Breaking The Boundaries

John Mongard taught placemaking in 2019 as part of a Myer Foundation grant and collaborated with Sebastien D’archen and his town planning students at The University of Queensland. A  co-design workshop was held in Boundary street , in the heart of West End, which led to creative plans for the future of the centre . […]

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The Green Space Strategy

The big idea in our strategy is that we can reclaim at least 11 hectares of unused public spaces to create the public realm that the community needs now and into the future. This space is available now on unused road reserves and crown lands within the peninsula and should be used to build the […]

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Plain Land: Killing Places Slowly

Welcome to Plainland. Plainland is on a plain designated for the growth of Brisbane. It has a shopping centre off the highway and sits amongst the cows of surrounding grazing land. Plainland is plain: the cost of house and land dictate it. A bold entry statement and a path to the shops are civic flourishes. […]

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Unfolding space

How  a space unfolds into a place is a mystery. What ingredients are required to make our cities valued? We go about our daily lives and the things we touch and feel remind us of who we are and where we belong. For most of us the things we care about are actually small and […]

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Robelle Domain

Review by John Mongard FAILA for Landscape Architecture Australia 2011 South-east Queensland continues to grow, and new cities are emerging in its bushland periphery to cope with the pressure of around 66,000 people arriving every year1. Springfield is a new planned city to house an estimated 89,000 people by the year 20252, and its town […]

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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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