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Students get innovative with plans to revitalise Clarkson

Published Tuesday, 3rd August 2021

Curtin University Masters of Architecture students have developed innovative ideas and designs to contribute to revitalising the Clarkson Train Station Precinct.

Curtin University student designs for Clarkson Train Station Precinct

The designs, which were on display at Clarkson Library throughout July, focus on tactical urbanism: a citizen-led approach to neighbourhood building that uses short-term, low-cost activations and art projects to create vibrant and better connected spaces.

The exhibition was the result of a collaboration between Curtin University, the City of Wanneroo and the local East Keys Collective Town Team that aimed to identify and initiate opportunities for improved community activation in the Clarkson area.

City of Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts said the project was a fantastic way for the City to engage the community in plans for the future of the precinct, and a wonderful opportunity to collaborate with East Keys Collective and Curtin University architecture students.

“There are now more than 14,000 residents living in the Clarkson area. With the great range of local amenities and the close proximity to the Mitchell Freeway, there is enormous potential for the eastern end of Ocean Keys Boulevard to become a vibrant main street,” Mayor Roberts said.

“The City has been working closely with local businesses and residents over the past year through a series of community events and consultations to identify short-term initiatives that will help activate the area.

“The long-term goal is to enhance local business opportunities, build community atmosphere and foster stronger connections with businesses, resident groups, and the wider Clarkson community.”

East Keys Collective co-founder Sarah Hemetsberger said that she was eager for the designs to provide a boost of inspiration for the community.

“We are hoping that these concepts show people how we can change the image of the Clarkson Train Station Precinct and Ocean Keys Boulevard and make it a more functional and engaging space where people want to spend time, hang out with their neighbours, connect with local business and support local,” Ms Hemetsberger said.

“We are excited about the partnership we have with the City of Wanneroo, Town Team Movement and the collaboration with Curtin University.

“Now we are looking for trades people, gardeners, retirees looking for a project to immerse themselves in, young and old to get involved. We have some great ideas, let’s get them started.”

Thirty-six architecture students submitted their designs as part of the exhibition, with projects advocating for pedestrian friendly places and a reduction in car traffic.

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