You don’t have to have visited the Dry Tropics to know that Darwin can be a very hot city in both the wet and dry seasons. So how do you address such a big issue for the amenity of the City’s residents, visitors and business owners – and where do you start?
One step at a time is the answer.
Starting from a big picture strategy a small initial intervention helps people to understand the issues, why this matters and what could be achieved on a bigger scale.
So, for the CBD Cooling and Revitalising Pop-Up Project in the Darwin CBD two on-street car park bays on Smith Street have been temporarily transformed into a shady alfresco eating and social meeting place.
The pop-up demonstrates how a few simple elements such as trees, gardens, canopy cover and open ventilation can create cool comfortable spaces that will entice people to stop and chat on a city street.
The CLOUSTON Darwin team has been assisting the Property Council NT over the past few months with the planning, design and implementation of the pop up – a first of its kind for Darwin – and last week it was all hands-on-deck helping with construction.
The pop-up created immediate interest amongst the community with the adjoining café enjoying some brisk trade on Day 1!
The CLOUSTON team sees this as a timely initiative in promoting the important conversation about urban cooling in our cities and the ways to address the challenges of urban heat island effect – one step at a time.
Picture: Hamish Stephens (centre) from CLOUSTON pictured with the ‘Pop-Up’ team and the Lord Mayor of Darwin at the opening of the CBD Cooling and Revitalising Pop-Up Project.