For nearly a century, the shores along Sydney Harbor bordered one of North America’s largest steel mills and coke ovens, making the steel industry an integral part of the region’s economy and culture. But when the plants closed in 2001, they left tons of industrial waste behind, creating a deep wound that divided three neighborhoods from their waterfront and from each other for nearly 13 years. With the community’s strong economic and emotional ties to the site, the landscape architects led a design effort that closed the divide, healed the environmental scar and boosted the community’s reputation and pride.
The Urban Spine is a proposal to address the issues of physical, visual and programmatic disconnection that are occurring in Sydney’s Woolloomooloo basin. The masterplan incorporates three key moves – restructuring Forbes Street to become a central spine and the introduction of two new precincts along the spine, ‘The Hinge’ and ‘The Heart’. These precincts integrate seven new activity zones that engage the local community and enhance its social, cultural and physical dynamics.
The opening of The Goods Line in Ultimo brings the vision of a more connected, sustainable and innovative Sydney one step closer to reality. The Goods Line, a New South Wales Government initiative and delivered by Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, is the key strategic link and an important green space for this burgeoning part of the city.
ASPECT Studios has designed a temporary ‘park within a park’ at Metcalfe Park in commercial and technology precinct in Pyrmont, an inner city suburb of Sydney, Australia. Watch the timelapse video below
HASSELL recently teamed up with not for profit organisation Archikidz and Sydney Living Museums, on a playful project to make kids seen and heard in the city. Together, the team created PLAY[ground] – a place that would inspire tomorrow’s thinkers and city makers to play, experiment and toy with ideas about the future shape of our cities.
Recently, Barangaroo Point – Sydney’s new six-hectare harbour foreshore park – was opened for an industry and media preview co-hosted by the Barangaroo Delivery Authority and the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, ahead of a mid-2015 opening for the public.
Among luminaries of the global design community who attended the opening were landscape architect and founder of PWP Landscape Architecture, Peter Walker, who designed the park.
The Waterloo Youth Facility now known as WEAVE (Working to Educate, Advocate and Empower) is located on a fault line between newly found affluence and a socially disadvantaged population that traditionally occupied the area of Waterloo, an inner suburb of Sydney. The original building was a converted amenities block. Resembling a graffiti covered bunker, it served the community of disadvantaged citizens for more than 15 years. In 2008, the City of Sydney decided to embark on the revitalization of the facility and organized a limited competition.