Harnessing delight to create the city of tomorrow
What kind of future city do you want to live in?
Has the government where you live ever tried to ask you?
Even if they have, it probably fell on deaf ears. We know that traditional engagement practices often fail to generate enthusiasm.
Fill out a survey. Attend a focus group. Yawn, Snooze.
What if we fired up your imagination instead? What if we made it fun?
Canberra’s City Hill will be transformed into a colourful forest of floating balloons for one day only. This arresting visual spectacle will host… anybody who wants to stop by.
Visitors will pick up a paper ‘arrow’ and write down what they would like to see, do, or who they would like to meet in their city centre.
As they wander through the balloon forest they can attach their reflections to a balloon. Extra prompts – ‘at sunset’, ‘by bicycle’ or ‘with the girl of my dreams’ – help visitors imagine scenarios of when, how, and with whom events might happen.
Visitors are also given stickers, allowing them to vote for the suggestions they like from their fellow citizens.
It will be beautiful. And social. And fun. But it will not be entirely frivolous. ThinkPlace will distill the combined reflections, wishes and dreams of the hundreds, perhaps thousands, who visit the site into a report for the ACT Government.