Friday, October 22, 2010

The Urban Orchard

Right in the middle of Perth is a recently revamped public space.   This space is as urban as it gets, with Perth Central railway station on one side, major roads below, tall buildings nearby and flanked on one side by the Art Gallery of Western Australia. 

I'm sure we can all think of grim and unwelcoming public spaces in various cities we've lived in, but hats off to the people who designed and built this space as for me it is not only beautiful but it really works well. It is the urban orchard.

It has planter boxes made from rubble-filled gabions, sculpture, sunny spots and shady spots, masses of edible plants,
and on the times that someone isn't scaring everyone away by taking photos, lots of people enjoying the space.

Now wouldn't it be great if someone could make something similar happen in Hamilton's sad "Garden Place"?

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