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#BackyardExperiment Rooftop Event

#BackyardExperiment Rooftop Event
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Results are in from the #BackyardExperiment, a pop-up park in Garema Place designed to test the power of simple interventions to attract more people to an underused public space. Time-lapse footage has revealed a stunning transformation in visitor numbers and the diversity of people attracted to the place.

Street Furniture Australia launched the pop-up park and social study in collaboration with the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, the ACT Government and In the City Canberra to coincide with the 2016 International Festival of Landscape Architecture: Not In My Backyard.

The park, designed by landscape architecture firm Context, featured movable furniture, knitted trees, lighting, living lawn, free Wi-Fi and book shelves, making the space more colourful, green and inviting.

Before #BackyardExperiment, 97% of visitors passed through Garema Place without stopping. During the experiment visitor numbers to Garema Place almost doubled, increasing by 190% in just 8 days. The number of people who stayed increased by 247%.


At this interactive panel discussion, meet the team behind #BackyardExperiment and check out AILA’s new office and rooftop event space on City Walk.


Date: Tuesday 4 April 2017
Time: 5:30 – 7:30pm
Location: AILA, Level 5 Rooftop (entry via elevator only), 131 City Walk CANBERRA ACT
CPD: 1.5 points
Cost: FREE for AILA members and non-members, including refreshments

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4/04/2017 5:30 PM - 4/04/2017 7:30 PM
AILA, Level 2 Rooftop (entry Via Elevator Only)
131 City Walk
Canberra, ACT 2601

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