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Vertical Villages: Community, Place and Urban Density Pilot

The project explored the role and potential of faith-based organisations (FBOs) to facilitate placemaking and community development in multicultural high-rise/high-density urban environments. The study involved an online questionnaire and 25 semi-structured interviews with residents of high-rise apartments across five suburbs of Sydney and 16 interviews with expert urban designers, placemakers, and community developers offering insight on their experience and practice. This report draws together the findings of this empirical fieldwork and a large literature review in order to make recommendations for FBOs, non-government organisations (NGOs), urban designers and policymakers who are interested in enhancing resident experiences of community connection and wellbeing in high-density urban neighbourhoods.

Vertical Villages Toolkit

This toolkit has been developed to assist residents and community organisations connect and engage with neighbours who live in high-density apartment buildings


This Resource is a collection of theological papers and reflections to kickstart the conversation, invite reflection on what it means to fulfil the great commission in a growing urban context, and inspire churches and individuals to actively engage with their local community and intentionally work towards building great communities where all can flourish as God intends​