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The Art of Creating Great Mainstreets & Public Spaces People, Places and Parking Masterclass

Fri, June 30, 2017  |  Past Events 

People, Places & Parking

Our mainstreets and public spaces are the playgrounds of our communities.

Join us for a unique and inspiring one day Masterclass explaining the art and science of creating great mainstreets and public spaces with two of Australia’s leading place practitioners: Gilbert Rochecouste, Managing Director of Village Well and Steven Burgess, Principal of MRCagney.

With a collective 50 years of experience in over 1000 cities and towns connecting people to places, Gilbert and Steven will share their insights into what makes a successful mainstreet and public space; a place people want to be. You will leave with a practical tool box of powerful processes, ideas and simple actions that will cultivate and activate your place and community.


You will learn:

The importance of Placemaking, place management and curation.

The DNA of what makes great mainstreets and public spaces.

How to create a unique and authentic place, brand and experience.

Local and international best practice case studies and trends.

How to move from convenience centres to experience centres.

The movement and exchange economy.

Quick wins to activate your place.

How to engage, mobilise and inspire retailers and property owners.

The power of retail – how to develop the right mix that works.

The art of visual merchandising.

De-mystifying car parking.

How streets become places.


You will receive:

The Mainstreet Guide: From convenience centres to experience centres.

Access to best practice case studies.

10 steps to creating a loved mainstreet.

Connection to a network of practitioners.

Free mainstreet updates and tips.

Access to all content by the presenters.



Gilbert Rochecouste
Village Well

Gilbert is the founder and Managing Director of Australia’s preeminent Placemaking consultancy, Village Well.

As a pioneer and leading voice in Placemaking and the mainstreet movement, Gilbert has gained an international reputation for being a skilled speaker and facilitator who is deeply connected to Placemaking and the social, cultural and economic prosperity it brings to communities.

Gilbert’s greatest joy comes from inspiring people, communities and industry to develop their vision for dynamic, resilient and loved places. He has facilitated the transformation of over 1000 cities, towns, mainstreets and public places into admired destinations.

Gilbert leads a multi-disciplinary team of Placemakers, researchers, event and place curation experts and designers at Village Well, which this year celebrates its 25th anniversary.

Steven Burgess –

Steven Burgess is an engineer and urban strategist with over 30 years experience in the public and private sector. He was the principal author of the book “Complete Streets – Guidelines to Urban Street Design” published in 2010 and has been an interntional reviewer for two other street design guidelines. He is a very popular speaker and facilitator on urban issues and regularly speaks to industry groups, conferences on people, places and prosperity.

Steven has been a major contributor throughout his career to transport policy integration working on the long-term relationships between urban form, transport, parking, and vitality.


Monday August 14, 2017
Collective Purpose: 80 William Street, Sydney Available from trybooking

Tuesday August 15, 2017
Gorman Room - Dialogue: 2 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne Available from trybooking

$490.00 (inclusive of GST and booking fee) Lunch, and tea and co ee are provided.