The Place Economy – Volume 3: New money mavens


A number of years ago I had the pleasure of meeting Andrew Hoyne on a panel discussion on the rise of ethical, community focused developers, so it was nice to be asked to contribute to his 3rd edition of The Place Economy. Property Collectives is featured in an article focusing on how Melbourne developers are exploring new funding models to provide quality housing in innovative ways.

Spanning over 650 pages, with 80-plus stories, featuring over 100 global experts, this volume is a celebration of the people, places and ideas that make cities great, but it is also a deep dive into the barriers and challenges still facing communities everywhere.

There are some great stories from Australia and abroad, most I wasn't familiar with. For instance there is thorough case study on U City in Adelaide, a radical $100m 20-storey high-rise vertical community with retirement living, disability accomodation, commercial office, a community centre, function centre and church as well as counselling spaces.

From housing affordability to homelessness, from playgrounds to remarkable public art, there are essays and case studies that demonstrate how the best returns on investment - for developers, government and communities – come from a solid vision underpinned by insightful placemaking.

Hoyne will donate 100 per cent of the proceeds from book sales to Habitat for Humanity Australia in support of their mission to bring communities together to help families build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter.



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