Public open spaces
Are we building harder, hotter cities? The vital importance of urban green spaces
This report presents new data on how public and private green spaces in Auckland, Hamilton and Greater Wellington have evolved over the decades. It finds New Zealand's cities are currently well-endowed with green space, though some suburbs are greener than others.
Safer cities by design
This discussion paper recommends bringing together diverse perspectives and expertise in establishing safe urban places. It also calls for urban public places to be designed in a way that restores mana and mauri Maori.
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.
Formalising the informal at Flinders Street Station: the tension between heritage and spatial management
Using the example of the entrance to Flinders Street Station – and the iconic steps and clocks that serves as a popular gathering point – this paper discusses how the development of an informal cultural practice embedded within the Melbourne imaginary is also challenged by...
Key ecological factors of Urban Green Space (UGS) planning for sustainable cities
In this study most affecting factors for ecological sustainability of the cities that can be achieved by Urban Green Space (UGS) planning and design will be discussed, and the most important and key factors will be presented based on international survey drown by international UGS...
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...
Digital public space: imagining the everyday impacts of infrastructure transitions
This paper will outline a novel understanding of how people sense and make sense of the digital by using speculative visual research methods to approach the digital as part of the ongoing configuration of urban public space.
Toward a playable digital placemaking framework
This research's main focus is on the playable experience and new play opportunities (digital play) to the public space, and how the pleasure senses react to the placemaking.
Robots in public spaces: implications for policy design
By reviewing previous public policy approaches to harnessing and regulating disruptive technology, this article considers how public policy could simultaneously enhance opportunities created by the presence of robots in public spaces, and reduce the risks of undesirable outcomes.
No holds barred: policing and security in the public library
In this article, the author asserts that if libraries are to be safe places for patrons of all backgrounds, library workers in general must incorporate insights from other disciplines into their practice and begin to meaningfully address the complicated roles of police and security guards...
Examining community needs and wants for an age-friendly, intergenerational city
This report examines the features of an age-friendly community, with a focus on the City of Clarence (Tasmania, Australia).
Common goals, different approaches
As American communities face increasing levels of social and economic division, this report showcases how five U.S. cities are reimagining public spaces—parks, trails, plazas, libraries—to bring residents together and revive neglected neighborhoods.
Global Public Space Programme – annual report 2018
UN-Habitat’s Global Public Space Programme, launched in 2012, is now active in more than 30 cities across the world. The programme’s objective is to promote public spaces as a keystone for sustainable cities to ensure a good quality of life for all. This is done...
Safety and public space: mapping metropolitan gender policies
This report maps policies, strategies and instruments used by metropolitan governments to foster safer public spaces, with particular reference to the safety of women and girls.
Streets as places: action pack
This guide is intended for community members who see an opportunity to create better streets, but may be struggling to get their neighbors on board or spur government officials into action.
Tracking progress towards inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable cities and human settlements
With the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Member States agreed on 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with 169 global targets, and nearly 234 indicators that will be monitored for the period 2015–2030. The targets are designed to be integrated and indivisible and to balance the...
Urban wind comfort design guidelines: metrics, tools and application in Australian cities
This paper discussed urban specific wind patterns and their influence on urban liveability in Adelaide CBD. Possible urban wind comfort design guidelines are presented and discussed for application in Australian context.
Qualitative evaluation tool of built environment soundscapes: report on a prototype data collection tool
Sound is a dynamic part of the urban landscape and is increasingly understood to be a central aspect that helps to shape people’s experiences of the public realm. Australian urban planners, however, have little engagement with the theories on urban sounds, and as a result...
Towards heat resilience in the built environment: case studies in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide
Thermally uncomfortable outdoor environments can significantly affect liveability of cities. Australia is likely to experience between 0.6 °C and 3.8 °C increase in temperature by the end of the 21st century. In warmer climates, increased demand for indoor air-conditioning results in higher energy demand and...
Understanding Melbourne’s Federation Square as a multidimensional field of security interventions: spatial observations of control
Public security and anti-terror urban design is increasing in Australian cities as governments respond to continued extremist attacks worldwide. However, controlling safety measures are driven by security agencies and police, rather than urban design professionals. Oftentimes, such outcomes prove detrimental to urban amenity, sacrificing quality...
What's equity got to do with health in a higher density city?
More and more of us living in denser cities where apartments and high-rise developments are increasingly common. This creates specific health concerns for residents of these areas, and for lower-income households in particular.
Caulfield to Dandenong: open space consultation report
An extensive consultation program took place in 2016 and 2017 for the Caulfield to Dandenong Level Crossing Removal Project’s 22.5 hectares of new open space. This report outlines the key feedback, ideas and recommendations received from the community, businesses and stakeholders during this consultation program...
Caulfield to Dandenong: community open space expert panel report
An extensive consultation program took place in 2016 and 2017 for the Caulfield to Dandenong Level Crossing Removal Project’s 22.5 hectares of new open space. This report outlines the key feedback, ideas and recommendations from the Community Open Space Expert Panel (COSEP).
Better placed: an integrated design policy for the built environment of New South Wales
This policy establishes a baseline of what is expected to achieve good design, across all projects in NSW.
Performance audit: the Office of Strategic Lands
This audit reviewed the performance of the NSW Office of Strategic Lands (OSL). It found that the OSL does not currently have a strategic focus to improve land planning outcomes and also needs to address significant financial risks by implementing a proper, long-term financial strategy.