Landscape Studio 5
Sustainable Urbanism

Re-imagining the Concrete Lawn as a Wetland

Studio leader: Professor Ray Green


Before the University of Melbourne’s Parkville campus had been constructed the area currently known as the Union Lawn, or the Concrete Lawn, was a wetland, which during the initial development of the campus was transformed into an ornamental lake. This lake was later filled in and replaced with a mixture of hard surfaces, plantings, sculpture, and the other landscape features we see there today. The site is bordered by four buildings, including the Student Union, the MSD Architecture Building, Raymond Priestley Building and the historic Baldwin Spencer Building. This centrally located area is much used and has great potential to be transformed into a new and exciting place that incorporates areas of constructed wetlands integrated with more trafficable spaces.

Landscape Architecture 2020_summer