2021’s Best Landscape Design Projects in Australia Unveiled

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As part of the National Landscape Architecture Awards, the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects has recognised 47 projects across 17 categories this year.

The design projects all feature environmental stewardship and embedded green infrastructure, to follow the rising demand for greener and eco-friendly spaces within Australian cities.

There is also an emphasis on designs that collaborate with traditional landowners and indigenous-led design approaches, working to represent a living history of Australian landscapes.

The winner of the Parks and Open Space category was the Riverside Green project, designed for the South Bank Parklands in Brisbane. This project will feature a new river lawn, a rainforest deck and pavilion, an extension of the existing parkland rainforest and a new public artwork and water feature.

Another notable mention was the Deep Creek Eco Play space project, located in the south-eastern Melbourne suburb of Pakenham. Featuring play spaces for children, a water play area, a wheelchair shalom, musical play equipment, climbing equipment and sensory gardens, this space is part of the broader Deep Creek Reserve.

“Making the most of our own backyard,” shown in projects that highlight community involvement, is a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, says AILA National Jury Chair.

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