PIA NSW Great Place Commendation
The Penrith Trial Park just keeps giving and not only to the locals! Place Partners and Penrith City Council were awarded the commendation in the PIA NSW Planning Awards. The jury’s citation read "The project turned a poor quality space into a fantastic public meeting space that has elements of playfulness but meets good urban criteria. The judges believe this is an exemplary model of how Council can work with community to deliver not only something special, but ephemeral”.
We are especially delighted to receive such honour from Australia’s main planning professional organisation, Planning Institute Australia, because the term planning is generally used to describe a top-down approach to creating spaces. As we advocate more bottom-up, community-based design process – also known as place making – we hope to see more councils considering the community input, more communities feeling empowered and having a say in how they live, and more designers taking this collaborative approach.
Wentworthville Community Participation Report
City image can be defined as the sum of beliefs, ideals and impressions people have toward a certain place.
In this article Kylie Legge discusses the public realm – the streets, parks and open spaces of our cities – and how they provide us with the physical space to move, to make connections and to build relationships.
World's Best Places
With urban populations growing steadily, public spaces, particularly those that are great for people, are rising in emotional, physical and economic value. We want to capture what makes these people places so great so that everyone can learn from them. Tell us what makes these places work while others flounder... What is the big, or small attraction? Why do they feel comfortable? Or exciting? Or relaxed? What are the key learnings that could be applied to new places or those being improved or even completely redesigned?
This database is open to everyone to contribute to and share so please participate by adding your favourite place, making a comment on one of the places already here or even just giving a place the thumbs up.Launch