for the Land Development Agency, Canberra
Canberra has a strong cultural landscape inventory which has become a memorable characteristic of the city’s identity. Urban projects in Canberra should protect and supplement this fine cultural asset.
The Canberra Brickworks site comprises a series of open spaces with distinct cultural histories that have shaped their character. Visually and spatially each sector is distinct, yet they are united by physical continuity and an overlay of vegetation that has sprung from the Westbourne Woods.
The Canberra Brickworks is the only unaltered remaining Brickworks in Australia. The character of the expressed brick kilns and chimney stacks including arched openings, internal vaults and linear spaces is particularly memorable. This clear structure establishes a strong order for new works that will allow public access and usage and promote activation.
New streets, parks and civic spaces create a network for walking, cycling, casual socialisation and active recreation. Landscape planting in streets and parks will provide links to the natural environment – remnant, adjacent and pre-existing.
A new subdivision pattern has been proposed for the Canberra Brickworks and Environs Study Area lands, to suit anticipates short term uses, but most importantly, to allow for flexibility of building type and use in the long term. Building controls encourage the creation of an enduring landscape of mature trees.
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