AIA: Take your Place film competition

Take your Place was first established in 2012 by a small team within the Australian Institute of Architects SA chapter, for the Place 2012 season of events celebrating great places. It invited film submissions from all ages to raise awareness, discussion and appreciation of the qualities of great places.

Project Partners
Australian Institute of Urban Studies (AIUS)
Community Arts Network
Arts SA
Australian Institute of Architects (AIA)
Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA)
Jam Factory
Media Resource Centre
Kids Camera Action

This collaborative initiative introduced new ways for individuals to participate in a public conversation about our civic realm, and the qualities we enjoy. It focused particularly on engaging young people in this process, and in its first year students from Gilles Street Primary School entered films. The methods demonstrated in this project are consistent with our approach at the School for Creating Change, in celebrating the agency of each and every citizen and encouraging active participation in civic life.

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About the project

 Architects spend a lot of time considering the design of great places for people. Before they think about how a place looks or what is made from, they think about how people will use and move around a place. Will we feel safe and comfortable? Will it be a place that everyone can enjoy? Will it be a place to have fun with our friends and families?

But thinking about things doesn’t always offer all the answers. Engaging with the people who will use a space is equally important.

Take your Place invited people of all ages, including school children, to make a 3-minute video about a great place that is important to them. Participants were asked to think about a particular place that they enjoy visiting, and ask themselves:

–    Why is this place important to me?
–    How does this place make you feel and what does it mean to you?
–    What do you think other people would enjoy about this place?

Films entered for Take your Place were posted on the Facebook site of the initiative and voted on. Finalists in the 2012 competition were screened at a public event one early summer evening in Hindmarsh Square (Adelaide), as a closing ceremony for the Place 2012 season of events.. Prizes were awarded in four categories thanks to generous sponsorship from the Jam Factory, Media Resource Centre, Carclew (youth Arts) and Kids Camera Action.