.id insight newsletter - November 2015
Why is it important to understand ‘place’?
.id’s research has influenced our views about towns, cities and regions and informs how we approach our growing consulting business. What we have learnt is that:
1. A society is not an economy. A good society is a community that is well served by its economy.
2. Planning our cities towns and regions is central to developing and maintaining a healthy community and economy.
3. There is strength in the diversity of places – the diversity of uses, built form, cultures, economic activity and demography.
4. It is increasingly apparent that growing inequality undermines economic productivity and leads to dire social consequences.
5. There is strength in densification. Densification of places can increase safety and choice and will increase demand for the local economic base.
6. Agglomeration in places will produce more ideas per square metre and smart communities will facilitate the efficient implementation of those ideas.
7. Where possible, residential activity should be mixed with economic activity, as mixed-use is an essential part of the diversity that strengthens communities.
8. Understanding ‘Place’ , and the unique role and function that each place plays, is central to all of this.
These themes formed part of a panel discussion I participated in recently for the Melbourne Conversations Program where we discussed growth and density in inner Melbourne.