Category: Competitions

The Sea Change 2030+ organised by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects was an ideas competition, intentionally ‘open’ for any type of landscape / seascape proposal for the Sydney Harbour responding to global climate change and sea level rise.

The solution offered by me and talented graphic designer Kamila Matla was a floating bio-remediation island linked to form modular archipelagos.

The multi-functional structure contains shellfish lines for sewage absorbtion and carbon sequestration, artificial reef habitat, intertidal mud banks with options for a nesting beach, sun bathing beach or mangrove plantation.

This solution offers a short-term staging post for displaced populations until sea levels stabilise and natural / semi natural landforms and habitats evolve.

Considering we were a two person team and the top three teams contained an average of ten people, we were very pleased to be one of five projects featured on the AILA’s web page.

Sydney Harbour possesses some of the most iconic landmarks in the world, and Sydney-siders are understandably proud and protective of their heritage. The team proposal for Darling Harbour was as much a planning and land use exercise as it was about landscape beautification.

As well as working on the submission, I had the pleasure of being asked to hand deliver to the competition organisers in Sydney, a metre square model which was made in China. However, just as I had cleared passport control at Sydney International Airport, to my horror, I saw the luggage handler push it along a conveyor belt and watched aghast as it fell to the floor! Needless to say, I spent that evening in the hotel room with a lot of glue and a lot of patience. The model was nonetheless delivered on time.

This submission was undertaken whilst at Belt Collins International Hong Kong Ltd. I co-ordinated the graphic presentation, conceived the photomontages and proposed the planting palettes as part of the three person team. We received a Diploma for reaching second place (out of over 150 entries), an illustrated write-up in a publication dedicated to the International Design Competition, as well as television coverage in Poland.

Whilst living in Athens, I was approached by Bobotis Architects to create the landscape component of their submission for the old airport site.

The team came fifth in the international competition (out of over 100 entries) with the landscape scheme proposing habitat enhancement of endemic garigue, maquis and sclerophyllic vegetation communities.

This fifth placed international award submission responded to the detailed design brief to enhance the river corridor and provide social, recreational and ecological benefits to encourage developments and communities to ‘face the water’ rather than turn their backs to what was formerly a polluted and underutilized space.

Twelve people worked on this submission for a park to be developed by the Tychy Water Authority.

The proposal explored the states of the water (liquid, solid, precipitous mist and fog, vapour steam), and the layout responded to the existing park footpath network.

Regrettably,  the team’s report submission omitted to add the estimated cost of realisation as requested in the competition rules, and was thus disqualified. Interestingly, no first place was awarded.