The Goods Line opened in 2015 to much public anticipation, billed simply as a shared pedestrian and cycle path as well as green space. It follows the elevated path of the former rail track that was originally opened in 1885 and long since abandoned. Its completion saw it achieve those aims and as design awards rolled in it become so much more.
The Goods Line is an example of great urban design that has been embraced by the local community, surrounding educational, media and cultural organisations and increasingly a space for public festivals and cultural activities. Urban space is more than a sum of its parts, it is often intangible and if done well, changes the very character of a suburb and to the elusive measure of liveability.
Such reasons are why the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences decided to celebrate The Goods Line as the finale to the Sydney Design Festival. Sunday 11 September will see a full program full of music, performances, talks, tours and games in this wonderful public space from 9am-4pm.
The Really Goods Line Day will include a design talk as part of the festivities: featuring Sacha Coles of ASPECT Studios, Alberto Quizon of CHROFI, Jane Irwin if JILA, and Zoe Horn of Grimshaw Architects facilitating the discussion around the design and construction of the space. ASPECT Studios were the lead designers on The Goods Line project, working with CHROFI as design partners on behalf of The Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority along with ACOR, AR-MA, Deuce Design, GML, JBA, Lighting Art + Science and Gartner Rose for delivery. They were working to the design brief of creating a more connected, sustainable and innovative Sydney through the space.
The Really Goods Line Day, by utilising the polished concrete and the yellow aluminium and wooden infrastructure that so many use daily to eat lunch, play with their children or simply stretch out on the grass, is an event that looks to many local partners in the area: From the body balance classes by the Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre in the morning, to coffee tasting by The Q which will determine the local flavour profile of The Goods Line community, through to the architectural tours of the UTS Chau Chak Wing building designed by Frank Gehry. This truly is a community-oriented event.
The day also showcases creativity in its many guises with local musicians providing the sound track: from solo performers, to duos, to surf rock groups, choirs, marching bands and a Gramophone man, there is something to delight everyone. Performance will be on display with Indonesian dancing, performative personal training and cooking demonstrations like nothing you have seen before! Show Us Your Teeth are a contemporary feminist art collective known for their interactive and highly provocative performances who are sure not to disappoint on the day with their response to the urban space.
Part of the appeal of The Goods Line are the well planned and planted landscaped areas. Ranging from the aforementioned grass, the manner in which the existing fig trees are featured through to the pairing of native and hardy plants to frame the industrial décor. On the day we will be exploring this with botanical tours that weave down the elevated park highlighting species in bloom and exploring the ecology of the zone.
Drop by the Goods Line North on Sunday 11 September from 9am-4pm for The Really Goods Line Day, see performances, hear live music, grab a bite to eat and enjoy the games and activities.