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Westside ‘pop-up’ village

By 23 July 2014 20

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Westside @ Acton Park, a ‘pop-up’ village at West Basin on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, will dramatically change the way Canberrans engage with public spaces.

It will be a lively precinct for people to come together for retail, dining and entertainment experiences and will also provide opportunities to participate and engage in a wide range of sporting and cultural events.

The ACT Government is working with Stromlo Stomping Ground to deliver Westside @ Acton Park.

This is the first step in the ACT Government’s activation of the lakeside, and is a key part of the Government’s broader vision of the City to the Lake project, one of Australia’s largest and most exciting urban renewal projects.

Featuring an events space, a stage, retail outlets, bars, restaurants, cafes and free public Wi-Fi, Westside @ Acton Park will cater for all.

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The village will be delivered in stages with the opening of Stage 1 scheduled to coincide with this year’s Floriade, construction of Stage 2 will commence soon after.

The ACT Government will be working with the NCA to ensure that Westside @ Acton Park becomes a destination of choice for all Canberrans.

Further details are available on the Land Development Agency website www.lda.act.gov.au.

(Andrew Barr Media Release)

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20 Responses to Westside ‘pop-up’ village
#1
watto234:04 pm, 23 Jul 14

I eagerly await for people to explain why they think this is a bad idea! I think the location is not ideal, but at the same time a test of the city to the lake plan as well.

#2
Mark of Sydney6:29 pm, 23 Jul 14

watto23 said :

I eagerly await for people to explain why they think this is a bad idea! I think the location is not ideal, but at the same time a test of the city to the lake plan as well.

Yes, the usual whining suspects are slow off the block today — would have expected complaints by now that:
- it will be destroyed during the next bushfire or riot
- it won’t work in Canberra’s extreme climate (made even worse by the coming Ice Age)
- it should be in Tuggeranong
- there won’t be enough parking
- what a terrible waste of money by Labor-Green-developer-hipsters
- and it’s all John Stanhope’s fault.

#3
switch7:59 pm, 23 Jul 14

Mark of Sydney said :

watto23 said :

I eagerly await for people to explain why they think this is a bad idea! I think the location is not ideal, but at the same time a test of the city to the lake plan as well.

Yes, the usual whining suspects are slow off the block today — would have expected complaints by now that:
- it will be destroyed during the next bushfire or riot
- it won’t work in Canberra’s extreme climate (made even worse by the coming Ice Age)
- it should be in Tuggeranong
- there won’t be enough parking
- what a terrible waste of money by Labor-Green-developer-hipsters
- and it’s all John Stanhope’s fault.

It doesn’t connect to the tram.

#4
rosscoact8:21 pm, 23 Jul 14

switch said :

Mark of Sydney said :

watto23 said :

I eagerly await for people to explain why they think this is a bad idea! I think the location is not ideal, but at the same time a test of the city to the lake plan as well.

Yes, the usual whining suspects are slow off the block today — would have expected complaints by now that:
- it will be destroyed during the next bushfire or riot
- it won’t work in Canberra’s extreme climate (made even worse by the coming Ice Age)
- it should be in Tuggeranong
- there won’t be enough parking
- what a terrible waste of money by Labor-Green-developer-hipsters
- and it’s all John Stanhope’s fault.

It doesn’t connect to the tram.

Another vote for the light rail. Excellent, supporters everywhere

#5
astrojax8:35 pm, 23 Jul 14

watto23 said :

I eagerly await for people to explain why they think this is a bad idea! I think the location is not ideal, but at the same time a test of the city to the lake plan as well.

i rekkun this is an excellent idea.

but i would be a bit less open, i think, to the idea that this becomes a precinct built up to the extent of new acton or kingston foreshore or something – i don’t think this space should be anything other than part of a wide open curtain of space that is a wonderful web of land linking the city to the lake and to the edge of black mountain. residential no.

#6
gazket11:42 pm, 23 Jul 14

The new alcoholic frolic

#7
rommeldog567:06 am, 24 Jul 14

watto23 said :

I eagerly await for people to explain why they think this is a bad idea! I think the location is not ideal, but at the same time a test of the city to the lake plan as well.

Its a good idea – as long as its aesthetically ok.

I would think that it would be a bit of a walk from the light rail station to the site though.

But no – wait – the drawing in the link to the LDA site shows a train ! They think of everything, don’t they !

#8
Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd7:55 am, 24 Jul 14

This seems great.

#9
dungfungus9:10 am, 24 Jul 14

Mark of Sydney said :

watto23 said :

I eagerly await for people to explain why they think this is a bad idea! I think the location is not ideal, but at the same time a test of the city to the lake plan as well.

Yes, the usual whining suspects are slow off the block today — would have expected complaints by now that:
- it will be destroyed during the next bushfire or riot
- it won’t work in Canberra’s extreme climate (made even worse by the coming Ice Age)
- it should be in Tuggeranong
- there won’t be enough parking
- what a terrible waste of money by Labor-Green-developer-hipsters
- and it’s all John Stanhope’s fault.

While I generally agree to all the problems you have cited I am concerned about the structural integrity of these ticky-tacky theme boxes.
I fear they will have the same latent problem that jumping castles have in strong winds when they become airborne castles.
Oh well, the seasonal strong winds of August and September will soon be with us and we will see if they remain anchored to the ground – I doubt iff they will as they are in a very wind exposed position.
No doubt Mark McCabe will have his fun police there 24/7.
Someone else made the comment that the site will become “the new alcoholic frolic”. This is sadly true because for an outdoor social venue to be successful in Canberra there must be more than adequate alcoholic beverages available.

#10
Masquara12:44 pm, 24 Jul 14

Bit like “diaspora” – ACT Government is now misusing the term “pop up”. There is nothing pop up about this enterprise.

#11
neanderthalsis3:27 pm, 24 Jul 14

Masquara said :

Bit like “diaspora” – ACT Government is now misusing the term “pop up”. There is nothing pop up about this enterprise.

It is “pop up” in the more permanent sense of the term.

#12
Maya1234:13 pm, 24 Jul 14

dungfungus said :

Mark of Sydney said :

watto23 said :

I eagerly await for people to explain why they think this is a bad idea! I think the location is not ideal, but at the same time a test of the city to the lake plan as well.

Yes, the usual whining suspects are slow off the block today — would have expected complaints by now that:
- it will be destroyed during the next bushfire or riot
- it won’t work in Canberra’s extreme climate (made even worse by the coming Ice Age)
- it should be in Tuggeranong
- there won’t be enough parking
- what a terrible waste of money by Labor-Green-developer-hipsters
- and it’s all John Stanhope’s fault.

While I generally agree to all the problems you have cited I am concerned about the structural integrity of these ticky-tacky theme boxes.
I fear they will have the same latent problem that jumping castles have in strong winds when they become airborne castles.
Oh well, the seasonal strong winds of August and September will soon be with us and we will see if they remain anchored to the ground – I doubt iff they will as they are in a very wind exposed position.
No doubt Mark McCabe will have his fun police there 24/7.
Someone else made the comment that the site will become “the new alcoholic frolic”. This is sadly true because for an outdoor social venue to be successful in Canberra there must be more than adequate alcoholic beverages available.

Shipping containers are used for cyclone protection. Are those the winds you are referring to?

I visited the shipping container shopping centre in Christchurch, set up after the earthquake. VERY stylish; nothing remotely “ticky-tacky”.

#13
dungfungus5:21 pm, 24 Jul 14

Maya123 said :

dungfungus said :

Mark of Sydney said :

watto23 said :

I eagerly await for people to explain why they think this is a bad idea! I think the location is not ideal, but at the same time a test of the city to the lake plan as well.

Yes, the usual whining suspects are slow off the block today — would have expected complaints by now that:
- it will be destroyed during the next bushfire or riot
- it won’t work in Canberra’s extreme climate (made even worse by the coming Ice Age)
- it should be in Tuggeranong
- there won’t be enough parking
- what a terrible waste of money by Labor-Green-developer-hipsters
- and it’s all John Stanhope’s fault.

While I generally agree to all the problems you have cited I am concerned about the structural integrity of these ticky-tacky theme boxes.
I fear they will have the same latent problem that jumping castles have in strong winds when they become airborne castles.
Oh well, the seasonal strong winds of August and September will soon be with us and we will see if they remain anchored to the ground – I doubt iff they will as they are in a very wind exposed position.
No doubt Mark McCabe will have his fun police there 24/7.
Someone else made the comment that the site will become “the new alcoholic frolic”. This is sadly true because for an outdoor social venue to be successful in Canberra there must be more than adequate alcoholic beverages available.

Shipping containers are used for cyclone protection. Are those the winds you are referring to?

I visited the shipping container shopping centre in Christchurch, set up after the earthquake. VERY stylish; nothing remotely “ticky-tacky”.

We don’t get cyclonic winds in Canberra but we do get very gusty and strong winds in the spring when we get late cold changes and associated fronts.
The containers in the artist’s impressions look just like, well, ticky-tacky shipping containers and the origami style roof top looks incredibly flimsy and exposed to winds. I hope I am wrong.

#14
Ben_Dover5:22 pm, 24 Jul 14

“Westside @ Acton Park, a ‘pop-up’ village at West Basin on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, will dramatically change the way Canberrans engage with public spaces.”

In the same way that who ever wrote this drivel has “dramatically changed the way they engage with the English language” one presumes.

FFS speak plain English, this nonsense talk really puts you off the good idea it’s selling.

http://www.plainenglish.co.uk/

#15
HiddenDragon6:23 pm, 24 Jul 14

Mark of Sydney said :

watto23 said :

I eagerly await for people to explain why they think this is a bad idea! I think the location is not ideal, but at the same time a test of the city to the lake plan as well.

Yes, the usual whining suspects are slow off the block today — would have expected complaints by now that:
- it will be destroyed during the next bushfire or riot
- it won’t work in Canberra’s extreme climate (made even worse by the coming Ice Age)
- it should be in Tuggeranong
- there won’t be enough parking
- what a terrible waste of money by Labor-Green-developer-hipsters
- and it’s all John Stanhope’s fault.

and in the interests of being ecumenical….so they’ve finally found a use for Kate’s futsal slab! Looks a bit carnie (pun partially intended) to me, but as Abraham Lincolm memorably said, people who like this sort of thing will find this the sort of thing they like.

#16
martin757:25 pm, 24 Jul 14

800K for some shipping containers?

#17
chewy148:18 pm, 24 Jul 14

Maya123 said :

dungfungus said :

Mark of Sydney said :

watto23 said :

I eagerly await for people to explain why they think this is a bad idea! I think the location is not ideal, but at the same time a test of the city to the lake plan as well.

Yes, the usual whining suspects are slow off the block today — would have expected complaints by now that:
- it will be destroyed during the next bushfire or riot
- it won’t work in Canberra’s extreme climate (made even worse by the coming Ice Age)
- it should be in Tuggeranong
- there won’t be enough parking
- what a terrible waste of money by Labor-Green-developer-hipsters
- and it’s all John Stanhope’s fault.

While I generally agree to all the problems you have cited I am concerned about the structural integrity of these ticky-tacky theme boxes.
I fear they will have the same latent problem that jumping castles have in strong winds when they become airborne castles.
Oh well, the seasonal strong winds of August and September will soon be with us and we will see if they remain anchored to the ground – I doubt iff they will as they are in a very wind exposed position.
No doubt Mark McCabe will have his fun police there 24/7.
Someone else made the comment that the site will become “the new alcoholic frolic”. This is sadly true because for an outdoor social venue to be successful in Canberra there must be more than adequate alcoholic beverages available.

Shipping containers are used for cyclone protection. Are those the winds you are referring to?

I visited the shipping container shopping centre in Christchurch, set up after the earthquake. VERY stylish; nothing remotely “ticky-tacky”.

+1. If it’s anything like the one in Christchurch then it will be great.

#18
dungfungus9:49 pm, 24 Jul 14

chewy14 said :

Maya123 said :

dungfungus said :

Mark of Sydney said :

watto23 said :

I eagerly await for people to explain why they think this is a bad idea! I think the location is not ideal, but at the same time a test of the city to the lake plan as well.

Yes, the usual whining suspects are slow off the block today — would have expected complaints by now that:
- it will be destroyed during the next bushfire or riot
- it won’t work in Canberra’s extreme climate (made even worse by the coming Ice Age)
- it should be in Tuggeranong
- there won’t be enough parking
- what a terrible waste of money by Labor-Green-developer-hipsters
- and it’s all John Stanhope’s fault.

While I generally agree to all the problems you have cited I am concerned about the structural integrity of these ticky-tacky theme boxes.
I fear they will have the same latent problem that jumping castles have in strong winds when they become airborne castles.
Oh well, the seasonal strong winds of August and September will soon be with us and we will see if they remain anchored to the ground – I doubt iff they will as they are in a very wind exposed position.
No doubt Mark McCabe will have his fun police there 24/7.
Someone else made the comment that the site will become “the new alcoholic frolic”. This is sadly true because for an outdoor social venue to be successful in Canberra there must be more than adequate alcoholic beverages available.

Shipping containers are used for cyclone protection. Are those the winds you are referring to?

I visited the shipping container shopping centre in Christchurch, set up after the earthquake. VERY stylish; nothing remotely “ticky-tacky”.

+1. If it’s anything like the one in Christchurch then it will be great.

But we haven’t had an earthquake so we don’t need it.

#19
Sandman11:31 pm, 24 Jul 14

dungfungus said :

While I generally agree to all the problems you have cited I am concerned about the structural integrity of these ticky-tacky theme boxes.
I fear they will have the same latent problem that jumping castles have in strong winds when they become airborne castles.
Oh well, the seasonal strong winds of August and September will soon be with us and we will see if they remain anchored to the ground – I doubt iff they will as they are in a very wind exposed position.
No doubt Mark McCabe will have his fun police there 24/7.
Someone else made the comment that the site will become “the new alcoholic frolic”. This is sadly true because for an outdoor social venue to be successful in Canberra there must be more than adequate alcoholic beverages available.

A 20 footer weighs close to 3 tonnes, empty. I doubt our little Canberra breezes are going to be too much of a threat.

#20
dungfungus9:23 am, 25 Jul 14

Sandman said :

dungfungus said :

While I generally agree to all the problems you have cited I am concerned about the structural integrity of these ticky-tacky theme boxes.
I fear they will have the same latent problem that jumping castles have in strong winds when they become airborne castles.
Oh well, the seasonal strong winds of August and September will soon be with us and we will see if they remain anchored to the ground – I doubt iff they will as they are in a very wind exposed position.
No doubt Mark McCabe will have his fun police there 24/7.
Someone else made the comment that the site will become “the new alcoholic frolic”. This is sadly true because for an outdoor social venue to be successful in Canberra there must be more than adequate alcoholic beverages available.

A 20 footer weighs close to 3 tonnes, empty. I doubt our little Canberra breezes are going to be too much of a threat.

I am not talking about

Sandman said :

dungfungus said :

While I generally agree to all the problems you have cited I am concerned about the structural integrity of these ticky-tacky theme boxes.
I fear they will have the same latent problem that jumping castles have in strong winds when they become airborne castles.
Oh well, the seasonal strong winds of August and September will soon be with us and we will see if they remain anchored to the ground – I doubt iff they will as they are in a very wind exposed position.
No doubt Mark McCabe will have his fun police there 24/7.
Someone else made the comment that the site will become “the new alcoholic frolic”. This is sadly true because for an outdoor social venue to be successful in Canberra there must be more than adequate alcoholic beverages available.

A 20 footer weighs close to 3 tonnes, empty. I doubt our little Canberra breezes are going to be too much of a threat.

I wasn’t referring to “our little Canberra breezes”, I was referring to extreme high winds (you know, the ones that are being excacerbated by man made climate change).
Even a 40′ container can be tipped over: http://www.thetelegram.com/News/Local/2014-01-23/article-3587284/High-winds-blow-shipping-container-into-St.-John%26rsquo%3Bs-harbour/1
Why take a chance?

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