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Following our Park(ing) Day adventure we were approached by the Committee for Melbourne to propose a transportable park. Awesome ! We attract awesome patrons! The brief was - “To challenge the existing paradigm of inner city / high density living and help reduce Melbourne’s Urban Sprawl by encouraging more people to live in the CBD or other high density locations through better utilisation of land. The issue? Whilst there are many issues that need to be addressed to manage Melbourne’s population growth in a sustainable way, our focus is on helping to address or challenge the current perceptions surrounding high density living environments through better utilising private land and open space.  As an example the many families and retirees who cite a lack of user-friendly green space, community feel and health and wellbeing as reasons for shunning high density living. Private land and open space, sometimes in high profile locations, often is underutilised or lies dormant for long periods of time until owners put it to use for permanent commercial purposes.  How many sites do you know about that have remained vacant and neglected for years or even decades?  One prominent example in Melbourne is the large former Carlton Brewery site on Swanston Street; this large parcel remained vacant and weed infested for many years!   Open space is a valuable economic and community resource and is especially in high demand in the CBD and other high density locations. The Proposal? Our proposal is to enable the temporary utilisation of space within inner city / high density locations as a multi-dimensional space which encourages interaction, productivity and community in an urban area.  A temporary park, that replicates the uses and purpose of a traditional backyard in a communal setting, can efficiently satisfy the needs which drive people to low density environments. The Portable Park Concept - A Portable Park would be established for a temporary period, on underutilised private land and relocated around Melbourne, based on the demand and availability of open space.”


Our blurb

Innovative ideas need a common touch if they are to be accessible and accepted by the general public. Mobile, adaptable and transient public space is a bold, innovative and important idea to strategically refresh our urban lifestyle. The design of portable parks deliberately borrows familiar park and play infrastructure. A swing, a cricket pitch, a jungle gym, a simple park bench on lawn. Ensuring its legibility and acceptance. A bold concept juxtaposed with the typical and the everyday.


The modular system employed leaves the execution and layout of each park open ended. Take as many or as few modules as a site requires. Take only those functions that a site dictates. One space may need extensive play equipment, while another may only need trees lawn and a park bench. Over time perhaps add change or take away specific modules to ensure good fit or simply to reinvigorate a park.


The graphics on the robust exterior of the modules is an important part of the design. Strong while in transport and being assembled. Yet hidden when in use. We image the installation being similar to the unwrapping a giant gift. The enthusiastic wait for the modules to arrive. The local community watches as their instantaneous park emerges. The packaging is as important as the gift inside. Furthermore, the strong aesthetics defines the presence of Portable Parks as the modules are transported around the city.


The traditional concept of public green space can no longer meet the requirements of dense urban living. Portable Parks is an important initiative that responds directly to the ever changing nature of the city.

Our blurb

Innovative ideas need a common touch if they are to be accessible and accepted by the general public. Mobile, adaptable and transient public space is a bold, innovative and important idea to strategically refresh our urban lifestyle. The design of portable parks deliberately borrows familiar park and play infrastructure. A swing, a cricket pitch, a jungle gym, a simple park bench on lawn. Ensuring its legibility and acceptance. A bold concept juxtaposed with the typical and the everyday.


The modular system employed leaves the execution and layout of each park open ended. Take as many or as few modules as a site requires. Take only those functions that a site dictates. One space may need extensive play equipment, while another may only need trees lawn and a park bench. Over time perhaps add change or take away specific modules to ensure good fit or simply to reinvigorate a park.


The graphics on the robust exterior of the modules is an important part of the design. Strong while in transport and being assembled. Yet hidden when in use. We image the installation being similar to the unwrapping a giant gift. The enthusiastic wait for the modules to arrive. The local community watches as their instantaneous park emerges. The packaging is as important as the gift inside. Furthermore, the strong aesthetics defines the presence of Portable Parks as the modules are transported around the city.


The traditional concept of public green space can no longer meet the requirements of dense urban living. Portable Parks is an important initiative that responds directly to the ever changing nature of the city.

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