As the value of public spaces comes into focus, this article shares seven case studies of street furniture being used to help improve community wellbeing. Both tactical pop-ups and permanent installations are featured below, with examples of projects that foster community engagement and measure social impact. Street Furniture Australia products have been tried-and-tested to activate spaces and deliver results. Select from our range to bring life, joy and comfort to your community. Case 1. Creating Millions of Smiles Woden Experiment was a six-month prototype installation by the ACT Government that aimed to bring life, joy and comfort to Canberra’s Woden Town Square. Brightly coloured seats and tables were configured in random positions to create a casual and welcoming vibe. Community interviews, observations and workshops were at the heart of this …
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Time-lapse footage from the #BackyardExperiment pop-up park in Garema Place, an underused thoroughfare in Canberra’s CBD, has revealed stunning findings about the power of small interventions to transform public space.
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Before #BackyardExperiment, 97% of visitors passed through the grey, hard Garema Place without stopping. The project softened the space with colour, lawn, seating and light, and, in just eight days,
Visitor numbers almost doubled.
Street Furniture Australia partnered with the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, the ACT Government, In the City Canberra, landscape architecture firm Context and a host of suppliers and community volunteers to make the project happen.
See how together the team increased dwellers by more than 200%, and attracted significantly more children, families, couples, seniors and social groups – by up to 780%.
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Thank you to the #WFHWarriors who answered our call for creative workspace selfies, for a chance to win the latest Bose 700 noise cancelling headphones (with charging case). These are challenging times, so thank you to all participants for opening a window into your lives with photos of your kids, your pets, your improvised offices, your impressive WFH setups. Our judges have deliberated and are pleased to announce an Australian winner and a US winner. Congratulations to … Chloe from Victoria, Australia Caption: Working from home goals VS reality. Chloe made us green with envy with her gorgeous plant-filled desk space. Then she showed us the realities of the daily grind. Thank you for sharing. Chip from Berkeley, US Caption: No virtual background needed in my home office! Chip is …
“The Children Got Better Grades Learning Outside” Matluba Khan, Lecturer in Urban Design at Cardiff University, redesigned a school in Bangladesh to include outdoor learning elements requested by the students and teachers – and studied the results. Her research showed that the children’s maths and science improved with teaching and learning outdoors. “The Grade IV children performed significantly better in maths and science compared to a comparable school which had had no change in the environment,” she writes. “Hands-on learning outdoors made learning fun and engaging for everyone, but particularly benefited underachievers. We found that children who didn’t interact much in the classroom setting were more pro-active and participated more in their outdoor sessions.” Read about the project in The Conversation. Hundreds of Bus Stops Turned Into Bee Sanctuaries: The …
Design Thinking: Street Furniture Australia is undergoing a design thinking program with Indelibility and Blue Sky Creative. This is a transformational project that aims to align all aspects of a business with a set of core values and purpose. It’s human-centric – design thinking will put our customers at the centre of everything we do, which will take effect in 2017. Companies like Apple and Airbnb have been applying design thinking principles to not only create truly innovative products and services but change the way they operate across the board. We’re looking forward to keeping you posted about exciting new things to come. New Government Contracts: Street Furniture Australia is pleased to have won two new major government contracts: MAV Procurement (Victoria and Tasmania) LocalBuy (Queensland and South Australia) You …
StreetChat interviews new AILA National President Linda Corkery. Linda is a highly respected landscape architect with a trifecta portfolio of responsibility: AILA National President, Associate Professor at UNSW and Director of Corkery Consulting. We chat about AILA, the future of cities and how women are faring in her industry. Can you tell us about your journey, from the US to Hong Kong, to Australia? My journey to landscape architecture started at Cornell University in upstate New York. At Cornell, I completed master degrees in urban and regional planning and in landscape architecture. There were a few international students in the program, including an Australian fellow I got to know quite well, Noel Corkery. I finished my studies and headed to Chicago, working first in an urban planning consultancy and then in …
by Jason Packenham. Urban leaders are reimagining Australia’s future cities, starting with Streets 2.0 – a cross-disciplinary forum held in Sydney – with the conversation to continue in March at the Cities 4.0 Summit in Melbourne. With autonomous vehicles on the horizon, now is the time for such events. Provocative discussions at Streets 2.0 raised as many questions as answers. In continuing this provocation, this piece is as much a recap as it is a wondering of where to from here. What do we mean by the street? What role do streets play in our cities today? What do we want and need from them? Looking forward, what is their role in a future with autonomous vehicles? How do we achieve some of the grand visions of Streets 2.0? Are they possible? …