The Neighbourhood Project is a practical program to make community-led placemaking easier, removing roadblocks and headache by creating a replicable model that can be used by councils and communities everywhere.

In 2016-2017, three metropolitan Melbourne neighbourhoods and their councils are collaborating to champion local projects and test new ways of working. After a second round in 2017-2018, the Neighbourhood Project will release a tried and tested model for community-led placemaking that can be rolled out across Australia, and adapted for use around the world.

Make an impact in your neighbourhoods, and be part of a global discussion about how to make cities in the 21st century. 

Join the revolution to clear roadblocks and do things differently.

Join the Neighbourhood Project.

We’re serious about making real change and helping it stick, which requires a systemic approach. The program is based on the three pillars of people, process, and place, with the support of industry professionals.


Communities are empowered and inspired to shape great local places.


Councils enable and support community leadership.


Underutilised land is transformed into well-loved neighbourhood spaces.


A movement of practitioners and organisations work to improve the way public spaces are delivered.


In 2016-2017, we championed community action in three Melbourne neighbourhoods. Want your neighbourhood to be part of the movement? Applications for Round 2 open in April 2017, so stay tuned.

In the meantime, you’re invited to follow along and be part of the movement! Join the newsletter to receive resources, news about upcoming events, opportunities to participate, and more… and you can drop us a line below.


Australia’s first summit on community-led placemaking is on 27 April 2017 in Melbourne. Click below to register, submit an EOI, and learn more.


Is your neighbourhood participating in Round 1? Lucky locals can click below to learn more and get involved.


Follow along with free downloads, resources and publications. These are a few tasters while we perfect more tools and templates to share.
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Case Studies

These are just a few examples of local community-led placemaking. Not all of them involve changes to people, process and place, but they’re a great starting point.

More coming soon


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The Neighbourhood Project is a project of CoDesign Studio, with support from the Myer Foundation. Many thanks to our delivery partners at Resilient Melbourne and the Municipal Association of Victoria, as well as city2050, Think Impact, MRCagney and more.

Special thanks to Cardinia Shire Council, Hobsons Bay City Council, and the City of Whitehorse, and the communities of Cardinia Lakes, Brooklyn, and Box Hill, for their participation in Round 1 of the program in 2016-2017.

CoDesign Studio

The Neighbourhood Project is the brainchild of CoDesign Studio, a social enterprise design consultancy that inspires people to shape resilient, thriving neighbourhoods for everyone.


The Myer Foundation

The Neighbourhood Project is made possible with the support of the Myer Foundation, a philanthropic foundation that engages with the community to promote a just, creative, enlightened, caring and sustainable Australia.


Resilient Melbourne

Resilient Melbourne is part of the international network of 100 Resilient Cities, pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation, helping cities around the world become more resilient to the physical, social and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century.


Municipal Association of Victoria

Peak body for local government in Victoria, Australia.

city2050 with Stephen Yarwood


city2050 is for governments, boardrooms, developers and educators that want to maximise the opportunities offered by the rapid transformation happening in the fields of city planning, management and administration.

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CoDesign Studio is a social enterprise design consultancy that inspires people to shape their neighbourhoods.
Our award-winning collaborative city-making methodology is used by local governments, developers and communities to create neighbourhoods that improve people's lives. We create great places that build social connection and inclusion, while helping clients and their communities develop new opportunities and tools. 

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