We are honoured to have received the Cutting Edge Research and Teaching Award 2018 at last night’s Planning Institute of Australia NSW Awards for our study Greater Sydney’s Social Capital: Its nature and its value, which was a reference document for the Greater Sydney Commission's new district plans.
This month, New Planner features an article by our director Sarah Reilly. “As city shapers, it’s time we started acting on all this talk about engaging communities, rather than seeing communities as an obstacle to faster approvals.” Read the article here.
Cred and City of Parramatta have won the PIA National Award for Planning Excellence in the category Public Engagement and Community Planning for our project “Embedding young people in Council’s Planning and Engagement Processes".
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.
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.
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?
We're excited to share that Cool Streets won the Climate Action Award at the 2016 Local Government NSW Excellence in the Environment Awards. Cool Streets Pilot Project is a community – led implementation project supported by Blacktown Council and developed by Gallagher Studio in collaboration with Cred Consulting. See more about the project here.
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?
Affordable housing and boarding houses need new branding - perhaps a new name - and community education to stop communities protesting and blocking their approval based on prejudice and misinformation.
Cred and Micromex Research are excited to announce our partnership to deliver evidence based and rigorous infrastructure and service reviews and community strategic planning services for local government.
Read more about our new partnership, and a great evidence-based tip from Micromex Research about the benefits of recruited and active opt-out engagement over opt-in methods.
We've been working with Hume Community Housing to develop the first Community Cohesion Strategy for residents of its more than 1700 properties across Western Sydney. Have a read all about it in the latest edition of HousingWORKS!
Ku-ring-gai Council recently trialled recruiting community members for their Activate Lindfield design workshops facilitated by Cred. As opposed to opt-in workshops, where participants often have a particular interest or issue (such as parking) we were able to engage and collaborate with a variety of people that reflected the area's demographics. They had great ideas and insights, from comments about connections and enclosure to consideration of safety and accessibility.
We're working on a youth recreation study for Marrickville Council, and thought we'd share some great projects that we've found in the process. Here are five amazing spaces designing young people in, and not out.
Our population is ageing - but what are we doing about it that reflects the aspirations of our older population? It’s about time we started thinking about how to design our public spaces and housing to be inclusive of all ages.
Here are some great spaces, places and groups that we found while completing our Integrated Ageing Strategy for Gladesville.