Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Sydney, New South Wales Australia
Nancy Marshall is an A/ Professor in the School of Architecture, Design and Planning - University of Sydney. Her research focuses on people and place, with a focus on parks, plazas, and smart cities. Before becoming an academic, Nancy worked in the Parks and Recreation Department for the City of Calgary in Canada.
Not Just a Bench… A Smart Social Space
Collaborators from the University of Sydney, UNSW + Street Furniture Australia + Georges River Council) wanted to test the concept of a 'smart social space' and design street furniture that would support the concept. From that process came the ChillOUT Hub.
The ChillOUT Hubs are open-air, public spaces that are IT-enabled, have 'smart' features, and are free-to-use, 24/7. The Hubs aimed to increase community connectivity, and provide seating and respite zones that were flexible spaces for outdoor work and play.
This talk explores the idea of a smart social space and shows the journey of making smart street furniture - which is not as easy as it sounds. It explores lessons learned about sector collaboration, trends in street furniture and increasing demands on our public open spaces. So, did we achieve the concept of the 'smart social space'?