Momentous, provoking and beautiful, The Place Economy is a resource book that discusses best-practice placemaking from around the world.

The Place Economy is born of Andrew Hoyne’s sincere belief that more money, intelligence, imagination, craftsmanship and emotion needs to be invested into our cities and suburbs if we are to maintain the quality of life that Australia is renowned for.

The book brings together leading thinkers and practitioners on the subjects of architecture, urban planning, property development, emotional and physical health, sustainability, philosophy and more via original essays interviews, articles, case studies, illustrations and photography.

It argues - using insights, case studies and research from throughout the world - that investment in better placemaking can lead to greater profit for developers and investors and result in economies that perform better and communities that are happier and healthier.

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Andrew Hoyne bio image
Andrew Hoyne Hoyne
Jeff Speck bio image
Jeff Speck Speck & Associates LLC
Professor Ed Blakely bio image
Professor Ed Blakely United States Studies Centre, University of Sydney
Professor Roy Green bio image
Professor Roy Green UTS
Alain de Botton bio image
Alain de Botton School of Life
Dr Stanley Quek bio image
Dr Stanley Quek Region Development Pte Ltd
Bob Perry bio image
Bob Perry Scott Carver
Clover Moore bio image
Clover Moore Lord Mayor of Sydney
Jan Gehl bio image
Jan Gehl Gehl Architects
Claire Albaret bio image
Claire Albaret AMCV - CEMA - Association du Management de Centre-Ville Belgique
Sacha Coles bio image
Sacha Coles ASPECT Studios
Philip Vivian bio image
Philip Vivian Bates Smart
Ian Dryden bio image
Ian Dryden City of Melbourne
Richard Hassell bio image
Richard Hassell WOHA
Peter Cooper bio image
Peter Cooper Cooper & Company
Adrian McGregor bio image
Adrian McGregor McGregor Coxall
Michelle Weiss bio image
Michelle Weiss SHFA
Tim Campbell bio image
Tim Campbell Lendlease
Steven Holl bio image
Steven Holl Steven Holl Architects
Marcus Westbury bio image
Marcus Westbury Renew Newcastle
Berry Liberman bio image
Berry Liberman Small Giants
Mike Day bio image
Mike Day RobertsDay
Professor Susan Thompson bio image
Professor Susan Thompson UNSW
Edward Uhlir bio image
Edward Uhlir Millennium Park Foundation
Professor Keeyon Keith Hwang bio image
Professor Keeyon Keith Hwang Hongik University
Winy Maas bio image
Winy Maas MVRDV
John Suckling bio image
John Suckling Re:START the Heart Trust
Professor Billie Giles-Corti bio image
Professor Billie Giles-Corti Melbourne University
Professor Adrian Franklin bio image
Professor Adrian Franklin University of Tasmania
Professor Shirley Alexander bio image
Professor Shirley Alexander UTS
Bruce Duyshart bio image
Bruce Duyshart Meld Strategies
Lucinda Hartley bio image
Lucinda Hartley CoDesign Studio
Yvonne Lynch bio image
Yvonne Lynch City of Melbourne
Leigh Gallagher bio image
Leigh Gallagher Fortune Magazine
Guy Luscombe bio image
Guy Luscombe Architects Johannsen + Associates
Andres Duany bio image
Andres Duany DPZ Partners, LLC
Frank Gehry bio image
Frank Gehry Gehry Partners, LLP
Lee Valentine bio image
Lee Valentine Hoyne
Dan Johnson bio image
Dan Johnson Hoyne


The Place Economy

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Bob Perry, Director of Scott Carver

Bob Perry, Director of Scott Carver thumbnail

Professor Roy Green, Dean of UTS Business School

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Professor Ed Blakely, United States Studies Centre, University of Sydney

Professor Ed Blakely, United States Studies Centre, University of Sydney thumbnail

Andy Hoyne, Founder and Principal of Hoyne

Andy Hoyne, Founder and Principal of Hoyne thumbnail

Dr Stanley Quek, former Chairman of Frasers Property Australia

Dr Stanley Quek, former Chairman of Frasers Property Australia thumbnail

Philip Vivian, Director of Bates Smart

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"Ugly cities are just an unnecessary suffering we impose on ourselves."
Alain de Botton,
Philosopher, author and presenter
"Belonging happens when communities are given space to shape their own story of a place old and new."
Lucinda Hartley,
CoDesign Studio
"Why, if Melbourne achieved World’s Most Liveable City for five years running, don’t we create the World’s Most Liveable Suburb."
Dan Johnson,
Partner and Group Director, Strategy and Creative, Hoyne
"Place thinking is no longer esoteric, it is central to the design, management and branding of globally competitive cities."
Bob Perry,
Director, Scott Carver


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1. Health and wellbeing

Giving people healthier environments and promising ourselves brighter futures.

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2. Context, environment and heritage

A commitment to protecting and celebrating the things we hold dear is essential to future placemaking.

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3. Walkability, movement and choice

The user should always reign supreme and there are few excuses for leaving our people behind.

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4. Higher ideals and improving quality of life

Designing, planning, financing and building the places we genuinely wish to live in is the secret to progressive and positive development.

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5. The MONA effect

What’s possible when ambition, imagination, investment and audacity align.

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6. Industry, technology and economic competitiveness

Great places are springing up in Australia and beyond, founded on early, strategic thinking and backed by finessed execution.

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7. Taking action

Commercial and residential populations welcome the opportunity to contribute to their environments, by necessity or design.

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8. Legacies and building culture

We need the will to acknowledge and invest in a better future.


Place Economy Book

This book is not for profit.

100% of proceeds will go to help Habitat for Humanity, who provide appropriate housing solutions in sustainable communities. The charity was established with the belief that the foundations of the future lie in giving families the opportunity to be healthier, happier and more secure.

If you are a student or contributor wishing to purchase the book please email us now to discuss a discounted rate.

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