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 …
7 Ways to Activate Streets
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 project. More about the project here.
Project: Woden Experiment, Woden Town Centre, ACT
Year: 2018 – 2019
Client: ACT Government (Initial Concept Design by Context). Event programs managed by Woden Community Services.
Products Shown: Forum Seat, Forum Low Table, Cafe Round Table, Cafe Stool
Case 2. A Busy Streetscape
The Aria Seating System entices people to stop along a busy street by offering places to rest, meet, dine, and even bring the laptop outside. This smart cities project uniquely combined placemaking, industrial design and smart technology to create engaging spaces for the Federal Smart Cities and Suburbs Program. See more about the project.
Project: ChillOUT Hub, Belgrave Street, Kogarah, NSW
Year: 2019 – 2020
Client: Georges River Council, UNSW and University of Sydney
Products Shown: Aria Seating System, Cafe Round Table, Cafe Macchiato Table, Cafe Stool
Case 3. Physical Distancing with View
Brisbane City Council created a green riverside community retreat with new furniture, trees, landscaping and pathways for pedestrians and cyclists in an upgrade for the West End Riverside Parklands. Visitors can rest and watch the river on Mall Sun Lounges installed on the bank. The battens are powdercoated in a spectrum of green to promote relaxation.
Project: West End Riverside Parklands, QLD
Client: Brisbane City Council
Product: Mall Sun Lounge
Case 4. Green Boundaries
Planter boxes bring greenery to soften spaces, contributing to community wellbeing and cooling the urban heat island effect. Use planters to mark out areas and boundaries – delineate activation footprints to make installations feel less exposed and increase social comfort for sitting. They can also mark expanded footpaths and cycle lanes for social distancing on the street.
Product: Frame Planter
Case 5. The Moveable Seat
Combine fixed and moveable seats and tables to anchor a design, with a degree of flexibility – allow users to arrange seating to socialise or follow the shade. Forum is a hybrid of a street furniture and patio seat – moveable yet durable for use in the public realm. Forum is available in 1, 3 and 4-seater configurations. See our article on the moveable seat, William H Whyte and the power of choice.
Case 6. Data for Storytelling
Watch the video below about how #BackyardExperiment boosted visitation by almost 200% through a street activation in Garema Place in Canberra’s CBD. This project, inspired by William Whyte, received the 2018 Australian Smart Cities Award in the Built Environment category by the Smart Cities Council ANZ. A free white paper is also available.
Case 7. Rainbow Bright
Our powdercoat colours feature DuraBright™ for extra fade-resistance and a peace of mind. Add a pop of colour to attract people to spaces, soften hard surfaces and brighten the mood.
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All our products are ISO certified and quality controlled to ISO standards. In-house powder coating offers a wide range of colours, featuring DuraBright for bright palettes with extra fade resistance.
Aluminium woodgrain, also known as ‘Wood Without Worry,’ provides the warm look of timber – retained over time – with the minimal maintenance requirements of powder coated aluminium. Where timber requires oiling every three months to keep it at its best, simply wipe down woodgrain aluminium with a clean, damp cloth every few months as required. See the new Wood Without Worry brochure. Enquire Now Select from five beautiful shades of wood: dark to light and cool to warm. Some Wood Without Worry battens require end caps. If this is the case, you may choose to match the end cap with the colour of the frame or batten. case studies Warm Tones Helping clients achieve a low maintenance, warm colour palette. Moore Street, Canberra by NettleonTribe.Aria Seat (CMA1) and Simple …
Designing streets for kids: Released in August by the Global Designing Cities Initiative, “Designing Streets for Kids,” offers strategies and solutions to redesign urban streets and public spaces by focusing on the needs of kids and caregivers, with the goal of making streets beautiful, fun – and safe. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for young people ages 5-29 globally, and traffic congestion and vehicles contribute to high levels of air pollution, which is responsible for the death of 127,000 children under the age of five each year, the guide’s authors said. Many of these deaths, they said, can be dramatically reduced through kid-friendly street design. Read the Forbes article, How to Make Streets Kid-Friendly by Tanya Mohn. Image: A street in Fortaleza, Brazil, designed according to ‘Designing Streets …
New experimental open-air smart hubs, created by Street Furniture Australia at our studio and factory in Western Sydney, have been officially launched by Georges River Council Mayor Kevin Greene on Thursday February 20, 2020. “ChillOUT Hubs aim to offer some relief in our densifying cities by providing opportunities to meet, work or rest, and spend more time outdoors,” says Street Furniture Australia Head of Innovation June Lee Boxsell. “Each hub packs a punch – integrating shade, seats and tables, charging stations, solar power, sensors, lighting, public WiFi, greenery, smart fountains and smart bins – a big feat combining tech, industrial design and placemaking,” she says. Three hubs are already installed in the Georges River Council region in south Sydney as part of a pilot study for the Australian Government’s Smart …
The City of Canterbury Bankstown transformed a section of North Terrace in Bankstown into an interactive experience for a week in June. The Future Street exhibit showcased how landscape, infrastructure and technology may advance the city to become more liveable, productive and sustainable. Future Street Canterbury-Bankstown also highlighted two of the city’s major projects under consultation: the ‘Smart CBCity Roadmap‘ and ‘Bankstown Complete Streets Transport and Place Plan‘. The 2019 pop-up follows the original 2017 Future Street activation, held in front of Customs House in Circular Quay – a project designed by Place Design Group with the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, Smart Cities Council ANZ and the Internet of Things Alliance Australia. To help demonstrate these ideas, product vendors including Street Furniture Australia, Smart Sensor, Lime, Andreasen’s Green and …
Seven special-edition rainbow Pride Seats, donated by Street Furniture Australia to the Inner West Council to celebrate marriage equality, have now been installed. Each seat recognises a local activist who has advanced LGBTIQ human rights, equity and inclusion. They are found in the suburbs of Newtown, Rozelle, Marrickville, Leichhardt, Summer Hill and Lilyfield. The unveiling … The first rainbow seat, installed in Newtown, was unveiled in an emotional ceremony attended by many of the dedication nominees, their families, friends and the community. Particularly moving speeches were given by the loved ones of those recognised posthumously. Elder Aunty Jenny Thomsen opened the event with thoughts on rainbows as symbols of healing and love, saying the seats will “reflect light out” into the community. “Public art is very important because it expresses who were are as a community …