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HASSELL Travelling Scholarship awarded to UNSW graduate, Cavan Smith

HASSELL is pleased to announce Cavan Smith (below) from University of New South Wales as the winner of the 2017 HASSELL Travelling Scholarship – Robin Edmond Award.
Cavan was selected following interviews with 22 students, nominated by the eight participating universities around Australia. His outstanding design proposal ‘Urban Cultivation’ challenges traditional landscape solutions by using urban agriculture and arboriculture techniques to transform a post-industrial corridor in North Eveleigh, Sydney.
The corridor is identified as one of the most underused parcels of land in Sydney, but one with great potential for change. Cavan’s design framework provides strategies to convert the degraded corridor into a productive landscape – one capable of supporting environmental and economic growth through macro and micro landscape processes; such as food production, cleaner air and water, heat island reduction and carbon sequestration. This framework could be used to establish a community that participates in the cultivation of its necessities – its food and energy.
HASSELL Head of Landscape Architecture, Angus Bruce believes Cavan’s proposal shines a light on topical issues surrounding urban renewal and in particular the increasing level of density within our cities.
“Cavan highlighted urban agriculture as vital infrastructure that can support the future health of Sydney’s city; and his design proposal cleverly integrates landscape processes in a way that engages the community. We’re convinced Cavan’s creative agricultural solution – and others like it – are important to the sustainability of our increasingly urban existence.”
The HASSELL Travelling Scholarship – Robin Edmond Award is an annual award that recognises graduating landscape architecture students who show outstanding potential for future contribution to the profession. HASSELL thanks the students and universities that participated in the 2016/17 scholarship program. The overall quality of submissions was exceptional – a sign of the many talented new designers entering the landscape architecture profession.

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Page Last Updated: 14 Mar 2017