Reimagining Community Open Space Past Event

Presented by The Third Space Collective

Improving community connections by reviving and recreating a  welcoming inclusive healing gardens and artistic space.

In this open door & workshop The Third Space Collective will introduce the community to a 1300 sqm underutilised and previously closed garden & creative space next to Thornbury station.

We welcome the community to collaborate with experienced designers & horticulturalists along with current clients, carers and staff using the space to contribute to the development of the site, programming & create spaces & places for future community programs.

We aim to create a green third space, a space to pause between work & home for the community while creating awareness of the therapeutic benefits of gardens & the possibilities inherent in our neglected green spaces.

Elliet Spring, Architect, Associate Director MGS Architects

Elliet’s focus is urban design and activation, climate change and resilient design as well as the accommodation of rapidly increasing urban populations.

She believes it is crucial that urban design projects promote a resilient and healthy future. Projects must be environmentally sustainable, water-sensitive, promote biodiversity and contribute to the wellbeing of the community.

Elliet is a Studio Leader at The Melbourne University School of Design and been a key member of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival Urban Coffee Farm team, Architects Build Small spaces team,  Ratatosk Pavilion, and the PS1 MoMA Public Farm Queens team.

Sonya Wells, Urban Renewal and Place Strategist, Director, The Commons Co

Sonya with 18+ years’ experience consulting, engaging, communicating and collaborating with stakeholders, Sonya specializes in planning and delivering large scale, urban renewal, place based and city shaping projects. She has a keen interest in early stage development propositioning and vision, to enhance place outcomes and local value.

Sonya’s notable projects include the Queen Victoria Market Precinct Renewal, the transition and integration of Melbourne Docklands and the delivery of the 2006 Commonwealth Games.

Danielle Thomas Horticulturist Environmental Educator

Danielle has a passion for Therapeutic Horticulture and has 20yrs experience in local government consulting, engaging, and collaborating  in open space consultation such as Royal Park Nature Play and Docklands Integration. Danielle has delivered hundreds of community education programs and believes passionately in accessible public open space. Through The Third Space Collective Danielle hopes to bring attention to the possibilities inherent in our neglected open spaces and create spaces and places for communities to connect in nature.

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Free general entry, bookings preferred but not essential


Sat 27 Mar 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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GenU Community Garden
40 Clapham St, 40 Clapham St, Thornbury VIC 3071, Australia


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