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Enabling Suburbs is a project developed by Linda Carroli, John Armstrong, Jason Haigh and Chiara Camponeschi.

A group of ‘creatives’ and initiators from various interdisciplinary arts and design background share and discuss some of their concerns for the future of our suburbs and communities. This will require thinking about change in a place-based way focused on their town: Aspley, a middle/outer suburb of Brisbane. Their hope is a suburban community that is willing and able to talk about the future and our contribution is a collected series of resources and tools.

Aspley is where they live and operate their respective creative enterprises – they deal the environment every day and felt that their brand of creative and tactical futuring was warranted in addressing questions of cultural and suburban sustainability. Importantly, the project was intended to have an outward and inclusive approach that solicited wider community participation.

The project nods to Linda Carroli’s work Changescaping - a writing and research project emerging from her Placing project – which aims to draw out emerging and changing ideas about urban environments with a particular emphasis on the role artists, designers, planners, architects and other urbanists can play as changemakers, or changescapers. In some instances, practice itself requires changing. It also draws on involvement in various design futures undertakings, such as masterclasses addressing redirective practice, design fictions and futuring.

Enabling Suburbs is speculative in a way that endeavours to engage audiences in thinking, doing and being towards alternative possible futures. If we can’t or don’t imagine them or challenge ourselves to think beyond what is in the here and now, then we can’t manifest those alternatives. It’s about transition, adaptation, resilience and renewal.


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