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Eco-
Placemaking

Healing • Urban • Spaces

Our new innovative program revitalizes forgotten urban spaces using ecological design. Working with local people, we collectively foster a sense of place, community, and a connection to nature.

Philosophy

“Eco-placemaking is an integrated approach towards urban greening which builds upon traditional placemaking, with sustainability as a central theme”

Not often do we see forward thinking in our urban planning practices in Perth. Environmentally, we commonly use virgin building materials, fail to integrate our urban landscape with local ecologies and water cycles, and leave our landscapes barren — hot and covered in asphalt with a lack of trees or greenery.

 

Socially, we often see areas which lack a sense of place or local community — a cost of process-driven urban planning aimed at creating profits or efficiency, forgetting that suburbia is the place we call home.

Now this doesn't sound the nicest place to live. How can we improve areas which fit some (or all) of these categories?

 

Eco-placemaking (ecological placemaking) is a community-driven solution to these problems. Eco-placemaking is an integrated, council-level approach towards urban greening which builds on traditional placemaking, with sustainability as a central theme.

 

We use ecologically considered design and building practices to create spaces which foster a sense of place and community, and utilise these ‘hubs’ as an opportunity to provide sustainability education. We create more than just a green space — we help to build local cultures that are ecologically aware, connected, happy and resilient.

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Projects

While eco-placemaking is a new concept, it is underpinned by a strong foundation of scientific knowledge around the topics of urban greening and community change. 

Check out some of our projects!

Pear Tree Cafe 

This area was once a barren and unused street corner in Hamilton Hill outside a friendly local café. The space had potential — it was a degraded site with low ecological value, and a strong local community gave it the opportunity to be actively used and loved.

This is our first eco-placemaking project that includes a 1-year-on impact assessment. The evaluation provides us with direct evidence for the many benefits of eco-placemaking and the impact the project has had on the local community.

 

Check out the impact assessment here.

Cockburn Central

Working with The City of Cockburn, the brief was to transform a hot and austere Public Open Space into something that could reflect the changing needs and values of an actively growing area. The project was designed to green and shade an important walkway and provide both a connection and funky seating for the adjacent local café.

This 14m long shaded arbour walkway blends over 3 tonnes of recycled products, featuring heritage bean poles salvaged from local derelict market gardens to reflect something of the cultural history of the region.

Morley Library

The Morley Library public space improvement was one of three projects created by the collaborative program of Reconnect WA. The City of

Bayswater and RAC adopted a co-design approach when creating the

three new spaces within the town centre of Morley. The intentions for the projects were to enhance the area of Morley that enabled pedestrian connectivity, amenity, and vibrancy.

INSTALLATIONS

Eco-placemaking (ecological placemaking) is an integrated approach towards urban greening. It builds on traditional placemaking, and weaves in sustainability as a central theme.

We use ecologically considered design and building practices to create spaces that foster a sense of place and community, and then utilise these vibrant ‘hubs’ as an opportunity to provide sustainability education. We offer more than just a green space — we help to build local cultures that are ecologically aware, connected, happy and resilient.

 

Optional extras could include a mobile coffee setup in the forest, LED displays showing temperature variation between the landscapes, recipe sheets, a short video of the installation to demonstrate the process and its positive impact on the community.

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Perfect for permanently transforming an urban eyesore!

 Eco-Placemaking Installation 

Our team will demonstrate the installation of a ‘forest’ at a high-profile community event in a public space. Typically covering 30-40sqm.

Optional extras could include a mobile coffee setup in the forest, LED displays showing temperature variation between the landscapes, educational signage about urban greening, and recipe sheets on how to integrate trees into your landscape!

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Perfect for festivals, expos, and carnivals!

 Temporary Urban Pop Up Forest 

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