Jacky Bowring, the lead competition jury member, published a piece in the February issue of Landscape Architecture Australia which was later posted online on March 1st. She had this to say
about this design project: “Attention to the ecology and Indigenous relationships with the land are complemented by an understanding of history. Very few entries focused specifically on history, but Continuous Ground (Honourable Mention) poetically re-organizes elements of the city to bring the Indigenous ground beneath the city into sharp focus and simultaneously activate another
part of the city through the relocation of the Queen Victoria Market. The controversial displacement of one piece of history – the Market – to honour another, the Aboriginal burial ground, provokes some deep thinking into how parks can be political statements”.
Design: Fionn Byrne
Project Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Competition: Future Park International Design Competition
Design Year: 2019
Fionn Byrne is an assistant professor at the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. Byrne’s research focuses on the relationships between nature, aesthetics, and ethics, using speculative design to recast dominant environmental narratives and envision alternative futures. The persistent interest in Byrne’s work is to examine the ethical obligations of the design fields. He contends that all design decisions involve value judgements, that any acts of building in the world are political, and we must continually raise questions of justice when we modify our physical environment.