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The Future of Place Framework

The Future of Place Framework
Submitted by Adam Beck on December 16, 2021


We are delighted to release the Future of Place Framework, the culmination of years of thinking, and more recently, a year of structured and deep engagement with city shapers, technologists and policy makers across Australia and New Zealand.

This is a substantial milestone in our two year Future of Place project. It represents a halfway point. It provides a scope of work for the next phase of the project - the creation of a Future of Place Handbook.

At it's core, the Framework presents a set of Future of Place Principles of Practice, namely:

  • embrace technology and data solutions where they help amplify the quality of place, and human experience

  • design technology and data solutions with purpose, deploy with transparency and operate them ethically

  • uphold the principle that technology and data can help shape great places, but in support of other foundational enablers.

These principles will now guide the Handbook development process.

You can download the Future of Place Framework below. The following video (9mins) also shares more about where the Future of Place project originated any why we are doing it.


We would also like to acknowledge those who contributed their knowledge and experience, sitting on our Task Force, Policy and Leadership Committee and Global Advisory Board:

Task Force:

  • Greer O'Donnell | The Urban Advisory, Director/Urban Strategist
  • Linda Carroli | QUT, Research Associate
  • Marisa McArthur | City of Hobart, Senior Advisor Research and Policy
  • Nick Lund | Boroondara City Council, Manager Liveable Communities
  • Shreya Dubey | UNSW, Research Assistant
  • Tim Young | Smart Access, Senior Developer and Policy Advisor
  • Azadeh Arnaz | Self employed, Data and Machine learning engineer
  • Chris Body | Geospatial Industry, Standards Champion
  • Angela Flanagan | Leisa Prowse Consulting, Senior Consultant
  • Catherine Byrne | Freelance Consultant, Corporate and Communication Consultant
  • Dan Popping | SA Power Networks, Head of Stakeholder Engagement
  • Emma Mcrae | The University of Melbourne, PhD Candidate
  • Laura Kostanski | Asymmetric Innovation, Chief Design Officer
  • Rachael Stewart | WSP, Project Manager
  • Shadi Shayan | University of South Australia, PhD candidate, Course Instructor & Tutor
  • Graham McCabe | Urbis, Director Transport Advisory
  • Ken Welsh | Inner West Council, Team Lead - Strategic Transport Planning
  • Mark Thomas | The Serviceworks Group, Managing Director & Founder
  • Mary Haverland | WSP, Technical Executive - Planning and Mobility
  • Paul Minett | Trip Convergence Ltd, Chief Executive Officer
  • Stephen Coulter | Localift/Zipidi, Director
  • Magdy Youssef | University of the Sunshine Coast, Adjunct fellow in urban design & town planning
  • Mirko Guaralda | Queensland University of Technology, Senior Lecturer
  • Nicholas Antoniou | Plus Architecture, Associate
  • Richard Barry | Urbis, Senior Consultant
  • Samin Pedram | University of New South Wales, Program Manager
  • Stewart Monti | Atelier Ten, Environmental Designer
  • Tara Gloster | City of Vincent, Manager Policy & Place
  • Craig Young | TUANZ, CEO
  • Harman Singh | GHD, Smart Cities and Places Lead
  • Jon Mills | Urbis, Associate Director - Smart Cities and Environmental Planning
  • Michael Wilson | City of Rockingham, Senior Projects Officer
  • Kate McCauley | Jacobs, Principal Precinct Development and Planning
  • Kellie Adlam | NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, Principal Policy Officer Smart Places
  • Simon Kaplan | CEO, [ui!] The Urban Institute
  • Chris Isles | Brisbane City Council, Economic Development Manager
  • Ian Hatton | Complete Urban, Principal Smart City
  • Peter Cummins | Lendlease, Manager Products & Place Futures

Policy and Leadership Committee:

  • Donna Griffiths | SA Department of Infrastructure and Transport, Business Engagement Lead North South Corridor Project
  • Maureen Benier | Victorian Planning Authority, Senior Strategic Planner
  • Sandy Burgoyne | Regional Lead, PlacemakingX, Australia
  • Audrey Marsh | Advocacy and Campaigns Manager, Planning Institute of Australia

Global Advisory Board:

  • Lucinda Hartley | Neighbourlytics, CoFounder | Future of Place Advisory Board Chair, Australia
  • Ethan Kent | PlacemakingX, Executive Director, USA
  • Henry Okraglic | WSP, Global Director - Digital, Australia
  • Dy Currie AM | Brisbane City Council, Chief Planner, Australia
  • Sean Audain | Wellington City Council, Strategic Planning Manager, New Zealand
  • Meredith Hodgman | KPMG, Australia
  • Richard Morrison | AECOM, Director Technology Advisory, Australia
  • Jason Twill | Qatar Foundation, Director World Cup Program, Qatar
  • Sara Stace | WSP, Director of Cities, Australia


We invite you to follow the work and participate, by subscribing to the Future of Place e-news.