Exhibition inspires Roma residents with 24 ideas for CBD streetscape

Last weekend 24 hats were placed around Roma CBD, representing architecture projects by 24 University of Queensland (UQ) students who travelled from Brisbane to showcase their architectural concepts for the town.

The highly successful exhibition concentrated on Roma's streetscape with inspirational ideas using the laneways, vacant sights, car parking, as well as creating potential outdoor and green spaces, along with a cultural precinct.

Councillor Cameron O'Neil, Portfolio Chair for Master Planning, said the fresh ideas sparked interest amongst exhibition attendees, where the projects provided food for thought.

"The proposals were met with great enthusiasm from residents and local businesses with options to improve the area's aesthetics and its useability," Cr O'Neil said.

"A combination of the 24 ideas will be seriously considered by Council when it comes to future beautification projects for the CBD.

"A huge thank you to the talented group of UQ students who thoughtfully put together ideas that would otherwise be too costly for Council to commission. Leaders of the group, Paul Hotston and Yohei Omura (Phorm Architecture & Design) must also be congratulated for coordinating such a fantastic weekend."

The architectural proposals and focus study has been apart of the students' fifth year thesis.

The exhibition remained on display over the weekend with workshops undertaken on Monday, 18 August inviting comment from the public, local students and the business community.

A big thank you goes to Roma RSL who provided use of their hall free of charge over the weekend-long exhibition.

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