Our streets, and our cities, are due for an overhaul, says Adam Beck, but strong collaboration is needed to secure all the working parts. The Executive Director of the Smart Cities Council for Australia and New Zealand will coordinate Streets 2.0, a forum inviting engineers, landscape architects, planners, architects, technologists and policy makers to take part in Sydney on December 6. “Streets 2.0 is a critical discussion the industry has to have,” Beck tells StreetChat. “When streets consume up to 20 to 30 per cent of the land area of our cities and communities, it is worth making them function as sustainably as possible. “Our streets are public spaces. Is the best use of space to fill them with two-tonne metal machines travelling at 60 kilometres an hour?” With ideas …
meet the team
MALA SRIDHAR | National Sales Support Administrator
Mala has a Certificate IV in Office Administration and 15 years of experience in administration for the furniture industry.
What inspires you?
The nature of products. We design our city to look pretty and for the utility of our products to the public.
Your favourite product and why?
The Mall Sun Lounge, as I think it is a classic design and very comfy and relaxing.
DDA Seats, Benches and Tables as these care for disabled people and provide facilities for them to enjoy outdoor life.
Kim Ellis is Executive Director of Sydney’s Botanic Gardens and Centennial Parklands, overseeing a network of seven parks from harbourside to mountaintop. He was Director and CEO of the Centennial Park and Moore Park Trust before the parks joined forces in 2014, and was at the helm throughout the operational integration. An advocate for green space, Ellis walks one of the seven parks each morning. Your vision for Australia’s parks and green spaces? Australia is blessed with some of the world’s best public parks and green spaces, but we should not take them for granted. Around 66% of Australians live in capital cities, and this is increasing over time. Population growth pressures and the changes in lifestyle and demographics are already changing the nature and usage of our public spaces. As park managers …
Lively, enjoyable public spaces start with inviting places to sit. Movable chairs offer the option to sit in groups, in pairs, to fly solo, to follow the sun or shade. Deserted plazas become flexible, accommodating, hospitable, thanks to the introduction of freestanding seats and tables. Places are transformed. Harvard Yard, Harvard University, Massachusetts. In 2009 the space is a walkway for marching to your next class. The university decides to make it a gathering place where students can mix with the larger community, starting with movable furniture. “The response was enormously positive,” say Lizabeth Cohen and Mohsen Mostafavi, professors and co-chairs of Harvard’s Steering Committee on Common Spaces. “Overnight, a vibrant and diverse population was pausing to meet, chat, doze, study, eat, watch performers, or simply sit down. “The chairs …