Providing place-based approach to community engagement.

Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT PlaceLab acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the Eastern Kulin Nations on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University.

RMIT PlaceLab respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present, as the original and continuing Makers of Place.

What We Do

Shaping place.

RMIT PlaceLab is an urban initiative that connects communities and shapes places.

Operating as a spatial, digital, and social network; the RMIT PlaceLab initiative incorporates a ‘living lab’ studio model delivering through a focus on PlacesPeopleProjectsPlatforms and Partnerships.

We work on the ground with local government, industry, and community; alongside academics and students. 

A cyclist riding past the PlaceLab Research Studio. A sticker on the glass window reads Hyperlocal.


Why We’re Doing It

The future is local.

Now is the time to rethink how we live, and the solutions needed to support a more liveable, adaptive, and inclusive future. RMIT is taking a fresh approach, one that’s more collaborative and informed by the people who know their neighbourhood best; that’s you.

Local’s where it’s at, and by seeking answers to the big questions, together we’ll find innovative solutions to diverse urban challenges and opportunities.

Stay tuned for where to next!

Four people walking towards the RMIT PlaceLab research studio.


Who’s Involved

Us, but also you.

This is your chance to be a part of opportunities to engage, explore, and discover. All ideas are welcome.

Industry and Other Organisations

If you’re a business or organisation with an interest in activating places, RMIT PlaceLab is keen to connect with you. You are an integral part of the culture, community, and economy, and your insights and input are valuable.

RMIT works to tackle vital, real-world, urban challenges, seeking innovative, place-based solutions that build opportunity, adaptability, and resilience. Contact us to discuss how we can partner.


Imagine planning for the future of your municipality using place-based interventions that were underpinned and informed by community ideas and specifically designed for practical application. The opportunities are expansive.

RMIT PlaceLab proves what’s possible when local community knowledge and RMIT expertise work together to create positive impact.

We’re already working with the Merri-bek City Council and City of Melbourne to transform Brunswick and Melbourne. If you’d like to learn more about RMIT PlaceLab, contact us today.



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