Community gardens help make connections between neighbours. We hear a lot these days about ‘place-making’. It’s a term that means different things to different people and organisations. For Living Not Beige, it means going beyond physical design of homes by providing opportunities for connections to happen in the social spaces between and around homes. But it’s not about designing a good ‘place’ for someone to use – a good place is something that people create.

In our development at Aldinga, we’ll have residents spanning a wide range of ages. We need spaces for play, talk, unwinding, meeting, walking… Without being too prescriptive, we’ve suggested how a landscape could look between and around the homes. We’ve suggested paths and benches, shade and playscapes, a community garden and BBQ area. We’ve also looked beyond our specific site and made conscious links with the wider neighbourhood via a shared, raised bed community garden because food – growing it, eating it – is a great way to bring people together.

At the end of the day, people will create great places by connecting with neighbours and adding their own ideas and talents to the spaces around their homes.