Penny Allan landscape architect/practicing academicPenny.allan@vuw.ac.nz

Open space innovation in earthquake affected cities
Research at the interface. MAI Journal 2013
The Influence of urban morphology. JUD. 2013
Resilience as a Framework…  JoLA. 2011
victoria park sydney
NZILA supreme award for research and planning
paiseaDos. 2009
Could be anywhere. NZIA Cross Section 2013
MOVED to design. 2007
Open space innovation in earthquake affected cities
Open space innovation in earthquake affected cities

There are two types of resilience: engineering resilience, and ecological resilience.  Engineering resilience is drawn from environmental sciences where the resistance to disturbance and rate of return to an optimal equilibrium is paramount. It is predicated on understanding the componentry of a system, the universal applicability of resilience principles, and its ‘efficiency, constancy and predictability’– all attributes at the […]

Research at the interface. MAI Journal 2013
Research at the interface. MAI Journal 2013

If we accept the claim that a country’s landscape is a reflection of its culture (Lewis, 1979), we may also have to accept that the designed landscapes and public spaces of Aotearoa NewZealand do not often adequately reflect its status as a bi- cultural nation. There seems to be relatively little evidence of a “sharing […]

The Influence of urban morphology. JUD. 2013
The Influence of urban morphology. JUD. 2013

In the aftermath of the chaos and destruction that follows an earthquake, a city’s urban structure provides important sites for the continuing activities of the city and the start of the recovery process. Urban morphology thus plays a fundamental role in the resilience of the whole urban system. But can it make a city more resilient? Do we even […]

Resilience as a Framework… JoLA. 2011
Resilience as a Framework…  JoLA. 2011

Allan, P. and Bryant, M., 2011. Resilience as a Framework for Urbanism and Recovery.  Journal of Landscape Architecture. The disciplines of recovery planning and urban design appear to be strangely disconnected. Although there are some documented responses to earthquakes which suggest that ample and adaptable amounts of open space surrounding buildings are of enormous value […]

victoria park sydney
victoria park sydney

Victoria Park is a 24 hectare mixed-use development site-owned and managed by Landcom. Prior to European development, the site was part of a large wetland and lagoon ecological system that extended from Centennial Park to Botany Bay, known as the Botany Swamp. Watkins Tench described it in 1789 as one of the finest meadows in […]

NZILA supreme award for research and planning
NZILA supreme award for research and planning

“Earthquake Cities on the Pacific Rim”, a series of interlinked essays that describe findings of research work into the relationship between spatial structure and resilience, has earned Penny Allan and Martin Bryant the Charlie Challenger Supreme Award for landscape architecture planning. The award was conferred at the NZILA Resene Pride of Place Landscape Architecture Awards, […]

paiseaDos. 2009
paiseaDos. 2009

The Landscape of Aotearoa New Zealand In the 1970s, when Great Britain joined the European Common Market, New Zealand was left without its main trading partner, its ally in two world wars and, to a large extent, its source of identity. There is an irony here because 130 years earlier, the British had negotiated the Treaty of Waitangi […]

Could be anywhere. NZIA Cross Section 2013
Could be anywhere. NZIA Cross Section 2013

After the initial few weeks following a major catastrophic event like an earthquake, the talk tends to be about silver linings, and the silver lining in most cities is the potential to rebuild the city into something better, more beautiful. An earthquake is seen as the chance to right the wrongs that inertia, poor planning […]

MOVED to design. 2007
MOVED to design. 2007

in collaboration with Rhys Williams rhysdanielwilliams@gmail.com. This project, resulting in the publication of student-led research, extends a futuristic but well grounded outlook to the challenge of sea-level rise on some coastal communities of Melbourne and Wellington. Through representing well researched case studies, it successfully manages to undertake highly crucial and complex engagements between climate change […]

magenta shores
magenta shores

Magenta Shores is a unique integrated golf, housing and resort estate located on a 2.3 kilometre beachfront on the NSW Central Coast. The degraded and weed infested former sand mining site presented significant challenges. Due to coastal salt-laden winds and sandy soils, a careful design approach, specific plant selection and thorough establishment of the landscape […]

2nd yr planting design studio
2nd yr planting design studio

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masters studio
masters studio

‘The Gift’. Shane Righton MArch (Prof.) 2012 Sense of place is sometimes defined as an unconscious gradual result of inhabiting a landscape over time, where communities become familiar with a place’s physical properties and amass history within its confines. Rapid urbanisation over the past 20 years is associated with the establishment of the Dubai Emirate […]

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