Logan Urban Design Awards

The Logan Urban Design Awards is a biennial event promoting excellence in the design and creation of urban environments large and small within the City of Logan.

Logan in 2014 is a dynamic, diverse and proud community and Council is committed to creating more attractive, accessible, safe and cohesive communities. As Logan continues to expand in population it is important that we encourage a healthier and more active region. Logan City is home to more than 21,000 businesses and is fast becoming a prime destination for both local and international investors. Our thriving businesses last year created more than 15,000 new jobs in the region. Investment confidence is strong in Logan.

The 2014 Logan Urban Design Awards were awarded from one of the four categories below:

  • Master Planning Award
  • Landscape Architecture and Urban Infrastructure Award
  • Architecture Award
  • Business and Events Award

Selection criteria

The awards criteria adopts the principles of Creating Places for People—an urban design protocol for Australian cities, which forms the Australian Government's approved policy for urban design. The document and more information can be accessed from the protocol's website, at the link below.

The awards categories acknowledge that good urban design can be large or small. Thinking about urban design of different scales will help Council in creating healthy, inclusive and social environments that:

  • Attract business and private investment
  • Provides a choice of housing, work and lifestyle options
  • Facilitates creativity and innovation
  • Has a strong identity and sense of place

The judging panel

Judges voluntarily participated and consisted of:  

  
 

Mayor Pam Parker
 
Pam Parker was elected as Logan's first female Mayor in 2008 and was re-elected unopposed in the 2012 Local Government election.  Logan City Council is now Australia's sixth largest local government authority by population, and Mayor Parker is dedicated to making Logan a city for families, lifestyle and business where people matter and where people can live, work and play.  She believes that Logan is the heart of South East Qld, because of its ideal location as well as for its community spirit second to none.   First elected as a councillor in 1997, Pam has had broad experience and has been part of a team that has seen the transformation of Logan since that time.  

 

Planning and Development Chairperson  Councillor Cherie Dalley
 
Cr Cherie Dalley was elected to Logan City Council in 1997.  With her husband Stewart, she operated a commercial tiling business until 1999, and she is committed to helping small business people thrive in Logan. Cr Dalley is president of the Queensland Consumers' Association, and she is heavily involved in community groups; she is a Legatee and treasurer of the Logan Beaudesert Crime Stoppers Committee. She has previously chaired Council's Finance Committee and is currently chair of the Planning and Development Committee, a role she also held in the 2008-2012 term.

 

John Byrne (FPIA FRAIA)

John Byrne is an award-winning Urban Designer/Planner with experience across a wide range of urban projects, including master-planned communities, town centres, urban housing, knowledge-based precincts, neighbourhood renewal and crime prevention by design initiatives.   Previously a Director - Urban Design and Planning within the Queensland public service, John has been a consultant in recent years, advising and helping negotiate successful outcomes for a broad range of public and private agencies and groups.   With a diverse background in Architecture, Social Policy and Town Planning, and a senior member of two major professional bodies, he has been a long-standing Adjunct Professor at QUT and was recently co-awarded a prestigious national Australia Award for Urban Design.

 

Amy Degenhart (FRAIA)

Amy Degenhart is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects, first female Chair for the Australian Institute of Architects Gold Coast and Northern Rivers Region and Director of the award-winning company, degenhartSHEDD architecture + urban design. Amy has won numerous architectural and industry awards, including being a recipient of the 2010 UDIA Women in Development Excellence Award. 

 

Andrew Green (AILA)

Andrew Green is a practicing Landscape Architecture and Technical Director at RPS Group. Andrew studied landscape architecture at the Queensland University of Technology, and received the Australian Institute of Landscape Architect's Karl Langer Award upon graduation. His professional experience began in Brisbane over 20 years ago and since then, Andrew has also worked in design offices in Tokyo and in Vienna. He concentrates his energy on improving open space in Australia's urban environments and contributing to the vitality of inner-city life, demonstrated on recent award-winning projects including South Bank Institute of Technology, Townsville Riverway and SW1 Global Village. 

LUDA winners for 2014 

 

  
 

Master Planning Award

Verge Urban Landscape Architecture:
Berrinba Wetlands Master Plan
379-490 Browns Plains Rd, Berrinba
 
The judges were impressed by the quality of the landscape and conservation outcome, the aim to use the environment in an integrated way to attract and provide for sophisticated "clean and green" enterprises, the quality of the architectural design of the included built forms, the designed esplanade relationship between green space and MIBA areas, the staging of the process and the leadership of the integrated master planning process to make a powerful community and economic asset out of a "spent" mining area.

 

Landscape Architecture and Urban Infrastructure Award

Australand:
CEVA Warehouse, Stormwater Design
2-56 Australand Dr, Berrinba
(Designers: Jeremy Ferrier Landscape Architect and Hyder Consulting) 
How we manage water quality, run off, flooding, drought, and erosion are in urban areas is always challenging and this project successfully demonstrates best practice WSUD management and implements a range of water sensitive urban design principles. Projects like CEVA remind us that there is always an opportunity to include urban design principles in any project, and the owners and designers should be congratulated for such a clear demonstration of this axiom.

 

Architecture Award

Horizon Housing:
Tallowood on North
13 North Rd, Logan Central
(Architect: Ideaarchitecture)
 
Tallowood on North is a fantastic demonstration of how good architecture and good urban design are inextricably linked, and what the value-add benefits are of achieving both, not only for the project itself, but also for the neighbourhood it enhances. Tallowood is almost a textbook example of good urban and architectural design principles being applied to one of our most challenging project types. 

 

Business and Events Award

Global Food Village
Woodridge Train Station Markets
(Every Sunday 6am-2pm)
Croydon Rd, Woodridge
 
Global Food Village is not only a great way to reinvent an existing shopping area responding to its rail-station proximity, but also provides a great example of "gorilla growth", i.e., an innovative way to catalyse in an area where the investment in expensive physical infrastructure is not financially viable. The Global Food Village provides opportunities for community enhancement, connectivity and cooperation, and serves as a cohesive device that has not only financially sustained the micro-businesses that sustain Logan, but it has transformed an important public space from ordinary to exotic.

 

Logan Urban Design Award

Grandma's Kiwi Kitchen
6/1 Murrajong Rd, Springwood
 
Grandma's Kiwi Kitchen embodies the multi-cultural richness that differentiates Logan from many other South-East Queensland cities by drawing upon family values and emerging social themes of collaborative economic sustainability. Urban design manifests in many forms, from the grand and colourful gestures on the highways of Melbourne all the way down to the second-hand couch that humbly activates the street of a central Logan business precinct. Grandma's Kiwi Kitchen is a great reminder that each and every one of us can make an urban design intervention, and the culmination of these interventions is what can make the difference between the city loath and the city we love.

   

Sponsorship

Logan City Council would like to acknowledge the support of the following LUDA sponsors for 2014:

Gold overall sponsorship

 
Overall LUDA 2014 AwardGriffith University

Silver category sponsorship

 
Master Planning Awardurbis
Landscape Architecture and Urban Infrastructure AwardNaturform
Architecture Awardcbp Lawyers
Business and Events AwardLOED

Bronze category sponsorship

 
Queensland University of Technology https://www.qut.edu.au
Landpartners 
Project and Development Services Pty Ltd 
MR Cagney MRCagney

 If you are interested in becoming a bronze sponsor please contact Council by email on luda@logan.qld.gov.au.