Staff & Students Shortlisted in Future Park Competition

The Future Park Design Ideas Competition challenged professional and emerging landscape architects, urban designers, architects and planners to speculate on new park possibilities for a future Melbourne.

Ata Tara, a Lecturer in the discipline, worked with Duncan Gibbs to develop an entry, Occupying Transience, that was shortlisted in the competition. Their entry aims to demonstrate how major infrastructure can be literally overcome re-establishing relationships between divided landscapes, whilst creating the potential for new and innovative programmes to be inserted into these lineal spaces. This is the establishment of a new and rich topography; a place of stillness and pleasure over a landscape of alternating speed and traffic jams; over a typology of a ‘non-place’; a windscreen landscape.

Ailish Cook and Daniel Ichallalene’s entry, Pro Tempore, began as part of a lower pool design studio taught by Brent Greene. It was also shortlisted as part of the competition. The project seeks to expand Melbourne’s ecological notions through the curation of performative spontaneous ecologies within a contemporary urban framework. Sited in E-Gate, the proposal considers how the dormant and contaminated post industrial site can be used to provide Melbourne with a new large scale public space.

Congratulations also to Marti Fooks, a graduate of our Master of Landscape Architecture program, for winning the competition with an entry that was developed with University of Melbourne landscape architecture students.

The Future Park Design Ideas Competition was presented by the University of Melbourne, in partnership with Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, and sponsored by RMIT University. The 31 shortlisted designs are being exhibited throughout October in the Melbourne School of Designs’ Dulux Gallery. More information is also available online.

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