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WAF’13 Landscape Award Winner – Australian Garden

By Team IAnd Photography: Courtesy the architects

17 years into the making, the Australian garden, winner of the -Landscape of the Year Award’ at the prestigious World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards 2013, designed by Taylor Cullity Lethlean (TCL) with Paul Thompson is a garden of discovery, of multiple experiences and of cumulative knowledge…

The completion of the Australian garden situated within the Royal Botanic Gardens, Cranbourne on the south-eastern outskirts of Melbourne, Australia, comes at a time when botanic gardens world-wide are questioning existing research and recreational paradigms and re-focussing on new messages of landscape conservation and a renewed interest in meaningful visitor engagement.

Attempting to recreate the seductive qualities of the Australian landscape that have inspired many a designer, writer and artist, the landscape design creates a sequence of powerful sculptural and artistic experiences that recognise its diversity, breadth of scale and wonderful contrasts. Via these creative landscape compositions, the project seeks to stimulate and educate visitors into the potential use and diversity of Australian flora.

On the east side of the garden, exhibition gardens display landscapes, research plots and forestry arrays that illustrate a more formal approach, whilst on the west, visitors are subsumed by gardens that are inspired by natural cycles, immersive landscapes and irregular floristic forms. Water plays a mediating role between the two, taking visitors from rock pool escarpments, meandering river bends to Melaleuca spits and coastal edges.

Visitors engage with the botanical collections via an intrinsically interpretive experience. Didactic signage is shunned in favour of a landscape design approach that captures a heightened experience not relying on mimicry or simulacra. Designed experiences such as walking across the tangle of a Eucalypt forest floor, or the passage through wind pruned coastal heath, comprises a narrative that informs the composition, while the experience reinforces the message. It aims to strike a balance between abstraction, metaphor and poetry.

Visitors are invited into the landscape via a pathway system that constantly morphs according to the landscape narrative and garden experience. Crusty paths in the Gondwana Garden shift to become an over water circular grated plate which connects to a field of stones where the actual path is no longer apparent. It allows many layers of emotional and intellectual discovery, so not every visitor will take home the same message, as each will have their own experience.

Developed in a former sand quarry, it allows visitors to follow a metaphorical journey of water through the Australian landscape, from the desert to the coastal fringe, bringing together horticulture, architecture, ecology, and art to create the largest botanic garden devoted to Australian flora. It showcases some 170,000 plants across 1700 species all adapted to its challenging site condition.

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Most Common Accidents Around the House

People tend to worry about the dangers they face out in the world, but a lot of the worst dangers are actually ones that are more prevalent in the home. Everybody’s home, even if it has been arranged to be as child safe as possible is full of dangers. From slips and falls to shocks to the sometimes deadly chemicals that people keep stored under their sink, there are plenty of hazards in the home and plenty of things to watch out for.

Slip and Fall

Many of the people going to talk to a personal injury lawyer show up because they suffered some sort of a slip and fall injury. Slip and fall injuries are the leading cause of deaths in the home and are particularly dangerous to young children and older individuals.

Certain areas are more likely to be the sites of slip and fall injuries than others. For example, bathrooms are oftentimes places where people suffer serious slip and fall injuries, for obvious reasons. Stairways are another danger area. There are simple solutions to this, such as making certain there is adequate lighting in dangerous areas and eliminating obvious hazards, such as taking up throw rugs, covering up cords and so forth.

Poisons

From car exhaust to mercury in the water to additives put in foods, people spend a lot of time worrying about the substances that they are putting in their bodies. Unfortunately, approximately 90% of the time, when people are poisoned, it happens in their house. Children are usually the victims of these poisons.

The easiest way to protect your family against being poisoned is simply to make certain that anything that is potentially toxic is locked away out of the reach of children and to make sure that everything is clearly labeled. Remember never to put anything in a mislabeled container. For instance, never fill up an old spray bottle that was used for cleanser with water or vice versa. Clear labeling is one of the best ways to prevent people from being poisoned.

Cuts

Eating well is part of being healthy, but you need to be careful when you’re cooking. Whenever you are using a knife in the kitchen – which is a common way that people are injured – make certain that you’re giving the blade your full attention. If you drop a knife, don’t attempt to catch it. As one final word of advice, when you wash knives, never put them in the dishwater where they may not be clearly visible. Leave them at the side of the sink and put them away immediately after washing them.

Accidents, by definition, happen unexpectedly. You can help to prevent accidents, however, by following simple safety procedures in your home. If you are injured in someone else’s home, consider contacting a Port St. Lucie personal injury lawyer.

Work At Home Forum Moderator Job

Working as a forum moderator is a great job for those who don’t like phone work. Few of the forum moderator jobs are paid, but there are many that don’t offer monetary compensation, but instead they offer other bonuses and perks.

The most common forum moderator positions are for work at home website owners who have community forums. As their forums grow, the need for forum moderators is a must.

What does it take to obtain a forum moderator job?
There are a number of factors and each one is determined by the website forum Administrator. What comes to mind for me is how involved you are with the forum. Not many forum owners will blindly choose a forum moderator.

Here are three qualities of how a forum moderator may be chosen:

1. Involvement in the community – Are you active in the forums? Do you visit daily or almost daily? Do you welcome new members? Do you answer forum questions? Are you helpful to others or respond with helpful information?

2. Personality – Do you get a long with a diverse group of people? Too strong of a personality may be a turn off. You don’t want to be a know-it-all and at the same time, you don’t want to be a push-over either.

3. Work Habits – Do you lead by example? Are you diplomatic? Are you observant? Do you work well with others? Do you have a professional attitude and demeanor?

There will also be specific duties expected from a forum moderator and some of these include:

– Welcoming new members
– Removing spam posts, editing and moving posts to the correct forums
– Keeping the forum active by engaging in various discussions
– Assisting the forum Administrator with other clerical duties
– Overseeing the forum when the Administrator is not available or on vacation
– Confidentiality
– And other forum moderating duties assigned by the forum Administrator

As stated above, most forum moderator jobs are unpaid, but this is a good way to gain experience if you don’t have a lot of online work experience and it’s acceptable to list your volunteer jobs on your work at home resume.

Whether you got the job as an unpaid forum moderator or you volunteered, one very important aspect of becoming a forum moderator is remaining a true professional. What you do online whether you’re on the forum you’re moderating or elsewhere online, what you say and how you represent yourself is a reflection of you and the company or business you’re involved with.

Just as easily you are made a forum moderator, this position can easily be taken away. All jobs whether paid or unpaid should be treated with respect and professionalism.