As part of a series of insights and conversations on ‘design for togetherness’ we asked Principal and previous Hassell Talks host Jon Hazelwood to return to the microphone for a conversation with FreeState’s Su Lim around the role of spontaneity in our cities and how we can curate spaces for the unplanned.
Su and Jon discuss how to design for experiences that we don’t always know we need but that can connect and reconnect us in novel and essential ways that will create memories and reset cities.
We discuss the role of landscape and nature in creating surprise and delight in cities and, with Hassell Principal Chong Wang, explore how one of the world’s great cities, Shanghai, has woven spontaneity into its DNA. We also hear from Hannah Fox, the creator of Melbourne’s renowned Rising Festival, about how spontaneous interactions feed creativity.
“Bringing biodiversity into cities encourages people to respond to nature. Those natural elements of the city are constantly changing and they’re also spontaneous. There’s as much joy in seeing a bird land on a tree as there is bumping into a friend on a street corner.”
Through all this, the benefits to our cities, communities, economies and environment are clear — if we can grab hold of the opportunities to weave spontaneity into our urban fabric.
Our thanks to the team at MPavilion for permission to use the clip of Hannah Fox.