The 2018 Liveable Cities Conference is being held over 16 – 17 July at the Pullman Melbourne on the Park.
Now in its 11th year, this Conference will continue to explore the liveability of our metropolitan and regional urban centres.
Dr Vivienne Ivory, Principal Urban Scientist at Opus Research, Wsp Opus joins us at the conference to discuss ‘Good Places’: why, where and how for liveability and wellbeing’.
‘Place’ is ubiquitous when we talk about liveability and urban development. Yet, to paraphrase Galster (2001), describing place is like defining pornography: hard to do but everyone know it when they see it – even more so when talking about ‘good places’. So what are we aiming for? What do we want from place and how can we get it? The physical infrastructure, technologies and use of spaces and locations play critical roles in the extent to which they promote social connectivity, wellbeing, productivity and resilience in our communities. For example, places can be ‘good’ if they improve access to health-related resources or providing restorative environments for social and mental wellbeing.
This presentation will critique ‘good places’ using lessons from research evidence and the social determinants of health framework translated into practical components. Applying lessons to real world New Zealand examples, we will examine the mechanisms by which these components can turn spaces, amenities, and locations into in ‘good’ places. Different types of ‘good places’ will be explored, from urban open spaces, ‘third’ and ‘fourth’ places, and the ‘long and winding’ places on public transport. As well as specific open spaces such as a park, the role of good places in the liveability of the wider urban environment will be discussed through the concepts of connectivity and ‘smooth moving’ – the ability to move within and between places with ease. Finally, we will discuss the implications for how we plan, build, and manage for ‘good places’ so they can contribute to the liveability and resilience of our towns and cities.
Dr Vivienne Ivory is a Principal Urban Scientist and public health researcher at WSP Opus Research. She is an epidemiologist and health geographer specialising in urban environments. Her work includes research examining how components of a community (such as infrastructure) contribute to wellbeing and community functioning. She works with local authorities to develop infrastructure that will contribute to outcomes such as improved mobility, accessibility, and wellbeing. Vivienne retains an ongoing part-time research role at the University of Otago, Wellington.
For more information on the upcoming 2018 Liveable Cities Conference in Melbourne and to secure your spot please visit liveablecities.org.au