ClarkeHopkinsClarke's Dean Landy comments on the value of employment hubs within our neighbourhoods

ClarkeHopkinsClarke's Dean Landy comments on the value of employment hubs within our neighbourhoods
ClarkeHopkinsClarke's Dean Landy comments on the value of employment hubs within our neighbourhoods

Life during the pandemic has led many of us to gain a better appreciation for the small businesses, services and existing public facilities within our local communities. In many ways, this time has encouraged us to look at what typifies a liveable neighbourhood and which aspects of it we value the most.

Recently I caught up with Dean Landy, partner at ClarkeHopkinsClarke and author of the book Creating Vibrant Communities, to get an idea of how urban neighbourhoods could be designed for a life post-COVID-19.

Given the significant job losses as a result of the pandemic, we discussed some of the employment hub projects which could reinvigorate job prospects and ways in which master-planned communities can promote a better work-life balance. Dean also suggests how we might not need to overcomplicate the design of our neighbourhoods, but look back to pre-war architecture to find examples of perfectly integrated 'mixed-use' precincts.

Watch the interview:

Topics discussed:

00:23 - What is an employment hub? What benefits does it provide a community?

01:30 - Which ClarkeHopkinsClarke projects are considered an 'employment hub' and which aspects of those developments are you most proud of?

03:44 - Is it true that the developer of St Germain is a local family who had a vision for how they wanted their community to progress, so they took the project into their own hands and developed it themselves?

05:34 - How do you find the best ratio between commercial space and residential dwellings within your developments?

07:20 - Given the significant job losses as a result of COVID-19, are you looking to fast-track any developments which could provide a substantial amount of job opportunities once complete?

08:39 - How do you see traditional workplaces evolving given the rise of people working remotely during the lockdown?

Watch next: Clarke Hopkins Clarke's Jordan Curran explains how COVID-19 could influence the design of mixed-use communities

Olivia Round

Olivia Round

Olivia Round is the Features Editor of urban.com.au. Olivia specialises in news reporting, in-depth editorial content and video + podcast interviews with industry experts.

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