Community, Place and Urban Density Pilot Project

The Vertical Villages project explores people’s experiences of living in multicultural high-rise, mix-tenure and high-density urban environments.

About the project

We are interested in understanding the role faith-based organisations might play in facilitating place-making and community development in these neighbourhoods to improve people’s sense of community and connection.


Participate in an interview:

Do you live in an apartment building of 4 stories or more in the suburbs of Macquarie Park, Epping, Parramatta, Chatswood or Bankstown? If yes, we want to hear about your experiences of high-rise living and learn what more can be done to support a greater sense of community in high-rise apartments.

We would like to interview willing participants for about one hour over Zoom, Skype, or phone at a time that is convenient for you. For an interview, you would receive a $50 e-gift card to thank you for your time and contribution.

Register your interest in participating by emailing Dr Emma Mitchell at or phone 98502153.

Find out more about the interview here


You can also click here to participate in our online questionnaire and go into a prize draw to win one of ten $100 gift cards.

Project partners and funding

This project is co-funded by Macquarie University, Baptist Care and Churches Housing (on behalf of Together for Ryde).

Research team

Research outputs

The project will compile a series of briefing papers, participant summary, online toolkit and final report which will be uploaded to this page. Please check back for future updates.

  • Briefing Paper Series (Due November 2020)
  • Participant Summary (Due March 2021)
  • Online Toolkit (Due March 2021)
  • Final Report (Due March 2021)