Canopi is an award-winning development in West Footscray whose aim was to transform disused industrial land into a medium-density residential precinct. Urban Initiatives’ role included site investigation and master planning, preparing the town planning submission, assisting with the production of marketing material, project design and documentation, tendering, and contract administration. The design process included close collaboration with Melbourne Water and Council to ensure that the landscape met both the environmental requirements of the floodway and local community needs.
The project aimed to foster a strong sense of community, which meant creating streetscapes and open space that cater to the needs of both the immediate residents and the wider community. For example, the Stoney Creek floodway – previously a weed-infested grassed drainage channel – was reconceived as public open space with a new a shared pathway connection and indigenous plantings to screen and frame the views.
Streetscape plantings include an array of bird-attracting trees, shrubs and grasses, fruiting trees and herb garden edge boarders, all designed to engage the residents with the landscape and with each other, and promote the shared use of public space.
Footscray West, Victoria
Lead Landscape Architect
Red C Developments