Georges River Council with University of New South Wales (UNSW) has launched the Smart Social Spaces Project, an investigation into smart furniture, communities and urban management. Street Furniture Australia is the industry partner for this project. The $658,000 project will see smart furniture installed in a busy plaza, Memorial Square in Hurstville, and a green community space, Olds Park in Penhurst. Sensors on the furniture will monitor how the space is used, providing data on how it may better serve the community. The project is an opportunity, says Georges River Council Mayor Kevin Greene, to lead the exploration of smart public spaces that directly benefit the community. “Council is keen to explore the role technology can play in connecting the community to public spaces, how it can help us to …
Future Street is Coming
Street Furniture Australia will proudly contribute furniture prototypes to the Future Street installation in Sydney this October, with ideas set to enliven your lunch break, outdoor meeting or commute.
The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA), Internet of Things Alliance Australia (IOTAA) and Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand (SCCANZ) will build the street of the future at Circular Quay on Alfred Street, in front of Customs House, from October 12 to 15.
Place Design Group is leading the design and build of the project, which forms part of the 2017 International Festival of Landscape Architecture: The 3rd City.
A four-day celebration will showcase a range of street, landscape, IoT, utilities, transport, urban design and placemaking technologies and ideas, including self-driving vehicles, with the Australian Government recently announced as a major sponsor.
AILA CEO Tim Arnold said having the support of the Australian Government is confirmation of the importance of reimagining the role of important public spaces in our cities and towns.
“The digital transformation of the built environment is a key objective outlined in the Government’s Smart Cities Plan,” he says.
Street Furniture Australia will showcase its upcoming ARIA seating system featuring the PowerMe table, and debut an Escola SmartBin.
PowerMe tables empower users to never be stranded without battery again. Phones and laptops can be powered up for free in parks and streetscapes.
Launched with the ARIA seating system, PowerMe tables can be integrated in a comfortable modular layout.
The ARIA seating system is more than a product, but a kit of parts flexible to the needs of the user. Designers can their configure own benches, seats and tables to support the activity of each site.
The contemporary style of ARIA is sleek yet comfortable, and features flat surfaces to place your takeaway coffee. A future-proof design makes for easy technology upgrades.
Street Furniture Australia’s R&D team underwent a vigorous design thinking project to gain a better understanding of the users of urban parks in the development of ARIA.
Observation and in-depth empathy interviews gave interesting insights into how people wish to interact with the space, as well as the needs of asset managers and designers.
The team discovered that a modular system could better serve the needs of multiple users relaxing, working and socialising in public space.
The Escola SmartBin garbage and recycling prototypes will display fill levels. They are solar powered, networked and geolocated.
Street Furniture Australia joins WE-EF Lighting, Lawn Solutions, Andreasens Green, Playrope, Buddy, Ene Hub, Utillix, Itron, BYKKO and Telstra to kit out Alfred Street in front of Customs House with a range of next generation conversation-starters.
Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation Angus Taylor says he is pleased to support such an exciting event, the first of its kind in Australia.
“The Future Street is an opportunity to showcase innovative ideas around landscape, infrastructure and technology to make our cities, suburbs and towns more liveable, productive and sustainable,” he says.
ARIA seating system with PowerMe table will officially launch in 2018. The Escola SmartBin is available to order now.
To see Future Street, visit Alfred Street in front of Customs House, Circular Quay from October 12 to 15, 2017
Street Furniture Australia will donate five special edition rainbow Pride Seats to the Inner West Council, one for each ward, to celebrate the legalisation of marriage equality. The motion was brought to Council and championed by Councillor Pauline Lockie, with approval received at a meeting last night. “Many of our staff and our clients, particularly from the design community, are passionate about marriage equality and LGBTIQ rights, so we wanted to do our part in celebrating and recognising the recent legalisation,” says June Boxsell, Marketing Manager. “Our factory came up with a Pride Seat, made from standard parts and different powder coat colours. It looked so fantastic, we wanted to share it. “Inner West Council has a strong LGBTIQ community, with supporters and campaigners for marriage equality. We are thrilled …
Street Furniture Australia, with support from the ACT Government, has begun a discovery phase for #WodenExperiment, a six-month furniture installation to activate Woden Town Square in Canberra. Members of the community, local businesses and politicians gathered to discuss the project and share their experiences of the square at a workshop held in March. Around 40 participants brainstormed issues and opportunities for the square in the hot topics of Retail Experience, Community Involvement, Comfort and Amenity, and Wow Factor. “It was exciting to see so many people filling the room. With a great mix of people from community, business and local government creating an atmosphere of high energy and interest,” says Diana Hill, Manager Capital Works – Urban with Transport Canberra and City Services. “As a result many great ideas about issues and …
Alex Crowe is a young landscape architect, part of the AILA Fresh NSW project team delivering the AMP Activation for the 2017 International Festival of Landscape Architecture: The 3rd City in Sydney. The design team includes Alex Crowe, Michael White, Anina Carl, Ashley Darby and Faid Ahmad, partnering with Street Furniture Australia, AMP Capital, WE-EF LIGHTING, Andreasens Green and Blue Scope Steel to create a daytime hangout and evening event space. Furnished by Street Furniture Australia, the activation runs from October 11 to 15, between the AMP Towers on 33 Alfred Street and 50 Bridge Street, Circular Quay. Enter via Philip Street to see the efforts of the AILA Fresh NSW team and be inspired by young people imagining the future city. You’re currently involved in a ‘space activation installation’ by AILA Fresh NSW. What …
With so much to see at the 2017 International Festival of Landscape Architecture: The 3rd City coming up in Sydney this October, here are our top 7 event recommendations for an immersive street furniture experience. 1. Future Street Alfred Street, in front of Customs House, Circular Quay | 12-15 October 2017 The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA), Internet of Things Alliance Australia (IOTAA) and Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand (SCCANZ) will build the street of the future in Sydney’s CBD, designed by the Place Design Group. A four-day celebration will showcase a range of landscape, IoT, utilities, transport, urban design and placemaking technologies and ideas. Street Furniture Australia will bring soon-to-be-released innovations including charging tables, flexible seating systems and smart bins to enliven your lunch break, outdoor meeting or commute. …
StreetChat delves into Jan Gehl’s iconic book ‘Life Between Buildings’ to bring you a summary on how to place seats in the city. “Only when opportunities for sitting exist can there be stays of any duration,” he says. Seats are crucial to the success of a public space. The good news is that they are a relatively cheap and easy to install solution for improving an outdoor environment. Point 1. Location, location Good opportunities for sitting mean people can comfortably eat, read, people-watch and socialise. And this can only happen when conditions are just right. Gehl advises: A comfortable relationship to the sun and wind creates a good microclimate, essential for sitting. Benches placed in the middle of open spaces may look good in drawings, but on site can feel …