‘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.

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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. 


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

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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. 


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