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Three TCL Projects Shortlisted - Urban Design Awards 2017

August 2017

TCL's Elizabeth Quay, Henley Square and Monash University Caulfield Campus Green shortlisted for Urban Design Awards.

Congratulations to our collaborators, including MRA - Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority, Troppo Architects and Monash University.

[Via Landscape Australia]

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Writing the Australian landscape

August 2017

Australia's landscape has always loomed large in the country's literature. From Tim Winton to Georgia Blain, the island continent has made for great reading – and a recent poetry collection from the award-winning poet Mark Tredinnick continues in this fine tradition.

From Banjo Patterson’s romantic portraits of Australiana, to the evocative NSW hinterland of the late Georgia Blain, Australian landscapes have always loomed large in our stories. With this in mind, a recent collaboration between landscape architecture practice Taylor Cullity Lethlean (TCL) and the award-winning Australian poet Mark Treddinick represents a natural alignment of interests.

[Via Fore-ground]

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American Landscape Architecture Magazine: 'The Wharf at Work’

June 2017

The June edition of the American Landscape Architecture Magazine features the TCL and Wraight + Associates designed Auckland Waterfront with photo essay and text by Gweneth Leigh, ASLA.

Read more at: Landscape Architecture Magazine 

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Vale Adam Burgess

May 2017

TCL extend our deepest sympathies to the family of Adam Burgess. 

Adam, who died recently, was the curator of the living collections at the Arboretum and one of the signifcant driving forces behind its success. He was passionate, funny, engaging and inspiring. His infectuous enthusiam connected many to the stories of the forests. These trees, as they continue to reach for the sky, will host his beautiful spirit. 

Photograph by Adam Burgess (Pyrus calleryana 'Callery Pear' Forest looking out to Dairy Farmers Hill)

Sad loss: Remembering National Arboretum horticulturalist Adam Burgess and his contribution to Canberra tourism landmark - ABC Canberra Breakfast with Dan Bourchier


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The winning design embodies the spirit of Australia – The Australian Embassy, Washington

May 2017

TCL are proud to have been appointed as landscape architects for the design of Australia’s new Embassy in Washington DC, with Bates Smart commissioned for the building.

The team was appointed to design the building and landscape following an invited competition in late 2016.  “The winning design embodies the spirit of Australia through direct references to the distinctive Australian landscape: its bright and clear natural light and open skies, its warm materiality and its vast scale. The use of these associations will create a civic building and symbol of Australia that is welcoming and enduring” - the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Read more about the project on ArchitectureAU

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‘Overflowing with activity, colour and laughter’ – TCL’s new university plaza

April 2017

Monash University Northern plaza has come to fruition with the precinct now open for the start of the university year.

The Plaza project reflects a broader trend in the design of university spaces to host staff, students and the wider community in a more varied range of ways. Universities also need to provide for growing student populations, and a greater proportion of students to choosing live on-campus, with access to multipurpose open space.

Read the full article here

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Celebrating our Talents #IWD2017

March 2017

TCL Associate Lisa Howard has recently been promoted to the new position of Studio Principal. Lisa has over 13 years’ experience with TCL. Her exceptional skills in conceptual visualisation, design and leadership are valued qualities that will continue to inform the studio’s success in a multitude of local and international projects. Congratulation’s Lisa. 

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The ten most significant works of Australian landscape architecture 2001–2017

March 2017

Three TCL projects announced as the most significant works of Australian landscape architecture.

TCL’s Australian Garden, National Arboretum Canberra and North Terrace Redevelopment projects were recently announced by AILA (Australian Institute of Landscape Architects) as three of the ten most significant works of Australian landscape architecture in the last 16 years.

Following the success of AILA’s Landscape Exhibition at the National Gallery in Canberra, a jury comprising Catherin Bull, Janet Holmes à Court and Scott Hawken selected ten projects that have helped frame the future directions and challenges of the profession.

The jury described the Australian Garden as "decisively moving conversations forward on identity, politics, and urging us to both reconsider and recreate with our national identity."

Canberra’s National Arboretum was selected "as raising awareness as a startling stand-alone urban biodiversity project on an extraordinary spatial and temporal scale"

and the North Terrace Redevelopment was described "as a champion that continues to illustrate the importance of streets and squares in our cities and highlights the paucity of such spaces in Australian cities generally."

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An Exhibition to Celebrate Poet Mark Tredinnick’s Creative Residency

February 2017

Last December TCL held an exhibition at the Adelaide studio to celebrate the Poet Mark Tredennick’s highly expansive and inspiring time as the 2016 Kevin Taylor Legacy ‘Creative in Residence’.  Mark’s suit of 10 poems, displayed as large floating banners interpreted themes from TCL’s design for the Bendigo Botanic Garden - ‘Garden of the Future’.    

In addition art works by many at TCL responded to a number of Mark’s earlier published works. 

In Mark’s words :

The office became a gallery, ….a forest of sculpted thought and word.

As I’d hoped, my work for the firm became work with the firm. An ekphrasis. A garden. A future. 

For all at TCL Mark’s masterly and evocative poems, as well as his writing workshops and involvement in a number of projects certainly extended us in our pursuit for an expanded field of Landscape Architecture. 

To see all the artworks from the evening visit our blog https://tickleblog.com.au/

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Point Nepean National Park Information Day

January 2017

Join us tomorrow. Saturday 21st January at the Point Nepean Portsea Craft Market.

TCL are teaming up with Parks Victoria for a Point Nepean National Park Information Day, in the park from 9-2pm. There will be a presentation at 11am and during the remaining time, an opportunity to speak with the project team. For more information visit the Parks Victoria website. 

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The secrets of summer gardening are based on survival

January 2017

The floral bounty of spring has passed and plants can be reeling from too much sun, not enough water, hot wind and distracted owners. But high summer doesn't have to be a horticultural low point – as with all gardening, growing happy, healthy plants through the hottest, driest months comes down to appropriate species selection and good soil care.

The Australian Garden in Cranbourne is a great public example of how native gardeners can shape, hedge and variously train native species. Here shrubs are pruned to look like small trees and trees are trimmed into green walls.

Words by Megan Backhouse. Megan is a writer for The Age, to find out more about the secrets of summer gardening survival read her full article here

Photography by Paul Thompson