Art On The Esplanade

The Strand Ephemera 5The Strand, Townsville Townsville’s main promenade, The Strand, was once again the setting for the biennial Strand Ephemera, an exhibition of temporal works of public art. On balmy clear nights we found many people exploring the parklands, looking for the twenty-two artworks which were spread out over the 2.2 km beachfront parklands. […]

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Place-Displace

Abstract Public Art up until the 1950s was predominantly focused on monuments, free standing sculptures and frieze/surface works on prominent buildings. Since then it has developed into a much broader range of creative interventions in the city and in the landscape. This talk will discuss emerging concepts and challenges related to the making of contemporary […]

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Gladstone City Renewal

Context Gladstone has been a City of extremely accelerated development in times past, and it is likely this rate of development will happen again.  It has some remarkable natural attributes including a deep harbour and substantial mineral resources, which will continue to provide enormous economic potential for the region, however these assets need to be […]

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Tropical boulevard transforms Innisfail

Edith Street ‘hums’ on a Saturday morning with the bustle of shopping and street chatting. This festive moment lasts for a few hours and is exactly the kind of ambience and energy which needs to flow into other parts of the town and into the evening. New civic spaces have now been created to assist […]

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The world’s most sustainable small subdivision

South-East Queensland is rapidly morphing into a continuous fabric of suburban development. Interstate migration and the call of the sun are sustaining housing booms on the edges of Gold Coast City. Landmatters Pty Ltd in collaboration with John Mongard Landscape Architects set out to `build a project that inspires and sets a world’s best standard […]

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Sustainable communities or urban sprawl?

Hervey Bay is one of the fastest growing regions outside the capital cities, buoyed by the migration to the sun coast of the elderly, and by the sea-change affecting peoples desire to live with more amenity. Places like Hervey Bay however, do not have the level of planning, design and development sophistication available in the […]

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Networks Not Lines: Toward a long term cultural realm in the landscape architectural project

The public realm is a complex place: a slippery cultural construct. It is shaped over time by many intentions, mostly non-design related. How can landscape architects become meaningful players in this shaping process? How can our public spaces become cultural realms? ‘Projects’ are design and construction vehicles used to solve perceived public realm problems. They […]

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Green Villages – Tooradin as a model for growth

Traditionally, Melbourne’s development has pushed out indiscriminately into the surrounding rural landscape.  As a result, local ecologies have been compromised and natural systems disrupted. Tooradin is a village strategically located at the only place where the South Gippsland Highway meets the waters of Western Port. The Village is located 65 kilometres south east of central […]

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Suburban Entropy and the Death of Difference (Finding a green way through the Greenfields)

The forces of change in our society are increasingly globalised and franchised. Investment, trade and even the way we relate to each other in our living places are being shaped by patterns and pressures which are beyond our view. As we continue with the rapid expansion of our cities, long-term fault-lines are being built into […]

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