It’s no secret that Adelaide is scattered with greenery and lovely parks – heck, our city centre is even encompassed by lush parklands and gardens. And in recognition of such things, 18 of Adelaide’s best parks and playgrounds have been revealed and awarded.
The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) – aka the peak body for landscape architecture in Australia – announced the winners of the 2023 SA State Awards which were ranked for their ability to prepare for and respond to climate change.
AILA SA Jury Chair, Carina Green, says, “The ever-increasing pace of change brings uncertainty about the future. This year, many projects tackled the imperative for greening and habitat creation, ensuring biodiversity and cooling measures are prevalent while increasing and retaining tree canopy across the state.
“Through meaningful collaboration and strategic thinking, landscape architects can help communities adapt and plan for change, and even thrive. Understanding the drivers of change, and preparing for them, will create resilient communities.”
AILA SA President, Daniel Bennett, says, “Whilst many talk about the impacts of a changing climate, connecting with Country, understanding our city’s character and building better places, landscape architects are getting on with it….and the awards are living evidence of it.”
Four public parks and playgrounds were standouts amongst the judges including: Kensington Wama/Kensington Gardens Reserve, Granite Island Causeway, South Parklands Wetland, and Thorndon Park Playground.
But without further ado – here are the 18 winners of the 2023 Australian Institute of Landscape Architects SA State Awards:
- Adelaide Festival Plaza Stage 1: ARM, TCL, ASPECT Studios -Landscape Architecture Award
- Magill Village Redevelopment: JPE Design Studio – Landscape Architecture Award
- Granite Island Causeway: Tract in collaboration with Cox – Award of Excellence
- Adelaide Garden Guide for New Homes: Clover Green Space and Green Adelaide with State Planning Commission – Landscape Architecture Award
- Aldinga Payinthi College Campus: Swanbury Penglase with ASPECT Studios – Landscape Architecture Award
- Blackfriars Priory School Jubilee Walkway: Swanbury Penglase – Landscape Architecture Award
- St Joseph’s School Tranmere: WAX Design – Landscape Architecture Award
- Dover Street Reserve: Swanbury Penglase – Landscape Architecture Award
- South Parklands Wetlands: TCL – Award of Excellence
- Kensington Wama/Kensington Gardens Reserve: ASPECT Studios, Southfront, The City of Burnside – Award of Excellence
- Pasadena Biodiversity Corridor: Outerspace Landscape Architects, City of Mitcham, Water Technology – Landscape Architecture Award
- Thorndon Park Playground: JPE Design Studio – Award of Excellence
- Fire Circle: TCL – Award of Excellence
- Wilberforce Walk: Landskap & City of Unley – Landscape Architecture Award
- Adelaide City Skatepark: Convic Landscape – Architecture Award
- Prospect Road Regeneration Project: WAX Design – Landscape Architecture Award
- Aldinga Payinthi College Campus: Swanbury Penglase with ASPECT Studios – Commendation
- Revitalising Duthy Street: City of Unley – Commendation
All winners at the State Awards level are all set to proceed to the National Landscape Architecture Awards which will be held in late-2023.
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