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Placemaking is a collaborative and multidisciplinary process which focuses on people and draws on the unique qualities of a place. Using placemaking helps us understand the needs of the communities that will live in our new neighbourhoods, create a shared vision and a place that serves their needs. This community participation is what enables us to capitalise on the existing assets, inspiration and potential of a place.

We are taking a place-led approach to developing urban and greenfield space in Canberra. This means that we actively foster a sense of place, we put people first and the experiences and aspirations they have to help us create great places. We commence our key projects with community engagement to codesign and develop a vision for the place. This is called a place design brief or place ambition and acknowledges that every site is different and unique. We then apply that place brief to the future land sales process.

Placemaking workshop Community engagement
Image: Community input to help develop the Kingston Arts Precinct Place Brief                                             Image: Community engagement activity - Gungahlin Festival 2022

Here are links to the engagement programs and place briefs for a range of our projects:

We are working with artists and the creative sector to help create a sense of place and spark curiosity and joy in our public spaces. Did you know that some of the streets in Whitlam are named after artists? Find out more about how we celebrate creativity and the work of artists in by visiting the SLA Display Village in Whitlam.

This evolving place-led approach has been recognised in a range of industry awards, listed here.