Resources Latest Research Better Lives Through Better Places: The Neighbourhood Project Research Report This paper outlines the methods, adaptations and key findings of The Neighbourhood Project as undertaken by Melbourne-based placemaking firm CoDesign Studio, from 2015-2019. The link between place and health is driving increasing concerns over how authorities can meet the ever-growing needs of swelling populations; and our mental, physical, environmental, and economic wellbeing depends upon it. Trillions of dollars are being invested in redeveloping and expanding our cities (The Nature Conservancy, 2017), and yet the intrinsically important goal of increasing the social, cultural, environmental, and economic capital of a place is being overlooked. The citymaking system needs a new approach, one that includes a “bottom-up” influence of local residents, traders, and community members. Placemaking is one such response. Born from human-centred city design, tactical urbanism, grassroots movements, and activism dating back as early as the 1960’s, placemaking has anecdotally shown that places prosper when their local community has a voice and influence over how their places are developed. The Neighbourhood Project has been designed by CoDesign Studio as a research project to substantiate this anecdotal evidence. The Better Lives Through Better Cities Research Report is currently free-of-charge to download (approximately 2MB). You will be asked to enter an email address to access the document and this may be used to contact you regarding related products or services at a later date, from which you can unsubscribe at any time. You may also be interested in this free resource: The Community-led Placemaking Guide 2019 by CoDesign Studio.