Australian landscape architecture firm, Taylor Cullity Lethlean (TCL) has scooped one of the world’s most prestigious landscape architecture awards, from a field of eleven international projects. The Rosa Barba International Landscape Prize was awarded to TCL and New Zealand firm, Wraight + Associates (WA) for the transformation of Auckland’s waterfront which was completed in 2011. The Auckland Waterfront project, comprising North Wharf Promenade, Jellicoe Street and Silo Park, involved the transformation of a decrepit industrial maritime site into a vibrant and diverse public precinct. The design challenges conventions by celebrating its original elements and encouraging public interaction with the waterfront’s industry. (see Topos 81). “We’re extremely honoured to win this prestigious award in what is the first time it has been opened to the international design community. The Rosa Barba Landscape Prize recognises the world’s best in landscape architecture from the past years,” TCL Director, Perry Lethlean said.
The prize was announced on 26 September as part of the 8th International Biennial of Landscape Architecture in Barcelona, 25–27 September 2014. The international jury was headed by Michael van Gessel from The Netherlands. In addition to the winning prize, German Del Sol Guzman received a prize for the public vote for Termas Geométricas in Chile. (see Topos 59).
The finalists as selected by a preliminary jury were:
• Ballast Point Park, McGregor+ Coxall, Sydney (Australia)
• Landscape Archaeology for the Friendship Sreet, Pedro Camarena Berruecos, México City (México)
• Qunli Stormwater Park, Turenscape, Heilongjiang (China)
• Parque de Aranzadi, Iñaki Alday Sanz and Margarita Jover Biboum, Navarra (Spain)
• Folly Forest, Dietmar Straub and Anna Thurmayr, Manitoba (Canada)
• Termas Geométricas, German Del Sol Guzman, La Regiòn De Los Lagos (Chile)
• Queens Plaza, Margie Ruddick, New York City (USA)
• Making Space in Dalston, Johanna Gibbons, London (United Kingdom)
• Auckland Waterfront – North Wharf Promenade and Silo Park, Taylor Cullity Lethlean and Wraight + Associates, Auckland (New Zealand)
• The High Line, James Corner Field Operations, New York City (USA)
• The Landscape Restoration of the Vall d’en joan Landfill Site, Batlle | Roig, Barcelona, (Spain)