City Walk - City Link Placemaking Activation

After hundreds of years, the City and Northbridge are finally connected again. City Walk, located outside the new Perth Busport, forms a laneway that connects you to all of our favourite parts of the City and Northbridge. City Walk is a temporary installation that allows pedestrians to navigate the new environment in the middle of the CBD and Northbridge while construction is still busily underway.

In the initial design process, a core form was created that appears throughout the space and forms the basis of City Walk’s brand. The final graphical shape evolved from the way people would move through, and use the space. This base shape formed the background for the custom wayfinding system, featuring colours that represent different areas that the City Walk leads to. As a secondary brand element, a ‘connect me’ graphic was developed, influenced by movement that emphasises the direction the visitor is heading.

Retail activation, public art and refreshing green spaces also inhabit the City Walk. Local Whadjuk artist Sharyn Egan provided rope weaving art pieces that flow in and out of the City Walk, and perforated screens based on artwork by local Whadjuk artist, Richard Walley, form windows from the City Walk into the changing area around it. Cut pieces of timber adorning the walls form shapes of the lakes that made up the large swamp that inhabited the area before it was a city.

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CLIENT:  Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority

LOCATION:  Perth, Western Australia

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