Why Co-design?

Let's build what our community really needs. Let's learn from each other and make stronger connections.

Since the 1980's, communities, governments and businesses around the world have been turning to co-design practices to design places and services that people find highly useful, safe and attractive.

There is now recognition that environments and services co-designed with experts can genuinely reflect people's needs and lead to more innovative solutions, when they are designed by and with the people they are built for.

We want our projects to have the greatest possible benefit to the community, so we continually adapt and incorporate good practices such as co-design. The first NoiseBin project will use several co-design practices:

Co-design Practices

Successful co-design involves far more than perfunctory 'consultation'.


Co-design encourages the community to choose the outcomes, not just identify the problems.


It is user-led, requiring the community to conduct design activities such as workshops and developing 'user experience' maps that guide the design process.


Co-design is highly inclusive, seeking the perspectives of all types of stakeholders, plus expertise from diverse disciplines.

Road Testing

Solutions are prototyped, shared in public walk-throughs and put into limited practice to learn as much as possible from practical, real-world settings.


We have made sure there are many ways to participate or follow the action.

How can you get involved?

You can have the greatest impact working within the project as a mentor or contributor. Sign up today! You will have a say in the direction of the project and contribute your ideas and skills.

If life doesn't allow that right now, please sign up for our design showcases. We run periodic community workshops where we demonstrate our work, and explain the design thinking and how the solution works. We give everyone an opportunity to try out what we've built. We collect your feedback and insights for improvements during these showcases.

We will publish a regular newsletter through our website, and maintain a dialogue with community representatives such as the Darlington Community Recreation Area Group.

You may offer advice and observations through our contact channels at any time.