RMIT landscape architecture researchers have received global acclaim for their pop-up park design, built for an international forum.
Members of RMIT’s Office of Urban Transformations Research (OUTR) were awarded the chance to create a pop-up park at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Parks Congress in Sydney last year.
The Nature’s Cathedral design, led by Associate Professor Rosalea Monacella and Senior Lecturer Craig Douglas, was selected as the winning entry by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) and a jury of experts around Australia.
The competition was created by AILA as a way of educating people about the link between green space and human health and wellbeing.
Associate Professor Monacella said the she was pleased with the collaboration between OUTR, AILA, Parks Victoria, TriPoint Rigging Services and Design Landscapes.
“It was great team work in terms of getting things done in such a short time frame,” she said.
“We received wonderful feedback: people were really enjoying the park, falling asleep, working and conversing in the space.”
The inventive park design, which was renamed #getparked once built on site, was moulded into a breathtaking installation, with trees suspended, exposed and held in stasis by a scaffold armature.
“The installation was intended to inspire and challenge the viewer’s understanding of what a park is, and perhaps what parks could be,” she said.
Occurring once a decade, the IUCN event and exhibition draws more than 4000 delegates from 160 countries to focus attention on the value and importance of parks.
This year’s forum, Parks, people, planet: inspiring solutions, discussed original approaches for conservation and development; exploring nature’s answers to some of the world’s most pressing challenges.
OUTR was also recently awarded Joint Second Prize in the Cronulla Design Ideas Competition, for their project In the Loop, seeking to revitalise the centre of the Sydney seaside suburb.