Community facilities as catalysts for change

Community facilities as catalysts for change

Great community facilities are more than just a space to get together and deliver services – they can be catalysts for change, for new connections, and for collaboration to create many levels of community benefit. We visited three new facilities achieving this in high growth areas in Melbourne - here’s just some of what we learned.

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Lessons on sharing from Copenhagen

Lessons on sharing from Copenhagen

A recent trip to Copenhagen (and other Scandy places) made me realise that there is a lot we can learn from a city where quality and innovative urban design and architecture and social and environmental planning collaborate for great outcomes for people. Here are some of my lessons on sharing from Copenhagen, a densely populated city - that I'd like to share with you.

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Mixing it up at Ivanhoe Estate - for a more socially sustainable place

Mixing it up at Ivanhoe Estate - for a more socially sustainable place

This week saw the announcement of the successful tenderers for the Ivanhoe Estate, which will be developed into an integrated community with new social and private housing. That's great news in terms of increased social housing supply. But as a new mixed tenure community, what needs to happen to ensure its long term socially sustainability, and to create a place where neighbours of all backgrounds live together cohesively?

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Let the children play. But where?

Let the children play. But where?

About 12 months ago, the Playground in Fitzroy Gardens Kings Cross got a much needed upgrade for the increasing numbers of children and families living in the area, who have little or no access to any other play space - but not without conflict from local residents, including egging and burning down a swing.

How do we design and manage our public space, within increasing high density areas, to be child, youth and family friendly? How do we create more tolerant communities who are respectful of the competing activities that occupy limited public space? 

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