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Canberra’s first ever Parklet

Abstract

In the spring of 2016, The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Planning Institute of Australia’s Young Planners had an idea, to create Canberra’s first parklet. Finally, in June 2018, the Parklet was built! It was a long and complicated journey to provide an urban renewal idea into the ACT, the result was a well utilised and loved piece of Canberra furniture. Although 4 minutes after the last barrier was removed, a car drove into the car space and it was as if the project had never happened! This article will explore the Canberra context, the feedback, how a temporary structure can change the urban fabric of the city and how Canberrans can learn from this experience.

Published:
Pages:167 to 172
Section: Viewpoint
How to Cite
Weglarz, N. (2018) “Canberra’s first ever Parklet”, The Journal of Public Space, 3(2), pp. 167-172. doi: https://doi.org/10.32891/jps.v3i2.1114.

Author Biography

Planning Institute of Australia, Australian Capital Territory
Australia Australia

Natalia Weglarz is a Town Planner working in Canberra, Australia. Prior to this Natalia was finishing her Masters in Oxford, England whilst working as a statutory planner with a local planning authority in South Oxfordshire.
Natalia has a passion for community engagement, and has worked on a number of community consultations in Canberra as well as written an article about youth and engagement. She has a passion for consultation through social media and ensuring meaningful interaction with all demographics in society.
Natalia won the Planning Institute of Australia ACT Young Planner of the Year for 2017. She is the convenor of the Planning Institute of Australia’s Young Planners, and the Vice-President of the PIA Australian Capital Territory committee. She will become the National Director of Young Planners in Australia for the Planning Institute of Australia in November 2018.is a Town Planner working in Canberra, Australia. Prior to this Natalia was finishing her Masters in Oxford, England whilst working as a statutory planner with a local planning authority in South Oxfordshire.
Natalia has a passion for community engagement, and has worked on a number of community consultations in Canberra as well as written an article about youth and engagement. Natalia has a passion for consultation through social media and ensuring meaningful interaction with all demographics in society.
Natalia won the Planning Institute of Australia ACT Young Planner of the Year for 2017. She is the convenor of the Planning Institute of Australia’s Young Planners, and the Vice-President of the PIA Australian Capital Territory committee. She will become the National Director of Young Planners in Australia for the Planning Institute of Australia in November 2018.

Open Access Journal
ISSN 2206-9658