Australian Placemaking Summit 2024

1-2 May 2024
Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
Melbourne, VIC

Conference Agenda | Australian Placemaking Summit

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Day 1 - 1st May 2024
07:50 - 08:50


08:50 - 09:00


09:00 - 09:30

Speed Networking

This speed networking session will allow delegates to introduce themselves and swap business cards with other conference attendees.

09:30 - 09:35

Welcome Address from City of Melbourne

09:35 - 10:00
Glenferrie Place Plan Overview
  • Roadmap for revitalising the Glenferrie Road precinct in Hawthorn
  • Featuring urban greening and sustainable transport, arts events and smart technology, sports, recreation and revitalised laneways, the Place Plan taps into what's special about Glenferrie and its community to help it thrive into the future.

Arturo Ruiz, Head of Placemaking, City of Boroondara

Arturo Ruiz
10:00 - 10:30

City Renewal and the Power of Place

  • The accelerating renewal of Australian cities in direct response to a combination of economic, social, and environmental drivers is now mainstream urban strategy. 
  • At different scales and contexts good urban renewal is transforming underutilised precincts and places but is in our city centres that this challenge is the most urgent and complex.
  • This presentation will highlight the work of Canberra’s City Renewal Authority and how, through a people-centred, place-oriented program, the heart of the National Capital is being revitalised making it more resilient, dynamic, and attractive.

Malcolm Snow, Chief Executive Officer, City Renewal Authority - ACT Government

Malcolm Snow
10:30 - 11:00

International Keynote - Trans-Tasman Perspectives: Placemaking lessons from Christchurch, New Zealand

  • Ōtautahi Christchurch, New Zealand has become a global symbol of resilience, moving from tragedy and destruction to a city of experiences and possibility. 
  • Mike will explore the recovery of Christchurch over the past decade and how placemaking has transformed the city with lessons, tools and tips for Australian cities and towns facing their own challenges and seeking new opportunities.
  • Mike will also use his unique perspective establishing Riverside Market, one of Christchurch's most loved and visited destinations, to illustrate the city’s evolution and demonstrate how Place-led Development is the most successful approach in creating incredible urban experiences and destinations. 

Mike Fisher, Place and City Transformation Manager, Christchurch New Zealand

Mike Fisher
11:00 - 11:30


11:30 - 12:00

Humanising High Density Development – a new approach to create thriving communities in new residential/mixed use precincts

Too often property developers promise grand visions of vibrant places and connected communities that are activated to the hilt, ‘vibrant’ and full of exciting retail offerings.

But then then sell, they build and they leave…..leaving vacant spaces, underutilised space, a poor place experience and a community without the capacity to create connection. This is especially evident in housing markets driven by investment and property speculation, typical of many Australia cities.

As the country grapples with some of the most expensive housing in the world, more and more Australians are choosing to live in high density dwellings such as apartments, terraces and condominiums…places not typically synonymous with being great places to live.

So, in a post pandemic age where working from home is now ubiquitous, vibrant and connected high-density communities should be the norm, not the exception.

Hear a unique viewpoint on creating real, connected places that are genuinely vibrant, socially sustainable and flourishing with actual community in this talk from Andrew Coward, cofounder of Australian placemaking consultancy Reactivate Consulting.

Andrew will showcase a deep dive of some projects Reactivate has worked with around Australia that a highly connected and vibrant communities despite being home to high rise, high density buildings developed by ‘for profit’ developers.

Andrew Coward, Co-Founder, Reactivate

Andrew Coward
12:00 - 12:40

Panel Discussion:

Inclusive and Equitable Placemaking

  • Fostering Public life through the built environment
  • Role of Urban Designers in creating spaces that are safe, welcoming, inclusive and accessible.
  • Gender Sensitive Urban Design

Marti Fooks, Director, FOOKS Landscape Architecture
Sarah Christie, Senior Manager - Design and Place, Placemaking NSW

Marti Fooks Sarah Christie
12:40 - 13:00

The New Normal – Are we There Yet?

  • The structure of work has experienced one of the most significant changes in over a generation. Using data driven insights from, Callan will present the latest trends shaping how we work, and the impacts on Australia’s two largest cities.
  • Research by shows office workers will walk up to seven minutes from their building, and that buildings with strong retail and public amenity within the seven-minute radius are successfully attracting workers back to the office. Placemaking is more important now than ever before for workers and employers alike.

Callan Cameron, Director,

Callan Cameron
13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 14:20

Placemaking and Public Lighting

  • Light as a Placemaking Device
  • Lighting’s influence on the quality of our built environment

Ian Dryden, Principal - Industrial Design, City of Melbourne

Ian Dryden
14:20 - 15:00


Digital Placemaking

  • Adding value to public places through digital placemaking
  • Creating use of technology to transform environments

Dr. Sarah Barns, Co-Founder and Director, ESEM Projects

Dr. Sarah Barns
15:00 - 15:30

A Place Making Approach to Encourage the Economic Transformation of Logan's City Centres

The City of Logan is a polycentric city with a network of unique centres that are all critical to the economic success of our City. As a result, the creation of vibrant places and spaces which encourage residents to work, shop, and enjoy leisure activities in the City is particularly important.

Council has adopted a Place Making approach which places people at the core of the Place Making process and which emphasises collaboration with local communities in the delivery of well-designed and inclusive places. The Place Plan recognises the important and ongoing relationship between place making, place management and place activation by providing a transferable methodology that is applicable to a wide range of project types of differing scale and impact. Place-based policies, projects and programs are prioritised to ensure each initiative provides value for money, has high impact, and aligns with local community priorities and Council strategic directions.

Award winning case studies will demonstrate how Logan’s whole of City Place Making approach has successfully transformed places and spaces in our City’s centres resulting in activated, connected and liveable communities which support improved local business vitality as a result. Due to this success, it is now proposed to expand the programme beyond key centres to include smaller local and neighbourhood centres in future place-based initiatives.

Ella du Plessis, Place Making and Urban Design Program Leader, Logan City Council
Jennifer Neales, Place Manager - Economic Development and City Planning Branch,, Logan City Council

Ella du Plessis Jennifer Neales
15:30 - 16:00


16:00 - 16:35
Interactive Workshop with Heath Gledhill, Integrated Design and Precincts Capability Leader, Aurecon

So today we are here to NOT present to you… Instead, we want to interact with you! Where we (rapidly) ‘placeMake’ and:

  • Hear from you on what placemaking is in your area of expertise?
  • Develop what placeMake-ing is for the future? What legacy Must it leave?
  • How do People Make the Place? 

Join Heath for this interactive session where he would also discuss project examples and draw from his extensive local and global design experience working on city shaping structures and services that both deliver and delight. 

Heath Gledhill, Global Capability Leader – Integrated Design, Aurecon

Heath Gledhill
16:35 - 16:55

Indigenous Placemaking 

  • Indigenous Placemaking and the Built Environment
  • Urban design, public art and architecture by, for and in collaboration with Aboriginal people
  • Contribution of aboriginal artists to cities' urban fabric
16:55 - 17:00


17:00 - 18:00


Day 2 - 2nd May 2024
08:45 - 09:15


09:15 - 09:20


09:20 - 09:50

Speed Networking

Introduce yourself, swap business cards, and form new and lasting business connections during a series of one-on-one exchanges with fellow conference delegates.

09:50 - 10:20

Compelling Places Need POW! (Purpose Opportunity Wheel) by Andrew Hoyne

People need a purpose in life and so do places. The more effectively and clearly a place serves and communicates its purpose, the better it performs financially and the easier it is to get agreement and buy in from all stakeholders. In this session Andrew Hoyne, Principal of Place Visioning, Property Branding and Marketing agency Hoyne and publisher of The Place Economy® series, will discuss a new approach to creating purpose in place called the Purpose Opportunity Wheel (POW). Using benchmark case studies which show how building purpose into places creates long term social, economic and organisational benefits, Andrew will demonstrate how the POW approach can be used for harnessing and expressing purpose in ways that add value, ensure team cohesion and improve commercial outcomes.

Andrew Hoyne, Principal/Founder, Hoyne

Andrew Hoyne
10:20 - 10:40
Role of Place Governance and Place Leadership in Shaping exceptional Place outcomes 

Joanne Taylor, Principal, Cities, WSP

Joanne Taylor
10:40 - 11:00

International Keynote:
Authentic Partnership and Meaningful Impact through Placemaking; a Case Study on the Placemaking Approach in Midtown, Auckland City Centre

  • To be effective, placemaking and activation must be relevant to, and engage with, the local community in which it takes place. Building authentic partnerships not only allows insight into the needs of the community and businesses in the project area but also increase the success and impact of activities. 
  • The placemaking and activation programme in Midtown, Auckland City Centre as part of the wider development response programme is a shining example of the outcomes that be achieved through this approach. It supports economic resilience and employment, provides opportunities for creative enterprise, sparking active citizenship and pride in the precinct while contributing to transformational change in the area in preparation for its future state. 

Chris Titford, Programme Manager – Place Activation and Placemaking, Te Wharau o Tāmaki, Auckland Council

Chris Titford
11:00 - 11:30


11:30 - 11:50
Artistic/creative placemaking and the Value of Telling Stories of Place and People through the Design and Delivery Process

How can we create places that people feel deeply connected to? How can placemaking create places for people that attract, inspire and educate? How can we create places that communities love? Creative Placemaking is an emerging field that fuses art, storytelling and urban design in a unique way. It adds layers of meaning and creativity to public realm projects, it builds community capacity, it keeps money in local economies and it creates places that communities are proud of. Creative Placemaking has been integrated on a number of award winning public realm projects in Australia and Stephen Burton will explain how this process works and how you can implement it on your next project.

Stephen Burton, Design Director, POMO

Stephen Burton
11:50 - 12:15

Unlocking the Time Economy in Places

  • Time is the currency of life, and the time economy is the art of spending it well.
  • Integrating a greater understanding of the “time economy” into mixed-use places can be transformative. Beyond common project fixations on built form and a mix of ‘usages’, understanding how people want to use their time optimises accessibility, productivity, and alignment with daily rhythms.
  • Sharing insights from landmark mixed use projects such as Quay Quarter Sydney, Village Well's Jennifer Cook will explore how places created with an understanding of the time economy perform better, are more appealing and more sustainable.

Jennifer Cook, Director NSW and QLD, Village Well

Jennifer Cook
12:15 - 12:45
Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Placemaking
  • Delivering the world-renowned Sydney New Year’s Eve celebration using Artificial Intelligence - the first of its kind and one of the biggest digital placemaking projects in the world.

Emile Rademeyer, Executive Director, Creative Strategy, VANDAL

Emile Rademeyer
12:45 - 13:45


13:45 - 14:05

City of Hobart’s Placemaking Journey 

  • Creating a People-Centric Place
  • Exploring public realm development and place-based projects across Hobart
14:05 - 14:45

Panel Discussion

Role of Landscaping in the Placemaking Process

  • Landscape Design and its key role in urban placemaking
  • Designing for the public realm
14:45 - 15:05

Bays West Urban Renewal Project

  • A long-term vision for a connected, vibrant Bays West precinct that is an innovative and sustainable new place for living, working and recreation.
  • Bays West comprises Rozelle Bay, Rozelle Rail Yards, White Bay, Glebe Island and White Bay Power Station.
15:05 - 15:35


15:35 - 16:05

RoundTable Discussion

16:05 - 16:25

Placemaking in Geelong

  • Exploring urban design and placemaking in Geelong
  • Embracing innovation and creativity to create a world-class liveable city


16:25 - 16:35


Agenda is subject to change
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