The playful parklet: a research report for the City of Stonnington
In 2021, researchers from RMIT University developed a 'playful parklet' - a small, portable public space for free public use that can be temporarily installed on kerb-side car parking spaces. This report evaluates the success of the project.
The social life of privately-owned public spaces in Melbourne
Understanding design, management, and social use of privately-owned public spaces (POPS) are usually focused on American cities, especially New York. It is essential to study POPSs in other countries and understand how they work based on local policies and regulations. This research answers questions about...
Mapping Melbourne’s parklets: understanding the capacities of street spaces
A parklet is a small, barrier-protected space which temporarily transforms kerbside parking space for public use. This paper maps and analyses 594 parklets across metropolitan Melbourne, identified from aerial surveys and field observation, and examines a range of urban design factors across various scales that...
Temporary and tactical urbanism in Australia: a review of current practice, policy and practitioner perspectives
‘Temporary’ and ‘tactical’ (T/T) urbanism is a major recent global movement in urban planning and design. This paper discusses the distinctive ways T/T urbanism is defined and enacted in the Australian context, drawing upon a database of ninety projects identified in six cities, an analysis...
Shaping moral landscapes: comparing the regulation of public memorials in democratic capitals
The planning and regulation of public memorials in a capital city significantly shape the representation of a nation’s identity and values, lending it both historical and conceptual grounding. The processes through which commemorative planning for a capital is conducted also reflect a nation’s democratic traditions...