Unlandscaped, the Landscape Architecture Australia prize for unrealized landscapes, recognizes thought-provoking responses to contemporary issues.
The winners of this year’s prize were announced at a function in Sydney on Thursday 6 May 2010. In a first for the program, the prize was shared between two winning submissions: Outr] [Rtn for Meander Erosion and McGregor Coxall for Vartov Square Copenhagen.
The jury praised the poetics and aesthetics of the plant-based landscape architecture displayed in McGregor Coxall’s proposal for Vartov Square. “The fundamentals of landscape architecture are adroitly employed to create a vibrant contemporary landscape within an historic setting. At the same time the designers have pushed beyond the boundaries of contemporary practice in water saving urban design,” they said.
Outr] [Rtn’s Meander Erosion proposal, located on the Usumacinta River between Mexico and Guatemala, looks at geomorphological change in the Usumacinta River corridor. “Meander Erosion presents a technique (or a methodology) for approaching complexity rather than a defined outcome,” the jury said.
Full details of the winning projects appear in the May issue of Landscape Architecture Australia. Unlandscaped is an annual program open to landscape architects, graduates, students and other built environment professionals and students who are invited to enter their unrealized projects, propositions and scenarios. The overall winner receives a prize of $3,000.