Design for an Active City

May 30, 2011
  • Article by Online Editor

Victoria’s State of Design Festival has launched an urban design competition inviting Victorian designers to transform a major thoroughfare in central Melbourne.

The Design for an Active City competition seeks “implementable, site-specific proposals to improve the pedestrian experience on the northern footpath side of Collins Street Bridge as it spans Wurundjeri Way, and thereby increase pedestrian activity.” Proposals for the temporary installation should address a 50-metre stretch of the 350-metre bridge, which runs from Spencer Street to Batman’s Hill Drive.

Shortlisted submissions, selected by a panel of experts, will be on show during the State of Design Festival, with the winner announced at a public panel discussion held on 25 July. The winning entry will then be constructed and installed as a temporary project from October to December 2011, serving as a short-term installation while the development of the bridge linking the CBD with Spencer Street Station and Docklands is still under construction. Event partner VicUrban will provide $25,000 towards the development and construction of the project.

The competition spotlights the role of design in stimulating increased physical activity through interventions in the built environment, and supports the 2011 Festival’s theme, Design That Moves.

*Entries to the competition are now open.*
*Site visit* 3.00pm June 8 2011?
*Submission deadline* July 6 2011?
*Winner announced, exhibition opening and public panel discussion* July 25 2011
*Design for an Active City is run by State of Design in partnership with VicUrban and GHD.*

For full submission requirements and resources go to [“”:]

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