A proud sponsor of the 2021 Sustainability Awards, Rocks On congratulates all nominees and winners. Huge congrats to People Parkers who won the Public, Urban and Landscape Award.

Recently, the community came together to celebrate the 15th annual Sustainability Awards. With 14 winners and 14 highly commended awards given out, the evening was one not just for celebration but for inspiration, as we look towards an increasingly sustainable future for the built environment.

The 2021 Sustainability Awards received over 250 entries across projects, people and products, with the high calibre and level of design making the process of selecting the finalists an arduous task, even for our highly experienced jury. The winners were picked based on their ability to push sustainability in the architecture and design industry to new frontiers, and help propel Australia’s leading architects onto the global stage.

People Parkers by Alexander Symes

The People Parkers recycled plastic mobile parklet facilitates the rapid, sustainable and considered reimagining of car parking spaces and roadways into temporary outdoor dining quarters. Roadways are public spaces and this product is a tactical mechanism to temporarily reallocate these spaces and inform options for long term changes of use.

In 2015, People Parkers was born out of the Glebe Point Road Trial Parklet Program, which was a case study of how parklets could be used to improve amenity, community and business outcomes along Glebe Point Road. Most parklets are either custom and hence expensive or not robust for longevity, and are not easily moved to multiple sites; therefore, while the main aim of a tactical intervention is achieved short term, the total sustainability question is not answered.

Hence, People Parkers started developing a suite of movable, robust, reusable, designed for disassembly parklet design that was recyclable and made from low environmental impact materials where possible. The aim was to provide a suite of products that could be employed anywhere to demonstrate how a street could be more than a place to park a vehicle, which is and will be an essential question as we progress to car-share and shared autonomous vehicles in the future.

View the Sustainability Awards 2021 winners’ list.