#BackyardExperiment outcomes

As of 1 January 2018, the management of the City Centre Marketing and Improvements Levy transferred from In The City Canberra to the City Renewal Authority. Views expressed in these articles may not reflect the views of the Authority.

On April 4, In The City Canberra was invited to the #Backyard’sExperiment Roof Top Event to discuss the results of the eight-day experiment.

The Backyard Experiment took place in October in Garema place. It was an observational study of public life were cameras were set up to watch and understand how people use a space in three different scenarios.

In The City Canberra, one of the funding and delivery partners of the experiment and an interactive audience of 50 collaborated on the night to unpack the outcomes of the real-life experiment which will be used to consider what is next on the agenda.

Some of the results included:

  • Public spaces are venues for people not objects;
  • Less clutter is best;
  • Making a place attractive to sit is fast, easy and cost effective;
  • Quality lighting is a great way to encourage people to sit in a public area;
  • Real grass triumphs.

The final design of the area will be based on the experience of the users and Canberrans opinions.

The City Activations Unit in the ACT Government is examining how this can happen and what policy, regulatory and physical changes are needed.

They are keen for your contribution – Have Your Say here.