AECOM is excited to partner with the Committee for Sydney and the NSW Government to launch the inaugural Public Space Ideas Competition (PSIC), which encourages members of the community to develop fresh ideas on how we can reinvigorate spaces across Sydney. The competition will raise the profile, understanding and importance of public spaces and how they can be delivered to benefit our communities in an equitable and sustainable way.

More information on the competition can be found here.

Public space is everybody’s business. Whether it be public facilities such as libraries and museums, open space such as parks and playgrounds, or streets including squares, plazas and boulevards; public space provides positive socio-economic, health, cultural and environmental benefits to the community. Public spaces are critical infrastructure assets alongside schools, hospitals, public transport and roads.

The coronavirus pandemic has fundamentally changed the way we use these public spaces. It has highlighted the importance of public space in supporting the mental, physical and social wellbeing of communities. However, it has also inspired us to unearth ideas about public space and its future planning, design, funding, delivery and management. Through engagement with the community, we can raise expectations and aspirations for the delivery of more public spaces that are inclusive and accessible to all.

Find out more about public space from our Design + Planning team in the articles below.