News / February 2018
Monday 26 February 2018
HASSELL 2018 Travelling Scholarship awarded to University of Melbourne graduate Antonia Besa Lehmann

HASSELL has announced Antonia Besa Lehmann from the University of Melbourne as the winner of the 2018 HASSELL Travelling Scholarship – Robin Edmond Award.

Antonia was selected following interviews with 23 students, nominated by the nine participating universities around Australia. Her submitted thesis, titled ‘Waste Dynamics’, explores the potential for public space design to act as an agent of change in the highly-polluted informal settlements of San Martin, located along the Reconquista River in Buenos Aires, Argentina. 

According to UN-Habitat, almost a third of the world’s urban population in developing countries resides in informal settlements – places where people lack access to basic services and opportunities. Antonia’s thesis proposes a replicable design methodology, that’s informed by the unseen local behaviours and movements of these settlements, to build missing connections with the formal city. 

Using on-ground mapping of waste dynamics and services scarcity in two of San Martin’s informal settlements, Antonia developed pragmatic, multi-purpose, public space designs that seek to improve the environmental awareness of these sites, their political identity within the city, and their relationship to the greater economic network. 

Her design proposals effectively expand the programmatic possibilities of public space – from a recreation-focused to a more service-oriented and productive design model – responding to the urgent local needs of waste management and flooding in San Martin, while also drawing collective problem solving into these shared community spaces.

HASSELL Principal and Head of Landscape Architecture, Angus Bruce says Antonia’s thesis makes an intelligent contribution to the debate on the essential role of public space as a social integrator. “Antonia’s design proposal shows how public space has the capacity to supply the tools and training for a settlement’s own upgrading process, and provide a vision for better quality open spaces in vulnerable areas that normally miss out on public investment,” said Angus. 

Using the HASSELL Travelling Scholarship, Antonia plans to travel to Berlin, Germany and Barcelona/Gerona, Spain – places that at different points in time have gone through economic recessions, and subsequently landscape architecture was forced to become precise, minimal and inventive.    

“My challenge is to approach design critically, confronting contexts of scarcity and social inequality. I believe that through an application of the creative process, landscape architecture can embrace a public role to improve the conditions of built environments. This means understanding its socio-political dimension and responding to people’s needs rather than regulating their behaviour,” she said.

The HASSELL Travelling Scholarship – Robin Edmond Award is an annual award that recognises graduating landscape architecture students who show outstanding potential for future contribution to the profession. The award provides the winner with the opportunity to expand their education through travel to a destination undergoing significant development or renewal. Participants are nominated by nine Australian universities.

See the nominated submissions here.

 
Friday 23 February 2018
WIN Awards brings more recognition for Sky Central

Sky Central has been awarded in the 2018 WIN Awards by World Interiors News. The project was recognised in the 'Workspace Greater Than 10,000 sqm' category for 'its clear layering of different spaces and rich materiality'.

The WIN Award is the latest in a list of accolades for Sky Central, including the British Council of Offices Best of the Best Award, the New London Architecture Award in the Workplace category, Creative Spaces at the Estates Gazette Awards 2017, and Commercial Interior Project of the Year in the Mixology17 Awards.

HASSELL principal Felicity Roocke said: "It's gratifying to receive this level of recognition for any project, and eight major UK awards for Sky Central is just really terrific. It's the product of a successful collaboration with our partners and a great client."

HASSELL was responsible for the workplace design of Sky Central, working closely with concept architect, AL_A, interior and executive architect, PLP, Arup and Mace to design and deliver the 45,000sqm workplace in West London.

 
Monday 12 February 2018
Principal Megan Reading appointed to International Design and Health Committee

HASSELL Principal Megan Reading has been appointed as Director for the South Pacific Region of the International Design and Health committee.

Promoting the exchange of research findings between the global health design knowledge community is the key intent of the not-for-profit organisation.

On the South Pacific Region committee, Megan is joined by industrial designers, health development planners, project managers, architects and engineers specialising in health design.  

“It’s a great opportunity to connect with the people really driving innovation in health and wellbeing through the physical environment globally” Megan said.

Having designed and delivered some of the largest hospitals and health precincts in Australia, Megan delivers exceptional design outcomes for patients and medical professionals alike. One of Megan’s key interests is understanding how health campuses mature and evolve responding to changing demographics and health service needs.

 
Wednesday 7 February 2018
HASSELL supports Architects of Air installation at WOMAD

HASSELL is excited to be supporting Architects of Air’s ‘Arboria’ experience at WOMAD in Adelaide, Australia.

This immersive installation, designed by Architects of Air, incorporates tree-like structures and gothic architectural experiences in a changing landscape of light and colour, all to a backdrop of sounds from an Ecuadorian cloud forest.

“In our 80th year, and in Adelaide where we have such a long-standing and deep connection, it is great that we can support projects like this.

"​It’s part of our broader support for high quality festivals, arts events, and cultural institutions, as they are vital cornerstones of the community, and align with our approach to design and experience,” said HASSELL Principal Mariano DeDuonni.

The maze of winding paths and domes is as arresting outside as it in inside – alien and organic shapes emerge out of the landscape only to pull the visitor into an airlock, and then onward into tunnels that seem to become living, breathing sculptures.

Architects of Air was founded by Alan Parkinson in Nottingham, United Kingdom, in 1992, and has exhibited in more than 40 countries.

Arboria will be running from 9-12 March in the Botanic Park as part of WOMADelaide, tickets and further information can be found here.​​

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