6 September 2011 – Five temporary installations that transform under – used public spaces into vibrant places will be showcased in Sydney in late October during the Sydney Architecture Festival.

The five have been chosen in a competition by STREET WORKS, an initiative of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects.

The exhibition at Customs House from 30 September until 1 November will be installed for up to three months, coinciding with the Sydney Architecture Festival and Festival of Sydney.

Cities around the world are moving toward installing small interventions that reclaim under-utilised spaces and build creative and engaging places that invite public participation in urban life, said an AILA statement.

Park(ing) Day from San Francisco, Public Design Festival from Milan and By the City/For the City from New York all celebrate experimental, rapid and responsive solutions for underutilised public spaces.

More than 90 teams of landscape architects, architects, artists and designers registered from Australia, the UK, USA, Germany, Israel, Hong Kong and Korea to imagine new city places building on the aspirations of City of Sydney’s Sustainable Sydney 2030.

Sacha Coles, AILA NSW STREET WORKS project director said the project brought “a dynamic new celebration of the possibilities for Sydney’s public spaces.

Accessible, innovative and sustainable ideas will be realised with the support of the City of Sydney, the University of New South Wales and AILA’s supporters,” he said.