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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.
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ASLA San Diego, AILA NSW and Street Furniture Australia proudly present this online event connecting landscape architects from the US and Australia. US participants (Pacific Time): Thursday February 25th, 2021 at 5pm Australian participants (AEDT): Friday February 26th, 2021 at 12pm Registrations essential via Zoom. Topic: Homifying Sydney Olympic Park Public space owners, managers and designers in the US and Australia are dealing with the impacts of Covid-19. This webinar presents an Australian case study: Homifying Sydney Olympic Park, for discussion. This Olympic precinct turned business-and-events hub has pivoted towards its growing residential population during Covid. Human-centred design methodologies have been applied to understand how to ‘Homify’ the park’s everyday spaces. The aim is to recreate the comfortable ambience of home, to support the community and local businesses. The presentation …
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 …