Bloom – Project Themes

Click to enlarge
Play – Dandenong Pop Up Park by Aspect Studios

Play – Dandenong Pop Up Park by Aspect Studios Image: Aspect Studios

1 of 26
Play – The Meeting Place by Aspect Studios

Play – The Meeting Place by Aspect Studios Image: Simon Wood

2 of 26
Play – Pirrama Park by Aspect Studios

Play – Pirrama Park by Aspect Studios Image: Adrian Boddy

3 of 26
Play – Clifton Hill Railway Project by Jeavons Landscape Architects

Play – Clifton Hill Railway Project by Jeavons Landscape Architects Image: Andrew Lloyd

4 of 26
Play – Manly Vale Community Garden by Designwell

Play – Manly Vale Community Garden by Designwell Image: Designwell

5 of 26
Heal – Gippsland Lakes Community Health Precinct by Fitzgerald Frisby Landscape Architects

Heal – Gippsland Lakes Community Health Precinct by Fitzgerald Frisby Landscape Architects Image: Mark Frisby

6 of 26
Heal – Boronia Women’s Pre-release Centre by Blackwell & Associates

Heal – Boronia Women’s Pre-release Centre by Blackwell & Associates Image: Blackwell & Associates

7 of 26
Heal – Bloomfield Hospital by Taylor Brammer Landscape Architects

Heal – Bloomfield Hospital by Taylor Brammer Landscape Architects Image: Gabriella Hegyes

8 of 26
Heal –  New Royal Children’s Hospital by Bovis Lend Lease and Land Design Partnership

Heal – New Royal Children’s Hospital by Bovis Lend Lease and Land Design Partnership Image: Richard Plumridge

9 of 26
Live – Villawood Detention Centre by Guymer Bailey Architects

Live – Villawood Detention Centre by Guymer Bailey Architects Image: Guymer Bailey Architects

10 of 26
Live – Resthaven Paradise Aged Care by Designwell

Live – Resthaven Paradise Aged Care by Designwell Image: Designwell

11 of 26
Live –  Northbridge Piazza by City of Perth

Live – Northbridge Piazza by City of Perth Image: Christine Tomas

12 of 26
Live – Walla Mulla Park by Terragram

Live – Walla Mulla Park by Terragram Image: Vladimir Sitta

13 of 26
Live – Broadwater Parklands by Gold Coast City Council

Live – Broadwater Parklands by Gold Coast City Council Image: Jessica Paulson Photography

14 of 26
Live – Halls Creek Town Walk by Udla

Live – Halls Creek Town Walk by Udla Image: Udla

15 of 26
Work – Parliament House Courtyards by Rolland & Associates with Mitchell Giurgola Thorp Architects

Work – Parliament House Courtyards by Rolland & Associates with Mitchell Giurgola Thorp Architects Image: John Gollings

16 of 26
Work – Melbourne City Square by City of Melbourne

Work – Melbourne City Square by City of Melbourne Image: City of Melbourne

17 of 26
Work – Resource Centre Ipswich by Wilson Landscape Architects

Work – Resource Centre Ipswich by Wilson Landscape Architects Image: Christopher Frederick Jones

18 of 26
Travel – Noosa Junction Station by Bark Design and Guymer Bailey Architects

Travel – Noosa Junction Station by Bark Design and Guymer Bailey Architects Image: Vaughn Bowden

19 of 26
Travel – City Laneways Enhancement Project by City of Perth

Travel – City Laneways Enhancement Project by City of Perth Image: City of Perth

20 of 26
Travel – Bourke Street Cycleway by Pod Landscape Architecture

Travel – Bourke Street Cycleway by Pod Landscape Architecture Image: Simon Wood

21 of 26
Travel – Box Hill Underpass by Aspect Studios

Travel – Box Hill Underpass by Aspect Studios Image: Aspect Studios

22 of 26
Travel – Chirnside Park by Aspect Studios

Travel – Chirnside Park by Aspect Studios Image: Andrew Lloyd

23 of 26
Learn –  Isabel Henderson Kindergarten by Jeavons Landscape Architects

Learn – Isabel Henderson Kindergarten by Jeavons Landscape Architects Image: Jeavons Landscape Architects

24 of 26
Learn – Woodville High School Garden Hub by Outer Space Landscape Architects

Learn – Woodville High School Garden Hub by Outer Space Landscape Architects Image: Christine Hensel

25 of 26
Learn – Kevin Heinze Garden Centre by Chris Reed and Kevin Heinze Garden Centre Staff

Learn – Kevin Heinze Garden Centre by Chris Reed and Kevin Heinze Garden Centre Staff Image: Gweneth Newman Leigh

26 of 26

Play

Outdoor areas that promote free, spontaneous play provide health benefits to children and adults alike. In these environments, children are able to refine important physical skills like running, jumping and climbing, as well as enhance their development of social skills. For adults, outdoor areas that encourage social interactions, provide exposure to natural settings and support physical activity have been shown to alleviate mental fatigue and reduce the risk of depression.

Play – Pirrama Park by Aspect Studios Image:  Adrian Boddy

Featured Play projects are about finding ways to transform ordinary sites into distinctive and fun destinations. Whether temporal or permanent, the projects draw on a variety of tools to attract users: elements of folly, revealing “hidden” spaces and facilitating community outreach. The critical difference between each of these projects isn’t about budgets or building materials, but about the types of users it caters to. Whether a person is seven or seventy years of age, the act of playing serves an important role in their mental and physical health. The design of outdoor spaces needs to reflect this through engagement with a broad range of users.

Heal

As early as the Middle Ages, convents and monasteries created gardens as places where people could meditate and recover from ill health. During the Victorian era, gardens were located within hospital grounds for the benefit of patients. Today, gardens within health care facilities continue to be identified as supportive environments for stressed patients, visitors and staff alike. Research at some prisons also recognizes these benefits, where gardens used for vocational training and therapy provide prisoners with a space in which to reflect and heal.

Heal – Bloomfield Hospital by Taylor Brammer Landscape Architects Image:  Gabriella Hegyes

Projects featured within Heal are about examining how institutions involved in health and rehabilitation are using the outdoors to enrich the process of restoring physical and emotional health. The projects provide varying degrees of connection and interaction with outdoor spaces, from passive viewing via hospital windows to actively using and maintaining garden areas. For some of the projects, the biggest benefits are achieved not through the outcome of gardens and artworks, but through the process of their creation.

Live

Where we reside has a huge impact on our health. Research shows if we are able to live within attractive communities that provide contact with nature, promote interaction with other people and provide areas in which to retreat for privacy, we are more likely to be happy. But if we live in areas that are overcrowded, noisy and dangerous, we tend to have fewer social networks and are more likely to experience feelings of distress, anxiety and depression.

Live – Halls Creek Town Walk by Udla Image:  Udla

Live projects look at open spaces that provide residents with a place for leisure and the opportunity to connect with their community. The projects contrast different types of neighbourhoods: urban, rural, regional, institutional and disadvantaged. The varying levels of community involvement within each of the projects reveal much about their use. Some projects are embraced with a strong sense of ownership and responsibility. Others are more defensive, where design moves are more about prevention than placemaking. While at varying levels of engagement, all the projects were created for a similar purpose: to accommodate people.

Work

Within the work environment, nature can act as a buffer for stress. In the 1990s, a survey of employees in sedentary jobs found that those who had views of natural environments felt less frustrated, were more patient, found their jobs more challenging and reported high life satisfaction and overall health. For the past twenty years, similar studies conducted across the world have pointed to the benefits that views or contact with nature can have on mental health in the workplace.

Work – Resource Centre Ipswich by Wilson Landscape Architects Image:  Christopher Frederick Jones

Projects within Work look at three examples of how nature can be accessed at the workplace: indoor landscapes, private courtyards and urban parks. These contrasting projects establish different levels of exposure to nature, either integrating it into, adjacent to, or within a short walk of the office. Each raises several issues: the benefits and drawbacks of relying on private space rather than public space, the connection these spaces have to surrounding land uses, and the types of physical, emotional and/or social benefits provided by each.

Travel

At the end of World War II, only one in four households owned a car. This had risen to 76 percent by 1966, and to 90 percent in 2006. Our cities have been redesigned to accommodate to this rapid uptake of the car, often at the expense of pedestrian- and cyclist-related infrastructure. This dependency on the car contributes towards our sedentary lifestyles and erodes opportunities for human contact and physical activity.

Travel – Bourke Street Cycleway by Pod Landscape Architecture Image:  Simon Wood

Projects featured in Travel are about reclaiming infrastructure for pedestrians, cyclists and people using public transport. Whether upgrading existing laneways with art, retrofitting streets with cycleways or enlivening transport nodes into social hubs, these projects seek to make active travel safe, accessible and fun. It’s not fair to tell people that active travel is healthier if the opportunities don’t exist in the first place.

Learn

Urbanization continues to have an impact on our towns and cities, and it often comes at the expense of developing our natural areas and open spaces. As these spaces diminish, so does their accessibility. Schools and learning centres are growing increasingly important as places where children and students can be exposed to nature. Studies have shown how the greening of school grounds enhances social inclusion within school communities and improves children’s activity levels, interpersonal skills and classroom behaviours.

Learn – Isabel Henderson Kindergarten by Jeavons Landscape Architects Image:  Jeavons Landscape Architects

The projects within Learn demonstrate a variety of ways in which school communities are using the outdoors to boost students’ confidence levels and expand their knowledge and experience with nature. The case studies accommodate students from a broad range of ages and abilities, such as pre-schoolers using dirt for creative play, high-schoolers learning how to grow food and teens with mental and physical handicaps using the garden as a way to learn skills that can prepare them for life after graduation. Each example focuses on exposure to gardens and nature as a way to inspire curiosity, teach everyday tasks and create a lasting connection with the outdoors.

For further information and resources, visit aila.org.au/bloom.


More report

Most read