By helping us connect to each other and to the natural world, public spaces play a vital role in the health of individuals, communities and the environment.

Our public spaces - parks, plazas and public buildings - are where we connect. They act as catalysts for the formation of friendships, the exchange of ideas, and the celebration of shared identity. Public spaces also enhance our mental and physical wellbeing by providing areas for relaxation, exercise, and connection to more-than-human worlds.  

Public spaces are being reshaped and reimagined in post-pandemic, climate-challenged times.  It’s essential we consider Australia’s unique context – our cultural and racial diversity, projected regional climate impacts and the recognition of Indigenous sovereignties - when we come together to better design, manage, activate and collaborate in public spaces. 

As our cities and towns densify, there’s also a growing need for public spaces, and for doing better with what we have, such as addressing inequality of quality public space access, creating greener and more walkable streets, and attending to the micro interconnections and interactions that make up the fabric of vibrant communities.  

Public spaces belong to all of us, so we view the creation of great public spaces for everybody as an ethical practice as much as a practical one. Creating quality public spaces that are accessible, safe, and welcoming for all is vital for building resilient, interconnected societies where individuals can thrive collectively.  

 In this project we engage with public spaces through the interrelated themes of Connections, Care and Repair, and Governance. 

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