In The Westender

John Mongard has been involved in shaping his local neighbourhood and main street over the last 25 years, commencing with his highly influential streetscape works to Boundary Street in West End ,the much loved inner city neighbourhood in Brisbane, Queensland. In Westender magazine, John discusses positive ideas and actions for the future. Read the full […]

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The Green Space Strategy

The Kurilpa peninsula offers a model of urban living for Queensland and Australia. The peninsula, comprising the suburbs of West End, Highgate Hill and South Brisbane, is projected to increase by 27,000 people by 2031 with the vast majority of new residents been apartment dwellers without private gardens. For these reasons and more, it is […]

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Vibrant Towns of the Scenic Rim

How does a region manage its character as a whole? How can a collaborative community process direct the towns of a region to achieve vibrant public realms? Vibrant Towns of the Scenic Rim is a creative and evolving strategy to regenerate and activate small towns on the rural edge of a burgeoning city. Stage one […]

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Tamborine Mountain Village Greens

The Tamborine Mountain Village Greens is the first major project of The Vibrant Towns strategy, which is focused around the creation of vibrancy and authentic places in The Scenic Rim. Landscape and urban designs incorporated seven urban renewal areas with public realm masterplans leading to individual detailed design projects. The Main Street medians comprise of […]

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Brolga Lakes

Brolga Lakes seeks to break the pattern of unsustainable suburban growth by providing low carbon footprint homes with communal facilities for waste, water, power and food. Brolga Lakes is a village set in lakes, an ecological place connected to nature and connecting its people. Brolga Lakes seeks to reform the way we live in the edges of our cities; creating a self-supported peri-urban neighbourhood. The conservation land comprising valued wetlands, has been donated to Birdlife Australia through an enduring covenant which will revegetate adjacent cleared land to create an outstanding environmental setting and a national centre for bird research.

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Mooloolaba Town Centre

A $2 million upgrade was project managed, designed and documented in a fast-track process for Queensland’s most popular picnic spot.  The park and beachfront focus on a plaza shaped like a boat, in recognition of the town’s nautical past.  Custom furniture and signage have been designed and the project includes twelve public artworks.

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The Living Classroom, Bingara

Small towns in rural Australia are disappearing due to a lack of people and purpose. The Living Classroom is a regenerative project to bring both people and new ideas, framed around the exploration of sustainable farming for the future. The Living Classroom provides classrooms, teaching areas, bunk accommodation, productive gardens and grazing lots, and agricultural […]

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