5000+ is pleased to sponsor Señor Enrique Peñalosa's visit to Adelaide as Keynote for the 5th International Biennial Parks Leadership Conference – Parks Beyond Boundaries (22-24 May 2012).
As the former Mayor of Bogota, Colombia, Señor Peñalosa has become world-renowned as an accomplished public official, journalist, economist and administrator. During his term as Mayor, he was responsible for numerous radical improvements to the city, promoting a city model giving priority to children and public spaces and restricting private car use, building hundreds of kilometers of sidewalks, bicycle paths, pedestrian streets, greenways, and parks. He also led efforts to improve Bogota's marginal neighbourhoods through citizen involvement, helping to transform the city's attitude from one of hopelessness to one of pride and hope.
The City at 5kph
This year Adelaide joined 85 other cities in over 19 countries to host Jane’s Walk a movement whose aim is to promote walkable neighbourhoods, improve urban literacy and promote cities by people, for people. The walk brought together over 30 eager people and one dog willing to re-discover the city by participating in a moving conversation that occasionally stopped for caffeine and informative discussion. It was an informal forum where the conversation leaders (see 30.03.12 blog post) spoke of the successes and pitfalls of built urban fabric and policy in Adelaide.
The route snaked its way through the streets, connecting points of interest that represented the importance of community and strong,heterogeneous neighbourhoods. The walk highlighted the fact that the city is made up of people, not just the built objects that traditionally define 'great' cities. All the speakers on the tour accentuated and displayed the hidden stories that actually give a cultural definition to Adelaide.
Thank you for responding to the Speculations 2012 Expression of Interest. We received a total 22 team entries, all of a very high standard.
5000+ invited creative collaborators to imagine alternative, but realistic, future scenarios for inner Adelaide that will give direction to all those who have a stake in, or jurisdiction over, the future of our city.
With a total of 170 individuals involved, the response demonstrated the breadth of our design industry and included representation from broad sectors and disciplines, including; Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Design & Planning, Graphic Design, Universities & students, Artists, Community Services, Film & Animation, Sociology, Food/Restaurant, Writing, Finance, Community Arts, Medicine & Health, Historian, Government Representatives, Engineering, Research, Water Sciences, Veterinarian, Environment Science, Interior Architecture, Disability Services, Traffic Engineering, Choreography, Industrial Design, Sport & Recreation, Economics and Marine Ecology.
Join the conversation by going for a walk.
Jane’s Walk honours the legacy and ideas of the late urban activist and writer Jane Jacobs who championed a fresh, community-based approach to place making. She is best known for her book The Death and Life of Great American Cities (1961) and was instrumental in stopping the construction of the Lower Manhattan Expressway that would have otherwise destroyed tight-knit neighbourhoods of Little Italy and Soho.
Jane’s Walk is an initiative of the Toronto Centre for Social Innovation which since inception in 2007 has grown to be an international phenomenon with over 500 walks around the world planned for this year, including this first walk in Adelaide.
Jane’s Walk is an opportunity to discuss your opinions and observations with people that are actively involved in the conversations surrounding the future growth of Adelaide. Jane’s Walk is a guided tour through the streets of Adelaide which attempts to re-connect you with the city and its vision. We will take you to places in the city that are successful examples of urban design or have a real opportunity to become vibrant and liveable neighbourhoods. This will be a great opportunity to connect with the thinkers and designers that will help shape Adelaide into the future.
Have you just stopped by after attending Moving Music 2?
It really takes using the city as a performance space to another level! If you missed it : three bands played in 3 different (secret) locations revealed in sequence as the audience all played 'follow' the safari suited leader.
If you missed the event in April, check out the gallery on the right sidebar for images from the event. As you can see Moving Music is about temporarily re–structuring places in the city to become a space of performance. It offers such a great example of how urban innovation can engage with a broad range of people, in January the youngest participant was one, the oldest over 60.
5000+ were delighted to sponsor Moving Music 2. We're excited about innovation in the city and have been managing a big city wide conversation about it in really innovative ways over the last 18 months in a City renewal project supported by federal, state and local government. If you're not already involved in that conversation, please register with 5000+ to join in and explore ideas on how Adelaide could work,what we could produce, and what we need to do to make the city an even better place to live now and in the future. From there you have the opportunity to use the website to engage further, as a resource, and to share your ideas, comment and rate other peoples ideas.