awards and media

Accolades for furniture design and smart city research projects.

Street Furniture Australia is an award-winning company, featured in the press for our activation projects in collaboration with government, universities and landscape architects.

Good Design Award Trophy and Certificate, Street Furniture Australia


Good Design Award Gold 2022
ChillOUT Tree received the highest honour for design and innovation in the country, at prestigious Gold level. The award is shared by Street Furniture Australia with ChillOUT Hub collaborators Georges River Council, UNSW and the University of Sydney.

National Planning Institute of Australia Awards for Planning Excellence 2021
UNSW, Georges River Council, the University of Sydney and Street Furniture Australia together received a National Award for Best Planning Ideas – Small Project for the ChillOUT HubsSmart Social Spaces Creating Connected Green Places project.

Planning Institute of Australia Awards for Planning Excellence 2020, NSW
UNSW, Georges River Council, the University of Sydney and Street Furniture Australia were awarded an Award of Excellence in the Best Planning Ideas (Small Projects) category for the ChillOUT HubsSmart Social Spaces Creating Connected Green Places project in the NSW state awards.

Highly Commended, Cross Sectoral Collaboration – 2019 Smart City Awards
The smart cities partnership between Georges River Council, the UNSW Built Environment Team and Street Furniture Australia was highly commended by the Committee for Sydney.

Smart City Awards 2019, Committee for Sydney

2019 Good Design Award – Furniture and Lighting Category
The Aria Smart Bench received a prestigious Good Design Award Winner Accolade for outstanding design and innovation.

Good Design Award, Street Furniture Australia

2018 Smart Cities Award – Built Environment
Street Furniture Australia’s #BackyardExperiment white paper was named winner of the Built Environment category at the inaugural Australian Smart Cities Awards in October 2018.

Smart Cities Council ANZ, Built Environment Award - #BackyardExperiment Report.

2017 NSW and ACT Parks and Leisure Award – Research Project
#BackyardExperiment won the Research Project Award at Parks and Leisure Australia’s 2017 NSW and ACT Regional Awards of Excellence.

Parks and Leisure PLA Australia, Research Project Award - #BackyardExperiment Report.

Community Contribution Landscape Architecture Award – Australian Institute of Landscape Architects ACT Awards 2018
The #BackyardExperiment Garema Place Pop-Up Park, designed by Context Landscape Architects, received the state Landscape Architecture Award.


“Streetwise and sustainable” – review by Architecture & Design
9 February, 2020

World Bank Report: The Hidden Wealth of Cities – Creating, Financing, and Managing Public Spaces
World Bank Group, by Jon Kher Kaw, Hyunji Lee and Sameh Wahba, 2020

Street Furniture Australia is proud to have been mentioned in the report as an example of innovation in measuring the public realm with our Smart Social Spaces and ChillOUT research in collaboration with Georges River Council and the University of New South Wales and University of Sydney (p102).

‘There Are Park Benches. And Then There are Smart Park Benches.’
Mike Cherney, The Wall Street Journal, 26 June 2018

‘Georges River Gets Modern Touch With Smart City Innovations’
Jennifer O’Brien, CIO, 19 February 2019

‘This Urban Space Designer Attributes 3 Factors to Its 30-Year Success’
Jessica Muddit, Company Director Magazine, July 2018

‘Turning a Dull Park Into a Place People Actually Enjoy’
Adam Sneed, CityLab by The Atlantic, 1 March 2017

6 Low-Cost Techniques to Activate Underused Urban Space’
Ariana Zilliacus, ArchDaily, 23 February 2017

‘Study Proves Improved Landscape Design Attracts More Visitors’
The Real Estate Conversation, 20 February 2017

recent news

Street Furniture Australia is now 100% Carbon Neutral

Street Furniture Australia’s entire product range and manufacturing operation has received carbon neutral certification through Climate Active™. Achieving carbon neutral certification marks a significant milestone in our operation and the culmination of a four year long process of detailed measurement and analysis. Climate Active™ is the only Australian government-backed carbon neutral certification programme for businesses to measure, reduce, and offsets their carbon emissions. It is one of the most rigorous carbon-neutral programs in the world. An approved Emissions Reduction Strategy (ERS) is central to achieving certification through Climate Active. Street Furniture Australia has elected to use SBTi validated science-based targets to ensure their ERS is meaningful and aligns with the 2015 Paris Agreement – to limit global temperature rises to 1.5℃ above pre-industrial levels. For those emissions that can’t be …

  • 20 jun 2024
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Trend Watch June 2024

Ten principles for designing play spaces for neurodiverse children The growing body of research around inclusive design has deepened our understanding of this important area, paving the way for projects like Hassell’s new Mildred Creak Playground. Before the revitalisation of Edward Millen Park on Whadjuk Country in Perth, Western Australia, Hassell’s Senior Associate, Hannah Galloway and her team at Hassell met with teachers at Carson Street School and the Autism Association of Western Australia. They created ten key principles for designing play spaces for all children. Galloway said their goal was to design a unique space for all children to enjoy, regardless of their neurodiverse traits. “By incorporating sensory elements, promoting social interaction and providing spaces for regrouping and control, we can create environments where every child can thrive.” Hassell’s ten …

  • 19 jun 2024
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Book a Climate Action Workshop for your office

Melissa Gerke, our Communications and Education Specialist, is bringing a fun, interactive and informative presentation about our carbon neutral journey and latest products to customers in cities around Australia and in the US. In 30 minutes (plus Q&A) we will explore materials and finishes, touch and feel samples, and bond with your colleagues over delicious treats. There will also be a mystery prize for a lucky winner (optional). 2024 cities and dates include: Select from three catering options (optional): To book, contact Melissa Gerke mgerke@streetfurniture.com

  • 19 apr 2024
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