On a bike ride approaching QUT, I was surprised to find how wide certain parts of the path opens up along the Riverside Expressway. Underneath part of the expressway is the QUT carpark, which is dark and closed in by the narrow concrete pillars. I’m certainly no engineer, but in looking at the form, I figured that some of the concrete pillars are not structural, but used to enclose space.
Many years ago I remember the news story of someone being bashed down there, and I sense we have progressed a bit, but yet it will never feel welcoming or super safe in this part of the city because there is no active uses.
I pondered –
What if some of the pillars cut out and removed? The ceiling height seems enough to slot in uses.
What if the car park was adapted to allow some fringe use (semi-shopfronts) or totally conversion of that underneath space? There is so much space there
What if you could see through that space, and it let people better connect to QUT?
What if it was temporary uses to start some activation? Markets, event, a coffee cart, a pop up