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Shared public spaces draw communities together and provide important opportunities for social engagement.

The relationship between public realm and loneliness exposes a growing conflation between public and privately owned space in cities. We believe we can use the upward trend of privatisation to promote, rather than prevent, community bonding. Funding, design and local engagement are all critical factors in ensuring public areas – from shopping precincts to community centres – foster social connections in an inclusive and effective way.

We’re calling on landowners, policymakers, designers and community representatives to:

  • Incorporate more third places within cities
  • Expand representation of local voices
  • Explore new models for funding
  • Programme in community events
  • Make information accessible
  • Safeguard third places

Read more about these recommendations here.