Eight quality projects entered the Tasmanian awards, with four winners crowned across categories including civic landscape, parks and open space, cultural heritage and urban design; all demonstrating the ability to work at varying scales and contexts.
All entrants demonstrated awareness of the importance of sustainable infrastructure and design approaches that create resilient cities and are able to withstand change. The winning projects include the transformation of Collins Court in Hobart - previously a dull, uninviting space that has been converted into a lively, active place used by a range of people at all times of the day; an essential objective for successful urban design.
Other winning entrants include the Queens Domain Master Plan, an aspiring project aiming to be Hobart’s premier urban park; the evocative Cascades Female Factory Yard and a strategic framework put forward for Glenorchy CBD.
From major city strategies, sensitive interventions in heritage places, to smaller scale built projects, an underlying desire to revitalise and protect underused spaces was a feature of this year’s awards: “Landscape architects are contributing to deliver revitalisation and enriched experiences in cities and places across Tasmania. This year brought forward entries from well-established and emerging practices, signalling an exciting future for the profession in Tasmania,” commented the expert Jury.
The jury applauded this demonstrated strength of the profession and urged landscape architects to intensify their advocacy for the design of more resilient landscapes, and to continue to give voice to communities, while promoting the work of landscape architects in creating innovative living places.”
“Tasmanians should be so proud of these projects as they exemplify innovative, well- planned, open spaces that allow for the outdoor lifestyle that we all enjoy – especially in our ever-expanding urban areas where planning has never been more vital,” comments Sarah Bendeich, Tasmanian State President, Australian Institute of Landscape Architects.
The projects that received an Award of Excellence and a Landscape Architecture Award at the state level proceed to the national awards, taking place later in the year, where one project will be awarded the best landscape architecture project in Australia.
Playstreet Pty Ltd
PARKS & OPEN SPACE
Queens Domain Master Plan 2012-2032
Cascades Female Factory Historic Site Yard 1
Susan Small Landscape Architects
Glenorchy CBD Strategic Framework
Images: 1 & 2 Collins Court; 3 Queens Domain Master Plan; 4 Cascades Female Factory Historic Site Yard 1; 5 Glenorchy CBD Strategic Framework.