“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” — Jane Jacobs, ‘The Death and Life of Great American Cities’
This year, Jane’s Walk will be held on the weekend of the 4th and 5th of May. Jane’s Walk is an exciting event that orginated in Canada with the purpose of promoting the legendary ideas and legacy of urbanist Jane Jacobs.
Free walking tours are led by locals in a community who want to to create a space for residents to talk about what matters to them in the places they live and work. Jane’s Walk encourages people to explore their neighbourhoods and meet others in their community.
Since its inception in Toronto in 2007, Jane’s Walk has expanded rapidly and in May 2011, 511 walks were held in 75 cities in 15 countries worldwide.
The vision of Jane’s Walk is for walkable neighbourhoods, urban literacy and cities planned for and by people.
So are there any walks being held in Australia? From what we can see there is currently one registered walk in Adelaide and one in Melbourne. Not many, so as the website says, if there are no walks in your city… be the first!
For more information go to http://www.janeswalk.net/
UR[BNE] Film Festival is held annually in Brisbane Australia and features a range of films to inspire urban design, architecture and design thinking. The film festival will be held on the 13 April this year and includes opportunities for critical discussion and networking.
Films to be screened include:
Following the screening there will be a Q&A on the themes of the festival (urban farming, skate design, architecture, public spaces and landscape design) with:
- Katherine Skull (Bee One Third)
- Amy Saunders (QLD Emerging Design Award Winner 2012)
- Malcom Middleton (Queensland Government Architect)
- Scott Shearer (Brisbane Skateboarding Association)
The film festival will be from 2 – 8pm on Saturday 13 April 2013 in Auditorium 1,
Level 2, State Library of Queensland. Cost is $15 per person.
Tickets can be purchased in advance from http://urbnefilmfestival-eorg.eventbrite.com/
Food is included in the ticket price and will be provided by Street Food Australia.
The film festival is presented by SLQ’s SLiQ Flicks and Asia Pacific Design Library in support of the UR[BNE] Festival held in April/May in Brisbane, Australia.
Canberra, Australia’s ultimate planned city turns 100 this year. To acknowledge this coming of age a spectacular round of events is about to commence to celebrate this significant milestone.
For urban planning and design tragics there is a range of upcoming events and activities which should be of interest including:
- Design 29: Creating a Capital exhibition @ the National Archives of Australia
from 1 March to 8 September 2013
- Enlighten Canberra 2013, Canberra’s national attractions are lit up by spectacular architectural projections, also includes entertainment and other events from
1 to 9 March 2013
- Art and Architecture Tour of Parliament House 6:45pm and 8:30pm
on the 1, 2, 8, 9 March 2013
- Walt & Maz Pop-up bar @ Lake Burley Griffin foreshore (next door to the Gallery of Australian Design) open 2, 8, 9 and 11 March 2013
- Architectural Bus Tours - tour of Canberra’s post-war modernist architecture with fascinating stories of a bygone era, 6-8pm 2, 9 March 2013
- CAPITheticAL Design Competition @ the Gallery of Australian Design from
6 March to 11 May 2013
- We Built This City is an interactive play space for families where children and adults can work together to create their own city 7, 8 and 9 March 2013
- Planning Institute of Australia National Congress 24-27 March 2013
We look forward to giving you more information on how the March month of madness in Canberra unfolds.
Please send us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org if there are any other planning and design events that we have missed.
The Design 29: Creating a Capital exhibition at the National Archives of Australia showcases the designs shortlisted for the 1911 Federal Capital City Design Competition for Canberra.
The exhibit displays many of the the original entries of the design finalists and is an interactive exhibit that utilises augmented reality technology on iPads, to imagine how Canberra might have looked today, had some of these designs been realised.
The exhibit will be running from 1 March to 8 September 2013 at the National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes, Canberra.
See the ABC news report for further information on the Design 29 exhibit.
The CAPITheticAL Exhibition will be on display at the Gallery of Australian Design Canberra from the 6th of March 2013. This exhibition will showcase the finalists of the CAPITheticAL international design competition.
Entrants were asked to respond to the following questions:
- Would you build a new capital today or could the Australian Federation be expressed in a different way?
- Would it be a city in the conventional sense or not? If not, what form might it take?
- What ideas would drive its design and development?
- How would 21st century social, political and environmental factors influence the nature of the city?
- Of what should our national capital consist?
The exhibition will present a range of ideas that will provoke, amuse and surprise.
Plans, videos and drawings have been used to express each designer’s vision for the city of the future and offer imaginative resolutions to questions of national symbolism and identity, access to government, sustainable development and community building.
Winners of the competition will be announced on the 14 March and the exhibition will be open until 11th May 2013. Entry to the exhibition is free.
A recent Planning Issue post referred to Playstreets in New York, a concept whereby individual streets in a neighbourhood are temporarily closed to allow children to freely play without concerns about traffic danger. Apparently something similar has also been occurring in the U.K. where Playing Out was initiated by two Mums wanting their children to have the same opportunity to play outside in the street, as they had as kids.
Watch the Playing Out video below, to get inspired about what we can gain when we take cars out of the equation temporarily, and what this means for kids and the wider community.
Playing Out from Playing Out on Vimeo.
Karen Lee Director of the Built Environment Program at the New York City (NYC) Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has been touring Australia speaking about the connection between urban design and human health. In particular she has been promoting NYC’s Active Design Guidelines, which are a fantastic resource developed over several years to support the implementation of urban design practices that support physical activty and improve health.
To download a copy of the Active Design Guidelines visit the Centre for Active Design or to see Australian based case studies and guidelines on the same issue visit Healthy Spaces and Places.
We are hoping to track down a few of the before and after shots from New York City, to demonstrate some of the Active Design success stories, including Playstreets.