Complete Streets launched today at Bondi Junction, Sydney, and TC was there to capture the moment, take a seat in a parklet, win a game of noughts and crosses, and be amused by the quirky marching band.
A collaboration between Roberts Day, an urban design firm based in Australia, and Waverley Council, a local government area in the eastern suburbs of Sydney, the Bondi Junction Complete Streets Project is focused on making the busy regional centre more vibrant.
Two popups were unveiled today to kick start the campaign and begin the Complete Streets project. They were Jigsaw, an interactive mural designed by Archrival, and Urban Lounge by Drew Heath Architects. While these popups were installed in different spaces with vastly different designs, but shared a similar purpose - to make Bondi Junction more pedestrian friendly.
When we break this down, it's not just about making the place safer, or making it look prettier, but rather making it more enjoyable for all. The installation of 'Jigsaw' gives children an opportunity to challenge each other (or even their parents) in a game of noughts and crosses before going home for the evening. It also gives some members of the Bondi Junction RSL a giant public portrait as a salute to their importance in the community as local cultural heroes. On the other hand, the 'Urban Lounge' also responds to the needs of residents and visitors, giving them a space to enjoy wth movable seating, mobile battery recharge station and LED lights.
Along with the quirky marching band that guided the opening party from one installation to another, these popups instantly made Bondi Junction a more interesting, diverse and enjoyable place to visit. It's just the start and we're looking forward to seeing more popups over the coming months.
What would you do in your neighbourhood to make it more enjoyable, more pedestrian friendly, more complete?