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The business of place

We show how proven principles, concepts and techniques of business also apply to Placemaking. Ultimately creating places (products) which the customer want.

Afghan Bazaar, Thomas St, Dandenong, VIC, AUS: an artist of Afghanistan background contributed to this streetscape. Let's hope they are also represented in Council and contributing to organisational authenticity.Afghan Bazaar, Thomas St, Dandenong, VIC, AUS: an artist of Afghanistan background contributed to this streetscape. Let's hope they are also represented in Council and contributing to organisational authenticity.Written by: Andrew Hammonds


I listen to podcasts and audiobooks while I exercise. Due to limited supply most of these tend to be business related.  However, my initial disappointment was replaced with interest. I made the connection between business and Placemaking – particularly products and places. Consider it a Placemaking MBA. Pick up some tips to create better places and businesses.

The following articles apply concepts from business books to placemaking.

A more beautiful question

Consider yourself an expert? If so, your thinking might be hindering better Placemaking outcomes.

Empirical Creativity and Great Places

In order to create great places (like Melbourne city) consider validating creativity in your organisation with empirical experience.

Branding - a proven technique applied to Places

Seven reasons why place or destination branding creates better places and supports economic development. We also share some tips on how.

10 Faces of Placemaking

An fresh approach to sustaining continuous innovation and renewal in your organisation to support Placemaking.

Place Creation, Nambour, QLD, AUS: Producing the Place Story for Nambour - including the T-shirt testPlace Creation, Nambour, QLD, AUS: Producing the Place Story for Nambour - including the T-shirt testMoving from Place-telling to Place-doing

Today’s most successful businesses are storydoers. When it comes to making places is your organisation a 'teller' or a 'doer'?

What's your Place Story?

Would you wear your place on your T-shirt? If not, develop your own Action Map in 15 minutes... and move from story telling to story doing.

Eight Global Trends influencing Placemaking

Looking ahead in Place Branding* and Placemaking through a sideways glance. Ultimately growing your relevance to new customers.

What business related concepts have you applied to Placemaking?


We generate discussion in our training courses on Placemaking and urban design. While there are common qualities to the places we like, our own views matter. I started this blog to continue this discussion on-line. The Comments section at the bottom of each article provides the opportunity, so don't be bashful. Particularly if you disagree!

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Written: Wednesday 29 October, 2014

Additional Information

Introduction to Placemaking and Urban Design;

Placefocus Articles

Organisational Placemaking - Innovation and ImprovementOrganisational Placemaking - Transition and Change;  Organisational Placemaking - Culture & StructureThe Strategy of Placemaking;  Placemaking - techniques, tools and ideasCreative Placemaking - ideas and examples

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