The Voice Box draws on the notion of safety in numbers to reclaim the public space and is proposed as an interactive system to put people at ease as the UTS Master Plan is implemented.
Solutions to manage change during the construction period emerged as the vital component of creating safe passage throughout the Jones Street vicinity.
We have designed a uniform spatial and visual strategy that aims to:
• Give members of the local collective a voice concerning the future of the places they frequent
• Directs safe routes through UTS
• Transforms lacklustre pedestrian pathways
The Voice Box will ask the question: ‘What do you think about the future of this community?’ It will be a temporary intervention in the form of an interactive suggestion box.
It aims to act as a vehicle for interrogative feedback from members of the UTS community by literally talking to them and putting them into an environment.
The Voice Box will take the physical form of a large, delapidated cardboard box approximately 1.8m3. The box will be illustrated with playful graphics that will invite passers-by to interact with it.
The graphics will be a combination of cartoon-like symbols and speech bubbles which will emphasise the playful quality of the intervention. The graphics are intended to engage people in an indiscreet and temporal way.
Voice Boxes will be located in various locations indoors and outdoors around UTS. They will be in place sporadically throughout the construction period so as not to become expected and therefore unnoticed and unproductive.
When the intervention is not in place its shadow will be left behind, a speech bubble mimicking the graphic language on the box, with information about what was in place.
The graphics will ‘slide off’ the Voice Box and onto the pathways. The graphics will now lead safe passage around UTS and simultaneously reinvigorate pedestrian pathways.
Directional graphics will lead users of the environment on the correct and safest route; this will be accomplished by installing temporary graphics straight onto the pathways.
Arrows, speech bubbles and other synchronised graphics will be combined with text to direct and inform the local collective of what changes are happening and when they will be completed.
It is hoped these measures will sustain relationships with and reassure the UTS community throughout the period of change.