Martin Brennan


The paper focuses on the building of resilient urban communities through innovative and transformational residential developments. Resilient Melbourne was established to support the collaborative actions of all thirty-two city councils from across metropolitan Melbourne, Australia. The strategy, designed to address chronic stresses and acute shocks, included community-led renewal development pilot projects. The paper provides a brief background to the formation of Resilient Melbourne with a focus in on two housing projects under the banner ‘Resilient Communities Action’ that were underpinned by collaboration, co-design and community – The Assemble Model and Urban Coup – Near and Tall. 


How to Cite
Brennan, M. (2021) “Vincere Vincere: Social Cohesion = Resilience: Building Resilient Communities through Innovative and Transformational Residential”, The Journal of Public Space, 6(2). doi: 10.32891/jps.v6i2.1620.
Author Biography

Martin Brennan, University of Melbourne

Martin Brennan is a Senior Fellow, Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute at The University of Melbourne, Australia. He has a long political and professional career seeking sustainable and resilient solutions for cities. Martin was a Melbourne City Councillor and a founding member of ICLEI – Oceania in 1998 and in 2011 was appointed Regional Director. He is currently a community representative on the Inner Metro Metropolitan Partnership established to advise the State Government on the economic, social and environmental priorities for inner Melbourne city councils.  His focus is on sustainability and resilience and the role of local and regional governance.