Village Well proudly presents
The Practical Art of Making Great Places
The challenges facing our places are unprecedented. Ongoing environmental and social change and economic turbulence are threatening the places where we live, work and play.
With this challenge comes a positive opportunity: to build, renew and create a new story of place - where the harmony of people and planet are central and where government, business and communities collaborate in new ways to sustain and enrich wellbeing.
Gilbert Rochescouste Founder and Managing Director of Village Well, Australia's leading placemaking consultancy has just returned for a tour of London, Berlin and Copenhagen. He will be sharing the latest global placemaking practice and thinking with a small audience in Perth.
What do you do?
I am an electronic music producer currently studying 3D animation and visual effects. I am most noted for my work recording small sounds from a specific scene or film, and sequencing them to form a new piece of music along with a video composed of the corresponding clips. I am also successful in providing design and video production services as a freelancer.
Who is in your 'creative community'?
During my film-making studies in 2007 at SAE Perth, I befriended a learned lecturer and dedicated film maker by the name of Burleigh Smith. His passion for film making, robust knowledge of script writing and relentless can-do attitude proved to me the power of persistence and self-promotion in one's artistic endeavours.
What is your 'creative footprint'?
On Thursday the 17th September, FORM hosted a special presentation by David Sim, Director of Gehl Architects. The presentation for 120 guests at Central Park touched on some of the methodology behind Jan Gehl's work, and referenced some of the findings of the Perth Public Spaces, Public Life study published earlier in the year.
His principle message in creating a 'City for People' was to design the city in relation to the human perspective. Pointing out the grand modernist concepts of Le Corbusier and their function of alienating people from place due to their massive scale, David outlined the principles of '5km/hr architecture'. How do we build a city that is interesting and accessible for the walking - as opposed to the driving - population?
As we reboot the world's economy, Geoff Mulgan poses a question: Instead of sending bailout money to doomed old industries, why not use stimulus funds to bootstrap some new, socially responsible companies - and make the world a little bit better?
There are no rules about creativity. Which made constructing the Fast Company list of the 100 Most Creative People in Business a tricky task. They looked for dazzling new thinkers, rising stars, and boldface names who couldn't be ignored. They avoided people profiled in the recent past and emphasised those whose creativity addresses a larger issue -- from the future of our energy infrastructure to the evolution of philanthropy to next-generation media.
Kel, Josh and Matt from Treehouse Collective
The Treehouse Collective is boutique freelance graphic design & photography company. Their latest collaboration is a lifestyle streetwear label Elementree, a collection of hand-printed and locally designed apparel.
What do you do?
In addition to our clothing brand Elementree, we run a boutique freelance graphic design & photography company - Treehouse Collective. This sees us working on all kinds of projects from logo design, album and poster design, DVD editing, production and design, photography and custom tshirts.
We also have a variety of day jobs between the three of us:
Justin Locke. Owner - Subway DC & Wasteland
What do you do?
Together with my wife Megan we own and operate Subway DC, a progressive retail clothing company with three stores, King St Perth, St Quentens Ave Claremont, and Market St Fremantle.
Together with Tania Nicolo we also own and operate Wasteland. Wasteland is a premium concept store selling imported and Australian fashion, artwork, books and CD’s - all with a pop culture emphasis. I also have an interest in a music festival - Good Vibrations.
In my spare time I collect artwork and Modernist furniture, and have an active interest in Modernist architecture. I am lucky enough to pursue these passions in the travels required to operate the businesses.