Some exciting news for CLOUSTON yesterday was the announcement that Alice Outcomes, an innovative senior students college in Alice Springs, has won national recognition for its self-help initiative for improving the school’s grounds and social environment. Alice Outcomes’ entry in the national competition My Park Rules, was awarded the 2016 Jury Prize alongside the National Winner, Marrickville Public School in Sydney, from a field of nearly 100 entries submitted by schools right around Australia.
We are delighted for Alice Outcomes, not only because CLOUSTON were the community’s design and technical assistants in giving a professional Landscape Architecture touch to their Finals entry, but for the added momentum the award brings to the real object here – getting the project built. We were convinced from the outset the project was a winner and we are pleased the National Jury so clearly agreed. They singled the project out for the award precisely because they are as keen as Alice Outcomes to see the concept realized, a prime objectives of the competition and its sponsors’ support.
My Park Rules itself emanates from the program 202020 Vision, an initiative of a group of creative organizations that includes The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA), its overarching aim being to “create 20% more and better green space by 2020.” As a competition for stimulating community creativity, it reaches out to all Australian schools and kindergartens, inviting their ideas for improving a local park, their playground and the schools environment. This year the field of 100 entries exhibited online generated 30,000 votes for a community favorite . One Finalist chosen from each State and Territory was teamed up with a Landscape Architect to develop their concept, and these were scrutinized by a Jury of eminent professionals and public figures including Lucy Turnbull AO, Josh Byrne, Sacha Coles, Tonia Gray, Mary Jevons, Kylie Legge, and Nick Forostenko.
CLOUSTON’s Darwin office was motivated to support Alice Outcomes , recognizing it as an imaginative education and social engagement program for young people disadvantaged by their remote location or personal challenges. It aims to provide a secure and supportive environment for students ranging from the ages of 16 to 25 to accomplish and re-build self-confidence, and then go on to further education and employment. While classroom and teaching resources at Alice Outcomes are fine, the grounds of the college are far from it – little purposeful structure, user comfort, recreational opportunity or engaging character. The award winning concept reverses all that – proposing tree shaded outdoor learning spaces, student break-out areas, discrete counseling spaces, play areas for the kids of young parents attending Alice Outcomes, vegetable gardens and group picnic areas. As a space transformed to encourage social interaction and pride of place, this park can contribute to transforming peoples’ lives. That’s an outcome reflecting one of the fundamental principles of design for CLOUSTON – creating landscape with social purpose.
Congratulations Alice Outcomes !