The 2022 New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects (NZILA) shortlist of awards includes twelve projects by the Auckland Council Group – Auckland Transport, Eke Panuku, Tūpuna Maunga Authority and Auckland Council.
The council’s list of projects reads like a new downtown walking tour or demonstration for talented landscape architecture and urban design firms LandLAB, Isthmus, Jasmax and Resilio Studio.
Significantly, most of the shortlisted projects are the product of innovative collaborative methods of working alongside mana whenua. Many built-in design elements showcase the work of Maori artists and hold the narratives, histories and values of mana whenua to their essence.
In one category – Civic and Urban Design – three of the shortlisted projects come from the famous Downtown programme: Te Wānanga (Isthmus), Quay Street upgrade (LandLAB) and Galway Street mid-portion (Jasmax).
Mayor Phil Goff says it’s fantastic to see so many recently completed projects shortlisted for the awards.
“Having so many Auckland Council projects shortlisted for these prestigious national awards shows the progress we are making in transforming our public spaces into beautiful, vibrant and welcoming places for Auckland residents and visitors alike,” he said. he declares.
“Congratulations to everyone involved in bringing these projects to fruition, and especially thank you to our mana whenua partners who continue to help us ensure that te ao Māori stories, telling the story of Tāmaki Makaurau, are woven into the landscape of our city.”
Highlighting four of the pre-selected entries:
Westhaven Walk – Stage 2: LandLAB describes Westhaven Promenade as a 2km long “shared use” waterfront promenade unlocking public access to the marina waterfront and providing a walkway and recreational cycle path from Daldy Street into the Wynyard district at Auckland Harbor Bridge. The design includes “land trails and water boardwalks, new waterfront open spaces, marina infrastructure and new coastal structures such as piers, viewing platforms, lookouts and the ecological improvement of the coastal margin zone”. LandLAB secured three shortlisted spots in the Parks and Open Spaces category and five shortlisted projects from Auckland Council.
Middle part of Galway Street: The Jasmax entrance for Galway Street describes this design as “the creation of a complex shared space integrated with cultural values and expression” and the creation of “a dynamic and priority environment for pedestrians”. The streetscape subtly reveals the unique and compelling stories of the coastal edge of Waitematā through curated design and public art elements that transcend night and day. Two Jasmax projects for the Auckland Council group have been shortlisted: Galway Street and Te Hā Noa – Victoria Street Linear Park.
Quay Street Improvement – The LandLAB entry for the Quay Street upgrade speaks to this project representing a complex public realm transformation of a historic downtown waterfront street. The design transformed three blocks from a congested six-lane throughway into a place for people and the environment. Optimizing walking and cycling and serving public transport, the design encourages people to connect with Te Waitematā.
Te Maharatanga or Nga Wai – An innovative partnership between Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei and Te Kaunihera o Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland Council, this design is reminiscent of our urban waters. Scan a QR code on the side of two steel purama (light columns) placed at the corner of Sale Street and Wellesley Street and listen to a poem by famous New Zealand manu kōrero/poet Hone Tuwhare recited in Te Reo Maori and English by the children of the young landscape architecture and urban planning professionals who carried out this project.
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Auckland Council Group Shortlisted Projects
Here are the projects, enabled and funded by Auckland Council, Auckland Transport, Eke Panuku and Tūpuna Maunga Authority, that are shortlisted for the Resene New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architecture Awards in 2022, by category:
Parks, green spaces and recreation
Amey Daldy Park and Daldy Street Linear Park
Eke Panuku, Auckland Transport
Tank farm – Extension of the silo farm
Westhaven Promenade – 2nd step
Maungawhau Tihi Boardwalk
Limited Isthmus Group
Tūpuna Maunga Authority