Stockland’s Selandra Rise is a new residential community with a particular focus: to improve health and wellbeing through the environment people live in. ID/Lab was asked to develop a strategy and designed signage to encourage people to walk and cycle more, and to create more of a community.
Our recommendations included creating pedestrian priority home-zones, a delivery service from the local supermarket, community activities in the parks, a dedicated website and informative and encouraging signage.
The pedestrian signs we designed are directing residents to the Community Centre, Hilltop Park and Shopping Centre.
They have been designed in a vibrant orange colour, with clear numbering and a “Cut” to the lower right corner.
Together with an application of simple pictographics., they work together with existing design language for Selandra Rise.
They deliver information when it is required, in a manner which can be understood and acted upon.
The ideas developed for Selandra Rise will ultimately become a blueprint for future residential communities and will be backed up by future research.
RMIT researcher Dr Cecily Maller is conducting a longitudinal study to assess the lived experience of the residents of Selandra Rise.
Maller and her colleague Dr Larissa Nicholls are interviewing families about their lives before and after moving to Selandra Rise.
The aim is to discover whether incorporating health into urban planning from the outset positively impacts the health and wellbeing of residents over time.
“There are broad questions in the survey about health and wellbeing, about physical activities, stress, about their neighbourhood, childcare, all the things you would expect in the neighbourhood, their friendships with neighbours, participation in community events, volunteering and travel questions,” Maller says.
“What we are hoping to do is follow the changes in the neighbourhood as a whole and in each household, to evaluate a community planned and designed for health and wellbeing.”
Stockland: “Overall the aim is to create a healthy, inclusive community and taking learnings from this study and putting them into our planning for future residential developments.”