Top 10 StreetChat stories of 2023

Did you catch these most-read case studies, furnishing tips, new product announcements and special industry events in your StreetChat updates in 2023?

Each month our StreetChat enewsletter publishes new projects, products and trends from the public domain; subscribe to receive it in your inbox.

10. Which design firm can see Longhorn Cattle from their office window?

2 countries. 9 cities. 300 landscape architects. Street Furniture Australia and USA partner Spruce & Gander visited offices in Australia and Texas. There were key similarities and some notable standouts.

9. Jazz at The Mint: Product and Book Launch

Sydney landscape architects gathered at the iconic Mint Courtyard to launch a design book by our founding directors Darrel Conybeare and Bill Morrison, and expansions to the Linea collection.

8. 2023 Good Cause Giveaway goes to Swanbury Penglase charity project

Street Furniture Australia 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.

7. Etched artwork “a gentle reminder … to respect Country and nature”

A heritage-sensitive upgrade of Ulmarra, a riverside village in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales by Vee Design for Clarence Valley Council, features artwork by local First Nations artists, etched onto Linea Bollards.

6. Highlights from ‘Activating Western Sydney’ knowledge exchange

Cumberland City Council, AILA NSW and Street Furniture Australia co-hosted a factory tour and knowledge exchange for Councils about creating great public spaces and local manufacturing.

5. Riverwood Reconnected

Georges River Council furnished, shaded, connected and greened Belmore Road in south west Sydney as part of the NSW Government’s Streets as Shared Spaces program.

4. Make it vertical with Linea VT

A premium extension of the Linea collection, Linea VT is a meticulously-crafted all-timber range featuring vertical battens. Hand-shaped hardwood is housed in stainless steel frames for incredible strength.

3. New forecourt at Sydney International Airport

Hassell has designed a fresh arrival experience with connection to Country, and welcomes travellers to Sydney, Australia with spaces to rest, relax and reconnect with their loved ones.

2. Top 6 furnishing trends in outdoor education

A practical guide to bringing to life the current furniture trends for schools and university campuses, with key products and thoughtfully crafted configurations.

1.  Revitalising the heart of Merrylands in Western Sydney

Merrylands Civic Square in Western Sydney, NSW, designed by Turf Design Studio for Cumberland City Council, is a major public space for one of the most culturally diverse communities in Australia. Featuring the new Linea VT curved seating system.

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