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2014 National Landscape Architecture Award: Planning

2014 National Award for Planning GCRT-2031 (Gold Coast Transit Corridor Study) Hassell

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This study provides an integrated growth framework for a linear 2000-hectare urban corridor and addresses two major drivers of change for the Gold Coast – a rapid transit system and the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Encompassing the existing coastal strip and Surfers Paradise, the study identifies how and where urban renewal can occur. It tackles head-on the issue of traffic dominance, advocating for the pedestrian experience on cooler, greener and more attractive streets.

The study documents proposals for the entire corridor as well as aspirational designs for a series of streetscape types and public spaces. An important part of addressing Gold Coast identity was connecting people to the water, demonstrating better access to water edges with the concept of the “oceanway” and the “canalway.”

This study positions landscape as the key to improving intensively developed urban environments. It resolves and communicates complex interrelated issues across multiple scales in a highly professional way.

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