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.
Continue reading Waterloo Youth Facility | Sydney, Australia | Terragram Landscape Architects, Collins & Turner Architects
This public boardwalk in Pyrmont, Sydney, completes the foreshore upgrades to Jacksons Landing – a waterfront community over 10 years in the making. The new wharf strengthens the open space connections between the significant foreshore parks to the north and south, provides an opportunity to engage with the water, and a generous shared path along the waterfront.
Continue reading Cadi Park Wharf | Sydney Australia | ASPECT Studios
Located on the northern shores of Botany Bay, La Perouse Headland provides spectacular cliff-top views across the Bay and out to sea. It is also one of the most significant Aboriginal and European cultural heritage sites in Australia. Named after the French explorer La Perouse who entered Botany Bay six days after the First Fleet, the 10.4ha Headland incorporates listed cultural heritage values protected by dedication of a National Park.
Continue reading La Perouse Coastal Walk | Sydney Australia | Corkery Consulting
Another week of landscape links from around the world
The Big Task of Managing Nature at New York’s Central Park | Charles A. Birnbaum | The Cultural Landscape Foundation
“Central Park faces unprecedented use, along with changing climatic conditions and an onslaught of severe weather events. Additionally, increasing knowledge and proven notions about ecological restoration have added a new dimension to this century-and-a-half long conversation about how we interact with our environment and manage our idealized version of nature.”
Green walls ‘need building code’ to reduce fire hazard
“A SYDNEY landscape architect is pushing for green walls to be regulated under building and fire safety codes after he recently saw one go up in flames at a local bar.”
Urban Forestry for Symbolizing Eco-City | Md. Zahidur Rahman and Saeed Ahmed Siddiquee | Blitz
“Currently, unplanned urbanization resulted ecological imbalances in the city. FAO (2008) pointed out that Dhaka city has 21.57% open space where city parks belong to 0.89% and 0.02% for urban forest, garden for 0.90% and 12.12% for agriculture to meets the ecological balance of the city dwellers.”
African Ministers Adopt Programmes to Boost Sustainable Development, Eye Key Role in Post-Rio+20 Landscape | UNEP
What architects do doesn’t count | Jody Brown | Coffee with an Architect
“Because we don’t design the destination. We design the path.”
Fire-Resistant Plant List for the California Supplemental Exam | CSE for Landscape Architects
“These plants will eventually burn if the fire conditions are hot and dry enough, but they resist ignition better than many other species.”
Exploring the Upper West Side’s Riverside Park South | Curbed NY
“Riverside Park South offers up one of the Manhattan’s best opportunities to consider the city’s past as an industrial hub while considering the future of its waterfront. ”
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The 1.8 hectares of waterfront that is Pirrama Park began with community action which successfully prevented the State Government’s sale of this public land to residential developers. When the City of Sydney Council purchased the former Water Police site, what was a previously alienated and fenced-off post-industrial concrete slab became in time a richly varied urban waterfront parkland for the people of Sydney.
Continue reading Pirrama Park | Sydney Australia | ASPECT Studios