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The Future Street project that took over the Alfred Street in Circular Quay, Sydney 12-15th October as part of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) 2017 Festival, has been named among five winners of an international Urban Challenge run by World Architecture News. The contest, ‘Reclaiming the Streets 2018’, called for ideas to help address current urban problems, with the opportunity to create a vision for the future.
For this project, designed by Place Design Group, WE-EF partnered with the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, Smart Cities Council Australia and New Zealand and the Internet of Things Alliance Australia to showcase smart city design, services and technologies. The Future Street installation invited Sydney locals, government and industry professionals on a journey through where our streets are now, to where they could be if we removed cars from the streets, prioritising people and nature to reclaim and enjoy our public spaces.
Chris Isles, Executive Director of Planning with Place Design Group, said, “We’re humbled and excited for the Future Street project to be recognised on an international scale, which highlights the crucial role that built environment professionals have to play in the design of the streets of the future.”
Judge Peter Bishop, a respected Urban Planner and Urban Designer at Allies and Morrison in London, commended the ‘pop-up’ scheme and felt it had the edge over other submissions, commenting “They’ve actually done it. And a city like Sydney desperately needs it.”
WE-EF contributed RAIL66 systems with FLC121 and FLC131 projectors to illuminate the green walls of the Future street at night. Watch the video summary of this incredible project here - https://we-ef.com/#!/aus/news/my_future_street
Photography: Ina Parr