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 …
#WodenExperiment Discovery Report Out Now
#WodenExperiment is a six-month furniture installation to activate Woden Town Square in Canberra. The aim is to bring more life and joy to this public space for its community.
The project is lead by Street Furniture Australia in partnership with the ACT Government. It began in early 2018 with a 6-week long Discovery phase, to dive deep into the Woden community’s thoughts, feelings and needs.
Following the Discovery phase, which sets up the project brief, Context Landscape Design is working on the design concept for the activation. Research partners will help quantify the effect of the transformation.
The Discovery journey was essential for establishing a user-centred design for this project. The Woden community generously engaged with our surveys in the square and online via StreetChat and the #WodenExperiment Facebook Page, and contributed to a workshop held at Woden Library.
During the six weeks we observed journeys to and across the square, researched the history of the place, and engaged with key local stakeholders.
All of these activities and research were distilled into six user personas to represent the majority of people who currently visit or pass through Woden square: the Time Out-er, Office Worker, Mum, Retiree, Wanderer and Student.
Issues and opportunities were extrapolated from the survey and workshop participants’ experiences and wishlist. The grand challenge for the activation will be to address:
- The microclimate, by homifying the place.
- ‘Grey’-ness, by adding wow factor.
- Limited activities with a design that provides many reasons to stay.
- Safety by fostering community ownership and activation across the day and week.
- Disconnection, by adding wayfinding and technology.
The full journey and findings so far are available in our 67-page Discovery report, ready to view or download now via this form:
You can also follow the #WodenExperiment Facebook Page.
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, …
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 …
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 …