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Have your say before they decide
Tuxedo Cat - Home of the Collaborative City Exhibition
I have recently been highly critical of the Premier and Planning Minister over their failure to show any support for preserving the Jade Monkey live music venue, a building that originally started life as a biscuit factory. It may have been a little unfair, as we now know that governments for the last 30 years have also failed to do anything despite knowing the building's historic importance.
In an effort to be constructive, I have also been learning what the government IS doing, and discovered the 5000plus website where the Integrated Design Commission (IDC) has worked hard to involve the community actively in designing the future of Adelaide.
The free Collaborative City Exhibition is the summary of a year of work developing the Integrated Design Strategy for inner Adelaide. It has been developed jointly by professional urban planners in the IDC and the online community and has also been shaped at other forums and events.
The Exhibition runs from October 15th to November 8th at the Tuxedo Cat on North Terrace - a disused shopping mall being a rather appropriate place to host an event on urban renewal. Perhaps the location will even have enough interest to attract urban explorers and street artists to participate in the discussion too?
While I was impressed with the creative discussions and level of involvement on the 5000 website, my initial reaction to the brochure about the Exhibition was negative. I felt that it was littered with the lexicon of architects' arcanery.
Oh no, I just fell into the same trap as that writer!
Seriously, I feel that the information brochure does not do justice to the Exhibition. Just go there, admire the artistic transformation of the Tuxedo Cat building, have a coffee, then stroll around the Exhibition in whatever way you want.
Sit on the Suggestion Seats. Chat with people. Consider the ideas that others have put forward. And have your say!
I found the greeters/curators to be really helpful, willing to listen to ideas, discuss and suggest. Only too often we hear that "the government doesn't listen", but this is about as good as it gets. You won't find any other people who are so influential in government out there chatting with the likes of you and I.
Boards Display the Results of Thousands of Suggestions
So, get down there while it's on. If visiting school children can be enthusiastic about this, then you too will find something to grab your attention. And when it does, tell somebody! Join in the process and make your voice heard.
Because they probably won't ask again any time soon.
Thanks for the tour Tim.