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EastLink in Top 10 Australian landscape architectures

Landscape Architecture Australia Magazine names EastLink one of Australia's ten most significant works of Australian landscape architecture in 2001-2017.

Landscape Architecture Australia is an authoritative and contemporary record of landscape architecture, urban design and land-use planning in Australia, providing independent reviews of public, commercial and residential projects, plus independent, commissioned comment on the issues facing landscape architecture and its practitioners today. It Is the national magazine of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA).

This month, Landscape Architecture Australia has published a review article in which a highly-qualified expert jury (Catherin Bull, Janet Holmes à Court and Scott Hawken) has selected the ten most significant projects that help frame future directions and challenges for Australian landscape architecture and its profession.

We are delighted to hear that the jury selected EastLink as one of these ten most significant projects. The article says:

"EastLink integrates massive road infrastructure into a culturally and ecologically sensitive landscape to create a compelling work of landscape urbanism."

"The robust arrangement of ecosystems and community facilities in relation to such major infrastructure is a rare achievement."

"The new networks of pedestrian paths and cycleways and of reconstructed wetlands, streams and vegetation, connect ecosystems and suburbs and establish a new benchmark in ecosystem reconstruction."

Alongside EastLink in the top ten, the jury selected two further landscape projects in Victoria: Federation Square, Melbourne; and Royal Botanic Gardens Australian Garden, Cranbourne.

The full article, titled The ten most significant works of Australian landscape architecture 2001–2017, can be read here.

About the jury:

  • Scott Hawken is a researcher and lecturer at the University of New South Wales and co-convenor of the Smart Cities Research Cluster. In his work he uses high-end geospatial technology and satellite data to better understand rapidly emerging urban environments.
  • Catherin Bull is emeritus professor of landscape architecture at the University of Melbourne, adjunct professor at Queensland University of Technology, chair of South Bank Corporation, and a member of the Building Queensland board and of the design directorate of UrbanGrowth NSW. She is also a contributing editor to Landscape Australia.
  • Janet Holmes à Court is owner of the Janet Holmes à Court Collection. She is a chairperson and board member of numerous arts and cultural foundations, organizations and institutions, including the Australian Urban Design Research Centre, the Australian Institute of Architects Foundation and the New York Philharmonic International Advisory Board, among many others.

More about the author of the magazine article:

  • Scott Hawken is a Sydney-based landscape architect and urban design and landscape archaeologist. He lectures in the urban development and design program at UNSW. His research uses remote sensing and geospatial technologies to map and analyse metropolitan open-space systems in archaeological and contemporary contexts.

The EastLink landscape is a significant contributor to EastLink's sustainability

The 2016 GRESB Infrastructure Assessment ranked Melbourne's EastLink 1st for sustainability among transportation assets from across the globe.

The 2016 GRESB Infrastructure Assessment covers the environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance of 134 infrastructure assets and 51 infrastructure funds across 53 countries and six continents.

GRESB ranked EastLink first for transportation asset sustainability. This demonstrates that EastLink is a world-leading infrastructure asset right here in Melbourne.

The EastLink landscape is a significant contributor to EastLink's sustainability. The landscape extends across 480 hectares, and includes 4 million native trees, shrubs and plants, more than 60 wetlands that treat rainwater running off the road surface, the 35km EastLink Trail, 12 public artworks, and distinctive public architecture (e.g. bridges, noise wall panels, tunnel portals and the EastLink Operations Centre in Ringwood).

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