[Shuz] wrote:What they should do is make Hindley and Rundle Streets into a 24/7 pedestrian mall for the entire 1 mile length.
The Hindley Street project is a great improvement, and hopefully will form part of a stage-by-stage basis towards realising the vision of the abovementioned; a mile-long pedestrian mall.
Laneways no ‘magic bullet’ for Adelaide
A REPORT into the “fine grain” of Adelaide’s urban detail has warned that laneways should not be treated as a “magic urban bullet” for the city’s revitalisation.
The Adelaide City Council-commissioned report also canvasses trams with stops through the parklands and free night car parking to encourage people into the city.
The report says that too much traffic isn’t the city’s major problem – rather it’s too little activity – and warns against a single-minded focus on discouraging cars.
The Adelaide Fine Grain study emerged from a council plan to spend $50,000 on Adelaide’s laneways. The council engaged design consultants Six Degrees to help it understand what it needed to do to maximise the “fine grain”, small detail, potential of the city.
“There’s too much focus and refocus on the same thing,” co-author and urban design consultant Simeon King told Indaily.
“Redoing Rundle Mall, Rundle Street – there’s a lot of other things that could use money and redevelopment.
“Once government gets involved and has a heavy hand, they want to pave everything and upgrade and new lighting. That sends an indication for landlords to put rents up and that’s counter intuitive to get those different businesses and activities happening in the street.”
He said the Government was in the “over-enthusiastic” stage and needed to make sure it did not over-govern laneway projects.
“The Splash Adelaide projects are good but you don’t want to rely on artificial propping up of activity in the city,” he said.
“We’ve got to move on from Leigh Street – it doesn’t need any more work, but the State Government and city have been arm wrestling about that.”
The council’s Acting City Design Manager, Angela Orchard, said the council had given the authors free rein.
The report was handed to council last week and will now be considered when making planning decisions.
“Initially the first thing we are looking at doing is mapping of the fine grain and have engaged Six Degrees to continue this work,” Orchard said.
“[Urban design and the smaller street details] are all interconnected and that’s why it’s important that we take the fine grain work and weave it into the other projects.”
King said Adelaide’s main problem was getting a critical mass of population into the city.
“There are heaps of potential, amazing building stock especially in the West. We’ve been looking at how we can make more spaces available but there’s a problem with population.
The Jan Gehl report, commissioned by the council to look at public spaces, recommended activities spread across the parklands to activate the area.
But the fine grain report has a different view.
“The park lands are too large to completely activate, and that a targeted approach is required to make the connections across them work to boost the activity in the city centre from the energy of the inner ring, and vice versa,” the report says.
It recommends breaking down the “garden city gap”, in part by reinstating the tram lines through to the inner suburbs.
“Trams running through the park lands, with stops half way across, would also provide additional opportunities to catalyse small scale activities at different times of the day and/ or year.”
He said public activity did not play a great role between the four terraces.
“There is a lack of good quality smaller parks in the city fabric. If you are working in the city, it is hard to find a good park or space or playground for kids.
“Sydney has heaps of new parks; some are normal house size blocks. There is a need for that in the city.”
The report heavily criticises the apartment development on the old Balfour’s site, saying it is an example of a place that did not “activate” the ground floor street levels.
“We are quite critical of the way it hits the street as it prevents a lot of interaction,” King said. “The car park is not fully buried, the Morphett Street shops are set back 10 metres and it’s not the old traditional form of building a city.
“When you get a developer wanting to save money and not dig a fully undercover car park, it will be problematic if they keep doing that through the city.”
King said creating industry hubs would push innovation and creative relationships, like Surry Hill’s advertising, media and design hub in Sydney.
“If the city is attractive as a space for ideas the economy might bubble along and attract more people.”
The report also suggests taking a few projects from the Adelaide Fringe and Festival and funding them to continue year round as a way of creating continued activity.
King said Adelaide needed to be wary of over-restricting car movement into the city.
“The problem in Adelaide on the weekend, or even during the week, isn’t too many cars.
“The issue is one of city life – this relates to a lack of diversity of functions so that the city becomes a place that ebbs and flows around peak hours and lunch time.
“We are concerned that focussing too much on reducing the car volumes too early may jeopardise what we consider the bigger problem – the lack of activity.”
Matt wrote:Would love a photo or two if someone could oblige.
Stax Subs and Coffee Ground 36 Waymouth Street ADELAIDE SA 5000
Install bollards and bench seating on Anster Street and mural to facade.
$30,000 Category 1
Bollywood Indian Restaurant BF-GF 17 Leigh Street ADELAIDE SA 5000
Alterations to entrance, remove staircase, install roller shutter and create takeaway coffee bar.
$15,000 Category 1
Exchange Specialty Coffee Shop 1 12-18 Vardon Avenue ADELAIDE SA 5000
Internal alterations and change the use to from shop to coffee bar including signage.
TBA Category 1
Belle Petite Ground 24 Ebenezer Place ADELAIDE SA 5000
Internal alterations and change the use from shop to shop/café including signage.
TBA Category 1
Professional Public Relations Level 1 21 Gilbert Place ADELAIDE SA 5000
Change the use from office to daytime cafe and evening licensed venue with entertainment.
$800 Category 1
FARAWAY HOUSE GF-1F 21 Franklin Street ADELAIDE SA 5000
Install inflatable artwork in laneway for a temporary period until 17 December 2013.
$9,800 Category 1
Red Ruby Vintage Ground 14 Peel Street ADELAIDE SA 5000
Internal alterations, extend existing mezzanine level and use as small licensed venue.
$150,000 Category 1
Calm corridor for city streets wins Design Festival comp
The winning entry, Captiv8tion Ave
A wooden corridor of tranquillity in will soon come to Adelaide’s busy streets.
Known as Captiv8tion Ave, the project last week took out top prize at the South Australian Design Festival.
The team behind it will now receive $25,000 from the Adelaide City Council to construct their design, with the piece expected to be completed and installed by the end of the year.
Captiv8tion Ave uses a simple wooden structure and fabric drapes to create a small space of calm.
A wide table with recipes engraved in its surface runs along the centre of the corridor. The table is designed to encourage spontaneous meetings between people and communal dining.
The corridor would sit on a road, filling up a bay of on-street parking spaces.
The student architects who designed it say it could be used for outdoor dining or as a meeting space.
Second prize went to Giordano & Associates for their K9 parklet, which could be used for entertainment and on-street performances.
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