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2016 ACT Landscape Architecture Awards

The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) has announced the winners of the 2016 ACT Landscape Architecture Awards.

The awards celebrate the best of the ACT’s green, open and public spaces, and recognize the leadership and innovation in landscape architecture projects that enrich the environments the public live in and enhance Canberra’s liveability, economic development and global profile.

Awards were given to projects that promoted quality of design in and around urban environments and positively impacted the community by realizing the health, social and economic benefits of having green, open and public space in cities.

Ten awards were given out across seven categories including civic landscape, parks and open space, infrastructure, cultural heritage, urban design, research, policy and communication, and communities.

The jury said, “It was uplifting to see the exceptional entrants and excellence in landscape architecture across a wide range of project typologies within the Territory. These projects illustrate the critical role of landscape planning, architecture and design as catalysts for fostering social cohesion, creating a sense of place, and for energising local economies.”

“Canberrans should be so proud of these projects that exemplify the importance of innovative, well planned spaces that allows for the outdoor lifestyle we all enjoy. With over 60% of Australia’s population now living in the major capitals, planning has never been more vital,” said Catherine Keirnan, ACT chapter president of AILA.

2–4 National Circuit by Oculus.

2–4 National Circuit by Oculus.

Image: Oculus

Campbell Section 5 Park by Jane Irwin Landscape Architecture.

Campbell Section 5 Park by Jane Irwin Landscape Architecture.

Image: Dianna Snape

Projects that were awarded an Award of Excellence and a Landscape Architecture Award at state level will proceed through to the national awards, to take place in the second half of the year, where one project will be awarded the best landscape architect project in the country.

Civic Landscape

Award of Excellence

2–4 National Circuit – Oculus

Parks and Open Space

Award of Excellence

Campbell Section 5 Park – Jane Irwin Landscape Architecture

Bowen Place Crossing by Spackman Mossop Michaels.

Bowen Place Crossing by Spackman Mossop Michaels.

Image: Brett Boardman

Infrastructure

Award of Excellence

Bowen Place CrossingSpackman Mossop Michaels

Award

Gungahlin Valley Ponds and Outdoor Classroom – Enviro Links Design

Canberra Centenary Trail by Harris Hobbs Landscapes and Fresh Landscape Design.

Canberra Centenary Trail by Harris Hobbs Landscapes and Fresh Landscape Design.

Image: Ben Wrigley

Cultural Heritage

Award of Excellence

Canberra Centenary Trail – Harris Hobbs Landscapes and Fresh Landscape Design

Awards

Valour Park – Enviro Links Design

The Australian Centre on China in the World – Redbox Design Group

New Acton Precinct by Oculus.

New Acton Precinct by Oculus.

Image: Simon Patching

Urban Design

Award of Excellence

New Acton PrecinctOculus

Bloom: Healthy Spaces Exhibition by Gwyneth Leigh.

Bloom: Healthy Spaces Exhibition by Gwyneth Leigh.

Image: Big Dam

Research, Policy and Communications

Award of Excellence

Bloom: Healthy Spaces Exhibition – Gwyneth Leigh

Canberra College Cares by Redbox Design Group.

Canberra College Cares by Redbox Design Group.

Image: Ben Wrigley

Communities

Award of Excellence

Canberra College Cares – Redbox Design Group

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