Street Works – Sydney Australia | HASSELL

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Street Works – Sydney Australia | HASSELL

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Walk the line has now been installed on the Streets of Sydney as part of the STREET WORKS initiative of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects(AILA), NSW. The various sites including Walk the line will be in place from 21 October 2011 until January 2012.

STREET WORKS is a competition to create temporary installations that transform underutilised public spaces into vibrant places.  An initiative of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) NSW, STREET WORKS re-imagines spaces in the City of Sydney as dynamic, innovative and sustainable temporary public places that will bring people together in unique ways.

HASSELL  is to reactivate under-utilised city spaces with Walk the Line,  a simple painted line that turns into a game in selected areas. Street corners will become hopscotch pitches, bat tennis courts and marbles fields; stairs will turn into waterfalls and road crossings transformed into arcade games.

IMAGES: Courtesy of HASSELL

Walk the Line responds to cultural changes over the past few decades. In the sixties, controversial writer and activist Jane Jacobs wrote a book about the death of our cities. By the seventies, the motor car had completely changed the way we lived in and designed our cities. The eighties and nineties weren’t all bad, with shows like The Wonder Years, Neighbours and BMX Bandits championing the life and games that are played outside. Through Walk the Line, HASSELL hopes to inspire a revival of the pre-iPhone fun that was once considered an iconic expression of our culture. The concept is a path that connects all six of the STREET WORKS spaces.

IMAGES: Courtesy of HASSELL

CONCEPT – ORIGINAL POSTED OCTOBER 17

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