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 …
Top 6 StreetChat Stories of 2018
It was a year of collaborative projects, smart technology, smart furniture and smart cities – but first and foremost great public spaces that answered their community’s needs. Count down our top six StreetChat stories of 2018, that were most popular with subscribers.
6. Competitions: Win a Drone and Smart Watch
StreetChat subscribers contributed some creative entries in both competitions, but there could only be one winner for each.
Luke Cox from Phillips Smith Conwell Architects in Brisbane was named the winner of the android smart watch for his acrostic poem entry.
Matthew Moore, also from Brisbane but with HASSELL, took home the DJI Spark Mini Drone for his beachside augmented reality Aria. See the gallery of entries.
Matthew Moore’s augmented reality Aria, by the sea.
5. Smart Social Spaces
Georges River Council and the University of New South Wales set out to explore how data can assist with asset management and planning to help Council provide better places for its community. They invited Street Furniture Australia to take part as the industry partner in the project, which received a grant from the government’s $50m Smart Cities and Suburbs Program.
The Smart Social Spaces project is currently underway in an urban plaza in Hurstville and suburban park in Penshurst. It has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, and results are to be presented in 2019.
Members of the project team at the Smart Social Spaces launch.
4. Kingscliffe Foreshore
This $22-million Tweed Shire Council foreshore revitalisation is designed to create a link between the beach, the new central park and the CBD for the highly engaged local Kingscliff community.
Kingscliffe Foreshore features a bright colour palette.
3. Introducing the Termini Seat
This brand new seat for waiting areas is ideal for airports, interchanges, transport, health and service centres.
Termini is proudly designed and made in Australia to provide lasting comfort while you wait for your flight, train, ferry or bus, or your next appointment.
The modular design comes as 2, 3 or 4 seater options, with low tables available anywhere you like along the axle. The wide, low table is a generous size to place your belongings, your laptop and your coffee.
2. #WodenExperiment Gets Started
Street Furniture Australia worked with the ACT Government on #WodenExperiment, an activation to enliven Woden Town Square in Canberra.
The six-week discovery phase included hours of observation, empathy interviews and a community workshop, culminating in a 67-page Discovery Report. The report then informed a user-centred design for the six-month activation by Context.
The activation is set to begin in 2019.
Design for #WodenExperiment, by Context.
1. Australia’s First Smart Bench
The PowerMe™ Table was launched in October at the 2018 International Festival of Landscape Architecture, featuring wireless, usb and GPO charging. The generous clamshell design also includes space for optional public WiFi and evolving hardware.
PowerMe can easily be integrated with many of Street Furniture Australia’s benches and seats, making it Australia’s first smart bench. It is designed and made in our Western Sydney studio and factory.
The Aria Seating System, a modular suite of products that allow custom configurations with standard parts, was concurrently launched. Aria and PowerMe can be specified together with the Build Aria augmented reality app.
PowerMe prototypes were first seen at Future Street in front of Customs House.
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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 …
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. Watch the step-by-step guide on how to use the app: 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 tablet. “When we saw the first …
StreetChat in 2017 saw smart technology and smart cities come to the fore, with Streets 2.0 and Future Street engaging the attention of public realm professionals and the public alike. However, this list of the five most-read stories throughout the year also features projects that encourage communities to spend time together in public space. It has technical feats on a large scale, the wisdom of Jan Gehl, and our top story reflects a mainstream discussion still buzzing today. Any guesses? Count down our top five: 5: Harold Park by Mirvac This giant Arc Seat collaboration between Aspect Studios, Mirvac, Co-Ordinated Landscapes and Street Furniture Australia grabbed attention in the January issue. With space for up to 15 neighbours from the $1.1 bn Sydney urban renewal development, the seat rests on a …
Selfie competition winners, the Merri Stationeers, are grassroots activists in creating better community public space. They won three yellow Sun Lounges for their entry, “Surfin chicks,” at This Public Life Festival of Landscape Architecture in Melbourne last year. In the lead up to our next festival pop up park (bigger and better than ever for Canberra in 2016) we check in with Jela Ivankovic-Waters to see how their mission is progressing. The Stationeers had been looking for seating for their Common in Melbourne’s north-east for more than three years, says Jela, but had not been able to afford furniture to complement their site. “The lounges add a bright spark that reflects the character of the community, not just any old furniture,” she says. “They have been used for gatherings, basking in the sun reading and …