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THE INSTITUTE of Landscape Architecture in South Africa has honoured Johannesburg City Parks with a special award for excellence for its outstanding contribution to landscape architecture through open space development at community level.

  
The park in Soweto was unveiled in April 2010
Acting MD Geoffrey Cooke with Newtown Landscape Architects
THE INSTITUTE of Landscape Architecture in South Africa (ILASA) has honoured Johannesburg City Parks (JCP) with a special award for excellence for its outstanding contribution of landscape architecture through open space development at community level.

The award was presented in Durban on Saturday 21 May at the prestigious Corobrik-ILASA Awards for Excellence, which aim to acknowledge and promote excellence in landscape architecture and environmental planning and management through peer recognition.

“This prestigious recognition by the Institute for Landscape Architects of South Africa reinforces that Johannesburg City Parks is committed to working with high-calibre expertise, to rollout super exciting recreation spaces, to meet the growing needs of discerning residents in Joburg,” says Geoffrey Cooke, acting managing director of JCP.

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View Johannesburg City Parks’ special award for excellence from Ilasa. View
According to Cooke, “the [special] award was based on the development of the Vlakfontein Medicinal Park, Dhlamini Eco-Park and the Orlando West Park, which were commissioned by City Parks and championed by the Capital Infrastructure Development department of City Parks.”

JCP won the award for their contribution to ongoing development of green open spaces and parks in Soweto and surrounding areas.

This was also the first time an award was presented to the commissioning client, as the Corobrik-ILASA Awards are generally given to practitioners in recognition of their respective landscape designs, Cooke said.

Another acknowledgement for the JCP was their Alberts Farm Eco Park project, which won in the Planning and Design Project Proposals category.

JCP was also congratulated by the adjudicators for the strikingly positive and sustainable contribution of these open-space developments to communities in desperate need of the facilities.

The adjudicators said City Parks’ achievement was all the more remarkable because Johannesburg does not have any striking natural features. “Johannesburg City Parks does not have the luxury of a coastline, a river or any other breathtaking natural feature in which play and city life easily blend,” they said.

“City Parks has managed to provide public spaces which celebrate landscape architecture and provide a space for play and respite in areas where this was not planned,” the adjudicators added. “City Parks is playing an outstanding role in transforming the urban landscape in its bleakest form, into one which expresses the right to freedom of expression by professionals and urban dwellers who contribute to the vibrant energy the city offers.”

The JCP projects nominated for the Corobrik-ILASA Awards included the Dhlamini Eco Park by Countryline NLA, Dhlamini Eco Park play equipment by Newtown Landscape Architects, the JCP Environmental Education and Research Centre at the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens by Green Inc, the Orlando Dube Eco Park by Insite Landscape Architects, Alberts Farm Eco Park by KH Landscape Architects, and the Vlakfontein Medicinal Park by Land Studio Landscape Architects.

Categories

There were two categories: research, technology and publications, and planning and design.

The research, technology and publications category involved any article, book, document, magazine, technical paper, film or video communicating any form of landscape architecture, environmental planning and management.

 It included any works that provided evidence of scientific inquiry, were supported and had original findings or solutions specific to landscaping.

The planning and design category included two sub-categories: project proposals and completed projects. These included projects that had not yet been implemented and showed an innovative approach to landscape architecture.

 

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