Stratford Beautification Project - Silas, Joshua and Jehu

Stratford Beautification Project - Silas, Joshua and Jehu

Three Stratford teenagers are designing their future as well as their town’s centre.

Taranaki Futures has partnered with Stratford District Council to offer practical learning opportunities for young people in a project to beautify the town centre.

As part of the beautification project, artistically designed seats by Stratford High School year 11 students Silas McCallum, 15, Joshua Gavin, 16, and Jehu Brogden, 16, are to be incorporated into the new landscape design for Prospero Place. The trio researched and designed seating concepts for Prospero Place as part of their design and visual communications level one programme.

The project gave the teenagers real-world experience in working with a client to achieve design outcomes that would brighten and beautify the space, at the same time as earning credits.

“I wanted my design to be a sculpture as well as a seat – a piece of art you could interact with. I wanted it to be a talking piece of the place,” says Joshua, who gained his inspiration from American artist and landscape architect Isamu Noguchi.

Joshuas design
Joshua's design

Joshua, who wants to be an architect, builder and landscape designer, found working towards a real project very rewarding. “I wanted to do well, so it would be noticed and give me opportunities for the future.”

Jehu, who designed a covered seat from wood, rubber, soft seating, concrete and Perspex that includes lighting, is keen to pursue electrical engineering in the future. “It was real so we got more out of it. We didn’t just do it for the credits, but for the town,” he said.

Jehus design
Jehu's design

Silas designed a modern concrete and wood seat. “Being real, it gave me motivation. It’s made me want to pursue being an architect and designer.”  

Silas design
Design by Silas

The designs were chosen by architect Murali Bhaskar, who is part of the team creating the overall design for Prospero Place, part of the Future of Broadway project. The students’ work is part of the first wave of ‘quick win’ projects. Expect to see the designs come to life and become part of Prospero Place by the end of 2016.

News story from Taranaki Daily News here


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