Cities and Urban Design

Project | 20-Minute Neighbourhoods: Living Locally Research Project

Creating 20-minute resilient neighbourhoods and building community connectedness in Melbourne’s outersuburban growth areas.

Researchers from Monash Urban Planning and Design and the Monash Urban Lab are engaged in the Living Locally Research Project on behalf of Resilient Melbourne, DELWP, Wydham City Council, and Frasers Property. The research focuses on strategies to stage the delivery of community infrastructure in Mambourin, a masterplanned community in the City of Wyndham. The work will help to guide the partner’s approach to creating 20-minute resilient neighbourhoods and building community connectedness in Melbourne’s outersuburban growth areas.

Living Locally Project Team:  Professor Carl Grodach, Department of Architecture, MADA; Associate Professor Liton Kamruzzaman, Department of Architecture, MADA; Dr Laura Harper, Department of Architecture, MADA.

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Research| Infrastructure Governance Incubator: From Strategic Planning to Project Delivery

Developing a governance model to build connections between infrastructure planning and strategic urban planning.

Urban Planning and Design researchers are taking a comprehensive approach to develop an infrastructure governance model for Australian cities. Informed by international best practices, the project aims to develop a novel infrastructure governance model for Australia enabling alignment between strategic planning and project delivery in terms of visioning and policy formulation, financing, and public engagement.

Research Team:  Associate Professor Liton Kamruzzaman, Department of Architecture, MADA; Associate Professor Tooran Alizadeh, School of Architecture, Design and Planning, The University of Sydney; Associate Professor Glen Searle, School of Architecture, Design and Planning, The University of Sydney; Associate Professor Crystal Legacy, Architecture, Building and Planning, University of Melbourne.

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Informal Cities Lab

The Informal Cities Lab seeks to address wicked, multidimensional challenges through research and development activities spanning spatial, social and economic dimensions.

We pursue a research model – Transdisciplinary Impact Research – which sets an arc from discovery research (new knowledge and innovation) that can go on to be tested on the ground through implementation working closely with governments, communities and the development sector.

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Monash Urban Lab

The Monash Urban Lab distinguishes itself through its unique integration of practice-based design and urban planning research. The Lab combines multi-scalar architectural design investigations with policy studies focussed on transitioning to sustainable and equitable urban environments and communities at city and regional scales.

Our research focuses on three areas of investigation: Sustainable and Inclusive Cities, Urban Infrastructure Systems, and Visualising Urban Futures. Select an area below to learn more.

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