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The Business of Place Making

For Insight by The Office Space in November, we have drawn together a trio of inspired urban planners, interior designers and creatives who work to develop places worth returning to. As Sydney enters in to the first stages of a metamorphosis, the city we know now is changing swiftly, surely into something wildly new. This incoming transformation has made us consider the importance of place: what makes a place more than its location, and something worth returning to. If ‘place is nothing more than the confluence of all the intangibles that people connect to emotionally’, how does a city, or a place, build and build upon those intangibles?


Speakers include:

Russel Koskela – Koskela With over 20 years experience in the interior design industry, Russel has previously worked with leading design firms in London & Sweden before returning to Australia to join top architect and interior design firms Lend Lease Corporation & Bligh Voller Nield. Russel started Koskela Pt Ltd in June 2000, with his partner Sasha Titchkosky. A passion for furniture design and a desire to set up a company that embodied their philosophies led to this creation. “At Koskela, we believe that great design can be used to effect social change. It all starts with the type of products we design.  We want Koskela products to last – whether for your workplace or home, or for educational or recreational environments – we design products that are destined to become classics.”

Jeanette Lambert – Place Associates With over 8 years experience in the field of placemaking and design strategy and a background in architecture, Jeanette is passionate about design that focuses on user experience and the connection between people and place. Her broad project experience has taken her around Australia and overseas working of a variety of scales, from mainstreets and community development, through to strategies for Greenfield developments, major retail centres and workplaces. Prior to joining Place, Jeanette worked in senior roles at two of Australia’s leading dedicated placemaking organisations managing clients ranging from state or local government through to private developers and the education sector. During that time she was integral to the development of strategies for the Rundle Mall Masterplan (RMMA), Ballarat Retail Gap Analysis (Ballarat City Council) and Point Cook Town Centre (Stockland). Since joining Place, Jeanette has been heavily involved in customer and workplace experience through asset audits and the development of Touchpoint Guidelines for GPT. Working with the City of Boroondara, she established a pop up retail strategy for the municipality and implemented an initial pilot program. More recently she has developed Activation Strategies for the City of Casey Cultural Precinct and Northshore Hamilton for Economic Development Queensland and is currently completing a review of Market Activations for the City of Wollongong.

John O’Callaghan – JOC Consulting John is the Director of JOC Consulting, a creative urban planning practice that specialises in community, place and technology. John is also the editor of Trending City, a collaborative blogging platform capturing great ideas from across the globe, and founder of Idea Bombing, a creative meetup focused on highlighting and supporting creativity in the city. He was recently appointed Chair of Brand X,  a not for profit arts organisation based in Sydney, and is a lecturer at the University of New South Wales teaching contemporary issues in urbanism.

Date: Monday 30 November, 5.30 – 7pm
Location: Golden Age Cinema and Bar, 80 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills
Tickets: $25 (includes drink on arrival and a selection of canapes by the Golden Age Bar).


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