Street Furniture Australia is proud to announce a new partnership with the Landscape Foundation of Australia, as their first Founding Partner. The Foundation is a newly formed not-for-profit dedicated to championing the protection, restoration, enhancement and sustainable management of natural environments in Australian cities and towns. With nearly 90% of Australians now living in cities and townships, the Foundation is committed to halting the decline of natural environments and restoring a sustainable relationship between people and nature, to ensure their mutual health and survival. The visionaries behind the Foundation – founding directors Linda Corkery, Noel Corkery, Catherin Bull AM and Chris Champion – share the belief that environmental degradation can be reversed through high quality planning, design and management practices. Through grant-making and facilitation, the Foundation will fund research to …
The future bus stop: our collaboration with Monash Mobility Design Lab
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 of transport, said Selby Coxon, Director of Monash Mobility Design Lab, however, “many of the issues that emerge from poor passenger experience can be mitigated by improved connectivity and experience at the places that patrons first engage with the service, such as at the bus stops,” he said.
The team’s concept therefore aims to promote connection, reduce waiting anxiety and enhance the travel experience, said Mark Armstrong, Design Director with Street Furniture Australia and Adjunct Professor with Monash University.
“The proposal offers an information-rich inclusive passenger experience via a central display for each bus stop that allows patrons to view and post information through a smartphone platform,” said Mark.
“This concept responds to passenger anxieties, such as a sense of control, confidence and personal security, as well as the potential to engage with local community information throughout the bus route.”
The shelter includes seating, lighting, signage, shade and a weather shield. A central smart column houses sensors and a battery, charged by solar panels on the canopy.
The form language lends itself to the addition of other amenities such as planter boxes and bicycle parking.
The Monash Mobility Design Lab combines evidence-based research methods and real world solutions with design-led innovations to understand and improve the physical, environmental and experiential aspects of mobility. From personal to public transport, bikes to buses, family cars to autonomous vehicles, their researchers are experts at designing to better understand how and why we get from place to place.
Street Furniture Australia invests in collaborations with universities, government and landscape architects to activate public spaces and to better understand public space users and communities. Recent projects include ChillOUT with Georges River Council, UNSW and the University of Sydney, and Homify with the Sydney Olympic Park Authority and CM+.
Street Furniture Australia has donated $45k of Linea show-products to Baptist Care SA’s WestCare Centre, a project nominated by Swanbury Penglase, as part of the Good Cause Giveaway for the 2023 Festival of Landscape Architecture: UN/EARTH. Now in its third year, the 2023 Good Cause Giveaway received six fantastic entries from landscape architects and Councils for local Adelaide projects, with the winner selected by the UN/EARTH Festival Creative Directorate. The jury said: “The Festival creative directors found awarding this year’s Street Furniture Australia’s (extremely generous) Good Cause Giveaway a difficult task as all of the entries were very worthy.” Winners Swanbury Penglase with 2023 AILA Festival Creative Directorate. Photo: Frankie The Creative. “We were particularly conscious of the incredible work that the team of volunteers at Baptist Care SA’s WestCare …
Cumberland City Council, the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects and Street Furniture Australia in November co-hosted a factory tour and knowledge exchange for Councils about creating great public spaces and local manufacturing. Guest speakers presented enriching case studies and conversations about Country, climate, culture and community at the Street Furniture Australia factory, which is located within the Cumberland LGA in Western Sydney. 55 people attended the event. Head of Marketing and Innovation with Street Furniture Australia, June Lee Boxsell, said, “Activating Western Sydney was a fantastic opportunity to share ideas on bringing joy to our local communities while also celebrating the completion of Merrylands Civic Square — a remarkable human-centred development at the heart of Cumberland City Council. “With Street Furniture Australia positioned right at the doorstep of Western Sydney-based …
ChillOUT Hubs: Smart Social Spaces Creating Connected Green Places has won a National Award for Best Planning Ideas – Small Project from the PIA (Planning Institute of Australia), the national body representing planning and the planning profession. Collaborators UNSW, Street Furniture Australia, Georges River Council and University of Sydney have received recognition for an “outstanding planning idea” in the smart open-air community ChillOUT Hubs that offer shelter, furniture, greenery, public WiFi and power for devices. ChillOUT Hub prototypes were installed in 2020 at three sites in the Georges River Council area – a busy streetscape in Kogarah, town centre in Mortdale, and suburban park in Hurstville. They were co-developed by the collaborative team initially formed in 2018 for the Australian Smart Cities and Suburbs program. Street Furniture Australia thanks CM+ …
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 …
Choose from a wide range of readily available products to help bring life, joy and comfort to your community. Street Furniture Australia offers a wide range of seats, benches, tables, litter bins and enclosures, planters, bollards, bike stands and more, made-to-order in Australia. Our products have been tried-and-tested to activate spaces and deliver results. Select from our bright range to bring life, joy and comfort to your community. We are available to assist you today. Ask for a brochure, pricing, CAD files and more. Our manufacturing lead time is 6 weeks. See the slideshow below for a recommended range of street furniture for setting up both temporary and permanent spaces for outdoor dining and recreation – with fixed and moveable options. Access the Slideshow View the Furniture for Outdoor Dining and Street …