What you want to do in the public space and why?
In Darwin, it is common to see people walking through beautiful spaces without stopping, in order to arrive at a separate destination. A key way of activating Darwin is to harness these in-between spaces by causing pedestrians to slow down or stop on their way. My proposal is to develop a portable, modular structure and moveable seating that is assembled around Darwin at different events and sites with the intention of activating the space. The structure will be interactive, playable, climbable and photographable with the aim of attracting youths to interact with the structure while families sit and take photos from the surrounds. The image provided is just a concept of a potential obstacle course but could be made to symbolise anything like local flora and fauna for example. The structure could be assembled at places like the laneways, the esplanade or waterfront walkways with the intention of harnessing the high foot traffic in these areas. It could also be placed at local events such as The Darwin Festival or Mindil Beach Markets. My vision for the structure is to gain popularity through both usability and a prize system to be won through taking a photo and uploading to social media with a hashtag. As the structure is moved around more opportunities for entries for the prize or different prizes could be won bringing more people to events or various site around town. Placing the structure at lesser known sites with the potential for activation could bring families and individuals to sites for the first time with the possibility of returning again.
How you will make this project happen?
I will design the structure with a focus on the user, asking for advice and recommendations from local architects and designers as well as my peers from the university. Once I have settled on a design I will then work closely with engineers and steel fabricators to ensure ease of assembly, transportation and storage. In addition to this I will seek out the relevant permits, insurance and the legality of the structure, ensuring safety is a priority.
When will the project start and finish? How long will it take?
I expect the process from design to manufacturing to take 2-6 months. Once developed, the project can be in use from a minimum of the running time of the competition to as long as the structure maintains popularity.
What permits or whose permission will you need to implement the project? What do you already have and what will you need to obtain?
Depending on the location of the structure, a variety of permits and permission will need to be obtained. For council land, a works or property permit, private land owners permission for their land and event organisers permission or request.
How will you deliver the project, including how many people will be involved and any partnerships you have developed?
I will oversee the delivery of the project, working closely with local business in the design and manufacturing of the structure and seating. Once developed I will seek out the relevant approvals from council, corporations and organisations to ensure the project is used to its potential. I have previously worked with multiple architecture firms in Darwin and will use my contacts during the design process and request recommendations for engineers and steel fabricators that could work on the project.
How will you know your project is successful?
The project's success can be determined through both the amount of usage of the structure at events, repeat requests for the structure from event organisers and statistics from the social media competition.