Street Furniture Australia is honoured to be named winner of the Built Environment category at the inaugural Australian Smart Cities Awards in October 2018. These are the country’s first awards recognising leadership, best practice and action to advance the smart cities movement, evaluated by a seven-person jury chaired by David Singleton AM. The winners were announced at Smart Cities Week in Sydney, organised by the Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand. Street Furniture Australia received the Built Environment award for #BackyardExperiment, an eight-day activation of Garema Place, Canberra, which took place in October 2016. It was a small project that made a big impact. By adopting a people-first approach and quantifying the impact of design, the method of activation became an international case study. #BackyardExperiment was one of Australia’s first …
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
As only around ten people have entered so far, we have extended the deadline till December 3rd 2018. To celebrate the launch of our first app, we are giving away a DJI Spark Drone valued at $630. This hi-tech drone will take beautiful footage of your projects in style. The app, called Build ARIA uses photorealistic Augmented Reality technology to visualise your furniture creation in your office or at the actual project location. To enter, simply download the app and publish your Aria on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #BuildARIA. Video: How to Win A Drone To get the app, search for Build ARIA in the App Store for iPhone and iPad, or scan this QR code: DJI Spark is a mini drone with intelligent flight control options that will help you film and show …
Try Build ARIA for a chance to win a drone! Go to the competition page to enter. Ends December 3. What if you could stand onsite at your next project and explore how furniture could be placed, with your phone? A new way to envision and experiment with configuring the Aria Seating System – in situ or from your office – is here, with the Street Furniture Australia Build ARIA app now available in the App Store for iPhone and iPad. To access, search for Build ARIA in the app store, or scan this QR code: The app aims to make specifying and sharing concepts easier and more enjoyable, says Design and Marketing Manager June Lee Boxsell. The latest Augmented Reality (AR), technology is now capable of realistic and accurate virtual renderings that spring to life on your phone or …
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 …