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#BackyardExperiment is our most ambitious research project yet.
Collaborating with the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, Street Furniture Australia will attempt to activate Garema Place in Canberra through a pop-up park and 60 movable seats.
Garema Place was a cosmopolitan hotspot in the sixties and seventies, but has since become a deserted thoroughfare. The open space is largely concrete and underused, however, it is surrounded by great cafes, shops and workplaces.
Over a ten-day period, time-lapse cameras will observe how people interact with the park and furniture elements.
The first two days will examine no activation, the next four days will observe activities with park and furniture elements only, and the final four days will discover what happens with full activation, which includes snack carts, a pop-up library courtesy of ACT Libraries and a moonlight cinema.
The movable seats will be closely monitored. How many will go missing? Which elements attract the most users? How long do they stay for? Are they passive, alone, or active, socialising? How are the seats positioned?
Street Furniture Australia, with award-winning design firm Context, will test the theory, championed by place thought leaders including Jan Gehl, Lawrence Halprin and William Whyte, that seating is key to successful public spaces.
Seating is the simplest and most cost-effective way to attract people.
The pop-up park will also feature free WiFi, yarn bombing, painted pavers, interactive street art by Candy Chang, a light installation and real, lush lawn.
Why we are making a film …
The result of #BackyardExperiment will be a 5-10 minute film, inspired by The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces by William Whyte.
Whyte’s film, made in 1980, shows how people behave in parks and plazas, their patterns and quirks. If you haven’t seen Whyte’s film it is worth scheduling an hour to take it in.
The film offers insights that landscape architects and industrial designers can use to create places that better accommodate humans.
It is fascinating to watch coworkers group together, mirror each other with an eight second delay, veer from their path towards food stands, do double takes as they pass the Paley Park waterfall.
In popular plazas people sit wherever there are opportunities, crowd onto stairs, bunched together. Groups chat in the middle of walkways, seemingly wherever it is most inconvenient for others.
They shift movable seats, just an inch, before sitting. Touch sculptures to see what they are made of. Wander about, watching others.
#BackyardExperiment will bring the focus back on people with the aim to improve user experience, just as Whyte did forty years ago.
Will today’s fast-moving, fast-walking, plugged-in headphones world be reflected in our time-lapse film? Just how much has changed in forty years?
A community project …
#BackyardExperiment could not have been possible without the time, resources and effort from many businesses and community groups.
The project was sponsored by In the City Canberra, a not-for-profit organisation run by property owners that funds activations in the capital city.
We would like to especially thank:
How do I find out more?
#BackyardExperiment film will be released through StreetChat in December 2016.
To keep up to date with the project, sign up to StreetChat, and follow us on social media with the hashtag #BackyardExperiment.
If you are in Canberra this month, have a look at #BackyardExperiment for yourself. The pop-up park is open 24 hours at Garema Place from 23-30 October.
#BackyardExperiment is part of the 2016 International Festival of Landscape:
Not in my BackyardArchitecture.
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Street Furniture Australia collaborated with Mobility Design Lab from Monash University to reimagine how urban bus stops and shelters could look, feel and work in the near future. The concept proposal was recently shortlisted for the Smarter Hobart Challenge, an international design competition launched by the City of Hobart in 2020. The competition called for “innovative and exciting ideas to help transform Hobart’s public transport services, and help make waiting for the bus reliable, safe, accessible and socially connective.” More than 120 entries were received from teams in Australia, the US, India, South America, Russia, Ukraine, Singapore, Hong Kong, Italy and France. The concept by Monash University and Street Furniture Australia was one of five finalists. Bus travel can sometimes suffer from “a less optimal image” compared with other modes …
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 …
Richard Weller is the Martin and Margy Meyerson Chair of Urbanism and Professor and Chair of Landscape Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also Adjunct Professor at the University of Western Australia, former Director of the Australian Urban Design Research Centre (AUDRC), and is currently Creative Director of the Not in my Backyard: 2016 International Festival of Landscape Architecture. Please, tell us about yourself. What drew you to landscape architecture? And academia? My father was German born in Palestine – my mother in Manly, Sydney. The British arrested the Germans in 1942 and sent them to Australia – they had started what is now the city of Tel Aviv. They were put in a camp for seven years in Victoria and when they got out they became farmers on the …
Crisp apple cider, served via an Arqua Fountain, equals good nights ahead at the International Festival of Landscape Architecture. Street Furniture Australia’s production team have been working on the Batlow Cider Fountain to tour to Canberra this October. Production Manager Christopher Morgan took time from his busy schedule for the serious task of fountain testing, with a keg supplied by Batlow Cider. “It is safe to say our cider has never been served through drinking fountains before,” says Batlow’s Rich Coombes. “We are excited to partner with Street Furniture Australia to bring good times and great cider to the festival.” At our Regents Park factory, Morgan and his team are challenged with delivering the bubbly liquid in a steady, controlled stream, while preserving the dignity of waiters and esteemed guests. (No sudden spurts.) “After experimenting with several valves …