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 …
In Profile: Damian Schultz
Street Furniture Australia chats to Damian Schultz, co-director at landscape and urban design firm Taylor Cullity Lethlean (T.C.L.) in Adelaide.
Tell us about your path to becoming a landscape architect.
I was very fortunate at the young age of around 12 years old to realise my passion for the built environment and design. I focused my school studies in art, design, physics, geography, woodwork, metalwork, plastics, agriculture and technical drawing, as well as maths and English, to prepare myself for a career path in architecture, landscape architecture, graphic or industrial design. Any part-time work I undertook was also related, working in hardware stores, paint shops or labouring (paving, landscaping or painting) to develop such skills I deemed appropriate.
I was privileged to enrol in Architectural Studies at university and then transfer mid-course to complete a degree in Landscape Architecture – I was one of the first graduates of this course at the University of Adelaide.
“I am influenced by the beautiful detailing of architecture and industrial design, environmental graphic design and illustration.”
What inspires you in your work?
I am passionate about the interface between structures and soft landscape, the idea of the collaboration of different professions working together and the specific detail of how allied professions all come together to create a unified and integrated outcome. I am influenced by the beautiful detailing of architecture and industrial design, environmental graphic design and illustration.
How broadly do you incorporate sustainable practices in your designs?
Sustainability is a core value of the way I think about design. I am privileged to be involved in a large diversity of projects that highlight the different ways to integrate sustainable practices in design, including:
- embedding water sensitive urban design principles into the outcomes;
- careful plant selection using low water hardy species;
- LED lighting selection;
- localised soil remediation and enhancement.
What are you excited to be working on at the moment?
I am currently involved in a large variety of projects that keep me passionate about my career. These include:
- a shopping centre redevelopment: designing a Town Mall with bespoke planters, seating and lighting pendants;
- undertaking the redevelopment of the Adelaide Festival Centre with ARM;
- Pedestrianisation of the central spine at Queensland University of Technology at Kelvin Grove with Wilson Architects and Henning Larsen Architects.
Do you engage in mentoring, or work with universities?
I have been involved in a variety of roles with universities and students studying landscape architecture. I was a guest lecturer for a number of years providing practical knowledge on construction and contract administration, and I am passionate in nurturing the next generation in this field. For the last 10 years I have been involved in mentoring students of Landscape Architecture in their final year, and guiding fourth-year students through a 12-week internship program in our studio.
What are your strengths as a landscape architect?
I have been fortunate to develop skills in all areas of landscape architecture, from spatial planning and detailed design to the complexities of project management. I thrive in collaboration and problem-solving during design development and construction to find solutions across multiple design and engineering disciplines.
What makes Adelaide a dynamic city to be working at the moment?
I have been fortunate to travel overseas and have first-hand realisation that Adelaide is a beautiful and vibrant city!
Significant investment in Adelaide Oval, Victoria Square, North Terrace, the Riverbank Precinct and former Royal Adelaide Hospital site is changing the structural focus of the city and will provide greater opportunities for the future.
Adelaide projects have sometimes seen conservative outcomes but, as the population evolves, the city plans are attempting to improve and highlight the best of South Australia. The city activation program has been successful in realising that great city places cater for both people and events, in both formal and informal ways.
What projects have you most enjoyed? What project/practices do you most admire?
I have been very fortunate to have worked on some amazingly diverse and memorable projects in my career. Some of these built projects include:
- Forest Gallery, Melbourne Museum;
- Tidbinbilla Redevelopment, ACT;
- Various national park infrastructure upgrades;
- North Terrace Redevelopment, Adelaide, SA;
- Victoria Square Redevelopment, Adelaide, SA;
- Bank Street Parklets, Adelaide, SA;
- Adelaide Botanic Gardens Wetland Redevelopment, Adelaide, SA;
- City Playspace, Hindmarsh Square Adelaide, SA;
- Adelaide Airport Plaza and water feature, Adelaide SA.
I love discovering smaller emerging practices or designers with a fresh way of thinking to partner or collaborate with to challenge my own approaches. Companies and projects that I admire include:
- West 8;
- The “Highline” by James Corner, Field Operations;
- Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater;
- Mies Van der Rohe, Barcellona Pavillion & Farnsworth House;
- Santiago Calatrava for the fusion of engineering, sculpture and architecture;
- Zaha Hadid, her general Fluid Design approach;
- Parkroyal by WOHA;
- Miller Garden, by Dan Kiley;
- Marina Linear Park by Martha Schwartz;
- Andrea Cochrane Landscape Architects.
- Sunshine Coast Architects, Clare Design & JMA;
- Donovan Hill Architects;
- Glenn Murcutt;
- Troppo Architects;
- David Lancashire Design.
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 …
Well travelled: Claire Broun, senior landscape architect with JMD Design in Sydney, takes StreetChat through designing for Copenhagen and Sydney. Tell us about yourself. What drew you to landscape architecture? My father is a fifth generation wheat farmer and my mother an artist. I grew up in an old homestead on a property in Western Australia’s wheatbelt. A flourishing garden surrounds the verandahs where, as a child, I would often forage for plants to dissect and draw. I realise now, looking back, that these environments, both within and beyond the garden fence, are fundamental to who I am today. I showed talent as an artist throughout high school and was enthusiastic about continuing my interest with studies at university. This, combined with a developing interest in the land, lead me to enrolling …
Nathalie Ward, director of Brisbane’s Lat27, shares with StreetChat her love of the craft, working locally and abroad, and creating a new home for the Ekka. Tell us about yourself. Why did you pursue landscape architecture? Four colleagues and I established Lat27 five years ago, looking to create a practice focused on contextually based design; hence our name. Over the past 20-plus years I have lived and worked in the UK, Hong Kong and Australia and am passionate about the role that design can play in revealing the story of a place and in creating places that are environmentally responsible and inspire people. Landscape architecture is deeply ingrained in my family. My great-grandfather and grandfather were both garden designers and artists, my father was a landscape architect, as is my brother. My earliest memories include nature walks …
SPECIAL FEATURE: Australian architect Darrel Conybeare joined the Eames office in Venice, California, in 1967, as a young graduate of the Architecture and Civic Design Masters program at the University of Pennsylvania. The next three years were beyond his greatest expectations … The design approach at Street Furniture Australia has been influenced by the Eames office, where Darrel Conybeare (shown), SFA co-director, worked for a number of years. I was amazed that I had won the job. In 1967, American architect Denise Scott Brown introduced me to Ray and Charles Eames after I had moved to California. My interview took place at 901 Washington Boulevard, Venice, California, the design home of their extraordinary practice. Ray and Charles described the nature of the job, and I explained my purpose in coming to America to …