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With so many areas in the city centre experiencing enormous change, activation is a great tool for helping people to understand how an area will work once the transformation is complete, as well as being a way to help manage the impact of construction

Lower Queen Street activation prior to CRL works. Image: Auckland Council

We’ve seen activations like pop up public spaces, performers and art installations help to bring vibrancy and life to areas where change is coming or happening – some examples include the lower Queen Street activation ahead of CRL and Commercial Bay works starting and the Griffiths Garden community hub ahead of development for the Aotea CRL station.

People gardening in the community Rongoa garden as part of the Griffiths Garden activation on Wellesley Street in Auckland's city centre. Image: Kate Van Der Drift Photography
People in the Rongoa garden in Griffiths Garden. Photo: Kate Van Der Drift Photography