ASPECT Studios with the City of Sydney have been awarded the prestigious national Australia Award for Urban Design for the transformation of Sydney's inner-city laneways at the annual award ceremony in Canberra.
Under the City of Sydney’s laneway revitalisation strategy, Angel Place and Ash Street in the central precinct of the city and Little Hay Street, Factory Street and Kimber Lane in Chinatown have been upgraded with new paving, lighting, street furniture and stunning public artworks.
The jury has praised that the project had demonstrated how public artworks could be effectively integrated into public spaces, assisting to “take the undesirable and make it desirable”. The jury praised the transformational impact of the upgrades on the economic, cultural, and social landscape of the city; “The project has lifted the rejuvenation of laneways to a new level. It has established laneways as a destination and an integral part of the city, and has encouraged new small businesses to be established, which in turn introduces more people to the city.”
Lord Mayor Clover Moore congratulated the landscape architects, artists, designers, engineers, contractors and the City of Sydney staff for the successful delivery of the project.
“Many of our laneways are now home to stunning public artworks, thriving small bars and other boutique businesses, providing opportunities for local artists and entrepreneurs, and contributing to our increasingly diverse late night culture.”
“We’re delighted that our work with ASPECT Studios on these projects has been recognised by the Planning Institute of Australia.” - Lord Mayor
The Australia Award for Urban Design is the premier national award for excellence and innovation in urban design.
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