Competition to design urban “hangouts”

The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) has launched a student competition called This Public Space that asks participants to consider the role of “hangouts” in cities by developing strategies that make public spaces more inclusive.

The competition poses the question, “why do we seek escape from the city, and what forms of escape can we find within the urban environment?” based on New York’s Van Alen Institute’s theme Elsewhere: Escape and the Urban Landscape. The Van Alen Institute is a not-for-profit architectural organization that aims to improve public realm design.

The brief encourages participants to take a cross-disciplinary approach to making public spaces more inclusive and open to a diverse range of people using various strategies – from programming approaches to temporary installations.

Tertiary students of all levels from Australia and New Zealand are welcome to enter the competition in groups of up to four members. Prize money of $3,000 will be available to either the competition winners or multiple finalists.

The final date for submissions is Friday 25 September, and semifinalists’ work will be presented and critiqued at This Public Life, AILA’s Festival of Landscape Architecture, in Melbourne on Thursday 15 October.

For more information about the competition, click here.

Related topics

More news

See all
Harbourside Shopping Centre Redevelopment concept proposal by FJMT and Aspect Studios. Major Darling Harbour redevelopment revised

A new concept proposal for the redevelopment of Harbourside Shopping Centre in Sydney’s Darling Harbour has been submitted to the NSW government.

Should construction sites be shut down in a pandemic? Should construction sites be shut down in a pandemic?

In Australia construction is deemed an essential activity and work is continuing. But a group of young architects in the UK are calling for construction …

Pyrmont peninsula. Pyrmont planning strategy released

The NSW government has released a 10-point strategy for the planning of Pyrmont peninsula following a controversial review of the planning framework for the area.

Second survey of COVID-19 effects on architecture practices launched Second survey of COVID-19 effects on architecture practices launched

The Association of Consulting Architects has launched a second survey of architecture practices as the economic bite of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to deepen.

Most read

Latest on site