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Shaping the Future of Urban Living

Shaping the Future of Urban Living

In the coming 30 years, Australia’s population is projected to increase by 11.8 million people – the equivalent of adding a city the size of Canberra each year for the next 30 years. As Australia’s largest cities face a watershed moment in their growth and development, many are looking far and wide to the next...
The Public Space Moment

The Public Space Moment

Public spaces are having a moment. People from outside the field of urban planning are beginning to notice the vital contributions they make to our quality of life: inserting nature and cultural memory into the everyday, reminding us of our collective responsibilities, supporting democratic expression. People are also beginning to notice the subtle ways in...
The Popularity of the Parklet

The Popularity of the Parklet

While readily embraced by many countries overseas, the parklet has only recently become a popular ‘street-activation’ of choice for city planners across Australia A UNSW Lecturer asks why? As councils across Australia strive to enhance their liveability, parklets are proving popular among city communities. A poll of 300-plus citizens gathered for the inaugural Perth City Summit...
AR Technology in Public Spaces

AR Technology in Public Spaces

With the advent of AR technology, people are exploring the virtual world in our parks and public spaces, so Street Furniture Australia has asked the professionals what this technology means for future planning in our cities. International phenomenon Pokémon Go has set the spotlight on Augmented Reality (AR) and its potential to transform our spaces and our lives. If Keiichi...
Are We Underutilising Our Rooftops?

Are We Underutilising Our Rooftops?

As our cities increase in density, new thoughts are emerging regarding how we configure our urban spaces and the best way to capitalise on our best resource for space – our rooftops. With the increasing density of our cities, Australians are starting to rethink how our urban space is configured. With space at such a...
Innovative Parks to Add to Your Bucket List

Innovative Parks to Add to Your Bucket List

Innovative park design and public space reclamation have combined to become one of the latest green trends to emerge in contrast against the urban concrete jungle. These green trends have enjoyed such massive success in the public eye that developers around the world are scrambling to innovate and replicate, with projects ranging from public rooftop...
Seven Tips for Creating Great Community Spaces

Seven Tips for Creating Great Community Spaces

Shared public outdoor spaces bring people together and help establish a sense of community. In fact, they are increasingly becoming one of the most sought after elements in modern communities. However, it takes adequate planning to design one that is truly useful, comfortable, attractive, and safe. Below are some ways you can develop great outdoor...
Making the Most of Limited Outdoor Spaces

Making the Most of Limited Outdoor Spaces

With apartment blocks dominating the city skyline and homeowners preferring larger dwellings, the size of Australian backyards continues to be compromised. Between 2002 and 2012, the average block size in Australian capital cities shrunk by about 20 per cent. In the same period, the size of the house increased by nine per cent resulting in...
Floating Green Path

Floating Green Path

Rather than the addition of a traditional balcony, a suspended green pathway has been suggested by a Polish architecture company for the third floor of an office building. Three floors above the regular courtyard, this whimsical green pathway will have the illusion of floating in the air, inviting the building’s inhabitants to momentarily leave their...
Taiwan Tower

Taiwan Tower

The winning design for the awe-inspiring Taiwan Tower in Taichung Gateway Park was selected back in 2011. Tipped to be the Taiwanese equivalent of the Eiffel Tower, the development sees a triangular section of the park essentially suspended 300m into the air. With no solid structure underneath save a selection of steel support beams, the...
Street (Creeks) Ahead

Street (Creeks) Ahead

Rainwater gardens are set to vastly improve the water quality in NYC. A city that virtually screams ‘technologically advanced’ it’s hard to believe New Yorkers haven’t quite figured out how exactly, and effectively, to keep sewage and stormwater separate and avoid Combined Sewage Overflow (CSOs) resulting from heavy rainfall. Architect Ate Atema recently released a...
Travelling light

Travelling light

While you may not have an estimated time of arrival or even a fixed destination, there is a silver lining for this new mode of transport proposed by New York architect Tiago Barros. The Passing Cloud is a floating device which completely inverts the traditional act of travelling. The route is determined by predominant winds...