ENABLING A TIGHT KNIT COMMUNITY WITH THE TOOLS TO ACTIVATE A NEW TOWN SQUARE BEFORE, DURING, AND AFTER CONSTRUCTION.

Client: Sunshine Coast Regional Council

At CoDesign, we believe that the key to great places is not just a matter of 'hardware' but also one of software: the things that make a place unique, well used and ultimately loved.

RESIDENTS, CREATIVES AND LOCAL BUSINESSES BAND TOGETHER TO SURVIVE ECONOMIC SLOWDOWN DURING CONSTRUCTION OF THEIR TOWN SQUARE.

CoDesign Studio worked with Council on this multi-award winning project to establish social capital and implement a locally-driven approach to economic growth. Investment into a new town square in the heart of Palmwoods was the catalyst to drive this community into action. Through an integrated placemaking and capital works approach, CoDesign uncovered community leaders, discovered a unique local identity and inspired a sustainable approach to activation.

The community produced a range of projects throughout the life of the project including a community event comprising over 60 contributions to the program. The Village Harvest drew over 2000 people to the township. Major events such as exhibition openings, and a seasonal dinner were augmented by performing art and street events. The event was promoted via local print and media outlets and had a Facebook reach of over 29,000 across local business and event pages.

One year on from project completion, retailers reported zero downturn during construction, decreased vacancies and a thriving social life. It is no wonder that our work on this project keeps winning awards. Congratulations to our Brisbane-based team.

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