It involves the revitalisation of the main street of Miles in Western Queensland.
Currently underway, we have been able to collaborate with Four Fold to engage with community representatives in order to understand the culture and history of the town. POMO also undertook one on one interviews and community engagement with local community leaders and residents. Through this process we were able to build upon a solid foundation of community involvement and gain a deep understanding of the special historical and cultural qualities of this unique community.
This framework has allowed us to embark on a creative design process and create a number of place-specific objects and embellishments that sit neatly in the landscape of the revitalised main street. These objects each tell a different story of Miles and represent a unique part of the town’s history. The items were made by a range of creative professional including a local sculptor, two local visual artists and an artisan woodworker. Other tradespeople were also involved with POMO managing and being involved in each aspect of the delivery process from sourcing materials, selecting treatments and working hands on to help deliver one-off creative outcomes for this project.
The outcomes will find their way into the streetscape in mid 2022 and include:
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.