What makes good public space design?

Good public spaces are critical to vibrant communities and healthy cities. They connect people and places, highlight an area’s cultural identity, and encourage people to linger and enjoy the space even when they have no pressure to stay. Whether the space is a park, public square, school or office, the design of a successful public […]

LAAB Architects designs an art gallery with a kinetic entrance

Hong Kong-based LAAB Architects has designed a photography gallery which harnesses smart technology to deliver a kinetic entrance way. Designed in collaboration with Carlow Architecture & Design, f22 foto space offers exhibitions, a photo book shop, a camera boutique and café. To create a ‘cinematic’ entrance, the design team studied camera development and used design elements […]

Rebuilding The Eltham North Playground

Having designed the original playground 25 years ago, Gardiner Architects has designed the new Eltham North Playground after it burned down in 2017. The playground is part of a community recreational precinct and is an iconic landmark for the area.  More than just playground, it is a community meeting place that caters for an age […]

Finnish library promises to ‘transform the way we think about public spaces and libraries’

Finland’s capital city Helsinki is getting a new central library, one that promises “to set the trend for the libraries of the future”. Designed by ALA Architects together with the residents of Helsinki, the 10,000-square-metre building showcases Finnish wood construction and modern architecture. In addition to traditional library services, Oodi will offer workshops with 3D printers and sewing machines, […]

Designing safer public spaces for women and girls

Around three quarters of women across the globe have experienced sexual harassment in a public space, an issue that a group of Australian architects and designers will highlight in an exhibition at the upcoming Venice Architecture Biennale. ‘Just so fucking beautiful’ is an installation by XYX Lab, a research team based at Monash University, that […]

Evolution in public space design leads to Perth studio merger

Three Western Australian architectural firms – Taylor Robinson, Chaney Architecture and Broderick Architects – will join forces next week, forming an innovative new firm that will respond to the changing architecture industry in the region. From Monday 9 April the trio will be known as Taylor Robinson Chaney Broderick and will offer clients a breadth […]

Redefining spaces: how Downstream is designing public spaces underpinned by technology

From creating an interactive flagship retail space for Telstra to a road safety project for children at Melbourne Museum, innovation and design company Downstream is fusing design and technology to transform the way we experience corporate environments and public spaces. Technology has radically changed and is continuing to change our lives. With smarter than ever […]

Woods Bagot’s Domenic Alvaro on reimagining public space

Alvaro discusses how Wynyard Walk's design signals a change in the typology that redefines how public spaces are conceived.

Six acres of new public space planned for Southbank

The City of Melbourne has unveiled artist’s impressions of its $35 million plan for over six acres of new public open space on Southbank Boulevard and Dodds Street, Southbank. The plans include 1.05 km of dedicated, separated bicycle lanes, water sensitive urban design and flood mitigation, upgraded tram and bus stops, including the potential for ‘green’ tram tracks, improved biodiversity and a critical neighbourhood space for Southbank.