The built form of our neighbourhoods strongly influences the quality of our community connections and interactions, and ultimately our resilience in the face of chronic stresses and acute shocks. Resilient communities know their neighbours. Resilient communities are informed and empowered, and understand how to self-organise, in good times and in bad.

Participatory development encourages and supports the design of strong and resilient community networks. Involving people in meaningful decision-making about the future of their built environments helps foster cohesive and equitable communities, improving health and wellbeing outcomes.

Our project, Resilient Communities in Residential and Mixed-use Developments (Resilient Communities), is designed to bring together developers and communities to collaborate on the decisions that shape their neighbourhoods. It aims to respond to the question:

How do we create and sustain buildings, infrastructure and neighbourhoods that build resilience by genuinely reflecting the needs, values and aspirations of the communities using or occupying these spaces?


About the project

We are placing people at the heart of decision-making about their built environments. Read more about the project.


Participatory development

Participatory development supports strong community networks. Read more about participatory development.


Building with the people

Designing new buildings with, rather than for, future residents. Blog post by By Dr Katrina Raynor and Adrienne Kotler. Read more.

The projects

We are working with five multi-disciplinary teams to test new and existing approaches to participatory development. Teams include property developers, local government, not-for-profit organisations, academics and communities. 

Teams will work together to empower citizens to engage in decision making, supporting the development of strong community networks where residents have pride in place and a shared sense of ownership and responsibility.

Teams will trial development models that:

  • empower more residents to have their say in development decisions
  • enhance social connectedness, improving health and wellbeing outcomes for people
  • create environmentally responsible communities.

Projects will commence in March 2018 by applying the 100 Resilient Cities’ Resilience Value Realisation process to create project roadmaps.


  • Submissions close

    Midnight, Monday 13 November 2017

  • Successful applicants notified

    December 2017

  • Successful applicants meet Advisory Panel

    Friday 15 December 2017

  • Pilot projects launch

    May 2018

Contact us

If you have a question about the project please email us at

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