Established in 1992, Village Well grew from the eclectic community owned and managed Ross House in Flinders Lane, Melbourne, a place that has inspired many social and community enterprises. Village Well is now Australia’s leading creative placemaking consultancy, inspiring the search for renewed meaning, purpose and pride in places.
Village Well 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 admired 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.