As a national partner Street Furniture Australia is proudly supporting the AILA 2023 Festival of Landscape Architecture UN/EARTH on Kaurna Meyunna Yerta (Kaurna People’s Country) and surrounding regions on 19-22 October 2023. Here are seven of our upcoming festival highlights: 1. UN/EARTH program now available The festival program brings together streams of thought that engage with the elements and life below and within the earth’s surface, with four themes: DEEP EARTH / RAW EARTH / FERTILE EARTH / SUBTERRANEAN EARTH. Theoretical conversations and talks, presented by international speakers during the conference at the Adelaide National Wine Centre, are enriched by walks and expeditions on Country. Date: Thursday 19 October – Sunday 22 October 2023.Location: Tours and fringe events – various. Conference – National Wine Centre.Cost: Purchase your ticket on the …
Flower Chair to make festival debut
As the International Festival of Landscape Architecture approaches, Street Furniture Australia is gearing up to release prototypes of the fixed, yet movable, Flower Chair.
Last month StreetChat brought you our White Paper on the movable seat, exploring how public spaces become more inviting with the ability to decide your position.
Flower Chair is a novel approach to the movable seat that is fixed to the ground, yet allows sitters to adjust their outlook.
The seat will swivel 360 degrees, empowering sitters to look for the best view, interact with neighbours or enjoy some solo time, and change their position in relation to the sun.
Fixed at the base, it provides an opportunity for placemakers to experiment with movable seating, with the added peace of mind that their assets cannot ‘walk’.
Given the option, people will almost always move a chair before they sit, often just a little and even if it doesn’t seem to accomplish anything.
The Flower Chair was designed by Josh Flowers, a former University of New South Wales industrial design student, for Street Furniture Australia’s Sense of Place competition.
The brief challenged students to design a street furniture product that gives people a reason to stop and become involved in a public space.
Flower Chair prototypes will aim to do just that at the 2016 International Festival of Landscape Architecture in Canberra this October.
“The Flower Chair is designed to activate and uplift public spaces,” says Flowers.
“The process of designing it at Street Furniture has been incredibly exciting, from early mockups to machined prototypes. We have been been meticulous in the details and passionate about the resolution of the concept.”
Street Furniture Australia’s Head of Design Phill Slattery and industrial designer Michael White have been working on the strength, reliability and comfort of the seat in the lead up to its debut.
Catch the Flower Chair’s premiere at one of Street Furniture Australia’s several festival pop up parks on October 27 to 30, with the program and tickets now available through AILA.
With the theme Not In My Backyard, the festival will host 20 events to connect the public with landscape architects, curated by Creative Director Richard Weller and AILA.
Flowers will receive royalties for his Flower Chair design, while achieving a dream to see people interact with his seat in the public domain.
Three landscape architects share their thoughts on the Voice History is calling as Australians head to the polls for a referendum on October 14, 2023, to vote on enshrining an Indigenous Voice to Parliament in the Constitution. The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) said it encourages all members to “engage deeply with the available information, contemplate its implications, and arrive at an informed stance that aligns with your values and beliefs. “As landscape architects, we often find ourselves at the intersection of nature, culture, politics and history, aiming to craft spaces that resonate with the stories and experiences of those who inhabit them. This unique position imparts a special responsibility upon us to be both informed and sensitive to the cultural dimensions of our work.” AILA has compiled referendum …
Charlene Bordley (photo: right), the visionary founder of Parramatta Bike Hub, Parramatta Bike Tours and Addventageous, creates programs for ‘hard-to-reach’ groups including First Nations communities, women, seniors and disadvantaged youth. She met with StreetChat writer Kari Hill at the new home of the Parramatta Bike Hub on Wangal country, along the Parramatta River in Sydney Olympic Park. Charlene’s passion for making a difference in the community can be seen across the many social enterprise programs she runs. Wearing her uniform of blue, yellow and green, each colour symbolises a program: Blue for Addvantageous, Yellow for Parramatta Bike Tours and Green for the Parramatta Bike Hub. Social enterprise Addvantageous started off as a school program when Charlene gained confidence as a returning cyclist later in life. She experienced the benefits of …
Landscape architect Nicholas Camerer, from Fremantle’s Ecoscape in Western Australia, is the winner of the first Intergrain Urban Timber Project. Graduates and students pitched their designs for a functional piece of urban furniture for a community garden in Werribee Park, Victoria; a supportive cross-cultural hub for locals and Karen refugees. The challenge: to find imaginative ways to use timber in a seat that invites the community to come together. Camerer’s winning design, ‘Hatch,’ features a curved form and strong timber cross beams, which can serve as a leaning rack for tools and garden stakes when not being used as a seat. Flashes of red, white and blue on inner panels represent the colours of both Karen and Australian flags. The bench is designed for easy maintenance and cleaning, and complements an existing …
Josh Flowers, a second-year student in bachelor of industrial design at UNSW, is the winner of the 2013 Sense of Place design competition. The competition is a collaboration between Street Furniture Australia and the university’s industrial design program. The Sense of Place brief challenged the students to consider the theory of ‘placemaking’ in urban design, says Dr Mariano Ramirez, a senior lecturer in industrial design at UNSW “This is essentially about giving people a reason to stop and become involved in a public space,” he says. Flowers will now undertake an internship with Street Furniture Australia to bring his design, the Flower Chair, from sketch to commercialisation. Flowers says, “The design work of Street Furniture Australia has helped shape the environment I grew up in. To be acknowledged by them …
The University of NSW Industrial Design program, in conjunction with Street Furniture Australia held a design competition as part of the students’ Sense of Place design studio class. The brief was to design the next generation of public outdoor furniture. Ten top projects were shortlisted by university staff and their designs submitted to be judged by an expert panel from Street Furniture Australia. After a long and gruelling discussion, a unanimous decision was reached and Street Furniture Australia would like to congratulate the following students for their innovative and practical designs. Jan Gerardino Design by jan Gerardino Xiaomeng Shi Design by Xiaomeng Shi Street Furniture Australia will continue to support the UNSW Industrial Design program and can’t wait to see what this year’s group of students come up with.