Students have designs on Le Cornu site
One of the most controversial development sites in Adelaide is the focus of a major architecture exhibition being launched by the University of Adelaide in November.
Almost half of the University's final-year architecture students will showcase their ideas to redevelop the old Le Cornu site in O'Connell Street, considered a blot on the North Adelaide landscape for almost 20 years.
The 2007 Final Year Architecture Project, to be exhibited in the Drill Hall at the Torrens Parade Ground, Adelaide, from November 14-18, will feature an array of design projects, including proposals for offices, car parks, apartments, retail shops, libraries, concert halls and community centres.
Many of the students have chosen the Le Cornu site project because it is directly relevant to Adelaide and its residents.
Coordinator of the project and renowned Australian architect Professor Ian McDougall said the redevelopment of the Le Cornu site offered students the opportunity to explore new city types and also possibilities for public space.
"The project offers the opportunity to propose a new life for this main street in North Adelaide.
Sites of this scale can accommodate the span of urban functions, retail, residential and public," Professor McDougall said.
Professor McDougall is a director of Ashton Raggatt McDougall, one of Melbourne's leading architectural firms specialising in culturally sensitive design resolutions. Adelaide residents may be familiar with the company's design for the controversial Marion Cultural Centre.
Story by Candy Gibson