‘This Public Space’ landscape architecture competition set to announce winner

Start Date: 15 Oct 2015 - 08:00AM

End Date: 15 Oct 2015 - 05:00PM

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The 2015 Festival of Landscape Architecture aims to bring together international and local thinkers and practitioners from the arts and sciences to explore public life. 'This Public Space', a competition run as part of the festivities, is set to unearth student designs that will innovate public spaces.

Run by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects and proudly sponsored by Intergrain, 'This Public Space' has unveiled student proposals that aim to innovate public spaces or 'hangouts'. Three finalists have been selected across Australia and New Zealand, with the winner to be announced on Thursday 15 October.

Developed as part of the 2015 Festival of Landscape Architecture, the brief for 'This Public Space' was to develop innovative programming and design strategies that aim to make public spaces more inclusive. 77 entries were received by university groups, with the three finalists named as:

- 'Urban Streaming' by New Zealand students Sian Du, Christine Blunden and Tama Whiting, which encourages social interaction with water in Wellington's inner-city wetlands.
- 'Aftershock' by Alex Prujean, Katie Nguyen and Michael Cook, which suggests disaster-resilient parks in New Zealand's Te Aro region that also serve as relief zones.
- 'Switching Gears' by Sydney's Brinlee Pickering, Clare O’Brien, Grace Hunt and Michele Williams, which celebrates the local Bays Precinct industry by taking existing public industrial structures and altering them in an inviting and unique way.

Each of the finalists will present to the esteemed panel of judges, which is composed of David van der Leer of New York's Van Alen Institute, Ana Abram from the Amphibious Lab in the UK, Cassandra Chilton of HASSELL and Adam Husband from Intergrain.

The Festival of Landscape Architecture will run until 20 October 2015.