As a national partner Street Furniture Australia is proudly supporting the AILA 2023 Festival of Landscape Architecture UN/EARTH on Kaurna Meyunna Yerta (Kaurna People’s Country) and surrounding regions on 19-22 October 2023. Here are seven of our upcoming festival highlights: 1. UN/EARTH program now available The festival program brings together streams of thought that engage with the elements and life below and within the earth’s surface, with four themes: DEEP EARTH / RAW EARTH / FERTILE EARTH / SUBTERRANEAN EARTH. Theoretical conversations and talks, presented by international speakers during the conference at the Adelaide National Wine Centre, are enriched by walks and expeditions on Country. Date: Thursday 19 October – Sunday 22 October 2023.Location: Tours and fringe events – various. Conference – National Wine Centre.Cost: Purchase your ticket on the …
My Park Rules finalists
Close to 100 pleas for new parks have flooded in for the My Park Rules competition, with eight state and territory finalists teaming up with leading landscape architects to pitch for the coveted playground makeover.
The judging panel, including Lucy Turnbull AO, Sacha Coles from ASPECT Studios and Mary Jeavons from Jeavons Landscape Architecture, will consider each pitch in March, and announce the national winner on May 1.
Street Furniture Australia is delighted to be an official sponsor of the competition.
Highgate Primary School in Western Australia, which received 870 votes to propel it into the state round of the contest, will bid to transform bitumen and sandy yards under the guidance of UDLA.
Snug Primary School in Tasmania, paired with Playstreet Urban Design, dreams of transforming empty fields from out-of-bounds to creative fitness haven.
Sydney’s Marrickville Public School, which notched up 1211 votes, will bid to cool down a concrete play area with Tract Consultants.
Indooroopilly State School in Brisbane, which achieved 1252 votes to be matched with Vee Design in the finals, aims to swap its astroturf for outdoor learning and nature play.
Baden Powell College, a prep to year nine school on Melbourne’s rural-urban fringe, will request a green and shady transformation for a rocky oval from OCULUS.
Centralian Senior College, in Alice Springs, seeks a more inviting setting for its Alice Outcomes, where Years 10, 11 and 12 are invited to re-engage in their education. A collaboration of AILA members lead by Northern Territory President Jessica Crawford will plan a shady design.
Telopea Park School in the nation’s capital hopes to educate students about biodiversity, climate and sustainability in a revamp of its senior area, with a similar collaboration headed by ACT President Catherine Keirnan.
St John’s Early Learning Centre in South Australia wishes to further its Reggio Emilia philosophy through creative nature play, paired with DesignWELL Landscape Architects.
The competition is organised by AILA and The 202020 Vision, with support from most State Governments, Lappset Australia, Austral Bricks, Austral Masonry, Intergrain, Lawn Solutions Australia, Fleming’s Nurseries, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, and Street Furniture Australia.
Three landscape architects share their thoughts on the Voice History is calling as Australians head to the polls for a referendum on October 14, 2023, to vote on enshrining an Indigenous Voice to Parliament in the Constitution. The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) said it encourages all members to “engage deeply with the available information, contemplate its implications, and arrive at an informed stance that aligns with your values and beliefs. “As landscape architects, we often find ourselves at the intersection of nature, culture, politics and history, aiming to craft spaces that resonate with the stories and experiences of those who inhabit them. This unique position imparts a special responsibility upon us to be both informed and sensitive to the cultural dimensions of our work.” AILA has compiled referendum …
Charlene Bordley (photo: right), the visionary founder of Parramatta Bike Hub, Parramatta Bike Tours and Addventageous, creates programs for ‘hard-to-reach’ groups including First Nations communities, women, seniors and disadvantaged youth. She met with StreetChat writer Kari Hill at the new home of the Parramatta Bike Hub on Wangal country, along the Parramatta River in Sydney Olympic Park. Charlene’s passion for making a difference in the community can be seen across the many social enterprise programs she runs. Wearing her uniform of blue, yellow and green, each colour symbolises a program: Blue for Addvantageous, Yellow for Parramatta Bike Tours and Green for the Parramatta Bike Hub. Social enterprise Addvantageous started off as a school program when Charlene gained confidence as a returning cyclist later in life. She experienced the benefits of …
A new initiative by suicide prevention charity group R U OK? aims to remind school students to look out for one another. In partnership with Yellow Pages, R U OK? are launching 65 Conversation Corners across high schools to create a space for students to talk with friends who may be struggling with life’s highs and lows. The 65 schools awarded a bench had to submit 150 words as to why the bench was a great idea for their school. Students at James Meehan High School in Macquarie Fields are among the first to launch their Conversation Corner. Head Teacher of Wellbeing, Sarah Jackson, says, “By putting young people at the heart of the project, they’re more likely to live the R U OK? message on a daily basis.” Conversation …
Escola is a bright and playful suite of benches and tables that can be customised to suit a variety of height and length requirements. Named after the Latin word for school, schola, Escola is ideal for school-aged children. The suite can be customised to provide ergonomic comfort to children from kindergarten years through to high school. Escola is adaptable and can be installed in a variety of configurations. Ring around a tree, for instance, or create an L, S or U-shape. The options are endless. The range is made from all-aluminium (no timber), which minimises maintenance. Choose a metal finish or from a range of bright powdercoat colours.
How do landscapes keep us healthy? BLOOM is a thought provoking exhibition curated by Gweneth Leigh in partnership with the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects that demonstrates how the built environment impacts our health and well being. Displayed throughout the exhibition are Street Furniture Australia products as well as leading landscape architecture examples from around Australia. Explored topics include: The role of ‘healing’ landscapes within hospitals and aged care facilities How schools are using the outdoors for tackling childhood obesity The impact of gardens within prisons The value of community gardens within cities How reclaiming roads for pedestrian use can improve the health of cities BLOOM will be held at the Gallery of Australian Design in Canberra from May 8 to June 9 2012.