With so much happening at the 2018 International Festival of Landscape Architecture coming up in October at the Gold Coast, here are our top 7 must-see street furniture events and experiences. 1. The Expanding Field Conference, at HOTA Home of the Arts. Friday October 12 to Saturday October 13. The Expanding Field Conference aims to promote the diversity within landscape architecture practice and promote its critical role in tackling contemporary challenges. The program will identify progressive avenues of enquiry, discover new territory for design and inspire innovative practice. The conference is held at the Home of the Arts, an award-winning space at this year’s Queensland AILA Awards in the Civic Landscape Architecture and Excellence in Tourism categories. The $37.5 million precinct rolls over 17 hectares including 3000 square metres of parkland, designed by …
Trend Watch, February 2018
20 Minute Cities Launch:
Get up on phygital design and #techresilience with this smart cities video discussion series. Check out the latest release, episode 2 ‘The Bench,’ featuring a review of Street Furniture Australia’s prototype Aria Smart Bench with PowerMe Table.
Smart Cities Council Executive Director Adam Beck, and Place Design Group Director Chris Isles have teamed up to film their travels and chats about future change for cities, towns and regions, and how our lives will be affected now, and beyond.
We liked this update of the hierarchy of needs pyramid:
Would Maslow agree?
For updates, follow @20minutecities on Twitter.
5 biases behind share bike dumping:
We use decision-making shortcuts to abdicate our responsibility for the bikes we leave in dodgy places, writes behavioural researcher Conor Wynn, phD candidate with BehaviourWorks and the Monash Sustainable Development Institute, on the Conversation.
“We see an action that leads to harm as worse than lack of action that leads to harm. We don’t see inaction, such as failing to park a bike in a safe and appropriate spot, as particularly wrong, even though it still leads to damage,” he says.
“So, a user is likely to justify leaving the share bike somewhere dodgy on the basis that they didn’t do anything wrong. What they won’t admit to unfortunately is they exposed the bike to the risk of vandalism. If more share bikes were left in safer places, the incidence of share-bike littering would be likely to fall.”
This, called omission bias, is just one mental tactic that comes into play when choosing where to leave a share bike – Wynn describes five in his article, and he has tips on how to prevent the assets from ending up in rivers and trees, taking these biases into account.
Making it more clear where it’s safe or unsafe to park a bike, making penalties immediate rather than something to worry about later, and sending timely reminders to riders through their app that a penalty is highly likely if they behave in certain ways, could all help to alleviate the problem of share bike litter, he says.
Starts October 11, 2018. Our Win A Drone Competition for iPhone and iPad users of our Augmented Reality App is set to go live on October 11, with the opening of the 2018 International Festival of Landscape Architecture. The app is a new way to envision and experiment with configuring street furniture in photo-realistic augmented reality, or AR – in situ or from your office, via a tablet or phone. Use the app to drag and drop components from our Aria Seating System – a kit of parts including seats, benches, backrests, arms, PowerMe Tables and connector modules – to create tailored settings. The winner of the competition will receive a DJI Spark drone in Alpine White, with controller, valued at around $630. Spark is a mini drone with intelligent flight control options that will help …
Get ready for our Win A Drone Competition in October 2018 for a chance to win a DJI Spark drone valued at around $630, with our new Augmented Reality App. 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 street furniture – in situ or from your office – is almost here, with the Street Furniture Australia AR app to hit the Apple Store in October. The new Aria Seating System – a kit of parts that allows you to drag and drop seats, benches, backrests, arms, PowerMe Tables and connector modules to create tailored settings – will be loaded into the app, ready for launch at the 2018 International Festival of Landscape Architecture. Select the form, materials, …
The stories you missed while enjoying the beach this summer. Musk says public transport “sucks”: Elon Musk came under fire in December after commenting that public transport is “painful” and “sucks.” He then called a public transport expert, via Twitter, “an idiot.” Asked by an audience member about his take on transport and urban sprawl at a Tesla event during the Neural Information Processing Systems Conference in California, Wired reports the Tesla, Boring Company and SpaceX CEO replied: “There is this premise that good things must be somehow painful. “I think public transport is painful. It sucks. Why do you want to get on something with a lot of other people, that doesn’t leave where you want it to leave, doesn’t start where you want it to start, doesn’t end where you want it to …
Uber to work with NASA for Flying Taxis: Ride sharing giant Uber has announced it will work with NASA to bring flying taxis to Los Angeles by 2020. Project Elevate will develop four-person, electric, vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft, regulated by an air traffic control system to be developed by NASA with a number of industry partners as part of its Space Act Agreement. The agreement aims to ensure safe and efficient operations of small aerial systems like drones and eventually small aircraft flying at low altitudes, to keep sky traffic orderly. Uber envisions commuters catching air taxis from the top of skyscrapers, and delivering them to their homes in the suburbs. It hopes to build a fleet of electric jet-powered vehicles – part helicopter, part drone, part fixed-wing aircraft – running multiple rotors to take off and land vertically, and fly horizontally …
Rich millennials drop golf for ‘agrihoods’: Twenty-five years ago moving near a golf course was a status symbol, largely for the green space and views, but millennials aren’t interested in that type of manicured neighbourhood, writes the Business Insider. Forget empty swathes of green, millennials are more interested in farm-to-table living, with around 150 master-planned housing communities built around working farms, known as agricultural neighbourhoods or ‘agrihoods’ appearing around the US. The homes feature solar panels and composting, and are often minutes from city centres so as to not sacrifice work opportunities for lifestyle. The trend means that in some places, communities are doing away with golf courses to make room for sustainable living. Read more. The war on sitting: US and UK city councils can’t decide whether to offer more seats, …