Why do we seek escape from the city, and what forms of escape can we find within the urban environment? Three finalist teams have produced some exciting and innovative designs for public space city ‘hangouts’ in the This Public Space landscape architecture competition, including an inner-city wetland stream, disaster-resilient social parks for Wellington, and an activity precinct for a Sydney industrial area.
More than 231 university students in 77 teams entered the competition run as part of the Festival of Landscape Architecture: This Public Life, with the winner to be announced on Thursday 13 October 2015.
The two finalist submissions from New Zealand are:
• Urban Streaming by Sian Du, Christine Blunden and Tama Whiting is an inner-city wetland design for Te Aro, Wellington that exposes a historic stream throughout the CBD to enhance social interaction with water.
• Aftershock by Alex Prujean, Katie Nguyen and Michael Cook 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 for the Te Aro region.
The finalist submission from Australia is:
• Switching Gears by Brinlee Pickering, Clare O’Brien, Grace Hunt and Michele Williams, propose 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.