POMO was engaged to work alongside the Sunshine Coast Council in the renewal of Cribb Street - Landsborough’s main street. The project was part of a larger master planning process being run by council.
Specifically we participated in the community engagement process to help ascertain community attitudes and expectations around the revitalisation project. This involved stakeholders and community members and was led by the Brisbane based consultancy - Co-Design. Community participation was facilitated with the aim of capacity building local groups around activation projects. A select group of Sunshine Coast and Brisbane based designers, including POMO, were also invited to participate in a one day workshop aimed at generating a range of ideas as to how Cribb Street might be redesigned and revitalised. POMO was able to make a presentation at this workshop to help the designers understand the historical and cultural context of the town, a vital ingredient to creating successful place-based design.
POMO then undertook deep historical and cultural research, produced a report which captured the essential cultural themes of the town, and then was able to embark on a creative design process that sought to express those themes in various streetscape elements.
POMO then managed the building and fabrication of those elements, working with a range of artists, creatives and tradespeople and supervised all aspects of installation in the final streetscape.
POMO’s first major undertaking was detailed historical and cultural research that was aimed at unlocking the hidden narratives of this town. Landsborough is widely known as the Sunshine Coast’s historic town and it has a deep and rich history. Preparing a comprehensive report that identified a number of themes allowed POMO to outline the core components of an appropriate visual language for the town. Working alongside the landscape design team, this place language was then used to inform a creative process whereby community aspirations were married up with local visual vernacular in order to design a number of bespoke elements for the streetscape upgrade. Engineering and detailed design was also completed.
A further component of the project involved working with Soundtrails and local community members in identifying a number of locations on Cribb Street with heritage value. These locations and their stories became part of a walkable heritage trail that has a customised audio component that allows people to use their phones to hear and see stories of the town’s history. A rich soundscape ensures that this is a highly engaging experience for users and brings to life the historical importance of the town and a number of its heritage sites. The audio trail is activated by QR codes contained on a wayfinding sign that POMO designed.
When we set out to design our studio we approached it like any design project, we began by identifying the priorities and creating a strategic framework to guide the decision making.
The initial priority was to create something simple to build, something sustainable, creatively inspiring and something that was cost effective. Through research it became clear that achieving these things was not necessarily difficult.
Working with the landscape design team POMO were able to create a number of key design initiatives that would contribute to the locally inspired placemaking program and deliver on practical community needs.
POMO was engaged to design and construct a number of landscape elements. Each element was custom designed and born from the uniqueness of Palmwoods, they reference local history, using locally sourced materials and were being made collaboratively with local craftspeople and artisans.
Underlying this was a larger design and management process run by POMO involving construction design, design reporting, engineering certification, construction and project management and installation on-site. A true multidisciplinary and multi-skilled program with a wide range of stakeholders and projects participants.
The project won the Excellence Award at the 2018 Queensland AILA awards for Civic Design. It also won gold in the same category at the national awards.