2012 AILA National Landscape Architecture Award: Urban Design

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Sussex Street: trams.?Widened footpaths that also allow for the potential introduction of the CBD light rail extension.

Sussex Street: trams.?Widened footpaths that also allow for the potential introduction of the CBD light rail extension. Image: Spackman Mossop Michaels

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Goulburn Street: connecting.?Decorative lighting to highlight the north-south intersections at Sussex Street and Dixon Street, visually connecting Chinatown’s urban core to the north across this busy arterial road.

Goulburn Street: connecting.?Decorative lighting to highlight the north-south intersections at Sussex Street and Dixon Street, visually connecting Chinatown’s urban core to the north across this busy arterial road. Image: Spackman Mossop Michaels

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Hay Street: hub.?The closure of Hay Street to car traffic to create a pedestrian mall that provides strong pedestrian connection between Chinatown’s urban core and the areas to its south.  The new pedestrian mall would also strengthen the link between Belmore Park and the Powerhouse Museum, a key strategy of the City’s Sustainable Sydney 2030 Vision.

Hay Street: hub.?The closure of Hay Street to car traffic to create a pedestrian mall that provides strong pedestrian connection between Chinatown’s urban core and the areas to its south. The new pedestrian mall would also strengthen the link between Belmore Park and the Powerhouse Museum, a key strategy of the City’s Sustainable Sydney 2030 Vision. Image: Spackman Mossop Michaels

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Thomas Street: spine.?The closure of large sections of Thomas Street to create a series of new plazas that provide much-needed pedestrian-priority space around Paddys Market and the southern part of Chinatown.

Thomas Street: spine.?The closure of large sections of Thomas Street to create a series of new plazas that provide much-needed pedestrian-priority space around Paddys Market and the southern part of Chinatown. Image: Spackman Mossop Michaels

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Chinatown Public Domain Plan by Spackman Mossop Michaels

Client: The City of Sydney
Partners: The City of Sydney

Jury comment

This is an innovative plan for a complex part of Sydney that has not only a diversity of commercial uses and public realms but many layers of cultural values and built form expressions.

The landscape architect’s rigorous program of community engagement and site assessments led to one of the key imperatives being that winning back space for the public domain was key to the master plan success.

The landscape architect initiated an unconventional approach to the urban master plan approach in response to the diversity of both communities and urban spaces in the Chinatown locality.  Their ten independent yet interrelated upgrade projects provided the flexibility needed for implementation and funding.


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