Activating Public Space: PARK(ing) Day and more

Kristin: The Integrated Design Strategy for Inner Adelaide, 5000+ has released this video of Adelaide PARK(ing) Day. It’s a lovely showcase of the different approaches to PARK(ing) day. Bridge8 took part with the Foresight and Social Change class from the University of Adelaide. We had a really insightful morning quizzing passers-by on why they thought about the future and considering whether they demonstrated optimism or pessimism. (Photos are here and see if you can spot us in the video!)

Park(ing) Day from 5000+ on Vimeo.

I was also interested to participate as we’ve been working with the Adelaide City Council on city scenarios for the future. I think Ben Willsmore from the PARK(ing) Day committee is spot on when he notes how Pirie St has come alive with simple changes to small public spaces. So it was also exciting to hear that our scenarios workshop was a factor in inspiring a new “City Activation” program, allowing for trials of experimental, short-term projects around the city. Can’t wait to see the first of those initiatives come to life!



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