"These awards capture the zeitgeist," said Landscape Institute president Jo Watkins, pepping up his members on the need to be innovative and resourceful during a recession.
One of the judges, the poet and broadcaster Ian Mcmillan, said: "What we want when we make landscapes or alter them is landscapes that are available for myth.
"I think landscape architecture can remind us who we are and hint at who we will become," he said talking of mythical landscapes such as redundant mines in Barnsley
The top gong, the President’s Award given for the best project of the year, went to the Landscape Partnership for a sustainable urban drainage design and adoption guide for Cambridge City Council.
Watkins also presented winners for the Future Vision Awards for students, run by the Landscape Institute with the Homes and Communities Agency.
The aim of the competition is for students to find ideas for making villages, towns and cities better places to live.
The full list of award winners is:
• Cambridge SuDS Design and Adoption Guide by The Landscape Partnership
Peter Youngman Award
• Winner: Richard Bisgrove, Director of Landscape Management at the University of Reading
Communications & Presentation
• Winner: Making Space in Dalston, London by J&L Gibbons
• Commended: Golden Square, Birmingham by Capita Lovejoy
Heritage & Conservation
• Winner: Arnos Vale Cemetery Restoration, Bristol by Nicholas Pearson Associates
• Highly commended: Hill Close Gardens, Warwick by Plincke
• Highly commended: Chiswick House Gardens, London by Scott Wilson
• Commended: Valentines Park, Ilford by Land Use Consultants
Design under 1ha
• Winner: Duncan Terrace Gardens, London by Remapp
• Highly commended: Lyric Theatre Roof Garden, London by Groundwork London
• Highly commended: Braham Street Park, City of London by EDCO Design London Ltd
• Commended: The Living Wall, Westfield London by AECOM
Design 1 – 5ha
• Winner: Pier Head public Realm and Canal Link, Liverpool by AECOM
• Highly commended: Ashford Ring Road by Whitelaw Turkington
• Highly Commended: Institute of Art, Design & Technology Campus by Stephen Diamond
• Commended: St John’s Square Blackpool by Planit IE Limited
Design over 5ha
• Winner: Cambourne Green Infrastructure, South Cambridgeshire by Randall Thorpe
• Highly commended: The Forthquarter Park, Edinburgh by Hyland Edgar Driver
• Highly commended: Meadow Farm Hurley by mhp design
• Winner: Cambridge SuDS Design and Adoption Guide by The Landscape Partnership
Local Landscape Planning
• Winner: MKSM Green Infrastructure Design Guide by Chris Blanford Associates
• Highly commended: Cambourne New Settlement by Randall Thorp
• Commended: Cornwall AONB Atlas by Land Use Consultants
Strategic Landscape Planning
• Winner: Greater Ashford Development Strategy: Environmental Workstream by Studio
• Highly commended: Wirral Borough Landscape Assessment by TEP
• Highly commended: Strategic Planning for the Cotswolds Landscape by the Cotswolds
• Winner: Ruth Olden, Edinburgh College of Art
Urban Design & Masterplanning
• Highly commended: Oxford Circus London by Atkins
Future Vision winners
Future Green Thinking Award: Lee Miles, MFA Environment Design for The Mbare project, a proposal to replace a former slum in Zimbabwe with a combination of better agricultural management, bio-energy production, improved infrastructure and economic growth, creating a self-sufficient prototype for improving cities.
Future Work/Life Award: Ronan Watson, Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) for New Life on the Block which aims to tackle social deprivation and environmental sustainability by regenerating existing tower blocks to become self-sufficient in energy and provide spaces for year-round food production while strengthening the community.
Future Open Spaces Award: Elspeth Reddsih, Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA), for The Educational Energy Hub, a series of strategies for a section of the Don Valley aiming to attract new housing, business and users; reduce flood risk and pollution; enhance ecology; and provide sustainable transport. It proposes a biomass plant in a former power station.
Future Buildings Award: Jonathan Woodward, Architecture (BA Hons); for The Bio-craft, an innovative structure designed for societies at risk from the effects of climate change which includes a means of producing renewable energy
Watkins said; "The four winners demonstrate the rigorous thought and bold ideas that are vital if our professions are to continue to push boundaries and champion landscape."