public open space
Public open spaces offer the opportunity to enhance the character of a site, which provides a sense of identity with which a community can connect.
A landscape that acknowledges and respects cultural and historical significance will strengthen the site’s identity and provide visitors with a greater sense of context. Ecoscape has experience across a broad range of culturally significant sites, and in the different ways in which these issues of culture and heritage can addressed through design and interpretation. Bilya Kard Boodja Lookout on the banks of the Derbal Yerrigan (Swan River) in Belmont was recognised by AILA for its contribution to cultural heritage:
The Bilya Kard Boodja Lookout exhibits the perseverance of the consultants and the City in delivering it. A clear, thoughtful strategy and extensive community involvement and partnership resulted in a project taking advantage of dramatic outlooks across the Swan River and demonstrating strong respect for Aboriginal culture and heritage.
Site responsive design is a broad ideological view that underpins a design approach which takes into account all particularities of an environment covering both social and biophysical aspects. This process requires detailed knowledge and understanding of a site and how this can be translated in to a suitable design outcome. Public open spaces provide a valuable opportunity to weave these aspects into a design that is reflective of the local environment and its community.
The Public Parkland Planning & Design Guide (WA) uses Ecoscape’s Dom Serra Grove project for the City of Subiaco as a case study of public open space design that achieves social, environmental and economic sustainability objectives.
9 Stirling Highway
North Fremantle WA 6159
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Ecoscape offices are located in Walyalup on the northern banks of the Derbal Yerrigan, on the traditional lands of the Whadjuk people of the Noongar nation. We work on many lands throughout Australia and acknowledge the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to land, sea and community and pay our respects to their cultures, ancestors and Elders.