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    Repurposed public spaces impress at 2016 Australian Urban Design Awards

    Lucy Marrett

    A massive water management infrastructure project, a transformed abandoned railway and a Canberra pedestrian underpass were all celebrated at the 2016 Australian Urban Design Awards (AUDA), held recently in Melbourne.

    A total of 12 urban design projects were recognised at the program’s presentation ceremony on 13 October, including a number of recognisable adaptive reuse and repurpose projects.

    The 2016 Sustainability Awards-winning Sydney Park Water Re-Use Project by Turf Design Studio and Environmental Partnership continued its winning streak of awards success by taking the AUDA’s top prize for Delivered Outcome - Large Scale. As well as winning the Outdoor Structure category at the 2016 Sustainability Awards, the project also recently received a Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences Design Award as well as another at the 2015 Sydney Design Awards.

    Aspects Studios’ conversion of disused Sydney CBD rail line, The Goods Line into a pedestrian walkway and public park was another recognisable project to receive an accolade, taking a Delivered Outcome – Small Scale award alongside the Bowen Place Crossing in Canberra by Lahznimmo Architects and Spackman Mossop Michaels Landscape Architects. Both The Goods Line and Bowen Place Crossing have also enjoyed multiple successes at awards programs in the past year, Bowen Place most recently taking the urban design category prize at the ACT Architecture Awards.

    Patrons of the AUDA, Malcolm Turnbull MP and Lucy Turnbull AO congratulated the finalists saying “these projects and designs will enhance our cities’ built environments for the people they must serve, and leave a lasting legacy for future generations.”

    Six awards and six commendations were handed out by the jury in 2016.

    2016 National Building Design Awards:

    AUSTRALIA AWARD FOR URBAN DESIGN, DELIVERED OUTCOME – LARGE SCALE

    WINNER

    Sydney Park Water Re-Use Project by Turf Design Studio and Environmental Partership with Alluvium, Turpin + Crawford Studio and Dragonfly Environmental
    d695f15963488ccf49d4cde17a942fc9.jpgPhotography by Ethan Rohloff

    COMMENDATIONS

    • Monash University Clayton Campus Masterplan (Clayton Victoria) by MGS Architects and Masterplanners, Monash University and Monash Univsersity Design Consultancy 
    • Esperance Waterfront (Western Australia) by Hassell

    AUSTRALIA AWARD FOR URBAN DESIGN, DELIVERED OUTCOME ­- SMALL SCALE

    WINNERS

    The Goods Line by Aspect Studio, Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority CHROFI and Gartner Rose
    goodline5.jpgPhotography by Florian Groehn

    Bowen Place Crossing by Lahzimmo Architects and Spackman Mossop Michaels
    bowne.jpgPhotography by Brett Boardman

    COMMENDATIONS

    • City Beach Surf Club and Commercial Development (Perth, Western Australia) by Christou Design Group
    • Brisbane Ferry Terminals Flood Renewal (Brisbane, Queensland) by Cox Architecture + Aurecon + Lat27

     AUSTRALIA AWARD FOR URBAN DESIGN, POLICIES, PROGRAMS AND CONCEPTS – LARGE SCALE

    WINNERS

    Turramurra Community Hub Masterplan (Sydney, New South Wales) by CHROFI in association with Ku-ring-gai Council
    turramurra.jpgImage: Chrofi

    Green Square Town Centre (Sydney, New South Wales) by City of Sydney
    greensquare.jpgImage: City of Sydney

    COMMENDATIONS

    • Kingsford Smith Drive Upgrade- Reference Urban Design Framework (Brisbane, Queensland) by Fred St
    • Capital Metro - Canberra Light Rail (Canberra. ACT) by Hassell, Arup and Transport Canberra

    AUSTRALIA AWARD FOR URBAN DESIGN, POLICIES, PROGRAMS AND CONCEPTS – SMALL SCALE

    WINNER

    WGV at White Gum Valley (White Gum Valley, Western Australia) by CODA Studio, Urbis, Landcorp and Josh Byrne and Associates
    WVG.jpgImage: Landcorp

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