Projects in and around Adelaide

Local artists bring tales of discovery to city laneway

Head down to Chesser St, Adelaide where local artists are transforming the leafy laneway into an outdoor gallery. Inspired by the story of Captain Chesser and his ship Coromandel, the temporary art work consists of nautical motifs and text based designs painted on sections of the road and roller shutters of local business, Ottaway Jewelers.

The themes of discovery, adventure and determination are presented in the art work to connect people to the history of Chesser St and the ethos of business owners within the vicinity.

Commissioned five months ago, the installation is part of a broader Adelaide City Council project to activate underused city streets and encourage people to discover the hidden gems of our public realm.


Shaping the future of the city now

After twelve months of unearthing fresh new ideas and propositions for the renewal and activation of inner Adelaide, the 5000+ team will reveal their findings to the public at the Collaborative City Exhibition, opening on the 15th of October.

The Collaborative City exhibition centers around improving the daily lives of people in our cities by improving processes and our urban networks as an integrated whole. In addition to the exhibition, there will also be number of other events taking place around the city throughout October. These range from forums and lectures, to public walking tours. For more information, visit 5000plus.net.au, check out the IDC’s Facebook page, or join the conversation on Twitter usingthe hashtag #collabcity5000.


Vision with a difference

As part of Adelaide City Council’s contribution to the Integrated Design Strategy for inner Adelaide, acclaimed architect and urban designer Jan Gehl and his team from Gehl Architects were engaged to conduct a public spaces and public life survey of Adelaide City. The resulting report proposes ideas to recapture public space and create a more diverse, liveable and inclusive city where “like a good party, guests stay because they are enjoying themselves” (Gehl 2012).

The key recommendations contained within the 160- page report range from making better use of the parklands and expanding the city’s retail centre, to major public transportation upgrades and attracting more residents to the city. The report will be a valuable tool for understanding Adelaide’s public realm and to inform decision-making surrounding the future direction of our city. The Public Spaces and Public Life study 2011 can be downloaded from the Adelaide City Council’s website.


Adelaide Parking Day 2012

This year’s Park (ing) Day was bigger than ever with people from all over Adelaide reclaiming 35 parking spaces across the city, transforming them into vibrant living spaces.

Park (ing) Day first began in 2005, when San Francisco arts collective ‘rebar’ came up with the idea that paying a parking metre is like renting a public space.  The aim is to bring city streets and squares alive for the day with colour, activity and people, who can explore the creative work of design professionals, students, community groups and local businesses.

Adelaide’s PARKs this year were characterized by much variety and innovation, showing an evolution from the classic miniature “park” with plants, seating and turf to more sculptural, conceptual and interactive creations.

Adelaide Parking Day has grown since humble beginnings in 2010 to become a highly successful event, generating a buzz of creativity and discussion about how we design and use our public spaces.