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Logan projects claim landscape architecture awards

Published: 5 June 2015

Logan projects claim landscape architecture awards
The Forest of Memories installation lights up the night at Logan Village.

An installation of totems celebrating the settlement of Logan Village has won a prestigious landscape architecture design award.

The 'Forest of Memories' installation – a collection of colour changing totems featuring life-sized images of early Logan settlers – was named a winner in the design category of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects QLD Awards.

The ongoing revitalisation of Beenleigh's town centre was also singled out for praise at the awards, with architect and builder AECOM's design for Council's Beenleigh Town Square project taking out an award for landscape architecture in the Urban Design category.

Parks, Health, Environment and Sustainability Committee Chair, Councillor Trevina Schwarz (Division 11), said the accolades demonstrated the quality of the vision and planning that was being applied to public space projects in the City of Logan.

"Good urban design is about pride of place and both projects are testament to Council's ongoing investment in Beenleigh, Logan Village and all our activity centres," Cr Schwarz said.

Planning and Development Committee Chair, Councillor Cherie Dalley (Division 8), said the awards showed Council was making strong choices for the design of Logan's public spaces.

"When Council invests time and money to improve our public spaces, we want to make sure that work stands the test of time," Cr Dalley said.

"In Beenleigh, we are transforming a five way traffic intersection into a new community heart so it is critical that the design contributes positively to the town's development and growth.

"We believe the Beenleigh project and the art installation at the entrance to Logan Village will become much-loved features in their communities that will be enjoyed by generations to come."

Cr Dalley said both projects were good examples of Council working with the community to celebrate its past while planning for the future.

"The 15 memorial totems welcoming people to Logan Village commemorate the 150 year anniversary of European settlement in that area, acting as a sort of outdoor public museum that has come together thanks to the personal stories and images collected from local families," Cr Dalley said.

"Time marches on though, so the installation was designed so that it could be easily relocated when work begins on the new Waterford Tamborine Road."

To find out more about the awards, www.aila.org.au