Practical approaches to social inclusion and community cohesion through placemaking and urban design.
Public spaces are often places of exclusion, designed to serve economic interests of a dominant class. My research will influence the urban design and planning discourse in Australia and advocate vulnerable communities’ right to the city.
I am an urban strategist and the founder of Urban Toolbox: a human-centred design consultancy that transforms valuable urban spaces for the common good. I have taught and practiced architecture, placemaking and urban design from New York, Auckland, Hanoi and Sydney, building an extensive knowledge of what creates healthy and happy communities. Combining expertise in human behaviour, perception and physical environments, I create places that are meaningful to the community, with the community. An expert generalist, I may be seen laying out a hopscotch design on a footpath, installing a street library, moderating a panel discussion or just activating a public space somewhere with ice cream in hand.
Skills & Expertise
- Place research and measurement
- Community and stakeholder engagement
- Placemaking and activation strategies
- Community-led urban development policy
- Human-centred design
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