Vertical Villages project gets off the ground

Churches Housing is increasingly involved with the Ryde Pastors Network on its Vertical Villages Investigation Project in conjunction with Macquarie University.

The network aims to understand how faith-based organisations (FBOs) can help community development in multi-cultural high-density environments so all can flourish, physically, emotionally, relationally and spiritually.

Working with the Department of Geography and Planning, the project will use various methods including:

  1. semi-structured interviews with residents and community development experts
  2. case studies of three different residential towers (one with common facilities, one with none and Morling College which is FBO-run accommodation)
  3. workshops with existing residents of the Ivanhoe Estate, Macquarie Park
  4. development of an online toolkit for congregations/FBOs
  5. film production
  6. academic outputs (journal articles, book chapters, conference presentations)