Village Well has been the leader and driver of Australia's dynamic placemaking movement for over 26 years - locally loved and globally known for (re)connecting people to place.
Equity, dignity and access are core to our placemaking process. We bring communities, business, developers and government together and foster the conditions to allow an equal and valued voice; where everyone can feel free to share their wisdom and aspirations to inspire the development of an authentic and unique place informed by a shared vision.
We strive to create places that reflect the diversity of their users and uses, and benefit and empower the community.
Established in 1992, Village Well launched its services from the eclectic, community owned and managed ‘Ross House’ in Melbourne’s Flinders Lane; a place that inspired hundreds of social, ethical and community enterprises. Village Well is now Australia’s leading creative placemaking consultancy, inspiring the search for renewed meaning, purpose and pride in places.
We have contributed to the activation of Melbourne’s laneways in the early 1990s, seeking affordable studio and office accommodation in the heart of the city, lobbying Council for improvements to streets and services and organising one of the city’s early laneway festivals. Village Well has since been influential in the collaborative creation of many of Melbourne’s iconic places, celebrated places across Australian cities and regional towns and the reimagining of places internationally.
In these two decades, Village Well has refined and developed unique processes of analysis, engagement, innovation, research and project management, tapping into community potential to discover the DNA of a place that informs its future development and use. Village Well have gained a exceptional reputation for a creative and holistic approach to development and the activation of places. Village Well's history and reputation has been built on the strength of knowledge and expertise of our creative and passionate team. Always looking forward and wanting the best outcomes for all, backed by our local and international success, is the Village Well a point of difference.
We develop holistic, strategic and dynamic placemaking processes
We unleash the creative spark and hidden passions in project stakeholder, and encourage a culture of yes to let ideas sing
Our reports, strategies, roadmaps and placemaking frameworks drive economic, social and cultural success
Our placemaking recommendations are creative, tactical and designed for the project team implement with brevity
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Globally Recognised Placemakers