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Landscape Architecture Award for Infrastructure

Landscape Architecture Award for Landscape Planning
National Landscape Architecture Awards 2020

maribyrnong waterfront IWM 

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Maribyrnong Waterfront encompasses an area of urban renewal on the banks of the Maribyrnong River. Rezoned from commercial to mixed-use developable lots, the precinct offers the opportunity to re-imagine the areas climate resilient future. REALMstudios developed a series of holistically considered, and contextual scenarios which unlocked the potential of the land to support a growing community where built form and infrastructure engage with and express the impact of water and climate change.

The strategy not only provides flood safety for users and inhabitants, but habitat for fragile and threatened estuarine ecologies, considered and connected movement networks, additional open space and amenities for diverse user groups.


The approach considers infrastructure beyond its base objective, adding co-benefit value to all aspects of the public realm. The proposed blue-green infrastructure considers all the disparate elements which collectively constitute an urban environment as mutually inclusive and of equal importance, integrating these elements into an outcome which serves the community and the natural environment in equal parts. 

The discussion paper, prepared for the City of Melbourne, developed a multi-tiered approach of integrated outcomes, establishing a range of options that navigate and bring together flooding, ecological and social values:


  • Prescribe a tool kit for pluvial and fluvial flood mitigation and water storage

  • Re-connect the Maribyrnong River with a new city narrative and context

  • Increase areas for riparian ecologies to proliferate

  • Identify new open space opportunities

  • Retrofit existing streets for a new urban context

  • Align sustainable transport networks with blue green infrastructure

  • Use defunct infrastructure and heritage buildings as future assets

  • Revitalise the environmental and recreation offering of the Dynon Road Tidal Canal

  • Influence the future urban renewal of the wider Dynon area

Maribyrnong Waterfront IWM is a rigorous and clear strategic speculation that offers strategies for renewal along urban waterways. The aspirational vision for flood-prone areas catalyses behavioural and attitudinal change toward oft-forgotten public infrastructure, whilst harnessing social and ecological opportunities. The jury noted the strong and accessible graphic representation, and commended the document as an evocative blue-green ‘next step’.  -  Award Citation




2020 AILA Victoria Landscape Architecture Award for Infrastructure

2020 National Landscape Architecture Awards: Landscape Architecture Award for Landscape Planning


Bunurong & Boon Wurrung


Kensington, West Melbourne


City of Melbourne


2019 - ongoing




Alluvium Consulting, Venant Solutions 

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