2016 Karl Langer Award Winner


Taneile Nixon

Congratulations to Taneile Nixon who won the prestigious 2016 Karl Langer Award.

The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects present the award to a fourth-year QUT Bachelor of Design in Landscape Architecture student who demonstrates the aptitude to make significant contributions to the profession in the future.

Nixon’s winning concept focused on her particular interest of coastal disaster management and injecting resilience into communities facing increasing devastation from natural events.

“With conversations of climate change and the Anthropocene era becoming prevalent, I believe landscape architecture is positioned at the forefront of a multidisciplinary team, that will contribute revolutionary design solutions in response to society’s pressure on the environment.

“In order to be receptive to the complexity and uncertainty of climate change, my design philosophy utilises and engages a creative lens to ‘think big’ about adaptive and innovative mitigation measures; before filtering these ideas into tangible, site specific solutions,” Ms Nixon said.

Her presentation to the jury focused on three projects:

Subtle Chaos -– a project about manipulating the way people use pace–seeking to create a sub-tropical urban room that responds to the climatic conditions of south east Queensland and paying tribute to the historical architectural surrounding the site.

Conscious for our Coastline – an environmental project aiming to transform the Gold Coast, allowing humans to populate the beach but at the same time enabling natural processes to manoeuvre and protect the shoreline

Diffusing Disaster – exploring coastal protection measures for horizontal landscapes in Cairns. The project developed a social, economic, and environmental strategy that transformed this fragile community into a risk-free regional centre equipped to handle future natural disasters.


Taneile Nixon’s presentation

The Karl Langer Award is inspired by architect and town planner, Karl Langer, who introduced the concept of urban design and modernist architecture to many Australian cities and towns. He was always concerned with and outspoken about planning relationships and the breadth of influence of any change to the physical environment ‐ the essential factor in landscape architecture.

State Library of Queensland holds a large quantity of Langer’s landscape architecture and town plans in its collection.