Jock & Anton receive AILA National Awards

Following their success at the state level, two of our staff received further recognition at the AILA National awards last week.

Our Practice Professor, Anton James, is a director of JMDdesign. They received the highest level of award — 'Excellence' — in the Parks and Open Spaces category for the Bungarribee at Doonside project.

This project succeeds in creating a transformational parkland that artfully integrates play into the natural landscape. Connecting paths invite you to explore the natural landscape of the grassland and the creek which is repaired and given prominence. The design frames and celebrates the existing natural landscape allowing the visitor to appreciate the striking landscape of the grasslands, the big open sky and distant views whilst hinting at the pastoral and industrial past of the site.

The over-scaled, play features are sculptural landmarks that create iconic gathering spaces that are subtly connected to the industrial objects from nearby. The park provides a substantial new typology of open space for western Sydney that includes inspiring places to play and socialize whilst revealing the cultural past and restoring the natural qualities of the place.

AILA National Jury comments

Jock Gilbert, a lecturer in the discipline, was one of the collaborators on the Interpretive Wonderings project, which was awarded in the Research, Policy, and Communication Category.

Interpretive wonderings is an important and beautiful body of design research, a collation of interrelated events that originated from an invitation to map the landscape of an aboriginal community owned station property in southern NSW. The research, the product of a collaboration between cultures, through art and design, on Country, challenges the conventions of ‘mapping’ and cartography, while also illustrating a rich visual interpretation of Culpra Station.

The work offers a critical approach to the environmental challenges we now face, illustrating how the sharing of knowledge systems might broaden and deepen our understanding, and thereby shed new light on how we might sustain Australia’s fragile landscape for future generations. It shows the diversity of our industry and the power of the landscape in its collective understanding of place. At the same time, it establishes a valuable framework for collaboration between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in the future, and as such, is an important step on the path to Reconciliation.

AILA National Jury comments

You can read more about both projects in our previous post regarding the AILA NSW awards.

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