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 …
Sydney Recharges at Future Street
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,” says Chris Isles, Executive Director of Place Design Group.
“We built a street, and not just a physical street, but a social street, where people were propping up their laptops working on tables in the fruit grove, sitting at picnic tables enjoying lunch or just casually enjoying the green space.”
In the Smart and Complete Streets, PowerMe charging tables by Street Furniture Australia were a hit with the owners of thirsty devices, with sometimes three or four phones, tablets or laptops plugged into the one unit.
“We saw a real mix of people using the PowerMe tables – friends chatting either side, both phones charging, office workers coming down for breaks. People in suits charging and chatting on their phones at the same time. Little kids absorbed in games while their parents checked out the Tesla electric car,” says Marketing Manager June Boxsell.
“At Garema Place during last year’s pop-up park, #BackyardExperiment, we noticed local street and homeless people plugging into the GPO to charge their phones. PowerMe is a more comfortable solution – we hope it will provide flexibility for everyone to enjoy public places.
“And with wireless charging on the way for iPhone and already available with some Android devices, soon you’ll just need to place your phone on the tabletop, no need to BYO cable.”
The PowerMe tables were integrated with a prototype modular seating system, ARIA, a ‘Lego set’ for placemakers designed to make it easy to configure furniture for the community.
“Custom furniture is popular among the designers we work with as it allows landscape architects to better craft the user experience of a place, making it more responsive to the needs of those who work, live and play there each day,” says Boxsell.
“Our mission is to bring lasting enjoyment to public places, and this makes that so much more accessible for public spaces and projects where design time and budget is limited.”
In the Green Street, a lush wall and generous canopy of trees by Andreasons Green sheltered picnic tables paired with moveable Forum Seats and Cafe Stools to create a relaxed, protected area popular with the lunchtime crowd.
Lighting by WE-EF illuminated the park at night, catching the pears in the trees and making the place feel safe after dark.
To manage waste in the pop-up, solar powered Escola SmartBin garbage and recycling prototypes were in action, equipped with sensors to monitor fill levels and alert custodians in case of a fire.
The bins may also be fitted with interactive speakers that thank users for their deposits in Australian slang, or with applause. They can be used to track passing pedestrian traffic, or detect local weather.
“The Escola SmartBins include some game changing technology for public health, operations efficiency and the cleanliness of our cities,” says Boxsell.
“When fitted with the ability to say ‘thanks mate,’ they can also add a some fun to your busy city day.”
The Street Furniture Australia ARIA seating system, PowerMe wifi charging table and Escola SmartBin will officially launch in 2018.
Future Street was part of the 2017 International Festival of Landscape Architecture: The 3rd City, held in Sydney in October.
Street Furniture Australia will donate five special edition rainbow Pride Seats to the Inner West Council, one for each ward, to celebrate the legalisation of marriage equality. The motion was brought to Council and championed by Councillor Pauline Lockie, with approval received at a meeting last night. “Many of our staff and our clients, particularly from the design community, are passionate about marriage equality and LGBTIQ rights, so we wanted to do our part in celebrating and recognising the recent legalisation,” says June Boxsell, Marketing Manager. “Our factory came up with a Pride Seat, made from standard parts and different powder coat colours. It looked so fantastic, we wanted to share it. “Inner West Council has a strong LGBTIQ community, with supporters and campaigners for marriage equality. We are thrilled …
Street Furniture Australia, with support from the ACT Government, has begun a 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 in the hot topics of 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 …
Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation Angus Taylor will officially open Future Street at 9am on October 12th, in front of Sydney’s Customs House on Alfred Street in Circular Quay. All are invited to attend. Street Furniture Australia will contribute to the installation, which is sponsored by the Australian Government, with innovations for a smarter, more connected city and its people. Designed by the Place Design Group for the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA), Internet of Things Alliance Australia (IoTAA) and Smart Cities Council Australia and New Zealand (SCCANZ), Future Street will imagine how our city streets could better enhance urban lives. Conversation starters include self-driving vehicles, with a range of street, landscape, IoT, utilities, transport, urban design and placemaking technologies and ideas in action from product partners Street Furniture Australia, WE-EF Lighting, …
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 …
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 …