Seventy percent of the world’s population will live in cities by 2050, and Adrian McGregor doesn’t think urban areas are ready to handle this increase. That’s why the landscape architecture and urban design firm McGregor Coxall is dedicated to preparing the built environment for increased population density, as well as environmental and economic changes in the coming decades.
“I’m passionate about the challenges that human beings are facing globally in terms of our environment, and I want to help cities grow in a sustainable way,” says Managing Director McGregor. His approach to design is the subject of a new success story video that explores the firm's design philosophy and showcases some projects including Ballast Point Park, a transformative reclamation of an abandoned oil lubricant production facility that is now home to an engaging, sustainable public park in Sydney, Australia.
McGregor Coxall’s list of accolades includes the Topos Journal International Landscape Architecture Practice of the Year and the Prime Minister’s Australia Award for Urban Design, to name just a few. Their work encompasses over 300 projects from across Europe, Asia, and Australia, from incredible landscapes like Ballast Point to urban revitalizations like the Parramatta River Urban Design Strategy. This project reorients one of Sydney’s largest Central Business Districts back toward the waterway that it’s built on to create a vibrant public and commercial space while also introducing environmentally friendly design features that improve the health of the river’s ecosystem.
Designers at McGregor Coxall didn’t just think of the environment when creating the Urban Design Strategy. They also considered the people who would use the space. “We’re working with the community and the stakeholders to create a very broad, deep conversation with the city as a whole,” McGregor says. “It’s allowing us to deliver what I think is going to be an important and fantastic project where landscape architecture is shaping the urban environment.”