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 …
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.
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 …
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, …