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Congratulations to our Industry Professor James Hayter of Oxigen for several significant wins in the AILA SA 2018 Awards announced last week. They included an Infrastructure Award for the O-Bahn City Access Project and an Adventure and Nature Play garden at Loreto College. The jury said of the play garden:

‘Oxigen’s approach to children’s play spaces as play gardens has provided a series of wonderfully rich spaces full of opportunity for discovery, risk, learning and interaction with nature. The two connected gardens respond to the school͛s vision for outdoor learning and the inclusion of horticultural education into the general curriculum. The gardens encourage creativity and foster physical and social interaction, as well as an appreciation of nature and ecology. They also provide an opportunity for students to eat food they have grown themselves. The simple, overall philosophy of creating oases that stimulate senses has been successfully realised through interpreting six different, sequentially experienced microclimates, which include diverse planting palettes, natural landscape elements and a variety of textures, colours and scents, as well as physical challenges.’

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‘The Oaklands Park and Wetland project has redeveloped the former Oaklands Park Driver Development Centre site into an important community asset. A tenacious partnership between the City of Marion, the Mount Lofty Ranges NRM Board, State and Federal governments saw the vision realised after years of unsuccessful attempts. Community buy-in and ownership of the park and wetlands has ensured that it is a valued space for community to recreate, explore nature, interact with water or just relax. A key component of the park is the constant flow wetland and aquifer storage and recovery, which captures, cleans and supplies water for the greening of 30 other open spaces, which would otherwise have been lost. The constant flow wetland system also provides permanent water closer to park activities by achieving narrower batter widths and reduced vertical separation at the edges. TCL (Taylor Cullity Lethlean) capitalised on this, strategically locating different uses around the wetland, determining the interface between water and land, providing multiple ways to interact with the water͛s edge. It is impressive to see Council working with their partners to deliver a successful water reuse scheme, and using that feature to create a multi-use space for community enjoyment.’

TCL was also the recipient of the Urban Design Award of Excellence for the Adelaide Riverbank Precinct Public Realm with Ashton Raggart McDougall. ARM director Ian McDougall is an alumni and past professor of the School. The much-anticipated Adelaide Riverbank Precinct Public Realm Redevelopment by ARM with TCL will undoubtedly make an extremely significant contribution to the Riverbank Precinct and to Adelaide city. The team are to be highly commended for the quality and resolution of the design, including resolution of complex and diverse programmes, and problematic grades and levels, to enable, for the first time, complete connection between the River and the greater city.

For further information visit the AILA website.

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Congratulations to our long-standing School supporters and industry lecturers Warwick Keates and Amanda Balmer of WAX Design. WAX received four awards for public spaces and a private garden, as well as the Future Leaders Award that went to their valued staff member, the wonderful Katarina Baumann. A key project that has garnered rave reviews is the Willunga Mainstreet Project. In receiving the Cultural Heritage Award ofExcellence, the judges noted:

‘The Willunga Mainstreet Project has transformed the town centre into a beautifully crafted setting that evokes Willunga͛s natural history, local stories, settlement past and contemporary future. The key design principles of celebration, repair, correction, replacement and creation, have informed a coherent strategy to unify the diverse narratives and cultural overlays which were uncovered through extensive consultation. Reference to the early surveying device, Gunter͛s Chain, interprets the settlement history of Willunga and the transformation of the landscape from Aboriginal management to European occupation. Artefacts embedded into sculptural seating invite curiosity and enhance the narrative. Locally sourced Willunga Slate used for paving, seating walls, and stormwater drains has been hand-crafted by local artisans. WAX Design and their creative partners are to be highly commended for the delivery of a finely executed precinct, delightfully layered with historical narratives and local content.’

For further information visit the AILA website.

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Practice: WAX Design School of Architecture and Built Environment graduate Katarina Baumann was recognised – with much cheering – for her leadership and strong commitment to the profession at the AILA SA awards on the evening of Friday 27 July. Congratulations Katarina! Katarina has demonstrated that she not only has a passion for design and […]

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Eco Outdoor is holding an Architectural Master Class with Glenn Murcutt. The Glenn Murcutt Master Class is an innovative two-week design programme held in September that has become a major annual event on the global architecture calendar. The first week is held at ‘Riversdale’, the Arthur and Yvonne Boyd Education Centre on the stunning Shoalhaven […]

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