We are the supermarket generation, but if we want to, how do we re-learn how to grow food? Community gardens are one answer – connecting community, promoting sustainability and growing local food for local people.
When designing and activating community gardens I focus on the following key areas; community, design, management and safety.
There is so much is happening in Sydney at the moment! We have events, talks and a new strategy aimed at building the creative life of our city! Part meet-up and part pop-up bar, Idea Bombing Sydney is a unique fusion of creative endeavours. The first edition of Idea Bombing Sydney will be hosted at Alaska Projects, an art gallery within an underground car park of Kings Cross.
Focusing on “How can your city inspire your creativity?”, this is a night to talk, think and dream, an event for coming together to share ideas and hear about innovative projects, activities and news happening in and out of Sydney.
Richard Roxburgh summed it up best when discussing creativity in Sydney at last night’s City Talk -
“we’re young, beautiful and hot – we love crackers – but what do we want to be when we grow up?“
The City Talk titled ‘What creative life do you want for Sydney?’ comes a week after the City released it’s draft Cultural Policy and Creative City Discussion Paper. While Richard gave the guest introduction, the keynote speaker was Carol Colleta, CEO of ArtPlace America. Both speakers, and the panel discussion afterwards, discussed many aspects of culture, community and art. A couple of key points from the panel:
We need to explore opportunities to make art ‘general’, an everyday experience, participated by every citizen,
Art is one of the cheapest ways to challenge us with ideas, helping us to see things differently,
Public art, placemaking and creative city-building is a reason for people to come together in a place.
I joined the panel with Dr Alison Taylor and Patrick Fensham and spoke about two trends happening around the world; 1. return to the city & 2. counter urbanisation. While my PPT explored the global context of these trends, Alison and Patrick provided in-depth local case studies and some interesting findings on supply vs demand, opportunities for mixed housing and key drivers for migration. It was a great discussion and thanks to everyone who came and asked questions. Thanks also to SGS Economics and Planning and PIA for the opportunity to speak and a great event.
If viewing this post via smart phone please click on the heading or ‘Continue reading’ below for access to the presentation information sheet. The below information sheet highlights key findings from the six initiatives as part of the City of Sydney Social Activation Program 2012. Zoom in to view or click on the information sheet to download.
Also if interested – click here for some short videos on the popup ping pong and chair bombing initiatives.
Everyday I walk past a small space on the corner of two busy roads in the heart of Surry Hills, Sydney. In the past, the space had been void of activity or amenity and lacked any reason to stay longer than merely walking through it between destinations. However in the past month, the site has received a makeover as part of the City of Sydney’s Greening Sydney initiative, literally turning a dead space into a people place over night. While in the past, it would hardly be noticed, it’s now busy throughout the day, attracting nearby workers, local residents and visitors needing a break walking up the hill from Central Station to Surry Hills village.
It’s a great success story and highlights the easy way we can better design our neighbourhoods. Without over thinking the design process, the City of Sydney design team improved the space with pockets of grass, connecting pavement, small shrubs, and walls that seperate the vegetation from the footpath but also provide much needed seating. So simple! For more information visit the Green Sydney website here.