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 …
Smart Furniture Project Launches with Georges River Council
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 understand their needs, and encourage behaviours that improve health and wellbeing,” he says.
“This technology will allow us to keep facilities in their best possible shape, all day, every day, throughout the year.”
Forum and Cafe range are ideal solutions for place activation.
PowerMe will provide places to charge your device.
Street Furniture Australia’s eBin, with fill monitoring technology to make waste collection more efficient, will be installed at both sites. New seats, benches and tables equipped with smart sensor technology will also be observed.
“Our team will map peoples’ behaviour through smart sensors installed onto the new street furniture at the two sites. We’ll then watch and measure how it is used,” says Dr Nancy Marshall, city planning researcher with UNSW.
“With this data we will develop, with Georges River Council, a testing system of smart urban governance through street furniture.
“Day-to-day, this will provide information about maintenance, waste and use. Ultimately this system could provide hard evidence to inform decisions about open space, urban design and public infrastructure.”
The team will also investigate how to increase the range of activities that can be carried out in public space through a smart station prototype designed by Dr Christian Tietz, industrial designer and researcher with UNSW.
The ‘Healthy Living Hardware’ provides phone charging, power to brew a cuppa and cook, water to wash up outdoors, and shines a light at night.
Preliminary drawing: Healthy Living Hardware will provide multiple services.
“Including the smart technology and sensors in these units will allow us to measure which amenities are being used. The data will show us what people like, and what we might not need to include,” says Christian.
The Smart Social Spaces Project is part of the first round of grants from the $50m Smart Cities and Suburbs Program, funded by the Departments of Prime Minister and Cabinet, and Industry, Innovation and Science. The project is co-funded by UNSW.
eBin prototypes appeared at Future Street in 2017, with fill monitoring and fire alerts.
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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 …
ABC Radio Sydney’s Richard Glover chats with Georges River Council Mayor Kevin Greene and Dr Nancy Marshall from UNSW about the Smart Social Spaces project. The following is a transcript of the program, which aired on April 10, 2018. You can also listen to the conversation on the ABC Radio Canberra website, at 2:10:40. RG. A new policy of embedding sensors in everything from barbeques to park benches. Fans say it helps Councils know what’s needed, but how do the public feel? How often does someone sit on the bench in your local park? How often is the playground equipment used? How often does a family turn up and use the barbeque to have a picnic on a Saturday afternoon? The Georges River Council is working to find out the answer …
Smart Bins have the potential to help keep cities cleaner and provide useful services while saving custodians time and money. StreetChat investigates the top technologies to put under the hood of your new Smart Bin, available in 2018. What if a bin told you when it was full, empowering your maintenance team to go where they are needed and save on wasted trips? By updating your cleaning schedule with live data, could you reduce your carbon footprint and free up staff to tend to other projects? A Smart Bin equipped with a fill monitor can do just that. Geolocated sensors tell you exactly where your assets are, when they were last maintained, and alert you when approaching full capacity – with a user-friendly app available on your phone or laptop. Such …
Driverless shuttles, park benches that charge your phone and bins that send alerts when they’re full – the Future Street showed smart cities are within our grasp today. The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA), Internet of Things Alliance Australia (IOTAA) and Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand (SCCANZ) built the street of the future at Circular Quay on Alfred Street, in front of Customs House in October 2017. Place Design Group, as the design partner, curated Green, Complete and Smart Street zones to imagine the best placemaking outcomes for street designs of the future. “We found that people were using the seats, tables and platforms for work and social gatherings. Build it and they will come, is a good lesson for providing more infrastructure like this in our streets,” …