Green design recognised by landscape architecture awards

February 15 / 151

Burnley Demonstration Green Roof. Photo: John Rayner
Burnley Demonstration Green Roof. Photo: John Rayner

A spectacular green roof, a technical green infrastructure guide and a grasslands conservation guide are three projects developed by staff at the University’s Burnley campus that have been recognised in the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) Victorian State awards.

The Burnley Demonstration Green Roof, a project involving collaboration between the Green Infrastructure Research team at Burnley campus and international design practice HASSELL, won the major design award for its “strikingly bold landscape” with walkways, seating spaces, teaching nodes and over 3000 plants.
 
The innovative roof has attracted many visitors since it opened in 2013 and illustrates the possibilities of greening our underutilised urban roof spaces.
 
“The award recognises that science underpins the design, from the choice of lightweight soils that can be used to maximise depths, to understanding the tolerances and water needs of thousands of different plants,” said John Rayner, a senior lecturer in urban horticulture at Burnley Campus.
 
 John Rayner is also the co-author, with Dr Sue Murphy from the Faculty of Science, of The Growing Green Guide, which took out the Research and Communication Award.
 
The publication provides guidelines on the design and construction of green roofs, walls and facades, helping everyone from builders, architects, landscape architects and beyond. “It demonstrates the importance of making research accessible to industry and how science can underpin decisions around design development,” John Rayner asserts. “We’re not going to survive in cities if we don’t green them, the Growing Green Guide is a way of helping that along.”
 
In one of the major awards of the night, acknowledging his outstanding contribution to the profession, Adrian Marshall took out AILA Victoria’s President’s Award for his work on ‘Start the Grasslands’ for the Victorian National Parks Association.
 
Presenting a rigorous new model of best practice for preserving grasslands, Australia’s most endangered ecosystem, ‘Start with the Grasslands’ provides design guidelines that focus on urban grassland remnants, synthesising ecological research, environmental psychology, history, social studies and landscape architecture.

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