Street Furniture Australia, as a corporate partner of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA), supports the declaration of a Climate and Biodiversity Loss Emergency. The company plans to set ambitious new targets, to be announced in 2020, alongside ongoing environmental efforts. “Street Furniture Australia is wholeheartedly behind this visionary step from AILA, in taking a leadership role to accelerate action against climate change in our industry,” says Co-Founder and Director Bill Morrison. “We are putting together a list of strong targets, informed by sustainability experts, to ensure immediate and effective action. “We hope to collaborate with AILA, AILA members, our customers and suppliers, and other AILA corporate partners, to see where joint efforts can make large impacts.” Street Furniture Australia will continue to: Maintain an Integrated Management System including …
SFA Wins First Smart Cities Award
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 smart city projects, a collaboration with the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA), with support from the ACT government. The park was designed by multi-award winning firm Context.
“This is great recognition of the work and impact that landscape architects can have when partnering with industry leaders, like Street Furniture Australia,” Tim Arnold, AILA CEO, told StreetChat.
“High quality public realm that meets the needs of community is becoming a more important commodity as cities become denser. Registered Landscape Architects represent a profession increasingly dominating the debates to lead policymaking to deliver exemplary outcomes for our cities, towns, regions and their inhabitants.
“We’re incredibly proud of what #BackyardExperiment achieved and we congratulate Street Furniture Australia, Context and our collaborators.”
The judges describe the project as a “partnership driven and replicable approach to smart cities,” that quantifies the impact of street activation.
More than 15 collaborators …
The project was initiated and co-lead by Street Furniture Australia and the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects as part of the 2016: International Festival of Landscape Architecture:
Not in my Backyard. Park design was by Context. Research, white paper and film were by Street Furniture Australia.
#BackyardExperiment would not have been possible without the generous contributions from more than 15 collaborating partners: WE-EF LIGHTING, ACT Lighting Society, Integral Lighting and Affinity Electrical Technologies. Lawn Solutions Australia, Turf Australia, Horticulture Innovation Australia, Complete Turf and Landscaping and Back2front Landscapes. ACT Government Libraries. The #BackyardExperiment Knitters Group, King O’Malley’s Pub for a night of storage, and the amazing community and businesses at Garema Place, Canberra.
Download the free #BackyardExperiment White Paper (49 pages, 8MB).
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The AILA Festival, more officially known as the International Festival of Landscape Architecture, is our favourite event of the year. Every year the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) works to deliver memorable experiences for its members through four days of discovery, knowledge exchange and opportunities to connect with design, nature and public realm experts. This year’s theme, The Square and the Park, carefully curated by Cassandra Chilton (Rush Wright Associates), Jillian Waliss (University of Melbourne) and Kirsten Bauer (ASPECT Studios), will explore how we conceive, design, fund, construct and manage urban open space in our contemporary context. Street Furniture Australia proudly sponsors our sixth annual festival, which will run from 10-13 October in Melbourne. Here are some must-see events and experiences. Book your tickets at the AILA website. 1. …
Timber? Aluminium? The answer may surprise you. Comfort sitting outdoors can depend on many factors: position, view, shelter, microclimate, social comfort and more – see our Gehl cheatsheet on how to place seats in the city. The temperature of the seat under you can also contribute. Metal, for example, is commonly thought to be hottest in summer and coldest in winter. Street Furniture Australia’s inhouse engineers ran a study, dubbed the Goldilocks Batten Project, to get to the truth. Access the full Goldilocks Report (730KB). They tested anodised, powdercoated and woodgrain aluminium, and oiled hardwood (Jarrah) battens. For comparison, they also looked at raw aluminium – a material we do not use in seats. The battens were placed in the sun, and the temperature recorded regularly. The engineers noted how …
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Street Furniture Australia recently received a 2018 Australian Smart Cities Award for white paper #BackyardExperiment. The project was a collaboration between Street Furniture Australia and the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, with support from the ACT Government. The park was designed by Context. The judges describe the project as a “partnership driven and replicable approach to smart cities,” that quantifies the impact of street activation. Below is a project summary: The Numbers … Garema Place is a grey and underused area surrounded by cafe and shops in the heart of Canberra CBD. #BackyardExperiment brought colour, movable furniture, lighting and lawn to the plaza for eight days. Park designed by Context Landscape Architects. Street Furniture Australia set up three time-lapse cameras to capture data before and during activation. Weekdays and weekend days were compared. Data …
60 movable seats. 8 days. 1 location. 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. A 10-Minute Documentary (below) and White Paper are available now. Download the FREE White Paper: #BackyardExperiment (49 pages, 8MB) 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 …