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The new creativity of Green Square

A new creative hub is planned for construction in Green Square following the area’s young urban growth.



BY Andrew McDonald

February 16th, 2016


Green Square residents will soon be seeing a new creative hub in their local area, spanning a collection of heritage-listed buildings.

A three-story building that previously served home to nurses during the second world war is set to be transformed into a range of artist studios, gallery spaces, workshops, classrooms and community spaces.

Designed to perfectly suit the needs of local residents, the creative hub was planned following a ‘Have You Say Day’ in Greensquare late last year. Locals asked for spaces for activities that included painting and sketching, yoga, martial arts, drama and creative writing and book club meetings, and this desire informed the design of the space.

“I love Peter Stutchbury’s idea to create a wonderful, flowing outdoor room for these new creative facilities, I’m sure it will become a popular spot for the community,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore has said, “Eventually Green Square will house more than 60,000 residents, they deserve the best facilities we can provide.

“As well as essential infrastructure like roads and footpaths, we’re building a new library and plaza, aquatic centre, childcare centre and these creative community spaces where people can come together to work, acquire and refine their creative talents and just enjoy their spare time.”

This new hub represents a new face for Green Square, which originally was home to Aboriginal people and colonial settlers before its seeing industries move in. By the 1940s Alexandria was home to more than 550 factories and was known as the ‘Birmingham of Australia’.

City of Sydney
cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au


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