• Mount Street Masterplan

     

    GLAS landscape architect’s concept designs have taken the masterplan from vision to achievable reality highlighting the
    importance of open space investment even in COVID times. The designs integrate a green systems approach to creating a
    small open space network using the wider streets as a part of the green systems ecosystem, considering the whole
    neighbourhood as part of the network. The designs aim to connect a transitioning demographic by using the open spaces to
    encourage the population out into the public realm, providing a diverse range of spaces and amenities and by connecting
    these places to foster a sense of community. The designs aim to be fun, providing colour and materiality inspired by the local
    neighbourhood and history. The concept designs have provided accessible imagery that have allowed the project to progress
    to the implementation stage.

    The ‘Pocket Swamps’ concept proposes the integration of Water Sensitive Urban Design throughout the precinct using the
    pocket parks as overfow points to capture and filter runoff from the surrounding streets whilst reducing flooding. Prahran
    was originally swamp land, drained to allow rapid development in the 1840s. The concept of ‘Pocket swamps’ was used to
    provide a network of water retention features such as rain gardens to improve the water quality of local creeks, the Yarra and
    Bay whilst also providing a connection to the original ecology of the area. The water catchment for the rain gardens will
    include the entire surrounding street network providing more water for the parks and allowing the introduction of
    indigenous ‘swamp’ planting palettes that would have once dominated the identity of this area.

    Key successes:
    The key successes of the Mount Street Pocket Parks and Shared streets concepts include:
    • Research led strategic design – Using the historical flooding issues of the site and turning this into a positive to create a
    WSUD strategy that considers the whole precinct as a catchment and the parks as the filter.
    • Collaborative design – working with WSUD experts DesignFlow to develop a drainage strategy for the streets and open
    spaces that is acceptable to Council’s road engineers;
    • Collaborative design – working with Traffic Planners Salt3 to ensure the traffic circulation can be repositioned to prioritise
    the pedestrian and slow down the vehicles;
    • Communication using a combination of Graphics, video and online presentation techniques to communicate the project to
    the community to enable engagement and development of the project with the community’s input;
    • Local response – Working with Council to create a design that responds to the history, materiality (and availability of
    materials in the Council depot) that integrates recycled materials into the design in locations where it can be durable and add
    to the patina of the place.

  • Jewell Station Public Realm Upgrade

    Glas has designed the public realm upgrade to Jewell station, Brunswick. The landscape includes ground level shade planting, raingardens, balcony planting and roof terrace planting. Glas collaborated with BKK architects and MA architects to create a design that integrates the landscape design into the architectural design to maximise the quality of the external spaces.

  • Urban microclimate strategy, Maribyrnong Defence Site

    Microclimate Masterplan, Maribyrnong, VIC

    For Places Victoria, 2011 – 2012

    Glas in collaboration with ARUP has developed a series of landscape microclimate scenarios to help achieve optimal external comfort within the urban environment of the Maribyrnong Defence site. ARUP has tested these designs using climate-modelling software. Together we have translated this information back into the detailed studies to create a suite of external spaces optimising the comfort for a variety of outdoor activities. Glas has developed an urban forestry solution which uses recent urban heat island effect findings to define street tree planting strategies to maximise summer cooling in new residential streets.