Kara Lena Virik

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture

The Cleveland Project

The Cleveland Project represents a new design approach to transforming the interface of congested streets in our cities. The project is multifaceted, presenting a substantial reformation of Cleveland Street; the notoriously problematic and busy thoroughfare connecting the Inner-Western and Eastern suburbs of Sydney. The aim of the project is not to 'fix' current traffic conditions, but rather to shift the harsh conditions for pedestrians through a staged transformation of Surry Hills, Redfern, Chippendale, and Darlington's automobile-dominated spaces into a sequence of public spaces. The design is underpinned by a framework that responds to Sydney's swelling population and the corresponding rapid changes to the transport infrastructure network, allowing for an opportunity for Cleveland Street to welcome it's colourful characters.