Placemaking, and a good English garden, depend entirely on principle and have very little to do with fashion.

Lancelot 'Capability' Brown


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Top Trends

Here is the list of top place making trends we have come across lately. Do you agree?

- Baby boomers wanted houses with lawns, private cars and ownership of things. We are seeing less desire and demand for them from today’s generations – access rather than ownership!

- A campus heart is a social place – ‘clicks and mortar’ approach, an innovative, collaborative, hybrid place founded on partnerships, makes a successful campus.

- Sydney venues and shopping centres are going mad for the marketplace look and feel! Just consider few examples - the Coogee Pavilion, the Grounds expansion, Good Life expansion, Kitchen by Mike, the Stinking Bishops…

- More public benefit is expected from developers as the scope of Voluntary Planning Agreements is broadening to help developers help communities – they can offer new public amenities, low-rental retail spaces and others!

- Community organisations and businesses are drawing on the neighbourhood’s cultural diversity to activate their local parks, markets, pop-ups and food trucks and initiate community cohesiveness.

- Main street is missed – while the malls and shopping centres are still frequently visited, we miss our main streets and want to bring them back – their vibe, fresh air, opportunistic interactions.