Thursday, August 8th, 2013
Ideas from the people of Port Augusta are being sought as part of a new outreach project by University of Adelaide architecture and landscape architecture students, working in collaboration with the Port Augusta Secondary School.
On Friday 23 August, students from the University's School of Architecture and Built Environment will team up with Port Augusta secondary students to conduct a community consultation at key locations around the city.
The consultation is part of a semester-long project that will see University students developing new design concepts that could benefit the school's Youth Engagement Strategy and its place in the community.
Port Augusta residents will be asked to give their thoughts on a range of issues, with a focus on how the school could better serve the needs of the community beyond just its role as a school.
The University students will return in September to present their design concepts for the school, and will then finalise the designs based on community feedback.  As part of the collaborative project, later this year a group of students from Port Augusta Secondary School will travel to Adelaide to spend a day at the University's North Terrace Campus and see presentations of the final designs.
"This project is an outstanding opportunity for University of Adelaide and Port Augusta students to work together on a project that could have great outcomes for the school and the community as a whole," says Dr Susan Shannon, Senior Lecturer in architecture at the University of Adelaide.
"We see community engagament as an important part of our architecture program.  It's important for us to encourage students to work with communities that, ultimately, we hope to serve.
"We're looking for some really big design ideas from our students.  The input of the Port Augusta community will be critical to the success of those designs," she says.
The community consultation will be held from 11.00am-1.00pm outside the following locations in Port Augusta:
•          Woolworths supermarket, 25 Tassie Street
•          Coles supermarket, corner of Jervois Street and Marryatt Street
•          Port Augusta French Hot Bread shop, 55 Commercial Road
•          Port Augusta Secondary School courtyard – for students, teachers and parents only
Members of the community can also provide their feedback to Dr Susan Shannon on 8313 5490 or email: [email protected]
This project is made possible due to support from the Federal Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP), as well as local and state government, members of the architecture industry, the University of Adelaide and Port Augusta Secondary School.

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