Melbourne Places for People Study

02/04/2015 3:55 am

Places_for_People_Phase_2_Participate_HeaderThe City of Melbourne is asking residents, workers, students and visitors about their everyday experiences in the city’s neighbourhoods as part of its Places for People study.

Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said the first Places for People study, completed in 1994, was a pioneering study that sought to understand how people used public spaces throughout the city.

“Every 10 years we have put Melbourne under the microscope to observe how public space shapes people’s experience of the city. This investigation and resulting analysis helps us plan for the next decade and beyond,” the Lord Mayor said.

“In this third study we want to hear directly from members of the community about how well their neighbourhood is meeting their daily needs. This will help us better understand the neighbourhoods we have and plan for the neighbourhoods we need.

“We want to zoom in and hear about how people actually access daily requirements, from fresh food and groceries to education, recreation and community services.”

Places for People 2015 includes both qualitative and quantitative elements. The traditional quantitative research which examines the use and built form of Melbourne’s public spaces has been completed.

The qualitative research gathers data on how people perceive Melbourne as their city, and more specifically, how they use and experience their local neighbourhoods. This phase commenced late last year during Melbourne Knowledge Week and will continue over the next few weeks.

In 2015, the City of Melbourne has doubled the project study area to include all of Southbank and, for the first time, Docklands, increasing the number of survey sites to generate a stronger evidence base.

The first two Places for People studies helped influence urban design across the city and the reshaping of key public spaces. It is anticipated the third study will play a similar role in future planning and urban design.

“Our city is growing at a rapid pace and it’s critical that we take a snapshot of our current urban life to observe and analyse how the city is functioning. Places for People 2015 will provide the city with a better understanding of people’s daily reality and will inform our future thinking and planning to make Melbourne the best city it can be,” the Lord Mayor said.

Consultation with the community will take place from 23 March to 26 April. Nine pop-ups will be hosted across the municipality where feedback will be sought from residents, workers, students and visitors. Feedback can also be provided online via an interactive neighbourhood survey.

For full consultation details visit participate.melbourne.vic.gov.au/placesforpeople.