Leichhardt Park Child Care Centre Opens

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We are pleased to announce that the Leichhardt Park Child Care Centre is open for business and providing a rich learning environment for children up to 5 years old. Leichhardt City Council developed the centre located on the southern edge of Leichhardt Park adjoining Leichhardt Oval and Aquatic Centre in response to growing demand for childcare facilities.

Corkery Consulting was engaged by Council to prepare the design concept, detailed design and documentation for the outdoor play areas associated with the new childcare centre, working in collaboration with Dillon Savage Architects. Our design team included Noel and Linda Corkery, Eladio Hernando, Terry Boyle and Ben Danks.

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Linda appointed Professor at UNSW


We are delighted to announce that Linda has been promoted to Professor in the Faculty of Built Environment at UNSW, as of 1 January 2019.

The process of promotion to Professor is rigorous, involving endorsement from Faculty and University promotions committees. This promotion recognises Linda’s outstanding and sustained contributions in leadership, teaching and research.   

Linda has twice served as Director of UNSW’s Landscape Architecture Program: first, from mid-1999 through December 2003, and again from 2011 through 2013. She has been serving as Acting Discipline Director since mid-2018. Linda teaches across the four years of the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture Program as well as in the new Master of Landscape Architecture, while continuing to supervise research Masters and PhD students.

In October last year, Linda completed a two-year term as National President of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects and continues to contribute to AILA activities on the National Advocacy and Continuing Professional Development Committees.

As a Director of Corkery Consulting Linda applies her depth of knowledge and familiarity with current research to inform projects that are undertaken by the practice. Her research broadly addresses issues around people and place, and is focused on how landscape planning and design can mitigate the impacts of climate change and increase both human and ecological resilience. Linda has recently co-edited a book titled, Designing Cities with Children and Young People: Beyond Playgrounds and Skateparks. Currently she is chief investigator on a federally-funded research project called “Smart Social Spaces” that uses technology installed on and around street furniture to collect data on how people engage with each other and with these public places. This work will assist local government by providing real-time data to inform their strategic decision making and assist planning current operations.

Linda presents ‘Green City, Resilient City’ in Hong Kong

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Linda was a guest speaker in Hong Kong on 29 September at the Seminar Series on Strategic Approaches in Design and Environment. Organised by Technological and Higher Education Institute the Seminar was focused on Sustainable Placemaking and drew both local and international speakers.

Linda presented a paper titled ‘Green City, Resilient City’ in which she emphasised that the long term liveability and sustainability of cities requires the generation of new green space and upgrading of existing open space as essential components of green infrastructure. Linda stressed the close link between the health of urban environments and residents, and their capacity to ‘bounce back’ from acute and chronic stresses that are occurring more frequently due to climate change.

Linda encouraged landscape architects, planners, architects and urban designers to think strategically about the protection and renewal of existing urban green spaces as well as the creation of new open space to meet the needs of existing and future communities for healthy, liveable and resilient urban environments.

Elizabeth McCrea Park Playground grand opening


We are proud to announce that Elizabeth McCrea Park Playground was reopened by Lord Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore. The park has particular significance for the Lord Mayor as it is located in the area where she began her very successful political career.

The new sand pit and play facilities were fully tested on the opening day by kids ranging from toddlers up to about 6 year olds. The play opportunities include a new circular sand pit with pre-cast concrete seating walls and integrated timber play deck. Other play opportunities are provided by balancing beams, sandstone blocks, central climbing structure with slide, swings, extensive seating and a new shade structure. A lawn area is provided for informal play and planting includes ground cover plants together with trees to provide additional shade and visual delight.

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Urban Ecology Renewal Investigation


Researchers from Macquarie University, UNSW, University of Sydney, University of Melbourne, UTS and CSIRO recently completed the Urban Ecology Renewal Investigation project for the NSW Environmental Trust.

Linda Corkery was a co-Chief Investigator for the Project, led the stakeholder consultations and worked with the research team to focus on the built environment section of the project.

The project was aimed at improving knowledge and understanding of the gaps and opportunities that exist to improve urban ecology outcomes in the Greater Sydney Region, including Newcastle and Wollongong. The project documents provide the Trust with a sound evidence-base for strategic investment decisions and actions.

The project documents, including a Blueprint for living cities: from policy to practice are now available here  

Designing Cities with Children and Young People: Beyond Playgrounds and Skate Parks


We are very pleased to announce the publication of Designing Cities with Children and Young People: Beyond Playgrounds and Skate Parks by Routledge. Edited by Kate Bishop and Linda Corkery the book focuses on promoting better outcomes in the built environment for children and young people in urban environments.

A key aim of Designing Cities with Children and Young People is to cultivate champions for children and young people among urban development professionals. The content moves from how we think about children in the built environment, what we have discovered through research, how we frame the task and legislate for it, and how we design for and with children.

Through its international and interdisciplinary group of authors, Designing Cities with Children and Young People intends to build bridges and provide a resource for policy makers, social planners, design practitioners and students.

GOOD DESIGN® 2017 selection for Rhodes Peninsula Open Space Master Plan in Architectural Design Category.



Good Design Australia announced the 2017 Good Design Selections today marking the countdown to Australia’s most prestigious awards for design and innovation on June 8th 2017.
After an extensive evaluation process involving more than 35 Australian and international design experts, the Jury have finalised their results and awarded only the best entries to receive the Good Design® Selection.

Rhodes Peninsula Open Space Master Plan was one of only 244 entries to receive the 2017 Good Design® Selection and is now in the running to receive the coveted Australian Good Design Award, which will be announced at the Good Design Awards Ceremony on June 8 at the Overseas Passenger Terminal (OPT) in Sydney.

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Green Cities Advisory Group

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Noel has been appointed to the Green Cities Advisory Group for a 5-year national research project to create an Australia-wide plant selection database to facilitate sustainable green cities

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2016 Australian Urban Design Awards

Rhodes Peninsula Open Space Master Plan has been shortlisted for the 2016 Australian Urban Design Awards in the Policies, programs and concepts - small scale category

The Culture of Place


Linda Corkery presented a brief opening keynote on "The Culture of Place" at North Sydney Council's recent Creative Places, Places for Creatives Forum. Speakers and panelists at the event addressed the role and future of creative communities in a changing cultural and political landscape, with a particular focus on the Local Government sector.  Discussion generated throughout the day-long event will inform a Creative North Sydney Discussion Paper, which in turn will provide the background for a Cultural Policy. 

World Landscape Architecture Edition 21 – Research & Policy

We are delighted to announce that World Landscape Architecture has published an article written by Linda and Noel about the Western Sydney Parklands. The on-line magazine features work of landscape architects from around the world and Edition 21 is focused on Research and Policy. The article describes the creation and development of the Western Sydney Parklands over the past decade and highlights the body of knowledge gained by the Parklands Trust that is relevant to other large urban parks.

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Presentation by Spanish architects Helena Casanova and Jesús Hernández

Corkery Consulting is pleased to sponsor a presentation by Spanish architects Helena Casanova and Jesús Hernández, founders of CASANOVA+HERNANDEZ, a design and research studio based in Rotterdam. The AILA organised event will include a lively presentation and discussion of case studies and test cases from C+H’s recent book, Public Space Acupuncture, featuring projects from their studio and those of other European colleagues. Embracing the fields of architecture, landscape architecture and urban design their design work and research projects strive to develop innovative solutions for creating vibrant cities that also promote environmental and social sustainability.

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IUCN PARKS Journal – Edition 21.1

We are pleased to announce that a major article titled WESTERN SYDNEY PARKLANDS – AUSTRALIA’S LARGEST URBAN PARK written by Linda and Noel has been published in the IUCN Parks Journal, which is the on-line journal of the International Union of the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).  

Publication of the peer-reviewed article follows on from the IUCN World Parks Congress held at Sydney Olympic Park in November 2014, attended by more than 5,000 delegates. Noel made a presentation in collaboration with Suellen Fitzgerald, Director of the Parramatta Park and Western Sydney Parkland Trusts.

Forming part of the Congress stream titled ‘Why urban parks matter in creating healthy and liveable cities’, the presentation focused on the knowledge and insights gained over the past decade from the planning, design, development and management of the Parklands, particularly in relation to the capacity of this major urban parkland to deliver human and environmental health benefits to a rapidly growing urban population.  

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Memory Park at Hazelbrook in Blue Mountains is reopened to public

Restoration of Memory Park at Hazelbrook forms a key component of the Great Western Highway upgrade carried out by Roads and Maritime Services. The Park provides easy and enjoyable access between Hazelbrook village centre and railway station through an integrated system of ramps, stairs, retaining walls and pedestrian bridge over the highway. Corkery Consulting was pleased to design the restored Park, which has been enthusiastically welcomed by the local community. Existing mature trees were retained and supplemented with extensive new planting that reflects the cultural landscape associated with villages in the Blue Mountains. A new memorial site commemorates local soldiers who died in war.

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