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ST MARY’S CATHEDRAL
Saint Mary’s Cathedral took out both the Jeffrey
Howlett Award for Public Architecture and the
George Temple Pool Award at the Australian
Institute of Architects Awards. The marriage
of old and new was at the crux of the winning
design by architect Peter M Quinn, which saw
the unification of two buildings built 70 years
apart. The juries of both awards recognised the
Cathedral as “a delightful master work of public
architecture”. Peter M Quinn (08) 9388 2289.
GERALDTON ATTRACTS GLOBAL PRAISE
Geraldton has been attracting the eyes of the world with its consultative approach to planning.
Its visionary 2029 and Beyond strategic planning project has placed the regional city under the
international spotlight, as one of seven finalists from 123 international submissions for the prestigious
Reinhard Mohn Prize (see bottom).
The award carries a €150,000 prize ($198,000) and is part of the Bertelsmann Stiftung, a private
foundation that has invested more than $670 million into more than 700 projects in research, publishing
and promotion of public debate, and is the largest private non-profit foundation in Germany.
A judging panel from Germany met with Geraldton officials and the community late last year
and will compare it with the findings of visits to fellow international finalists, such as Vancouver
in Canada, La Plata in Argentina, Recife in Brazil and Portsmouth and Hampton in the United States.
The winner is announced in June 2011.
The city is being considered for the award due to its commitment to achieving and revitalising
development through innovative democratic and deliberative community initiatives, such as its
Community Champions, Community Forums, a World Cafe initiative and a Big Sky Big Ideas festival,
which have all been direct community planning engagement exercises.
Geraldton modelled its approach on successful international community initiatives, such as the
renowned Oregon Model, which is a three-part participatory process on developing consensus on
what a community wants to be, where the community is heading and what needs to be done to
achieve the desired common vision. Steven Ames, the developer of the Oregon Model, was even
brought onboard in a consultation capacity.
City of Geraldton-Greenough Creative Communities director Andrea Selvey says: “We could have
easily approached the community and received feedback, but we are trying to achieve is something
more than what has been seen as token community consultation in the past. We are endeavouring to
create a continuing sustainable program. The finalist nomination is very prestigious and puts the city
in the international spotlight.”
About the prize Reinhard Mohn – who died in October 2009 – was a German media magnate and CEO
of the world’s sixth biggest media group. As a 16-year-old schoolboy, he was asked: What would
you like to do as a profession? He discussed what he felt were his leadership obligations to society
and was later quoted saying, “co-operation and compassion in leadership” were key to his success.
So the Reinhard Mohn prize was born. Today, it stands as a celebration and an incentive to promote
“vitalising democracy through participation”. Shannon McCaughey
Perth’s first commercial rooftop garden is giving
office workers at One40William a new lease on lunch.
Hassell designed two roof terraces at level seven
and 14, which equates to about 1000sqm of space.
Coloured pebbles and stones, pavers and native plants
adorn the areas that can be accessed by staff. The
design was partly dictated by drainage, according
to Hassell’s David Hunt. The thermal impact of the
gardens on the offices below was also a consideration,
as was the weight of the soil. A careful selection of
plants – grass trees, succulents and kangaroo paws
among them – has been successful. “The plants
seem to be thriving up there,” David says. www.
One of Perth’s newest CBD landmarks –
One40William – has teamed up with the WA
Music Industry Association (WAM) to host
live, free, outdoor concerts of local music acts.
Launched in late 2010, the program follows a
range of other initiatives and collaborations with
WA artists – including an Artist in Residency
program – and will be expanded to include more
high-profile acts and a temporary designer
boutique with FashionWA.com in 2011. Proud
of its involvement with arts and culture in WA,
property development group Cbus Property,
who is responsible for the site, says it is aiming
to become a major cultural destination point
for retail, art, culture and heritage within the
city. For more information regarding future events
and exhibitions, sign up to the mailing list at www.
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