Density, Public Space and Happiness

  • 2020-03-16 12:30 pm 2020-03-16 1:30 pm Australia/Melbourne Density, Public Space and Happiness MPavilion MPAVILION



Photo courtesy of NH Architecture.

There is little doubt that the world is becoming more urbanised, with many global cities tackling population growth and densification. Melbourne is a leading example of this, with our population growth expected to exceed the prediction of eight million people by 2050.

Through this population growth, the rise of mixed-use developments are playing a large part in the defining the urban fabric of our city. The quality of the public realm, amenities and communal spaces provided by these high-density developments is becoming increasingly paramount to their success.

Join a panel hosted by leading Melbourne-based design studio NH Architecture to explore the role and future of public facilities in urban developments. How does the quality and the importance of the public realm in high-density developments impact on the overall wellbeing and happiness of the inhabitants and users? What learnings can be taken from the design of amenity and communal spaces, intended for the shared use of the occupants of these developments, to promote and encourage wellbeing as the city densifies?

Wominjeka (Welcome). We acknowledge the Yaluk-ut Weelam as the traditional custodians of the land on which we meet. Yaluk-ut Weelam means ‘people of the river camp’ and is connected with the coastal land at the head of Port Phillip Bay, extending from the Werribee River to Mordialloc. The Yaluk-ut Weelam are part of the Boon Wurrung, one of the five major language groups of the greater Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to the land, their ancestors and their elders—past, present and to the future.