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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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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Public space as a theatre of conflict

How does landscape architecture create inclusive public spaces? How do the values of the non conformist and fringe dweller find their way into a design project? Should they? How does public space maintain itself as an open ended theatre where anyone can be a valid actor? Two Stories, Two Places. ‘Black Line / White Line’: […]

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