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 …
The Smart Watch Winner Is …
We are excited to announce the winner of the Smart Watch competition is Luke Cox!
Luke is from Phillips Smith Conwell Architects in Brisbane.
We enjoyed his acrostic poem entry, which has made him the proud owner of a Samsung Gear S3 Classic:
There were many creative and funny entries to choose from, so thank you to all who participated. We wish you all high step counts and sleek design wherever you go!
Apple vs Samsung
Of more than 200 entries, around 60 per cent said the Apple Watch Series 3 was their favourite of the two models – with plenty of shade being thrown on both sides.
Some hedged their bets by entering twice and nominating both the Apple Watch and Samsung Gear!
As a group you valued style, ease of use, compatibility and function. Some were clear fans of the Apple ecosystem, others preferred the more traditional face and hands of the Samsung design.
A special mention to Adam from Inspiring Place, whose entry transported us to beautiful places and healthier workdays:
“Apple Watch enables tracking for my daily cycling to work, switching over to record my lunchtime runs along the foothills of Kunyani. Its waterproof seal is ideal for regular swims along Howrah beach.”
Special mentions and thanks also to Col, Michael and Alan, for your kind words:
“Apple Watch Series 3 of course. So, smart city? Yes. Smart watch? Yes. Now just need to work on the smart me, however with the help of Street Furniture Australia smart furniture like the Aria Smart Bench with PowerMe and Escola Smart Bin prototypes, I can be certain I’m on my way when in and around the city.” – Col
“The new smart watches are exactly like Street Furniture Australia. Advancing with technology and improving products every year.” – Michael
“The Samsung Gear S3 Classic oozes sleekness and sophistication. It is also highly adaptable, very much like SFA’s range we frequently use in our projects!” – Alan
We have some exciting smart product launches coming up at the 2018 International Festival of Landscape Architecture in October: see our top 7 festivities article to prepare your itinerary.
Look out for our Win A Drone competition, launching with our augmented reality app on day one of the festival, October 11, 2018.
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 …
PowerMe™ is Australia’s first smart bench. It is a table that integrates with a wide range of seats to enable people to sit back, connect and power up their phones. As we now rely on our phones to manage our schedules, catch up on news and for loved ones to contact us, especially in emergencies, running out of battery when out and about is not an option. Charging points in public spaces will provide peace of mind. The smart system is the first of its kind to be designed and made in Australia. It is compatible with Street Furniture Australia seats in different environments, including: The new Aria seating system, for modern, urban locations. The Classic Galleria range, for more traditional and heritage environments. The Mall range, classic and versatile to suit a …
Street Furniture Australia is proud to be sponsoring the 2018 International Festival of Landscape Architecture: The Expanding Field held 11-14 October at the Gold Coast this year. We summarise our top 7 must-see street furniture events and experiences. Book your festival tickets at the AILA website. 1. The Expanding Field Conference, at HOTA Home of the Arts. Friday October 12 to Saturday October 13. Curated by creative directors TCL, the Expanding Field Conference aims to promote the diversity within landscape architecture practice and its critical role in tackling contemporary challenges. The notion of expansion will be examined through six sessions: Pushing Boundaries; Reimagining Practice; Synergising Technologies; Expanding Territories; Cultivating Cultural Intersections; and Navigating Political Terrain. These topics provide the field of enquiry and will spark discussions on regenerative agriculture, post-colonial design, socio-political advocacy, cultural ecology, economics …
Thank you to everyone who entered! See the winner of the smart watch, and the battle of the brands, in this StreetChat article. Equip yourself for a smart city with a smart watch. Get ready to go hands-free and enhance your smartphone with a clever wearable. The technology is maturing fast, with new apps and upgrades appearing all the time. Benefits include checking notifications in meetings without taking out your phone. Track your fitness and health. Play music. Pay on the go. Use navigation apps on foot, hands-free. Set a smart alarm to wake you up in light sleep. Tell the time. Oh, and look cool. One lucky StreetChat subscriber will receive a smart watch, your choice of Apple or Android, valued at up to $600. Will it be the Apple Watch Series 3, …