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#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.
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Street Furniture Australia visited the United States, with international sales representative Juanita Marlowe touring Los Angeles and San Francisco. Part one – SFA in LA: First Stop, Hollywood. Golden Gate Bridge lookout. After checking in with our US office and phone centre, Juanita began a series of meetings with San Francisco architects and landscape architects, to show #BackyardExperiment and the new Build Aria augmented reality app. This included lunch-and-learn sessions with SWA Group in the city and Sausalito offices, breakfast with HOK and morning tea at WRT. Juanita was also pleased to meet with Gensler and James Corner Field Operations. Watching the #BackyardExperiment film at SWA, Sausalito. Juanita in action. The HOK office. A trip to Street Furniture Australia’s first project in San Francisco, Mission Dolores Park, found the Classic …
Street Furniture Australia is visiting the United States in February, with international sales representative Juanita Marlowe touring Los Angeles and San Francisco. The visit kicked off in the city of angels with a Lunch and Learn session at a leading landscape architecture practice, where the #BackyardExperiment 10-minute documentary film was received with interest. Screening of #BackyardExperiment. Juanita’s presentation. Each guest received a healthy lunch hamper from Lemonade, while hearing from Juanita about inspiring smart city and activation projects taking place in Australia, and the exciting range of products that can be exported to the US. The sales team is also looking forward to sharing these stories at the ASLA Annual Meeting in San Diego in November, after successfully debuting Aria and PowerMe™ at the 2018 conference and expo. Juanita could not resist taking …