Finalist to Design Innovative Public ‘Hangouts’ to Escape the City

Public Hangouts to Escape the City

Public Hangouts to Escape the City
Image © Urban Streaming – Tama Whiting, Sian Du, Christine Blunden

The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects has announced the finalists of its This Public Space landscape architecture design competition. University student groups across Australia and New Zealand developed innovative design and programming strategies that make public spaces more inclusive.

Public Hangouts to Escape the City
Image © Switching Gears – Brinlee Pickering, Clare O’Brien, Grace Hunt, Michele Williams

Run as part of the upcoming 2015 Festival of Landscape Architecture: This Public Life, the competition asked student groups to respond to the questions: why do we seek escape from the city, and what forms of escape can we find within the urban environment?

Public Hangouts to Escape the City
Image © Aftershock – Kathryn Nguyen, Alex Prujean, Michael Cook

An inner-city wetland stream and a collection of disaster resilient social parks in Wellington, and activity precincts for an industrial area in Sydney have been selected as the top three proposals for landscape architecture design competition, This Public Space.

The two finalist submissions from New Zealand are:
Urban Streaming – Tama Whiting, Sian Du, Christine Blunden (Victoria University of Wellington)

Public Hangouts to Escape the City
Image © Urban Streaming – Tama Whiting, Sian Du, Christine Blunden

an inner-city wetland design for Te Aro, Wellington, which exposes a historic stream throughout the CBD to enhance social interaction with water.

Public Hangouts to Escape the City
Image © Urban Streaming – Tama Whiting, Sian Du, Christine Blunden

Aftershock – Kathryn Nguyen, Alex Prujean, Michael Cook (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand)

Public Hangouts to Escape the City
Image © Aftershock – Kathryn Nguyen, Alex Prujean, Michael Cook

for the Te Aro region, proposes a web of disaster-resilient parks, providing safe havens to meet, play and interact with nature, while also acting as a disaster relief zone.

Public Hangouts to Escape the City
Image © Aftershock – Kathryn Nguyen, Alex Prujean, Michael Cook

The finalist submission from Australia is:
Switching Gears – Brinlee Pickering, Clare O’Brien, Grace Hunt, Michele Williams (University of NSW, Australia)

Public Hangouts to Escape the City
Image © Switching Gears – Brinlee Pickering, Clare O’Brien, Grace Hunt, Michele Williams

an urban master plan of the Bays Precinct in outer-Sydney. This design celebrates the importance of local industry to the site by championing existing industrial workings, dramatically altered natural conditions and the unique character of the site’s layered past.

Public Hangouts to Escape the City
Image © Switching Gears – Brinlee Pickering, Clare O’Brien, Grace Hunt, Michele Williams

Source by Australian Institute of Landscape Architects.

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