As part of the national 7 Senses Street Day movement, residents temporarily transformed their streets into spaces that engage our seven human senses and create safer, more playful and inclusive communities.
More than 500 people attended Street Day events held in Queensland, NSW and Western Australia. In South East Queensland, several suburbs hosted events and the “pop-up” activities highlighted the small, inexpensive changes that could be made to our street and footpath environments that would improve our daily living.
For the Sunshine Coast hinterland community of Palmwoods, the 7 Senses Street Day was an opportunity to encourage local residents to call for sensory design elements to be included in the planning and design of the new Town Square. The town hosted its 7 Senses Street Day within its main street business strip, with residents and businesses working together to recreate the civic space.
In Western Australia, the Street Day initiative was championed by graduate landscape architects involved in the professional association wAILA Fresh and
passionate about curating and designing inclusive places for all ages. Held in conjunction with Emerge, the WA team have created a short video of their day that is proving popular within design sector.
The 7 Senses Street Day initiative is in its second year and encourages local residents to initiate and host activities within their own neighbourhoods. It is part of 7 Senses awareness month, which this year included workshops and conference presentations to the disability, recreational and built environment sectors.