Intensifying Places: Transit-Oriented Urban Design for Resilient Cities

Investigating how design research approaches can contribute to guiding the intensification of Australian cities.



  • Rutger Pasman
  • Ian Woodcock
    Elek Pafka
    Lucy Pike
    University of Melbourne

Partner organisation

  • Aspect Studios, City of Darebin, City of Melbourne, David Lock Associates (Australia) Pty Ltd, Department of Planning and Community Development Victoria, McGauran Giannini Soon Pty Ltd, Moreland City Council, Office of the Victorian Government Architect

Funded by

  • Australia Research Council Linkage Project grant

By selectively layering different built-form, transit and land use strategies to create ‘constellations’ of urban interventions, new urban qualities and potentialities are demonstrated.

Shane Murray

This project looks at the most significant urban design challenge facing Australian cities: the transformation necessary to meet the pressures of population increases and reducing carbon emmissions and resource consumption. Intensifying Places develops and tests a range of design frameworks and visions for the urban intensification in Melbourne. The focus is on transit-oriented development and how design quality can impact on the interface between intensified places and surrounding suburban neighbourhoods. The project investigates and simulates a series of scenarios in the Melbourne metropolitan area, exploring a range of building types, morphologies and design approaches. These design scenarios have been tested for community resistance, market viability and forms of urban governance.