Street Furniture Australia, with support from the ACT Government, has begun the 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 around 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 opportunities were discovered …
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 the eBin.
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 eBin garbage and recycling prototypes will display fill levels. They are networked, geolocated and will send alerts in case of fire.
Street Furniture Australia joins WE-EF Lighting, Lawn Solutions, Andreasens Green, Playrope, Buddy, 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 eBin 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 has used empathy interviews, personas, observations, journey mapping and other user-centred research techniques to focus #WodenExperiment on the community. These qualitative methods unearth rich detail about the lives and needs of people who use Woden Town Square. The aim is to inform the design of the six-month installation with a “community first” philosophy. “We employ user-centred design techniques in the making of our furniture, and #WodenExperiment now offers the opportunity to apply this methodology to public places,” says Mark Armstrong, Street Furniture Australia Design Director. “One of the challenges of public space is meeting the needs of people from many different walks of life. Through our empathy interviews and observations of the town square we have come up with six key personas to design for. “The personas …
ABC Radio Canberra’s Jolene Laverty chats with Street Furniture Australia’s June Boxsell about #WodenExperiment on Drive. The following is a transcript of the program, which aired on Wednesday April 4, 2018. JL. The social project that has increased foot traffic in Garema Place by 200% is going to be replicated in Woden. June Boxsell is the Design and Marketing manager of Street Furniture Australia and she runs these programs, hi June. JB. Hi there, thank you for having me. JL. Thank you for joining us. So it’s called the #WodenExperiment and it’s based on the very successful #BackyardExperiment, which was held in Garema Place a few years ago. Can you just take us back to 2016 and remind us what the Garema Place experiment was? JB. The #BackyardExperiment was a …
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 …