“Create a clear sense of arrival”, suggested Lars in discussions with the team developing ideas for the Nepean Highway and the transport hub. The group, which included Louis Sauer (Frankston Urban Design Panel member) and RMIT Design Teacher Melanie Dodd, raised the issue of architecture of future buildings in Frankston, enhancement of shop fronts and commercial signage requiring more attention. A major step towards this aspiration is the establishment by Frankston City Council of an Urban Design Panel.
“The City has a great concentration with clear destinations and streets to link them together”, Lars concluded. Based on the exciting work with Lars in Frankston, the Transit City Project Implementation Group will explore future projects in “Winning Back Public Space”.
Lars left Melbourne after an intense week to work with students in Copenhagen. Just a week after his departure the first project in Frankston commenced with Melanie Dodd and 16 RMIT students to continue Lars’ work for the next 15 weeks on design concepts for specific areas in the centre. The design studio is Frankston-based and its first phase will have a social agenda, which explores the relationships between the lived and the built.
In an exercise called ‘A Postcard from Frankston’, the students will produce 12 postcards per group, three for each of the following classifications: the public traders and shopkeepers; parts of streets or locales; and buildings. The results will go on public exhibition in March.
For further information about the Frankston Transit City Project contact Karsten Schuette, Urban and Precinct Development Specialist, Urban Programs on 03 9655 6958 or e-mail, [email protected]