Imagine a city: Swanston Street party & the greening of Melbourne

In 1985, Melbourne’s main thoroughfare, Swanston Street, was closed to traffic, covered with grass and a massive street party thrown in the name of the city’s sesquicentennial celebrations. For the party’s architects however, there was a larger agenda: to bring people back into the city.

First published in Kill Your Darlings 9 September, 2016

Look Again: Tony Birch, Tom Nicholson and Royal Park, Melbourne

“If [Royal Park’s] a place whose history is one of constant state-endorsed incursion, and if so many of its stories are brutal, then isn’t the East West Link just one more inevitable brutality?”

Published in Meanjin, Vol 73 Issue 4

Rob Adams: A lesson in city design

As he turns his focus to succession planning, Rob Adams, director of City Design and Projects at the City of Melbourne, sat down with Lucy Salt to reflect on more than three decades of city building.”

Published in Landscape Architecture Australia, November 2017 / Online 3 April 2018

Dedicated to play: Mary Jeavons

If kids grow up surrounded by fake grass, in inadequately sized rooftop childcare centres [with no natural plantings], or on their screens, then they’re not going to give a toss about nature” – Mary Jeavons, founder and co-director, Jeavons Landscape Architects.

Published in Landscape Architecture Australia, May 2020 / Online 20 July 2020

Killing us softly: the perils of light pollution

Across the globe, the rapid spread of light pollution is having massive negative ramifications for humans and wildlife alike. Meanwhile, the disconnection from the night time sky may have far deeper consequences than many of us appreciate.

Published in Foreground, 21 February, 2019

image: Light pollution affects migrating birds. Photo: Barth Bailey

Heritage at risk: Can Australia’s heritage gardens survive climate change?

People ask ‘why are you growing that?’ There are these layers in plant history, which I find intriguing. I’m acutely aware of plant snobbery … [but] somewhere in the world those plants are possibly rare, endangered or extinct” – Simon Taylor, head gardener, Abbotsford Convent.

Published in Foreground, 5 March, 2018