DATE & LOCATION: August 2009, Bullens Lane, Melbourne
INITIAL CONCEPT: Richard Bruch
PROJECT LEADERS: Richard Bruch, Danny Griffin
CREATIVE TEAM: Lyle Talbot, Sonya Parton

Winner 2009 Architeam Awards - Unbuilt and Student Categories

Project Summary
With a chequered past, current endemic problems, clear opportunities to improve function and amenity, and a forward thinking local community, Bullens Lane provides an ideal testing ground for innovative community development practices and sustainable design interventions.

Envisioning a publicly accessable service lane in which informal recreational, leisure, artistic, and intellectual activities are encouraged through low-cost social, cultural, physical, and planning interventions, the Bullens Lane Urban Parkland: Class 3a Lane is proposed.

Installation of functional and low-cost physical interventions - shared bin spaces, traffic management bollards, lighting, storage space, shelter, planting, and multimedia and technology facilities will remove barriers to, and create incentives for, the informal occupation of this underutilized public space.

Parallel programming of a year-long series of free-to-the-public social and cultural activations - Chinese New Year celebrations, free laneway cinema, free wireless internet, night-markets, music events, on-site artists workshops, and the Bullens Lane Association street party - will act as catalyst for the ongoing development of community around Bullens Lane.

Recommendations for minor amendments to the City of Melbourne MSS Section 22.20 have also been put forward.

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