Here is a link to a small inspiring 5 minute video by an architect in a part of the world that understands the value of the design process.
My Placemaking website project has come to a conclusion.
Empowering the community with a place to collect local knowledge and stimulating open conversation about the connection between design & local economy was a voluntary challenge I gave myself.
The project occurred over a time when three major traditional activities of the town no longer have the support of our Local Council.
The Caravan Park has gone - the open space zoning for the site will change in the new town plan to reflect the approval for commercial development.
The Bowls Club has gone - it is privately owned land now and although zoned for open space sports & recreation - it sits dominant without any public masterplanning.
The Peregian Originals regular outdoor music events in front of the Surf Club have only one more concert before being forced to halve their activities and evolve into something else.
The significance of these changes are yet to have effect on the local community, I think.
My main observation over the year, is that many of our community groups work in isolation of one another.
(similar to the department culture in at Council)
Some have been resistent to being part of this collective conversation.
There is so much more opportunity for social cohesion.
It obviously takes more than a year to demonstrate that architecture/urban design can make significant contribution to a place.
Good architecture is not about constructing a building or installing new plumbing.
It is about having transparent public design process.
'It's about transforming a community to create social cohesion, jobs, a resilence within the community, a digity & hope.' *
The world is changing.
Many resources have reach their peak.
The exciting thing is:
Community / Co Operatives / Artistry / Beauty of the Environment / & Intergenerational solidarity is nowhere near reaching their peak.
Thank you to all the individuals who gave their support over the year.
The Peregian Beach Village facebook page is still there to connect to and promote local design ideas & visions, aswell as stories about the people & wildlife of this place.
"Design can engage & empower people to take ownership of their own destiny."*
* Cameron Sinclair - CEO of Architecture for Humanity