Parks and Leisure National Conference 2022

Presentation: 3.45-4.15pm, Monday 17 October 2022
CENTREPIECE at Melbourne Park, Melbourne

How can global Third Place Thinking™ be applied locally to the design of our sports and community facilities, and act to better reconnect our communities, tomorrow?

A critical role of design is to imagine and create alternative worlds that respond to current issues and improve the quality of life for everyone.

Designers are rapidly reimagining our built and social environments. From speculative structures to breakthrough approaches, this theme explores new wave design-thinking.

How do we do this? We shape communities through social, cultural, environmental, and economic values.

Where we seek better social outcomes on a more intimate level, has our approach to design changed as a result of the events of the past two years?

What are the connections we need to be making, and conversations we need to be having right now?

A “Third Place” does not belong to one person – in advancing Third Place Thinking™ we are interested in exploring: “could our community and sporting infrastructure be the new third place to reconnect our communities, in tomorrow’s alternative world?”