RMIT Master of Landscape Architecture graduate Matthew Kneale has won TCL Melbourne's 2018 Student Award with his final thesis project Power Tools.
Matthew’s project explores “new strategies for the procurement of landscape architecture” through combining top-down governance with bottom-up activism.
He draws on his insider knowledge of working in government to empower communities to have greater bottom-up influence in the planning and design of the places they live. He does this by developing a website called DIY STREET that contains a collection of manuals and tools to lobby government.
Through his top-down research he argues that landscape architects must be positioned within the highest levels of State and Federal bureaucracies to have substantive influence in the planning and design of places in Australia.
The TCL Student Award is a $1,000 AUD cash prize awarded to a thesis project at RMIT University that demonstrates a high level of innovation and rigor while offering practical “real-world” applications.