We have recently been commissioned by both private sector and government agencies to work closely with Kylie and her Place Partners team on challenging urban development projects in the United Arab Emirates, Perth and Melbourne. Place Partners are great collaborators; are always well researched and are at the forefront of global leading practice in their field.

Mike Day, Founding Partner Roberts Day

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Place Partners is a specialist place making consultancy with an interdisciplinary approach to the creation and revitalisation of great people places. Read More >>

WHAT IS IT ABOUT?

The Urban Trends books aim to share key ideas, movements and influences on city making and urban living.

Trends reflect what people care about, what they value and where we, as a community, are moving. Some trends, like the rise of bike riding, are part of common consciousness; however, others, like the reasons behind the global migration of talent, will be fresh information to most. You will get great ideas for local projects to make your own city better, interesting statistics to share at dinner parties and the opportunity to go behind the scenes and see what really is shaping cities  today.

BOOK 1 - DOING IT DIFFERENTLY (Available now)

It's all about creativity and innovative entrepreneurship, pop ups, collaboration and the sometimes seemingly crazy. Doing it Differently looks at a range of creative and innovative solutions to the challenges of urban living. Creativity in all its forms is essential to the healthy evolution of urban environments, particularly when undergoing such rapid change. Often the young and differently minded can find ways to respond to local problems that policy and bureaucracy could take years to even acknowledge. Collaborative consumption, the sharing of resources and peer to peer exchange, was named by Time Magazine in 2010 as one of the top 10 ideas that will change the world. The movement has triggered an urban adaptation; communities around the world are actively creating the environments they want. Other groups, such as Australia’s own Renew Newcastle, have been the catalyst for creative revitalisation projects globally. Look at photos of the book launch here.

BOOK 2 - FUTURE CITY SOLUTIONS (available now)

Who's winning the battle of the city? the most liveable? the most loveable? We'll share urban trends through the ages and how they've shaped your favourite cities. Future City Solutions shares some of the most innovative responses to the challenges that are facing cities today. It explores global responses to universal urban problems and illustrates how ideas, both small and large, by community and by government, can all contribute to a better future for our cities and their citizens.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kylie's interests in the urban environment and cities are far reaching.  She has a degree in Architecture and a Masters in Social Science but calls herself a professional place maker. It’s a role that comes with its own challenges; new, undefined and often tested, place making is emerging as major player in the development world and across every scale – from the local book share bringing strangers together to city wide visioning projects.

Kylie Legge is a founding Director of Place Partners, a multidisciplinary place making consultancy based in Sydney, Australia. Download a full CV here

"With the spotlight on cities, and so much debate occuring about them, I believed it was timely to capture some of the key trends that are shaping their character, their liveability and their evolution." - Kylie Legge

 

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Writing book #2 in the Urban Trends Series,

This year Place Partners turns 5 years old! To celebrate, we are organising a mini place making festival for September 2013. Kylie's second book in the Urban Trends Series 'Future City Solutions' will be launched to coincide with this event. 

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