Last night, the ABC's 7:30 Report featured a piece on climate change and climate adaptation, following the recent news from the Bureau of Meteorology that 2017 was the third hottest year on record.
Libby and one of our Cool Streets Pilot Project residents, Bala, were interviewed to talk about Cool Streets and the ways it is helping to tackle climate change at a local level. It is wonderful to see how the residents have embraced the new trees on their street, and that the trees are growing well with all the love and care from residents like Bala.
To watch the segment, click through to the 7:30 Report's webpage here.
Libby recently joined Sam Stove and Brigitte Duclos on 'The Daily Drive' to chat about the benefits of trees and the Cool Streets initiative. It's great to get the message out there about the benefits of trees in our cities - especially whilst we're in the midst of a heatwave here in Sydney!
To take a listen to the segment, click here.
Or, to visit The Daily Drive's page, click here.
We are very excited that our draft Landscape Masterplan for St Leonards Park in North Sydney is now on public exhibition, and will be publically accessible until Friday, 2 February 2018.
To find out more or to give your feedback, please visit the North Sydney Council website.
It's great to see this recent announcement by the NSW State Government about their initiative to plant more trees to help combat climate change. The Domain reporter, Madeleine Wedesweiler, writes,
On Tuesday, Planning Minister Anthony Roberts announced the government’s “Greener Places” draft policy which views green spaces and plants not just as individual objects but as an important piece of state infrastructure.
Under the policy, the Office of Open Space and Parklands, led by Commissioner Fiona Morrison, will aim to increase the urban tree canopy of Sydney from approximately 16 per cent to 40 per cent.
To read the article, visit the link on The Domain.
The 2017 Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) National Landscape Awards were held last Friday night at The Grounds of Alexandria in Sydney. Gallagher Studio is very proud to have received an Award of Excellence for our Cool Streets Pilot Project, in the Community Contribution category. It was a fantastic night of celebration and we warmly congratulate all the nominees and award winners.
Foreground published a review of the National Landscape Awards, writing;
“It’s hard to sum up a year’s work in a single comment, but it’s really the work of the landscape architect to promote liveability and to get people out in the landscape interacting with one another,” says [Linda] Corkery. “When you look across the categories, across all 81 projects, the large majority of them spoke to public space, active community engagement, and getting people out into nature – especially in dense urban areas."
To read more and view the full list of award recipients, go here.
Libby was recently interviewed by ABC's Richard Aedy to contribute to Radio National's 'The Money' program. 'On the street where you live - money does grow on trees' airs tonight at 5:30pm, or you can download and listen to the audio via the ABC website here.
We're very proud to receive two Awards of Excellence from the NSW Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA).
Our Cool Streets Pilot project won in the Community Contribution category, whilst our Quality of Landscape Study received an award for Landscape Planning.
Congratulations to all our peers and colleagues also received awards on the night!.
Our Cool Streets initiative was recently profiled in Foreground, an online journal focusing on city design, and highlights how greening does not need to be the preserve of the wealthy. Urban tree canopy can be critical for lower income, often socially disadvantaged neighbourhoods and communities who are highly vulnerable to increased urban heat.
Thanks to writer Alan Weedon for a great conversation.
To read the full article, please click here.
Are you a graduate Landscape Architect that's passionate about the public domain and interested in joining Gallagher Studio?
If so - we're hiring!
We are looking for a Graduate Landscape Architect with:
- A degree in Landscape Architecture
- 1 - 2 years’ experience in a design office
- Strong graphics skills with proficiency in Adobe Suite, AutoCAD, Microsoft Office and Sketch Up
- Positive attitude and willingness to collaborate
- Attention to detail and commitment to excellence
- Self-motivated and passionate about the public domain
- Australian resident (no visa restrictions)
If this sounds like you, head on over to the AILA Jobs Board for the full details, or email your cover letter, CV and portfolio (10mb max all attachments please) to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 30th June 2017.
Did you know that our cities are 5C hotter compared to surrounding areas because of the ‘Urban Heat Island'?
Megan Palin shared an article on News.com.au today about the Urban Heat Island and the effect that is having on our cities. The article quotes some alarming statistics, including that "the annual air temperature of a city with one million people can be 1—3C warmer than its surroundings". However the article isn't all doom and gloom - it also details several Australian initiatives that are helping to tackle this significant problem, including our own Cool Streets™ initiative. We're very proud of our Cool Streets™ project, and believe that we all need to play a part in tackling climate change. You can find more information on the Cool Streets™ initative over at www.coolstreets.com.au .
Gallagher Studio has moved offices! We're still in the same building, but have moved just around the corner to Suite 4.
As of Tuesday 18th April 2017, Gallagher Studio's new address is:
Suite 4, 151 Foveaux Street, Surry Hills, NSW, 2010
Our phone number remains unchanged.
Yesterday, ABC Radio Sydney published an article "Sydney squeeze: Lower your electricity bills and reduce the heat island effect by planting more trees" as part of their week-long investigation into Sydney's future. The coverage includes everything from the cost of living to the impact on the environment, and our own Dr Libby Gallagher was contacted to provide insight as to how trees can help cool our cities, reduce CO2 emissions and reduce resident's power bills.
Amanda Hoh wrote:
Last year Blacktown City Council received State Government funding to trial a pilot program that saw more trees planted in Boonderoo Avenue in Glenwood.
The council partnered with the Cool Streets initiative that was developed by landscape architect Dr Libby Gallagher, whose PhD found changes to street design could reduce CO2 emissions, cool neighbourhoods and reduce power bills for residents.
"I found that you could basically achieve much higher levels of reduced energy consumption by planting effective trees on their street," Dr Gallagher said.
"As the trees grow, the projected outcome for these streets was that when [the trees] were at maturity they could achieve really significant benefits ... provide shading, shaving electricity bills by up to $400 per annum."
To read the full article, click here:
To visit the Cool Streets website click here:
Today, the Rouse Hill Courier published an article entitled 'Glenwood goes green' on their website. Meg Francis wrote:
A Glenwood street has brought down the temperature but turned up the heat on tackling climate change.
The Cool Streets project, hosted by Boonderoo Avenue, was recognised in the 2016 Local Government NSW Excellence in the Environment Awards when it won the climate change action award.
Gallagher Studio director Libby Gallagher, who led the project, said the organisation were blown away by the success of the Australia-first initiative. “The pilot project grew from my PHD at the University of Sydney into the potential of streets and street trees to tackle urban heat and mitigate climate change,” Dr Gallagher said.
To read the full article, click here:
To go to the Cool Streets website, click here:
We are very pleased to share that Cool Streets won the Climate Action Award at the Local Government NSW Excellence in the Environment Awards this week. Cool Streets Pilot Project is a community – led implementation project supported by Blacktown Council and developed by Gallagher Studio in collaboration with CRED Consulting. This pilot is part of a wider initiative called Cool Streets, developed by the project team to empower communities to cool their neighbourhoods through interactive participatory decision making. Have a look at the short video below, which explains the project.
Check out the Cool Streets website, here
Gallagher Studio is proud to recognise the achievement of Allison Sainty, with the recent announcement that Allison has been awarded with the National Landscape Architecture Australia Student Prize* for 2015.
The jury was unanimous in selecting Allison's project, 'Forgotten Industry, Future Form' as the 2015 National prize winner, stating that the "...project is built upon a clearly articulated enquiry and presents a sophisticated response to an industrial heritage setting." As part of the prize, Allison’s work has been published in the February 2016 issue of Landscape Architecture Australia magazine. A link to the announcement and online article can be found here: http://architectureau.com/articles/2015-landscape-student-prize/
* The Landscape Architecture Australia Student Prize recognises the finest graduating projects being produced in Australian Landscape Architecture education. One student is nominated from each university based on their graduating project and end-of-year presentation, with the projects then facing a blind jury process in order to select one student to be awarded with the National prize.
Industrial structures are often seen as less worthy of heritage status. For Glebe Island in particular, industry was critical for the development of Sydney and Australia's thriving wheat trade of the 1900's. ‘Forgotten Industry, Future Form’ is a project enriched by its industrial past, incorporating buildings and structures into the design of a new urban centre. Taking cues from the full range of Glebe Island’s history, this project aims to answer the question: “How can a site’s past inform a new future for a place?”
The adaptation of the existing silos into a gallery and library takes centrestage, and its landmark status is used to reinforce the importance of this place in the wider landscape. A light rail stop, a new theatre, plazas and event spaces all work together to create a vibrant urban hub.
A large waterfront park encourages appreciation of the monolithic industrial remnants, particularly the remaining overhead structures. Interaction with the harbour, play spaces, park amenities and a civic link connecting the light rail stop to the waterfront are all provided in this area of the site.
Finally, a reinterpreted and structured landscape whose design is based on the location of the much larger former silos provides spaces for both passive and active uses. This space would lead from the main road up toward the reopened Glebe Island Bridge, allowing visitors to take in expansive views of the masterplan’s urban cut park toward the city and Harbour Bridge along the way.
‘Forgotten Industry, Future Form’ is a project that not only looks to the past for inspiration, but also builds on its heritage to take this landscape into the future – providing an integrated, vibrant and dynamic urban hub for tomorrow.
Landscape Architecture Australia (Feb 2016, Issue 149) published the details of the wining student projects.
It’s encouraging to see that governments at all levels are embracing the use of street tree planting to cool our cities. The Sydney Morning Herald has an article on February 22nd discussing how councils in the western suburbs of Sydney are increasing tree canopy cover to cool the city and refers to a pilot project Gallagher Studio have undertaken called Cool Streets for Blacktown City Council.(http://www.smh.com.au/environment/urban-heat-island-effect-encompassing-western-sydney-20160119-gm97ps.html)
The Cool Streets Blacktown pilot project was developed from my PHD research “Beyond “Green Streets – Mitigating Climate Change through Residential Street Design”. My research found that street trees can not only cool neighbourhoods but have significant economic benefits. For example shade from a mature street tree could save an adjacent household over $400 per year in reduced residential air conditioning costs.
My research found that one of the biggest challenges to adopting more street tree canopy cover is implementation – how do you increase street tree planting in highly contested street environments where authorities, service providers and residents can conflict? Do we need to overcome a “not in my backyard” mentality within the wider community? Our pilot project has tackled this by exploring ways to encourage greater community participation in street tree planting and we have conducted on site consultation events in Blacktown to test these methods. Despite the perception that residents are averse to more street trees on their streets we found communities keen to adopt cool streets in their neighbourhoods.