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The value in a collaborative approach to urban development

I have observed over the years, that the urban development process is often very siloed with a very conscious effort made to limit inputs from outside the developer’s core team. This may be seen as commercially and operationally astute and necessary to prevent budget, planning approval and program blow outs. However, in an increasingly networked society and business world, successful and innovative developments are more often borne out of...

Real Time Market Data: Property Utopia For Buyers & Sellers

The development industry inhales information and produces relentless analysis on both the buying and selling side in order to find the elusive utopian deal based on research. Research is reactive; why base your largest lifetime purchase or your company balance sheet on what happened down the road six months ago? Increasingly purchasers are more informed than the consultants providing the information, and the purchaser feedback is not always...

Reconsidering the project vision to create better quality outcomes for all

Established suburbs such as St Kilda, Fitzroy and Williamstown, that we love to live in and visit, have evolved over a very long period of time. They have grown organically to develop the character, identity and sense of community that we see today. While I fully appreciate this, and I’m aware that a sense of community cannot be manufactured, I believe that we can be more proactive about ‘seeding’ the community connections that contribute to...

Seconds to Midnight or Happy Days at 9pm? Where we are on the development market clock

Property clocks have been in existence for some time, explaining when a market is going up, in decline, or about to turn the corner. I think the idea started with the Doomsday clock which predicted when the world would end due to nuclear war. It worked like this: Leading up to 6.00pm – Happy days, pool parties, lots of comments like “I love what you have done with your hair” At 6.00pm – deciding you really don’t like the other country, see...

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