Tauranga, Auckland and Hamilton took part in the annual global event which encourages the reimagination of public space through guerrilla re-design of parking spaces. It all started in 2005 when an art and design studio converted a single metered parking space into a temporary public park in downtown San Francisco.
This year, the Tauranga office took the idea of redesign one step further by using technology to think outside of the restricted parking space and into the streetscape beyond. Topsy Steele said the aim was to create a direct connection between designer, design and audience through using minimal items in the physical space — just three seats associated with three AR headsets. Each of these headsets contained a different design of the street which the public were able to see in 3-D virtual reality.
Heidi Hughes, a candidate for Tauranga City Councillor was so impressed with the space that posted a video and comment on her LinkedIn page: “The Boffa Miskell parklet has virtual reality streetscapes that imagine what the city could be like without cars, great tools to get people thinking differently. I liked the biophilic streetscape best!”
For Auckland landscape architect Kieran Dove, this was the fifth year he has worked with Unitec students to create an installation. This year’s spot was in front of popular restaurant Amano, on Tyler Street. Over forty native specimen trees, shrubs and grasses; along with selected artwork and seating elements created a lush green oasis in the urban environment.
Just up the street, Takutai Square was circled with food trucks and filled with city workers and residents taking advantage of the sunny and warm afternoon.
In Hamilton, the team led by Brooke Foley took over two adjoining spaces and created an on-site open-air potting shed. Local businesses supplied the necessary tools, plants and supplies and passers-by could select, pot and take away seedlings.
25 September 2019