The WAN Urban Challenge ‘Reclaiming the Streets 2018’, called out for ideas from around the globe, to help address current urban problems, with the opportunity to create a vision for the future.
Chris Isles, Executive Director, Planning, Place Design Group was the driving force that made ‘Future Street’ a reality, in partnership with the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA), Smart Cities Council Australia/New Zealand and the Internet of Things Alliance Australia.
“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,” says Mr Isles.
Place Design Group were the landscape designers and smart city architects for the ‘Future Street’ project, delivering a real-life experience of a potential street from the future as part of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects’ (AILA) 2017 International Festival.
The 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.
Highly respected Urban Planner and Urban Designer at Allies and Morrison (London), Peter Bishop, 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.”
Judges were looking for originality, innovation, quality, sustainability, transferability, context and evidence, plus the ability to tell the ‘story’ of the project through excellent presentation. Place Design Group’s Future Street delivered on this, as a fantastic case study on what a street from the future could entail.
Winning projects included:
Winners are now invited to join the WAN Urban Task Force on 22 May 2018 in London, culminating in a Manifesto for Change which will be presented by the participants at the World Architecture News ‘Reclaiming the Streets’ Symposium on 20 September 2018.
WAN Winners Announcement here: