I was recently in Townsville for Evoke, the regional architecture conference.
My duties - if you could call something so enjoyable a duty - included hosting a session featuring Australian artist Robyn Backen, and landscape architects Matthew Flynn and Ana Maria Pinto from Costa Rican practice, VIDA.
My grandparents used to live in Townsville so it was a place I visited often as a kid. It's been a long time since I've been back, though, so here are a few thoughts from a whirlwind trip.
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" This is the power of gathering: it inspires us, delightfully, to be more hopeful, more joyful, more thoughtful: in a word, more alive.”
A few thoughts on the joy of inhabiting the public spaces of our cities.
Australia’s Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, recently encouraged the Centennial Park Trustand the NSW Environment Minister to seek National Heritage listing for this significant and popular Sydney park.
Writing for his own website, Mr Turnbull said:
“A great city needs great parks. Unless they are set aside in the city’s youth, they are hard to retrofit after development has taken over.
And once established they need to be jealously protected – as the city grows those green, open spaces are more precious than ever.”
I recently discussed the Prime Minister's comments with AILA President, Daniel Bennett, in an article published on Sourceable.
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