a range of articles pertinent to the dedicated theme of each edition. Kerb seeks to set the agenda for designers and landscape architects, establishing a platform for new ideas and contemporary design theory. Kerb Journal is now featured on university reading lists around the world.
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Student Project | Shifting Grounds | Christina Ting

Student Project: Shifting Grounds | Singapore | Christina Ting

“shifting grounds – rethinking the residential public spaces in singapore”. The project focused on enhancing social interaction within the community through landscape interventions in and around void decks in Singapore’s urban residential estates.

Singapore is densely populated, thus majority of its residents live in public residential estates where the landscape is typified by “void decks”. 90% Of Singapore’s population live in public housing, which in singapore is referred to as mass housing. This is in contrast to Melbourne, where only 10% of the population live in public housing.

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KERB 19 | Call for Submissions

KERB,  the annual cross-disciplinary design publication produced by the RMIT is calling for submissions. KERB 19 is seeking submissions which explore the theme ‘Paradigms of Nature: Post Natural Futures’. They seek submissions of experimental and innovative design projects, research, written, and photographic works, collages, digital animations or film.

Full submissions up to 3000 words must be received by 14th March 2011 or abstracts can be submitted up until 28th February 2011.

For more information go to KERB 19

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Landscape architecture, once the “parsley on the pig”, must be all things to all people

Ray Edgar of  theage.com.au has written a feature article about landscape architecture. Edgar interviews some landscape architects in Victoria, Australia for the feature and they have some key insights into the role of landscape architecture in society. Here are some of the key statements and encourage you to read the full article.

“Landscape architecture used to be the ‘parsley on the pig’, the token decorative garnish around the building,” says RMIT research leader Dr Sue Anne Ware.

“Landscape architecture is sociology and what interests us is how people use space, feel a sense of ownership over that space, and appropriate it in a socially responsible manner,” said Chris Sawyer of Site Office.

Read the full article at the [SOURCE: The Age – New Park Life]

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