Social Sustainability: Design that Connects People

Social Sustainability: Design that Connects People

Social Sustainability: Design that Connects People

2 Formal CPD Points

Available on demand


Social Sustainability is about ensuring the sustenance of the diverse social relations that exist in healthy communities. Creating the physical, cultural and social places that support wellbeing and a sense of community involves a process of engagement with the people who inhabit and frequent those places. This presentation will discuss the growing public policy emphasis on wellbeing and performance of public spaces, how we can respond, what this means for innovation in design practice, who is involved in delivering Social Sustainability, why it is important, and what happens if we do not.

Related Acumen Notes:
Supporting Social Value through the Design Process
Social Sustainability; Creating Places and participatory processes that perform well for people


This presentation is equivalent to 2 hours/points of formal CPD and will deliver outcomes related to the following Competencies from the National Standard of Competency for Architects:

2015 Competencies:

Design: Conceptual Design
3.3 Design response incorporates assessment of the physical location and relevant wider regional, contextual and environmental issues.

Design: Schematic Design
4.2 Evaluation of design options against values of physical, environmental and cultural contexts.
4.3 Application of creative imagination aesthetic judgement to produce coherent design

Practice Management 
9.1 Knowledge and implementation of appropriate practice model to ensure efficient, effective and ethical professional service. 
9.6 Knowledge and application of professional ethics and ethical practices in respect to practice management and provision of professional service.

2021 Competencies:

Practice Management and Professional Conduct:
PC 2 Implement practice resources and apply ethical employment practice methods and quality assurance systems to facilitate efficient, consistent and timely delivery of architectural services.

Project Initiation and Conceptual Design:
PC 29 Be able to develop and evaluate design options in terms of the heritage, cultural and community values embodied in the site, and in relation to project requirements. 

Detailed Design and Construction Documentation:
PC 36 Be able to apply creative imagination, design precedents, emergent knowledge, critical evaluation and continued engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples to produce a coherent project design. This should be resolved in terms of supporting health and wellbeing outcomes for Country, site planning, formal composition, spatial planning and circulation as appropriate to the project brief and all other factors affecting the project. 

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this session participants should be able to:

  • Explain the worldwide public policy interest in wellbeing, the performance of public places and how this impacts upon the work of Architects
  • Identify characteristics of socially inclusive design led engagement processes and their implications for sustaining social connection and effective public outcomes
  • Explain a range of ways in which design process engages public involvement across the spectrum from consultation to co-creation and the differences between them
  • Implement ideas and practices which expand the depth of client/architect/community interaction and greater scopes of work and client offerings
  • Identify the practice issues that need to change to achieve optimized socially sustainable outcomes
  • Understand socially inclusive design issues and select from a range of ways that a design process can ensure social inclusion is attained