Afghan Bazaar Streetscape Enhancement Project
Centrepiece - The Lamp
A focal-point provides an opportunity for cultural expression that resonates with the whole community. A centrepiece will establish a physical heart to the precinct as following stages are designed and delivered. A centrepiece can be explored in a variety of ways to establish a focal point and back drop to daily street activity and programmed events.
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The colour blue
Vivid blue provides an exciting and highly visual addition to Thomas Street.
Vivid blue will reinforce the relationship between streetscape treatments and the focal point, drawing attention away from building scale.
Blue resonates with the Afghan community, and supports a cultural signature for the broader community.
The tiling artistry of Mazar-e-Sharif is a pallet of inspiration for the streetscape enhancements.
It is an endorsed expression of Afghan culture and provides an opportunity for a contemporary interpretation related to Greater Dandenong.
It also provides an opportunity for including local Afghan artists.
A vibrant and meaningful design approach can be a community-building opportunity.
A vibrant streetscape can establish a backdrop for supporting public celebrations and cultural festivities such as Nowruz.
This can contribute to stronger cultural unity, and stronger participation from the broader community.
The Afghan Bazaar Cultural precinct has won three prestigious industry awards since 2014:
- 2014 Australian Institute of Landscape Architecture (AILA) Victorian Awards - Design Award
The Design Award
- 2015 LGPro Awards for Excellence in the Community Assets and Infrastructure Initiative
- 2016 National Landscape Architecture Awards: Award of Excellence for Communities
Read more information on the awards