Sunday, February 16, 2020

Prahran Square

The redevelopment of an asphalt car park in the busy inner city area of Prahran into something quite different sent businesses to the wall. Our weekly shop was in Prahran but once the car park closed where we used to pay about $3 to use and we changed to South Melbourne with its free two hour car parking, we won't be going back to Prahran for weekly shopping, although we visit it often enough by tram to buy medications and other bits and pieces.

It is a huge space suitable for outdoor performances, but on a day to day basis, I am not so sure of its merits. Early days yet.


The car parking is now underground.





It was a hot day when we last visited and children were running under the water. What fun.





Temporary glitch with the lawn watering system. All was green the next time I saw the grass.



These slopes are puzzling. They are not at all suitable for an older person to walk up. They are both steep and angled.







My verdict, a great open space for evening performances, but only on a winter's day would you want to sit anywhere there with its huge unshaded spaces.

19 comments:

  1. I see what you mean about those slopes. They would be challenging with a wheelchair of a pram too.
    I wonder whether next summer some shade sails will be installed. I suspect that ground surface throws up a lot of heat too.

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  2. In older public spaces, those built before, say, the 1980s, it's not unusual to see such a place designed without taking either older or disabled people in account (just as it's not unusual to see a children's playground built before 1970 that has potentially skull-cracking asphalt underneath the swings, slides, and monkey bars.) But in a public space that, as you say, was built only recently, it's very unusual. Even scandalous.

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    1. Kirk, there is no real need for anyone less than young and fit to walk up there.

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  3. A young engineer must have designed those steps. I trust they go back and correct the lack of shade issue.
    Just goes to show parking counts when developing any kind of development.
    YOU have a great one.

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  4. Not very enticing to me. Those stairs and slopes I'd stay well clear of, as my cranky hips would be screaming at me, "Don't even think about it!!" :)

    Similar happened when they built the new King George Square in Brisbane...in 2009. The redesign has been heavily criticised for excess surface heat, glare and its lack of shade.

    It makes one wonder who the brains are behind such thoughtless designing-planning.

    Have a good week ahead, Andrew.

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  5. The space looks pretty dismal. Many more trees need to be planted and while they are growing temporary shade structures erected. I think the kids using the water feature to cool off is great.

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    1. Agreed Cheryl. Concrete is an unforgiving surface.

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  6. Wow not elder friendly at all. And lots of unrelieved concrete, like you say only suitable in winter as it would be unbearable in summer.

    XO
    WWW

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  7. Our entire area is free parking.

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  8. Back in my UK home town of Brighton, the darling Green Party are doing much the same to the town centre; without providing any alternative parking. The wonderful shops we've all loved will soon die, it is obvious but their lunatic policies take priority.

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    1. Cro, there are now two levels of parking underneath the Square. I found Brighton wonderful when we were there last year.

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  9. Looks a bit bleak for the want of a better word.
    Need softening with more trees and shade actually it looks rather drab.

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  10. I imagine the slopes are for wheelchairs and other mobility devices, probably the skateboarding brigade might find them fun too. Underground parking is a good idea, it leaves the surface open for more usage.

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  11. All fur coats and no knickers as the saying goes. Who in their right mind would design such a large area of concrete with no shade? Slopes that are too steep?

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  12. People are often shocked to hear that I park in underground garages to go grocery shopping, one of the reasons I traded cars a couple of years after I moved here to something easier to park.

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  13. Oh dear! Not a lot of thought went into this area Andrew but perhaps they're still working on it.. I'm giving them the benefit of the doubt 😉

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  14. It's odd that as I grow older I notice the folly of a young architect more. In my youth I would have embraced such designs with passion, but now look at them as only see my handicapped inability to enjoy the area.
    signed, the old fuddy duddy.

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  15. Certainly lacking in shade. A few of Perth's most interesting suburbs like Fremantle, Leederville, Subiaco, make you pay for parking which can be quite expensive. Personally I think it drives people away and they will go shopping where parking is free.

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  16. That slope you showed could be used for skate boarding.

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