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Fremantle Esplanade Youth Plaza: An AAUD winner

WITH nominations now being accepted for the 2015 Australia Award for Urban Design, we showcase some of the standout projects from last year that were recognised for the significant difference they made to the places, spaces, buildings and infrastructure of our cities.

This series continues with the winner of the Small Scale Delivered Outcome category, which recognises recognises completed, on-ground projects at a local and site level that have a maximum area equivalent to one approximately hectare.

Fremantle Esplanade Youth Plaza: Convic and the City of Fremantle

It is well recognised that a progressive approach to social sustainability is important for providing young people with other than structured sport and education.

The Fremantle Esplanade Youth Plaza by Convic and the City of Fremantle is a great example of a central, accessible public open space that provides a range of active, passive and social pursuits for all ages which is adaptable over time to meet evolving healthy and safe activities for a diversity of users with differing interests and abilities.

Fremantle Esplanade Youth Plaza
Above: Fremantle Esplanade Youth Plaza / Convic.

The design of the structures builds on Fremantle's past and present themes of beach, brickworks, rail and maritime into forms, shapes, elements and materials and a diverse, engaging and aesthetically pleasing plaza space. The location close to the waterfront and a high water table, king tides, storm surges and sea level rise set the baseline for the design.

Active wheeled sports and other active pursuits in an outdoor setting need robust and hard wearing design, and this project responds to environmental issues, seasonal weather, social and specific user activity with an adaptable variety of sports activity and events, competition and community gathering.

Fremantle Esplanade Youth Plaza
Above: Fremantle Esplanade Youth Plaza / Convic.
Fremantle Esplanade Youth Plaza
Above: Fremantle Esplanade Youth Plaza / Luke Thompson.
Fremantle Esplanade Youth Plaza
Above: Fremantle Esplanade Youth Plaza / Luke Thompson.
Fremantle Esplanade Youth Plaza
Above: Fremantle Esplanade Youth Plaza / Luke Thompson.
Fremantle Esplanade Youth Plaza
Above: Fremantle Esplanade Youth Plaza / Luke Thompson.

More about the Australia Award for Urban Design

The Australia Award for Urban Design was established to recognise recent urban design projects of high quality in Australia and to encourage cities, towns and emerging settlements of all sizes to strive for similar improvement. It acknowledges the critical role of good urban design in the development of our cities and towns.

The Award is hosted by the Planning Institute of Australia, with support from the Australian Institute of Architects, Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, Green Building Council of Australia, Consult Australia, Engineers Australia, the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council and the Urban Design Forum.

Nominations are being accepted until Thursday 30 July, 2015, with judging to take place in August and the award event to be held in September. Further information is available from theĀ Planning Institute of Australia website at <http://www.planning.org.au/awards/australia-award-for-urban-design-2>.

Photos: Fremantle Esplanade Youth Plaza / Convic and Luke Thompson / Used with permission.

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