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The Paradise Project, Mt Penang

Location: Proposal for Mt Penang Garden Festival site

Design Team: Terragram & Allen Jack + Cottier

Year: 2000

Our proposal for the Mt Penang Garden Festival site, goes beyond the traditional delivery of landscape architecture. The idea of the Garden Festival needs to be designed, not just a 'site' for the Garden Festival. Despite the indignity of the word, a "theme park" of the popular and profound culture of gardening is needed. In style, this theme park should not be a Disneyland, nor an Expo, trade show, agricultural show, festival place, farm, fun park, or supermarket. Rather it should borrow from all these typologies and invent a radically new pleasure ground of the 21st century - one which taps into the psyche of gardening, Australia's most popular pasttime.