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Afghan Bazaar Cultural Precinct Awards

The Afghan Bazaar Cultural precinct has won three prestigious industry awards since 2014.


2014 Australian Institute of Landscape Architecture (AILA) Victorian Awards - Design Award

The Design Award recognised key partners include; HASSELL, Sinatra Murphy, WSP Vision, Aurecon, Australian/Afghan artist Aslam Akram and Big Fish P/L.

Jury Comment:

”The design of the Afghan Bazaar Cultural Precinct came as a result of thoughtful engagement with cultural context, history and tradition. It exhibits careful design detailing with a variety of robust materials and finishes and contains strategies for using cultural motifs in a multifaceted way. The result is highly distinctive, with sculpture and the crafting of integrated streetscape elements forming a strong basis for the design. Functionally, the design responds to a variety of user groups and their associated daily activities but it also caters for ephemeral and cyclic cultural events. In many senses this project is collaborative, participatory and responsive – across communities and cultures; between landscape architectural practices; and in association with artists and sculptors. The designers have strived for a meaningful response to social conditions whilst also striving to enhance the visual and tactile experience of an important part of the street environment of the City of Greater Dandenong.”

Read more information on the 2014 Victorian Landscape Architecture Awards


2015 LGPro Awards for Excellence in the Community Assets and Infrastructure Initiative

Awarded for projects $1.5m and under.

The annual LGPro Awards promotes and celebrates the outstanding achievements delivered by both individuals and teams who work in the Victorian Local Government sector.  The streetscape project was a highly collaborative effort between a number of council departments with momentum maintained by a core project steering group.  At the heart of the project was a bench mark community engagement process with traders, community leaders and precinct stakeholders.  The project has been set a new standard within the Council as well as across Victoria for its commitment to community lead design outcomes and the creation of authentic cultural treatments.

Read more information on the LGPro Awards for Excellence

2016 National Landscape Architecture Awards: Award of Excellence for Communities

Afghan Bazaar Cultural Precinct by Hassell/Sinatra Murphy
Communities: Award of Excellence
Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA)

Jury Comment:

“The Afghan Bazaar Cultural Precinct celebrates the concentration of Afghan businesses along Thomas Street in Melbourne’s Dandenong. The jury highly commends this project for its multivalent approach to community engagement and its exploration and recognition of the diverse Afghan communities in Dandenong, as well as deep collaborations between artists, landscape architects, community members, traders and local government. The project moves beyond the often literal clichés of ethnic branding and explores multicultural notions of place and space in our public streetscape environments.

The stakeholder consultation revealed discontent with previous attempts at placemaking and contentious symbolic gestures. The landscape architects focused on providing a variety of means to bring people together through acknowledging specific cultural differences and spatial use patterns. The design for the Afghan Bazaar Cultural Precinct provides richly layered spaces for social interaction within diverse, specific cultural norms while accommodating shared festivals such as Nowruz (Persian New Year), reinterpretations of culture and daily life in the precinct.”

For more information visit the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects website