Event Details

VICTAS - Open Space Planners Network Forum

20 October 2020
10:00 am - 11:00 am

The importance of the 'portfolio of places' - backyards, streets, parks - in meeting human health needs

Date: 20 October 2020
Time: 10.00 am - 11:00 am (AEST)


Ross will draw on his learnings from his PhD 'portfolio of places', and his presentation will include:

  • The relationship between public health and public parks.
  • The relationship between human health and ecological health, and how intelligent planning and design can achieve both.
  • The importance of the 'portfolio of places' (private backyards, local streets, local parks) in meeting human health needs.
  • A summary of his PhD findings from 2017 research.
  • Results from a National Survey outlining how people have used their 'portfolio of places' during the pandemic, and how this has influenced mental and physical health, with the focus on public parks and streetscapes.
  • What do the trends tell us, and how can this be used to better plan for, and design, existing and new parks and streets?
  • Case studies on reclaiming streets and gaining new / improved open space.

The session will include an opportunity for Q & A.

Ross Wissing

PhD Student
Deakin University

Simone Bonella
Webinar Host

Leisure Planner, Frankston City Council
Vic/Tas Open Space Planners Network Convenor

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