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Australians celebrate shared history at Barangaroo smoking ceremony

Nearly 2000 people gathered at Barangaroo in Sydney to perform ancient sacred dances in honor of peace

From The Sydney Morning Herald:

"We don't want wars in this country. We don't want hate and racism in this country."

"We perform sacred dances and ceremonies for you to enjoy and see our ancient traditions," Uncle Max told an attentive crowd gathered around the smoking fire pit at the WugolOra ceremony at Barangaroo on Thursday morning."

Nearly 2000 people attended the event, organized by the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet, which commenced with a smoking ceremony led by the Koomurri Aboriginal Dance Troupe.

"We were paying respects to Mother Earth and asking permission to be here," said Clarence Slockee, who helped make the bark nawi (canoe) carried by the troupe.

To keep reading. visit The Sydney Morning Herald. Learn more about the Barangaroo project.

Related Links: Australia Day Smoking Ceremony; Indigenous pain remembered in Sydney

Healing an overlooked part of Charleston: the hospital district

Medical district and city plan ambitious overhaul of area around downtown Charleston hospitals and office buildings

From The Post & Courier:

What many consider downtown Charleston’s most depressing neighborhood is, ironically, the place where many people go to get well.

Now, the city and its three medical institutions between Cannon and Calhoun streets are trying to cure a set of streets many consider unwelcoming — streets that weave through a mostly bleak mix of towering hospitals, office buildings, garages and surface parking lots.

And they have hired a landscape architecture firm nationally known for designing the 9/11 Memorial in New York, a pair of deep pools where the Twin Towers once stood, framed by stones that bear the victims’ names.

To keep reading, visit The Post & Courier.

Barangaroo Reserve named a Finalist for the "Rosa Barba" International Landscape Prize

Barangaroo Reserve Named a Finalist for the "Rosa Barba" International Landscape Prize

The Rosa Barba International Landscape Prize, by Fundacioacute; Banc de Sabadell, forms part of the International Landscape Biennial of Barcelona, that will take place in Barcelona, on the next 29th,30th September and 1st October. After closing the submission of landscape projects and planning created around the world since 2011 to 2016, the International Jury has selected 10 finalists.

 

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AIA DC Excellence Award in Urban Design/Master Planning Awarded to Constitution Gardens

AIA DC Excellence Award in Urban Design/Master Planning awarded to Constitution Gardens

PWP and Rogers Partners won the AIA DC Excellence Award in Urban Design/Master Planning for Constitution Gardens in the National Mall.

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Jewel Changi Airport wins Best Futura Project from MIPIM

Jewel Changi Airport wins Best Futura Project from MIPIM

Jewel is an integrated project at the Singapore Airport that creates a multi-sensory experience of nature within a climate-controlled glass dome. An eight-acre garden over interior retail space integrates unexpected features that will attract adventurers of all ages. Gardens terrace down nearly 30 meters to a central gathering space with informal amphitheater seating. Restaurants and cafes as well as an event plaza can all be accessed from within the garden. Visitors can experience a light and water show at the center of the building, where water and captured rain fall from the roof becoming a projection screen.

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AIA Pennsylvania Chapter Citation Award given to Newport Beach Civic Center and Park

AIA Pennsylvania Chapter Citation Award given to Newport Beach Civic Center and Park

The Pennsylvania Chapter of AIA awarded Newport Beach Civic Center and Park the Citation Award.

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Newport Beach Civic Center and Park named The Architectural Engineering Project of the Year by The American Society of Civil Engineers, Orange County

Newport Beach Civic Center and Park named The Architectural Engineering Project of the Year by The American Society of Civil Engineers, Orange County

Newport Beach Civic Center and Park was named the Architectural Engineering Project of the Year by The American Society of Civil Engineers, Orange County, California Branch.

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Barangaroo Reserve Awarded The Architizer A+ Jury Award

Barangaroo Reserve Awarded The Architizer A+ Jury Award

Named after an influential Aboriginal woman of colonial Sydney, Barangaroo is the most important reinvention of Sydney's historic center for decades. The precinct is a globally significant, 22-hectare, AUD$6+ billion waterfront renewal project that redefines the western edge of Sydney Harbor. 

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Barangaroo Reserve Wins Australian Institute of Landscape Architects New South Wales President's Award

Barangaroo Reserve Wins Australian Institute of Landscape Architects New South Wales President's Award

The 2015 President’s Award goes to a group of landscape architects who have worked together across the divide of different nationality, state government, private sector and contractor to produce a new place in the heart of Sydney. A place where the people of Sydney, NSW, Australia or the world can marvel at the city; experience the ecology; play, relax, climb, cycle; learn about the past landscape; and see at first hand the amazing contribution that landscape architects can make.

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Barangaroo Reserve Awarded The Banksia Foundation's Sustainability in Design Build Award

Barangaroo Reserve Awarded The Banksia Foundation's Sustainability in Design Build Award

Barangaroo Reserve is Sydney’s newest and most spectacular public space. The sprawling six-hectare headland park is set amongst naturalistic bushland and features a spectacular sandstone foreshore, designed the mimic the original 1836 headland.The opening of the park in August 2015 represents the return of the site to the people of NSW for the first time in more than 100 years. The end result is a magnificent public space that accurately references the site’s original form and rich Indigenous history.

 

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Barangaroo Reserve Wins Australia's Infrastructure Project of the Year

 

Australia's Infrastructure Project of the Year was awarded to Barangaroo Reserve, a redeveloped parkland and new landmark for Sydney.

In choosing the parkland, the Judging Panel made a strong statement that projects need to be more than just bricks and mortar, they need to offer social and cultural improvements. Barangaroo Reserve was successfully able to achieve this and in the process set itself apart from a strong field of candidates.

The $250 million project cleverly integrates land use that improves community amenity with efficient and cost effective infrastructure. The reserve includes tidal rock pools created from sandstone excavated from Barangaroo and a massive new cultural centre, known as the Cutaway, built inside the headland.

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