The GLDA is pleased to announce the launch of the 2020 Student & Graduate Garden Design Competition.
This year’s competition invites entrants to design for a ‘pocket park’ site identified beside the River Liffey by Dublin City Council, one of the sponsors of this year’s event together with Millbrook Paving Centre and The Kildare Gallery at Carton House.
The challenge is to bring an oasis of calm into a busy setting to improve the city ecology and giving people access to the natural environment. Their designs must take the effects of climate change and how these can be mitigated through sustainable drainage systems, appropriate planting to include attracting pollinators and ease of maintenance.
The closing date for online applications is 15 January 2021.
It is important that we create ‘Green Oases’, pocket parks that soften the hard landscape of urban environments, screen traffic noise and lessen the heat island effect.
The improvement of city ecology, how the effects of climate change can be mitigated through sustainable drainage systems, and the planting of these spaces, are important factors to attract pollinators into our cities whilst giving people access to the natural environment.
All this makes the topic for this year’s Garden & Landscape Designers Association Student & Graduate Design Competition even more relevant. Sponsored by Millbrook Paving and The Kildare Gallery at Carton House in association with Dublin City Council (who identified a site on Dublin’s Quays for use in the competition), entrants must create a green space that can add peacefulness into a very busy, heavily trafficked, city centre setting.
Applications are open to two categories:
CATEGORY ONE APPLICANT
- Any STUDENT on the Island of Ireland currently studying an (accredited) garden design, landscape architecture, horticulture-related course or landscape skills training course.
CATEGORY TWO APPLICANT
- Any GRADUATE from the above-approved courses who qualified in 2019 – 2020.
- Best Category One (Student) Concept Master Plan Design – iPad & trophy
- Best Category Two (Graduate) Concept Master Plan Design – iPad & trophy
- Best Innovative Concept Detail Award 2020 – trophy
- Best Planting Design 2020 – trophy
The winner plus up to 2 runners-up from each category will each receive FREE entry to the GLDA Seminar in February 2021 plus GLDA Membership (Pre-Reg or Student) for 2021.
Online entries must be received by 15th January 2021. To find out more or to request an application pack and design brief, email firstname.lastname@example.org