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    Community engagement celebrated at 2017 Victoria Landscape Architecture Awards

    Nicholas Rider

    Over the weekend, The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) announced the winners of the 2017 Victoria Landscape Architecture Awards.

    Many of the awarded projects demonstrated a community-focused approach. Community spaces that offered a high level of community interaction featured heavily in this year’s shortlist and final winners list.

    “Sound engagement with communities and across complex stakeholder networks continues to be a foundation of what we do well,” says jury chair, Adam Nitschke.

    “Clearly a strength of the profession, engagement brings landscape architecture to the people, raising its profile and relevance, and bringing authenticity and ownership to the design of our public spaces.”

    Among the awarded projects was Wootten Road Reserve Interpretation Space. Designed by GLAS Landscape Architects, the reserve is an immersive play and interpretation space. The project is intended as a celebration of the native grassland of the region. The final design engages the visitor in the history and ecology of the site.   

    Another awarded project was The Journey Interactive Map by Tract Consultants, which was developed to coincide with AILA festivals in Melbourne (2015) and Canberra (2016). The app, map and website developed as part of the project all provide a digital wayfinding guide for self-led tours of significant landscape architectural projects.

    The 2017 Victoria Landscape Architecture Awards took place on Friday night at Testing Grounds, Southbank. Projects that received either an Award of Excellence or a Landscape Architecture Award will proceed through to the national awards, to take place this October in Sydney as part of the 2017 International Festival of Landscape Architecture.

    Full list of winners from the 2017 Victoria Landscape Architecture Awards:  

    PARKS AND OPEN SPACE

    AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

    Wootten Road Reserve Interpretation Space by GLAS Landscape Architects
    01_WoottenRes_DrewEchberg.jpgPhotography by Drew Echberg 


    PLAY SPACES

    LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE AWARD

    Valley Reserve SPARC by Playce
    02_Valley-Reserve-SPARC_Jason-Pastor.jpgPhotography by Jason Pstor 

    Rosebud Foreshore Playspace by Hassell
    01-RosebudForeshorePlayspace-StephanTan-JPG.JPGPhotography by Stephan Tan 


    INFRASTRUCTURE

    AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

    Remembrance Drive Interchange by OCULUS in collaboration with VicRoads and Paul Thompson
    07-Rememberance-Drive-Interchange-John-Gollings.jpgPhotography by John Gollings 

    LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE AWARD

    Jock Marshall Nature Reserve Walk by Urban Initiatives
    10_JMR-Nature-Walk_Drew-Echberg.jpgPhotography by Drew Echberg 


    LAND MANAGEMENT

    AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

    Armstrong Creek Rejuvenation (with Waralily) by GbLA
    01-ArmstrongCreekInfrastructure-AndrewLlyod.jpgPhotography by Andrew Lloyd 


    URBAN DESIGN

    AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

    Hawthorn Arts Centre Civic Space by Site Office
    10-Hawthorn-Arts-Centre-Lisbeth-Grosmann.jpgPhotography by Lisbeth Grosmann


    LANDSCAPE PLANNING

    LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE AWARD

    University Square Master Plan by City of Melbourne, City Design Studio
    University-Square-Master-Plan-by-City-of-Melbourne-City-Design-Studio.jpg


    RESEARCH, POLICY AND COMMUNICATION

    AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

    Landscape Architecture and Environmental Sustainability: Creating Positive Change Through Design by Joshua Zeunert
    Landscape-Architecture-and-Environmental-Sustainability-Creating-Positive-Change-Through-Design-by-Joshua-Zeunert.jpg


    COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTION

    LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE AWARD

    The Journey Interactive Map by Tract Consultants
    01-TheJourneyInteractiveMap-TractConsultants.jpg


    SMALL PROJECTS

    LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE AWARD

    Marnebek Sensory Courtyard by Jeavons Landscape Architects
    01-MARNEBEK-SENSORY-COURTYARD-Andrew-Lloyd.jpgPhotography by Andrew Lloyd 


    GARDENS

    AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

    NGV Grollo Equiset Garden by OCULUS
    02-NGV-Garden-Claire-Takacs.jpgPhotography by Claire Takacs 

    LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE AWARD

    Towers Road Residence by TCL
    630_21-12-2016_2579.jpgPhotography by John Gollings 


    VICTORIA FUTURE LEADER AWARDS

    FUTURE LEADER AWARD GRADUATE

    Georgia Chisolm

    Nathan Collins

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