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Curtin Architecture students ‘grow’ ideas for Public Open Space

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Curtin University fourth and fifth year Architecture Masters students have been tasked with a project that involves redeveloping the old croquet pitch adjacent to the North Perth Community Garden.

Students were asked to take into account the surrounding urban context and consider how a landscape architectural response could invite community members and the public to visit and increase their physical activity within the space.

At a special presentation event to the City of Vincent and the North Perth Community Garden members on 26 June, students received awards for their work for the Architecture as it Grows project in the following categories:

• Centre for Sport and Recreation Research Award for Active Bodies, Active Gardens, Active Communities
• Fini Sustainability Award for Most Professional Costing
• Brickworks Award for Most Site Responsive Materials
• Brickworks Award for Most Innovative Use of Brickworks Products
• North Perth Community Garden Honorary Mention
• North Perth Community Garden Award for Best Design

Rhiannon Carter and Tuan Anh Ngo were both individually awarded Best Design in the competition.

Carter’s project included a trellis and gabion structure, an orchard and a sloped, north-facing seating area.

Ngo’s design incorporated a central timber structure with a native garden, a small terraced amphitheatre and a rain garden.

The City of Vincent and the North Perth Community Garden Committee will review the designs and consider potential options and possibilities for future works at the site.

“I have been blown away by the concepts and ideas of Masters students from the Curtin architecture school. Their presentations offered us a fresh perspective on this underutilised public space and real inspiration for us into the future. I look forward to reviewing the proposals further,” Mayor John Carey said.

Students were supported by community groups, local government (City of Vincent), landscape architects, quantity surveyors (Fini Sustainability), industry (Brickworks) and researchers from the Centre for Sport and Recreation Research at Curtin University and the Department of Sport and Recreation.

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